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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.

At last! Double yellow lines to counter obstructive parking here.

No home for bikes on a street dominated by car storage.

A litany of parking blocking the pavement and forcing people to walk in the road.

Lots of bikes for sale at the Societies' Fair 2013. http://www.papworth.org.uk/page.php?urlid=owl_bikes

"Quiet walls and walked stone lead to hidden squares and bursts of persistent lawn." ... and there are flames of green on the door.

Park Street Cycle Park relocated to ground level during structural examination work on the building. Work has gone on more than a month longer than expected.

One of three young people using the cycle park for some BMXing because it was wet outside. (I got this rider's permission before taking the photo.) They told me the nearest indoor BMX track was King's Lynn. They also said they always leave ... [more]

It might look like Park Street Car Park is falling down but I've been reassured the supports are only there to hold the new rendering until it sets properly. At the top of the photo you can see where engineers have cut away at the ceilin ... [more]

Park Street Cycle Park cleared of bikes and bike racks during reassessment of the structure of the car park. See #53299.

Cycle parking on St. Andrew's Street and er oh yes three taxis overranking in the background.

Christ's Lane.

Cycle parking on carriageway in King Street.

King Street

These two paths across Christ's Pieces both have no cycling signs - some way down but visible in this photo.

Cycles parked against the railings at Drummer Street bus station.

This sign is more than 10 years old, and the cycle racks that were put in here back in 2002 have long since gone, but at least there's some new ones here.

The King Street end of Milton's Walk - where there is a dropped kerb.

Milton's Walk - but is cycling prohibited here? There are no signs to suggest not, but other paths on Christ's Pieces do have No Cycling signs.

Milton's Walk - but is cycling prohibited here? There are no signs to suggest not, but other paths on Christ's Pieces do have No Cycling signs.

Milton's Walk - but is cycling prohibited here? There are no signs to suggest not, but other paths on Christ's Pieces do have No Cycling signs.

Milton's Walk - but is cycling prohibited here? There are no signs to suggest not, but other paths on Christ's Pieces do have No Cycling signs.

Milton's Walk - but is cycling prohibited here? There are no signs to suggest not, but other paths on Christ's Pieces do have No Cycling signs.

Milton Walk looking towards Christ's Lane.

Looking along Christ's Lane from St Andrew's Street. This path is not marked with No Cycling signs.

Looking along Christ's Lane at the edge of Christ's Pieces towards St Andrew's Street from Milton's Walk. This path is not marked with No Cycling signs.

Looking along Milton's Walk at the edge of Christ's Pieces towards King Street from Christ's Lane. This path is not marked with No Cycling signs.

Looking along a diagonal path across Christ's Pieces towards Emmanuel Road from Christ's Lane. This path is marked with No Cycling signs.

High capacity racks at Drummer Street Bus station. I thought these racks were good. They have a holder for the front wheel at one end and a double bar style sheffield stand for support. The wheel holders are alternately high and low allo ... [more]

Clear demand for cycle parking here and there is plenty of space but none has been provided.

A back street off Norfolk Street.

Loads of students came on their bikes to the Societies' Fair 2013 and had to make do with just this fence to lock their bikes.

These two banners were the backdrop to Cambridgeshire Road Safety's stall at the 2013 Societies' Fair on Parker's Piece. Very pleasing to see these positive images of cyclists and this is a complete turnaround from the heavily helmeted a ... [more]

Cambridge Cycling Campaign's stall at 2013 Societies' Fair. A good networking event - spoke to many student cyclists who were interested in our work and gave out newsletters and leaflets about the campaign.

In 3 minutes I photographed at least 20 cyclists on the grass of Lammas Land due to the road closure.

In 3 minutes I photographed at least 20 cyclists on the grass of Lammas Land due to the road closure.

In 3 minutes I photographed at least 20 cyclists on the grass of Lammas Land due to the road closure.

In 3 minutes I photographed at least 20 cyclists on the grass of Lammas Land due to the road closure.

In 3 minutes I photographed at least 20 cyclists on the grass of Lammas Land due to the road closure.

In 3 minutes I photographed at least 20 cyclists on the grass of Lammas Land due to the road closure.

In 3 minutes I photographed at least 20 cyclists on the grass of Lammas Land due to the road closure.

In 3 minutes I photographed at least 20 cyclists on the grass of Lammas Land due to the road closure.

Plenty of space for more cycle parking and nearer the entrance to the new Travelodge.

Typically arbitrary British signage - instead of an End of Cycle Route sign it should be indicated that cyclists should use the path to the left and pedestrians the one to the right.

Appalling surface on cycle track (pedestrians use the footway to the right)

St Johns Ambulance paramedics at the start of the Town and Gown run

Four paramedic bikes waiting at the start of the Town and Gown run.

It's hard to see how 'habitat and access improvements' require Lammas Land to be closed for almost two months - any trucks will be little different to those emptying the recycling banks anyway.

This is how most cyclists will bypass Lammas Land while it's closed for 'habitat and access improvements'.

It's hard to see how 'habitat and access improvements' require Lammas Land to be closed for almost two months (from early October, in fact).

It's hard to see how 'habitat and access improvements' require Lammas Land to be closed for almost two months (from early October, in fact).

The right way to deal with closure of a cycle lane for roadworks - rather than the usual "Cyclists Dismount". Note that the smaller sign behind instructs drivers not to overtake cyclists because of narrow lanes. (Although not entirely cle ... [more]

Nasty pothole - one of the posts has been knocked clean out.

Mini-roundabout replaced by T-junction - did we know this was happening?

Contraflow cycle lane outside the new Cambridge Travelodge

Car park at the new Cambridge Travelodge - no sign of adequate cycle parking

Just one cycle rack (full) at the new Travelodge in Cambridge - why is it so hard to get proper provision?

'Keep Left' makes no sense for a right-handed person trying to get a bike up the stairs at Cambridge station.

Riders on the cycle bridge near Cambridge Railway Station.

Lyndewode Road - a popular cycle route despite car and skip storage on both sides.

Riders on Lyndewode Road.

Bikes parked on the footway in Thoday Street.

Bikes parked on the footway in Thoday Street.

No clip. Verge parking that means the door zone covers the entire cycle facility, thus effectively blocking it.

See clip at http://youtu.be/Nh6iVzFyY9c I've finally found a reason for the side cyclepaths (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-Q_rgSeqTA)! Well, not really. With the amount of people wondering around I simply didn't feel safe cycling ... [more]

See clip at http://youtu.be/W_sCURPHTKs The driver was sat in the car. If to do with any house I'm not sure why they weren't making use of the large amount of space offroad clearly available. Please note I hold my line in the cyclelan ... [more]

Sabotage: Bike tyre taken in for repair after being deliberately slashed by a sharp object.

Sad inditement of speeding traffic on York Street and the domination of car parking that parents feel it necessary to make their children cycle on the pavement.

Showing there is plenty of space here for cycle lanes (which have been subsequently added)

This netting stuff is totally unsuitable for putting next to a cycle path: handlebars can get trapped in it. Did no-one think?

New Tesco store opens without any cycle parking in a city where most people cycle.

New Tesco store opens without any cycle parking in a city where most people cycle.

Plenty of space for cycle racks here.

Cycle parking at Cambridge Beer Festival.

Local cyclist struggles with a so-called wheeling channel that has still not been replaced due to railway bureaucracy.

Motorised and licensed war-time bicycle on display during an event reconstructing the Senate House car stunt.

Motorised and licensed war-time bicycle on display during an event reconstructing the Senate House car stunt.

Clear evidence why it would be best to widen the paths properly.

Clear evidence why it would be best to widen the paths properly.

Clear evidence of need for secure cycle parking.

Car parking thoughtlessly blocking the dropped kerb for walkers and cyclists. Ed: A white H (aitch) marking could solve this.

Clearance of old bikes

Cycling tour

Cycling now permitted again within the car parking area of Downing College.

Cycling now permitted again within the car parking area of Downing College.

Contraflow needed here.

Clearly no space here for a proper cycleway rather than the current off-road shared-use.

Cycle lane

FedEx illegally using cycle lane and pavement to deliver to new development.

New cycle stands located near the River Centre, a community facility by River Lane.

Direct Cycles - a new bike shop in Chesterton

A new sign has appeared confirming that this permissive cycle path is now officially a cycle path

Correct signage to be used in such cases.

Cycle parking needed here.

Unfair use of space - high demand for walking and cycling, but car storage takes up the space instead.

Unfair use of space - high demand for walking and cycling, but car storage takes up the space instead.

Not a good start for this new development to see cycles parked outside its entrance.

Road sign sticking out of tarmac during the works.

Road sign sticking out of tarmac during the works.

Clear need for cycle parking here.

If car storage can be removed for two months, why can't it be removed permanently, to make space for safe cycling?

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