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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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Hills Road Bridge cycle lanes (shortly after construction)

Hills Road Bridge cycle lanes (shortly after construction)

Hills Road Bridge cycle lanes (shortly after construction)

Hills Road Bridge cycle lanes (shortly after construction)

Hills Road Bridge cycle lanes (shortly after construction)

Hills Road Bridge cycle lanes (shortly after construction)

Hills Road Bridge cycle lanes (shortly after construction)

Hills Road Bridge cycle lanes (shortly after construction)

Poor cycling environment, Milton Road

I seem to recall that there was proposal to re-surface this car park which also serves as the entrance to Grantchester Meadows. Anyone in a buggy, a wheelchair or on a bike (without full suspension) would probably welcome it.

Cattle grid

Walkway

Gate obstructing pedestrians.

Cyclist on Riverside Bridge

Cyclist on Riverside Bridge

Cyclists waiting at the new advance green signal at the Catholic Church junction.

Cycle parking.

Truly dire environment for cycling at the Catholic Church junction, even after £450,000 of junction cycle safety funding.

Truly dire environment for cycling at the Catholic Church junction, even after £450,000 of junction cycle safety funding.

Truly dire environment for cycling at the Catholic Church junction, even after £450,000 of junction cycle safety funding.

Cambridge Cycling Campaign seasonal social 2013

A new concept for cycle parking, it seems. After a long cycle ride, a chair has helpfully been provided by a local pub patron.

East Road cycle lane.

Excellent cycle parking at Downing College.

Excellent cycle parking at Downing College.

Taxi overflow lane with electronic sign does seem to be solving the previous illegal overranking round the corner.

Taxi overflow lane with electronic sign does seem to be solving the previous illegal overranking round the corner.

"The cycle on which the sun never sets" - old Raleigh advert spotted in Free Press

Just witnessed this lorry illegally driving along the pavement for about 80 yards to stop in a place to block clear view of the traffic lights. Yet again, deliveries to Costa Coffee park illegally on the pavement. Not only is this illega ... [more]

See clip at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKn3w2eMWHY This is breaking the law but also recognised as being very dangerous, mainly as it's a contraflow cyclelane. There are schools nearby and a lot of children use this to get to and fro ... [more]

There needs to be a right-turn for cyclists from Waitrose to Trumpington Meadows

Cut-through to Trumpington Meadows

Where's the cycle parking? Trumpington Meadows is so close to the busway, but it's a typically car-oriented development, alas.

Where's the cycle parking? Trumpington Meadows is so close to the busway, but it's a typically car-oriented development, alas.

Where's the cycle parking? Trumpington Meadows is so close to the busway, but it's a typically car-oriented development, alas.

Where's the cycle parking? Trumpington Meadows is so close to the busway, but it's a typically car-oriented development, alas.

Where's the cycle parking? Trumpington Meadows is so close to the busway, but it's a typically car-oriented development, alas.

The only cycle parking I saw at Trumpington Meadows - at the sales office

Cyclists should continue on to the footway - the narrow road seems to be one-way in the other direction.

Cycle parking at Waitrose - reduced to make room for more trolleys at the far end

Overflow from the Granta - not much of a problem for cyclists, maybe for pedestrians...

Shared pedestrian and cycle crossing at Mitcham's Corner

Surprisingly, there is actually a dropped kerb here.

Cut-through to the Histon Road

Alas, the dropped kerb is only temporary

Ben Hayward's bike repair/service/rental business is now run by S & G Cycles

Ben Hayward's bike repair/service/rental business is now run by S & G Cycles

Flowers in tribute to cyclist Beth McDermott, 16, who died due to a terrible crash, which happened on 11 December 2013 at around 7 pm. See also #54895 .

Flowers in tribute to Long Road Sixth Form student Beth McDermott, who died due to a terrible crash, which happened on 11 December 2013 at around 7 pm. See also #54896 A report of the inquest is at http://www.camcycle.org.uk/newsletters/ ... [more]

Pothole

Three cars (with drivers) waiting in the cycle lane - not mandatory or contraflow here, but still annoying.

After this http://cambridge.cyclestreets.net/location/51125/ (and this http://cambridge.cyclestreets.net/location/48698/ and this http://cambridge.cyclestreets.net/location/47077/) the stall seems to have been turned round so people queue f ... [more]

It couldn't be much clearer - Contraflow cycle lane, keep out!

Advanced notice of temporary cycle lane closure (aka Woodburn Way.) Cars still (afaik) able to proceed, which I find puzzling.

Tragic news of a 16 year old rider killed on Milton Road http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/News/16-year-old-cyclist-dead-after-crash-on-Milton-Road-20131212082021.htm Earlier report: http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/News/Milton-Road-in- ... [more]

Warning of shared use path at exit from private development

A person on a cycle followed by a patiently driven tipper truck on Green End Road.

See clip at http://youtu.be/Umc5WNQb1zM Shows the conditions that the Guided Busway shared-use path gets into in Autumn. After rain this is a lot worse. Anyone would have thought someone might work out it improves the local transport inf ... [more]

TNT delivering the day load to Outspoken so the last leg of the journey is by cycle courier. This helps TNT avoid the jammed streets of Cambridge and ensures their customers get goods on time as the cycle courier is quicker.

Cycle racks placed in bays formerly each occupied by a single car

New Sheffield racks replacing car parking on New Museums site. See also 54732

New Sheffield stands replacing car parking on New Museums site. One set of 5 per parking bay.

Bikes fastened to builders fencing outside Department of Zoology

End of foot and cycleway - no, it is not. The correct sign wood by white pedestrians on blue background. At other similar locations the council uses the equally wrong and even more annoying "Cyclists Dismount", e.g. #48247. At least the Cou ... [more]

Cycle drawn right in front of a dark bollard without reflector or warning (reported to CambsCC with ref 2823500). A reminder of how things are done generally, on this otherwise excellent link for pedestrians and cyclists between Hawkins Roa ... [more]

Short-cut between Woodhead Drive in West Chesterton and Hawkins Road in Kings Hedges. See also #54726

Some of the best cycleways in Cambridge happen by chance, like this section of Downhams Lane, which is cut off for motorised through traffic and links Kings Hedges with Chesterton. See also #54725

Cycle lane obstructed by police car, too close to the traffic lights.

Path alongside new CB1 park - not really wide enough for cycling.

A new park in CB1 - the track to the right is far narrower in reality, and not really wide enough for cycling.

New bike shop on Newmarket Road

New bike shop on Newmarket Road

Covered space for smokers but not for cycles at Anglia Ruskin University

Apparently this is to be a café for the road cycling community, with bike parking indoors. [This is now close to opening, over a year later, in February 2015]

Cycle stands replacing car parking on the New Museums Site

Car parking replaced with cycle parking - aligned to show how ten bikes fit comfortably into the space taken up by one car.

The missing post has been marked with a cone for over two months now...

The people-hostile barriers have gone! Now where do we lock our bikes when eating at the Saffron Brasserie?

County Council has responded to calls by Cambridge Cycling Campaign about the darkness of the junction. Thanks to the Cycling Officers for pushing internally.

Cambridge Cycling Campaign's stall during Mill Road Winter Fair as the wonderful parade passes

Cambridge Cycling Campaign's stall during Mill Road Winter Fair as the wonderful parade passes

Cambridge Cycling Campaign's stall during Mill Road Winter Fair as the wonderful parade passes

Improve Nuffield Road and Green End Road petition, please add your name at http://iitm.be/ChestertonTrafficReduction . See also #54662

Petition to reduce the number of heavy goods vehicles on Nuffield Road and Green End Road. Please add your name at http://www.camcycle.org.uk/jumpto/ChestertonTrafficReductio - see also #54663

Obstructive parking is greatly reduced in Newnham Croft since new yellow lines were painted - but these three drivers still think it's ok to park on double yellows.

Serried ranks of shopping trolleys - provided in place of well-used cycle parking

See #54634.

A bendy bollard has appeared in Park Street Cycle Park. This seems to be the latest bit of paranoia about making sure drivers turn rather than driving into this previously really hard-to-see wall. I thought it was odd that it had been ... [more]

This lorry had a large branch of a tree balancing on top of it. I pointed this out to the driver who seemed to know that and said he hadn't yet stopped to get it off. Weird.

Lots of cycle movements at the junction of New Bit with Trumpington Road.

Busy crossing at Trumpington Road.

Narrow cycle lanes between verge car storage area on the left and traffic.

Verge car storage on Coldham's Lane - there are effectively no kerbs.

Verge car storage on Coldham's Lane - there are effectively no kerbs.

Verge car storage on Coldham's Lane - there are effectively no kerbs.

Barnwell Road cycleway

Shared use alongside Barnwell Road.

Mercifully these bollards were installed with the pramarms inline with the path. I expect the installers thought that was the sensible way around to avoid blocking the path!

Mercifully these bollards were installed with the pramarms inline with the path. I expect the installers thought that was the sensible way around to avoid blocking the path!

Crossing on Barnwell Road.

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