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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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Novelty cycle parking by the link from Byron's Pool to Trumpington Meadows Country Park

Link from Byron's Pool to Trumpington Meadows Country Park.

Gates wide open on a Sunday morning, but no pedestrians or cyclists allowed on this construction access.

Total incompetence - how hard could it have been to link the two cycleways?

Total incompetence - how hard could it have been to link the two cycleways?

Cycle parking and park - there's a small No Cycling sign just to the right.

It's not clear whether this will remain a traffic-free cut-through - it could do with improving anyway.

Cut-through from Trumpington Park Primary School

Cycle parking at Trumpington Park Primary School

The traffic lights default to green for the road and red for the busway - they seem to have totally forgotten about the cycleway!

Two patches collapsing on Fen Causeway

More potholes on another important cycling route

Coronation St (an important cycle route) just gets worse and worse.

Nasty pothole on an important cycle route

More potholes on this important cycle route.

Not just potholes, but the 20mph markings have virtually vanished too. Cambridge's roads are in a terrible state.

Rather surprised to see a Bike & Go bike in Cambridge (and with a passenger on the back) - the nearest rental point is in Ely.

The surface of Hobson Street is crumbling again.

The surface of Hobson Street is crumbling again (two bad patches in this photo)

Decent enough emergency repair to the potholes (see #97071), but how long will it last, and it's a shame the footway is also crumbling here.

Another road in Cambridge falling to bits. This is just one of many potholes in Bridge Street. It's been roughly patched but that hasn't worked.

There are potholes opening up all along Lensfield Road (part of Cambridge's inner ring road).

There are potholes opening up all along Lensfield Road (part of Cambridge's inner ring road).

There are potholes opening up all along Lensfield Road (part of Cambridge's inner ring road).

There are potholes opening up all along Lensfield Road (part of Cambridge's inner ring road).

Lensfield Road (part of Cambridge's inner ring road) is in a disastrous state.

I think this taxi driver genuinely thought he could drive down Bateman St (contraflow cycling only from this point). So much for local knowledge.

I'm unsure whether these signs are still relevant (I think the emergency mains water repair has been done) but they are blocking the footway. Would folding signs that can be stacked next to the road be a better option than this? (Comply wit ... [more]

Hills Road is falling apart,

Hills Road is falling apart.

Temporary-looking new building at Addenbrooke's with a considerable amount of secure cycle parking beneath.

In fact bikes can be locked to the expensive new railings (although it took a while) - see #97037

Expensive railings installed to stop people locking their bikes to them... in theory... see #97038

I'd heard the new surface on Hills Road was falling apart, but didn't think it would be so bad.

I'd heard the new surface on Hills Road was falling apart, but didn't think it would be so bad.

Awful road surface on Kingston St, a busy cycle route.

The old cycle by-pass to the no entry is gone, but where are the Except Cycles plates? There's also quite a bit of unused footway space here that could accommodate street cycle parking.

Is this a two way street? There are No Entry signs at the far end (see #96839).

Station Road will be awful until redevelopment is finished (if ever), but this pothole does need fixing.

Immediately south of where it was rebuilt, Tenison Avenue is now crumbling (like the rest of Cambridge).

It's amazing that so much money was spent to supposedly calm motor traffic, yet cyclists have actually lost the right to turm right here. Incidentally, OpenCycleMap and Google Satellite both still show the old layout.

Wintry commute Sheeps Green

Upstairs in the new Decathlon shop there's a workshop as well as plenty of items for sale.

Gwydir Street has been beautifully resurfaced.

Coronation Street is an important cycle route that the county refuses to maintain.

Coronation Street is an important cycle route that the county refuses to maintain.

Coronation Street is an important cycle route that the county refuses to maintain.

This section of the pavement on Adams Road used to be really cracked and bumpy, but now look at it. No trees were harmed either. (As far as I can tell.)

Someday this may form part of a 'strategic cycleway' on the west side of Hobson's brook.

Someday this may form part of a 'strategic cycleway' on the west side of Hobson's brook.

Someday this may form part of a 'strategic cycleway' on the west side of Hobson's brook. This part was done differently to the others, and it's clearly incomplete.

Someday this may form part of a 'strategic cycleway' on the west side of Hobson's brook. This might be a semi-decent stab at filtered permeability / cycle street network. The bollards are OK. Maybe a little close, and of the unforgiving ... [more]

Someday this may form part of a 'strategic cycleway' on the west side of Hobson's brook.

Bridge to the nature reserve, not yet connected to anything on this side.

Interesting desire line, maybe, on the way to the bridge over the brook.

Bridge to the nature reserve -- at least it'll be nice when it's done

Someday this may form part of a 'strategic cycleway' on the west side of Hobson's brook.

Someday this may form part of a 'strategic cycleway' on the west side of Hobson's brook.

Connection from the future 'strategic cycleway' on the west side of Hobson's brook.

Someday this may form part of a 'strategic cycleway' on the west side of Hobson's brook.

Ridiculous 'Cyclists dismount and use footway' sign. Meanwhile, the works are preparing to narrow the shared-use path in order to create yet another traffic lane! It's like I stepped into a time machine and ended up back in the 20th cent ... [more]

Rollercoaster footways, undulating up and down. They had complete freedom of design and lots of space, and yet they managed to build the footway in the worst possible way!

New busway junction that prioritises a tiny amount of motor traffic over walking, cycling and public transport.

New busway junction that prioritises a tiny amount of motor traffic over walking, cycling and public transport.

New busway junction that prioritises a tiny amount of motor traffic over walking, cycling and public transport.

New busway junction that prioritises a tiny amount of motor traffic over walking, cycling and public transport. Note that the car has just blown past a sign reading 'No motorised vehicles except buses'

New busway junction that prioritises a tiny amount of motor traffic over walking, cycling and public transport.

New busway junction that prioritises a tiny amount of motor traffic over walking, cycling and public transport.

CycleStreets co-working with our Leeds colleagues on the CYIPT cycle infrastructure prioritization project at Hot Numbers.

Yellow signs threatening seizure and extending into the distance, including apparently on the footway.

Nice house number!

This section was resurfaced last May, and while it hasn't deteriorated as fast as Magdalene Street has, it is showing signs of wear sooner than it should. Look closely and it's clear the tarmac is beginning to break up and there's a rut ap ... [more]

CCSS seems to be the best of the Cambridge crammers/language schools for cycle parking.

There really is plenty of cycle parking now at the Howard Mallet Centre!

Builders going to work by bike? Only in Cambridge!

Notice on seemingly abandoned bike

This should be a through route for cycling (ideally with a link across St Matthew's Piece from York St), if anyone at the city council or Anglia Ruskin University had actually thought about the clousre at the far end.

Cambridge City Council seems to have updated its trike - www.camcycle.org.uk/newsletters/87/article7.html

Cycle parking continues to be heavily used during roofing works while there is scaffolding at our house.

Two good-sized banks of new cycle parking, and preparations for the reopening of Kettles Yard - the two may be related.

The council has found 50p down the back of the sofa and at last repainted the shared-use markings which had vanished years ago.

It's reappeared... it would be nice if Queen's Road could be repaired properly.

More evidence of the need for cycle parking in Catharine Street

Jesus Lane

The County RoW officer says that local residents object to the surface of the Grantchester Meadows path here being repaired "because it would encourage parking". Well the state of it clearly doesn't deter parking, people park on the bits wi ... [more]

The bus driver did not break the law here. Toucan crossing appears to show 'green man' at the same time that the bus driver receives a green light. In fact the green man is for the crossing parallel to the bus, off to the left of the photo. ... [more]

Newly constructed Cross City Cycling scheme but the '2.2 metre wide' refuge is considerably narrowed by the poor placement of poles. And seems to be a trash collection point as well (probably due to the wind).

The entrance to the towpath from Fen Road is unwelcoming.

The link between the River Cam Towpath and Fen Road is a narrow gap.

I hadn't noticed this till last Saturday. One bike pump and tools.

Ofo bike in Thoday Street

Brand new crossing, no blocked drain, just piss poor construction https://t.co/Uv2F7AaOGC

Shared use footway alongside Newmarket Road

Ofo bikes galore at this entrance to Addenbrooke’s

High Viz Trinity Street

Catharine Street - lack of cycle parking

Badly installed cycle parking at a recent development on Catharine Street.

St. Philip's Road - lack of cycle parking. Perhaps could put some by that double yellow line.

No cycle parking except ... (so probably unenforceable) At least it suggests a place to park or stand your cycle around the corner.

Gwydir Street approach lane for advanced stop line

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