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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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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.

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.

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