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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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Contra-flow cycle marking in Sedgwick Street.

Contra-flow cycle marking in Argyle Street.

Contra-flow cycle marking in Argyle Street.

Contra-flow cycle marking in Argyle Street, and a siamese-looking cat basking in one of the first really decent days of spring.

Contra-flow cycle marking in Argyle Street.

Cycle parking on a new development in Cambridge.

Covered cycle parking on a new development in Cambridge.

Covered cycle parking on a new development in Cambridge.

Chisholm Trail preparation.

Chisholm Trail preparation.

Covered cycle parking at Cambridge Dialysis Centre.

Canvassing by local councillors on the day that contraflow cycling signage has gone up. https://twitter.com/simon_nuttall/status/986662533217079297

Preliminary ground work for the Chisholm trail.

Preliminary ground work for the Chisholm trail.

I found this gate ajar and went to get a view of the Chisholm Trail construction.

Preliminary ground work for the Chisholm trail.

Off road cycleway in the business park.

Covered racks by entrance to cycleway on a business park.

Small sign showing cycle route to Cambridge North station. The sign is a bit small for where it is located on the far side of the junction.

Chisholm Trail ground work has started.

Sedgwick Street contra-flow cycling marking. Enjoy this gallery of other ones nearby: https://cambridge.cyclestreets.net/photomap/tags/twowaycycling2018/

Thoday Street contra flow cycling marking.

Sign showing contra-flow cycling at last!

Except cycles at last!

3/3. New contra flow cycling marking.

2/3. Filling in the contra flow cycling marking.

1/3. About to fill in the contra flow cycling marking.

Road marking to show that two way cycling is now permitted in Catharine Street.

Except cycles at last!

Unfinished markings on Thoday Street.

Except cycles at last!

Just seen this sign on leaving our house that two way cycling in Thoday Street is legal at last! Enjoy this gallery of other ones nearby: https://cambridge.cyclestreets.net/photomap/tags/twowaycycling2018/ OSM updated: https://www.op ... [more]

Potholes down the middle of Sidgwick Avenue

Whilst cycling this way today, we had the same pavement parking as this example (from last December). Forcing people walking into the road with 2 clear nearby legal spaces. https://t.co/ZecxP4G80M

Just to note the issues before we had bollards at the Perne - Radegund - Birdwood Road roundabout. Cyclepath, what cyclepath? Nah, it's for car parking. https://t.co/56aUGHH1xh

First time through this way for a little while. As usual, an illegally stopped vehicle, with a nearby legal space. Looks like they've been here awhile and are not leaving soon. I know you've worked hard on this @IanGManning, what more can w ... [more]

Ofo bike tucked away in a front garden. No doubt someone will be along to collect it before too long.

No comment.

Cambridge is falling apart.

Cambridge is falling apart.

Footway Ahead Closed - what about the cyclists forced out of the contraflow lane into oncoming traffic?

Final bollard arrangement where the new ramp on the left connects with the Carter Bridge ramp.

Final bollard arrangement where the new ramp on the right connects with the Carter Bridge ramp.

Cambridge is falling apart - outside the University Centre

Station Road is falling apart (again)

Station Road is falling apart (again)

Hills Road is falling apart (and what lane does that taxi driver think he's in anyway?)

Parkers Piece Location: , Cambridge (England, United Kingdom) A very soggy commute

Stud lights have been fitted on Driftway, to link with those on the fens

Stud lights have been fitted on Driftway, to link with those on the fens

The road in front of the Grad Pad. Undoubtedly in need of improvement. It also gives an idea (I hope) how much space there might be once this site is redeveloped.

The priority at the moment is for vehicles coming from either Silver Street or Trumpington Street (to the right) to access the Grand Arcade car park. With the proposed redevelopment of the Old Press/ Mill Lane site, there's an opportunity t ... [more]

You can, no doubt, spot the other reason this sign has been used incorrectly.

Checking the Roadworks website, the whole of Bridge Street will be closed to repair the road surface. (Hooray!) Edit to add: The repair didn’t happen. Odd.

Parking like this makes Puffles want to bring back the old tow-away scheme

Cycle parking reinstatement: was poor and still is…

River gate Looking through to the Coe fen path Newnham

Sheep's Green bridge Very narrow and busy but useful traffic free river crossing Cambridge

Load em up Bakfeits Cambridge Market

Blades and buggies Riverside shared path Jesus Green

Something fishy Cycle parking opposite the Old Cavendish Lab, Old School Lane

Access to Trumpington Meadows Country Park - start of new (unsigned) route to Hauxton.

End of new route in Trumpington Meadows Country Park

New route in Trumpington Meadows Country Park

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.

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