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Cycling in Cambridge

Cambridge has the highest levels of cycling in the UK, with about 25% of commuter journeys and an estimated 20% of journeys in general.

Cambridge was awarded Cycling Demonstration Town status in 2008 and that led to £5 million investment in cycling over a 3 year period.

There are many good quality facilities for cyclists and walkers, e.g. the many specialised bridges which create shortcuts to many areas. But there are also many problems remaining, and a legacy of car-orientated streets.

The main group campaigning for cycling in the area is Cambridge Cycling Campaign, the largest group outside London.

Two of their members are the creators of CycleStreets, and the system is based on the journey planner and photomap which was launched in June 2006 on Cambridge Cycling Campaign's website.

CTC Cambridge organize regular rides in the area.

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Latest photos of the area

See also a full list of photos in this area.

Cycle symbol in the left lane but no ASL so cyclists going ahead or right are in conflict with left-turning vehicles.

Segregated shared use sign - I suppose the trees and poles form the segregation, but it's not clear. I suppose this is not a public highway and the University can do what it wants.

Covered cycle parking and newly added tools at the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, West Cambridge

A plethora of signs in Eddington - whenever pedestrians might cross the cycletrack the signage changes from 'segregated shared use' to 'unsegregated shared use' and then back again. There must be a simpler way - very few people will know or ... [more]

Cycle crossing, Eddington

Cycle stands and underground recycling bins, Eddington

Quite a bit of cycle parking near Market Square, Eddington (also across the road in the distance).

Market Square, Eddington - cycling seems to be permitted here

Market Square, Eddington - cycling seems to be permitted here.

Road closure (7am-7pm) with rising bollards, not yet in use (will they ever work?), at the new Eddington Sainsbury.

There's quite a bit of cycle parking at the new Eddington Sainsbury - unfortunately the entrance is around the corner to the right, and not as shown on the sign to the left of the photo.

New route avoiding Station Square - if only there were dropped kerbs.

I hope that someday this junction will be made safer, for her and everyone else.

'Bus / cycle lane'

Warren Road looking at the Eastfield link.

Warren Road / Eastfield link.

Warren Road / Eastfield link has been freshly rebuilt, wider & with reasonable access control in the form of a single central bollard.

Sadly the cycle signs in the new #Eddington development in #Cambridge continue the tradition of being confusing. https://t.co/oLxmdJlfW1

Nice greenery around the site.

Random usage of tactile pads that seems to be thrown in for no apparent reason. Not the worst thing, but yet another maintenance item & potential slip risk. Behind them are the shared underground bins. Neat system. Stores waste undergrou ... [more]

A father takes his kid home from school on the new cycleway along Eddington Ave. I believe that this junction does not have the incorrect give-way markings painted on it. It does have extraneous tactile pads, which seem to have been dist ... [more]

The contractor disobeyed instructions and painted give-way markings on what was supposed to be a priority cycleway. We don't know when it will be fixed.

Opened section of Ridgeway with weirdly shaped bollards, misplaced lamp-posts, and loose gravel on the cycleway. Naturally nobody wants to cycle on loose gravel so everyone cycles on the tiled side that was supposed to be the footway. ... [more]

Unopened section of Ridgeway with weirdly shaped bollards & loose gravel pathway (supposed to be swept clean eventually).

The contractor disobeyed instructions and painted give-way markings on the cycleway to give priority to cars entering a minor car park. In a development that is supposed to be all about walking and cycling priority. Shameful.

Tiny shared use pathway along Madingley Road west of Conduit Head Road. Going to be very interesting when thousands of people are living in NW Cambridge site.

A look back north along the horrible new High Cross junction. You can see how the stepped cycleway drops you down into an on-street cycle lane that encourages people to cycle along the left side of left-turning car traffic. Stunningly bad d ... [more]

View from Horse Chestnut Ave towards the Ridgeway crossing.

Horse Chestnut Ave now has a gate blocking motor vehicle access.

Sadly the good times end & we go back to tar spray and chip all over. And it's not swept, so I don't dare venture onto it. Even a slight nudge with my bike tire & it's covered in pebbles that I have to pick out so they don't penetrate my ti ... [more]

Best part of the Ridgeway I've yet seen. Feels almost Dutch. Red tarmac for the cycleway & confusingly tar spray and chip for the footway (even though tar spray and chip is used elsewhere for the cycleway). The lamp posts are placed outside ... [more]

Suddenly the tar spray and chip Ridgeway gives way to a red machine-laid tarmac Ridgeway. And the tar spray and chip surface is used for the footway instead. I have to wonder why the red tarmac wasn't the choice for the whole Ridgeway cycle ... [more]

Ridgeway branches. Asphalt is 'interim surfacing' while 'tar spray and chip' is final surfacing on right. This branch of the path has been swept, so loose gravel is actually relatively rare now. It's not as smooth as asphalt but workable. H ... [more]

Closer look at some of the loose gravel on the tar spray & chip surface. Needs to be swept.

Puddles forming on supposedly 'permeable' surface. Hmm.

More 'wacky' gates on the Ridgeway. Because the university believes deeply that they cannot do anything nice without also doing something horrible. The reasoning seems to be that 'cyclists' need to be 'punished'! For their own good! So t ... [more]

More 'wacky' gates on the Ridgeway. Because the university believes deeply that they cannot do anything nice without also doing something horrible. The reasoning seems to be that 'cyclists' need to be 'punished'! For their own good! So t ... [more]

Brand new 'Ridgeway' covered in slippery leaves. This was built back in the early Spring and has sat unused for almost 6 months, fenced off.

The 'wacky' gates remain as the site opens. Because the university believes deeply that they cannot do anything nice without also doing something horrible. The reasoning seems to be that 'cyclists' need to be 'punished'! For their own go ... [more]

New toucan crossing of SE arm. Thankfully this one is not staggered, for once.

Unsignalised arm of new roundabout scheme. Terrifying as ever.

A new staggered toucan crossing. Pathetic.

Road works to build bad new scheme for Addenbrooke's roundabout can't be bothered to provide safe crossings for people walking.

Well-placed bollard at the end of the new connection to Red Cross Lane. Strange & unnecessary but harmless give way markings, I suppose.

Using the Zebra at the new connection to Red Cross Lane.

Entry to new connection to Red Cross Lane (finally).

The curious case of the Zebra that has lost its beacons.

A car parked in a parking bay marked in the 'bus / cycle lane'. Really.

Trumpington Road scheme ends at the newly painted & slightly widened ASL.

Still a fairly intimidating place to cycle, due to sandwiched cycle lane.

View of new approach to junction, similar to Hills Rd bridge.

New scheme is vast improvement over old situation, even if not perfect. Busy day as kids are back at school again.

New scheme is vast improvement over old situation, even if not perfect. Busy day as kids are back at school again.

New scheme is vast improvement over old situation, even if not perfect. Busy day as kids are back at school again.

Refuge island is overflowing with people walking and cycling across Trumpington Road by New Bit Common. Sadly the brand new scheme did not even try to fix this junction.

Cars parked on the shared-use pavement with double-yellow lines. Typical.

Bad County! Bad bad bad! They lecture us about 'safety audits' all the time and yet this pile of crud has passed 'safety audit'. What a joke. Encourages people to cycle up the left-hand-side of left-turning traffic. Most people cycling will ... [more]

Bus stop bypass. I could quibble with a few points. There's no Zebra crossing for passengers. The bus stop might be too small, especially when they finally use two-door buses. The lamp post is in a strange spot. But generally speaking this ... [more]

For a simply stepped track, this is fine.

The road by Sainsbury's doesn't have a cycle lane for some reason. I guess they figured it would be a 'bus road' mostly. Except they put the car parking there too, so it's already an unpleasant place to cycle. Anyway, this is where the nice ... [more]

Sainsbury's underground car park just off to the left, but for some reason they're still allowing car parking on-street here. Which is just perfectly placed to congest the main bus route through the site, holding up buses while Sainsbury's ... [more]

New (not yet open) bus-gate next to Sainsbury's. Intended to allow buses-only with rising bollard. Unfortunately they seem to be allowing parked cars next to it, plus there will have to be bin lorries blocking the southbound gate to service ... [more]

Weird entry to new cycleway from High Cross junction on Madingley Road

Location approx as road is new. Bike racks outside the University School. There's loads of bike parking dotted around the site. When you get further down this section of Eddington Avenue, and towards the entrance to Sainsbury's undergrou ... [more]

Location approx as road is new. Lots of bike parking in Eddington. These are outside the University School.

This junction needs remodelling for cycling

End of Huntingdon Road hybrid cycle tracks

New Huntingdon Road hybrid cycle tracks - bus stop bypass

New Huntingdon Road hybrid cycle tracks - bus stop bypass

New Huntingdon Road hybrid cycle tracks - forgiving kerb

New Huntingdon Road hybrid cycle tracks - bus stop bypass

New Huntingdon Road hybrid cycle tracks - priority at sideroads

New Huntingdon Road hybrid cycle tracks

Cycle parking needed here

Badly-installed cycle parking - basically not usable

Badly-installed cycle parking - basically not usable

Chaotic environment outside the station

Rat-running common along here

Cycle lane is partially respected by vehicles queueing to turn right

Unofficial signs appearing ironically complaining about the number of signs

Cycle park under construction

Wagamama bicycle

Cars being driven onto the pavement

Bollards being installed at public expense to stop illegal driving on the pavement

Crossing at the station

Terrible junction for cycling still, even after £900,000 of cycle money used

More cycle parking needed

Congestion on Norfolk Street - a hazardous environment caused by the amount of car storage

Towpath route, unlit (understandably)

Car parking on the pavement (illegally driven onto there) is rife on Kingston Street, to the detriment of walkers

Car parking on the pavement (illegally driven onto there) is rife on Kingston Street, to the detriment of walkers

Double-stacker cycle racks are not accessible to all users - leaving this trailer insecure

Insecure cycle parking at this new development - not compliant with City Council regulations

Insecure cycle parking at this new development - not compliant with City Council regulations

Stile

Rather narrow route which is best avoided at night

Rather narrow route which is best avoided at night

Cycle parking

If a lane can be coned off temporarily, and people manage, can't this be done permanently to make much-needed space for cycling at the junction?

If a lane can be coned off temporarily, and people manage, can't this be done permanently to make much-needed space for cycling at the junction?

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