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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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Chicane on this route between Newmarket and Peverel Roads.

Looks like this housing has been deprecated.

A dropped kerb giving cycle access to the Barnwell Road subway.

A dropped kerb.

View of the step-free ramp down to the Barnwell Road subway. An improvement over #7480.

View of the step-free ramp down to the Barnwell Road subway.

Barnwell Road underpass - delightfully free of annoying obstructions - and lit. This is about the best subway I know in Cambridge!

View of the steps and obstruction-free ramp from Barnwell Road subway.

Steps down to the Barnwell Road subway.

Barnwell Road cycleway continues passing the step free ramp down to the delightfully obstruction-free subway. This subway seems to have improved in recent years.

Alley off East Road leading to terraced housing.

New developments on Newmarket Road.

Cut-throat Lane

Cambridge United Football Ground

Ten years ago this toastrack of cycle parking was given to Cambridge United Football club - I'm amazed to see it is still here - in an otherwise unusuable corner of their car storage area.

Ditton Field traffic calming.

Ditton Field traffic calming.

Ditton Field traffic calming.

Ditton Fields - traffic calming

Access to Ditton Field recreation ground.

Access to Ditton Field recreation ground.

Road closure - presumably to stop rat running - excellent permeability for cycling.

Pelican crossing, Ditton Lane.

Dudley Road - no motor vehicles - except for access.

Cycle parking near shops on Ditton Lane.

Why did the cyclist run the red light? Because they couldn't see through a security van....regular occurrence - does the driver avoid 2 offences (bus lane and zig-zag) by opting for one (pavement)?

Cycle parking and a useful link between Ditton Lane and Thorpe Way.

Some great looking covered cycle parking in front of the East Barnwell Health Centre.

A path called Velos Walk - but cycling does not appear to be prohibited by any signs.

Someone seems to have gone crazy with pram arm bollards and I'm amazed the residents put up with this grim entrance to their homes.

A path called Velos Walk - but cycling does not appear to be prohibited by any signs.

A path called Velos Walk - but cycling does not appear to be prohibited by any signs.

Playground on a path called Velos Walk

Car storage area and snicket leading to Velos Walk.

Anns Road

Semi permeability - there's no dropped kerbs here to give access to the road beyond.

Semi permeability - there's no dropped kerbs here to give access to the road beyond.

Cheap quality cycle parking - they don't seem very old but the plastic has cracked already and it won't be long before this will be causing litter and look dreadful. Stainless steel racks would have been a much wiser investment.

Some useful cycle parking in a children's playground.

Traffic calming and a climbing wall that evokes stonehenge (at least it did to me on this occasion).

Narrow shared use pavement cycleway with post further narrowing.

Will this be a cycle track? It's wide enough.

This unsigned and unsurfaced track is the obvious route from the LMB and the west side of the Addenbrooke's site to the Genome Path. It needs improving.

Very well used already - the new covered cycle park at the LMB.

Signage at Addenbrooke's is getting ever more idiosyncratic and non-standard - it's not illegal, these are private roads. It seems this is a patched version of #17050.

A sensible diversion, except for the fact that there's no need to dismount to use the crossing - it has green cycle lights. And it's a shame that two BT Openreach vans were parked right on the cycle route dropped kerbs just around the corn ... [more]

A sensible diversion, except for the fact that there's no need to dismount to use the crossing - it has green cycle lights.

Footway and cycle lane both closed.

It seems the city rangers are still concerned about access for rubbish trucks being impeded by parked bikes.

Nicely resurfaced footway - with no sign of the dropped kerbs that wheelchair-users have been requesting for years now.

High Street leaving Cherry Hinton on a narrow shared use pavement cycleway with white markings to apologize for the thoughtless placement.

A grim, rusty chicane reinforces the unfriendly message from the absence of a dropped kerb that this useful cut through is not meant for pesky cyclists - or anyone else in a wheeled vehicle. I cannot immediately see any reason why this l ... [more]

Teversham Drift - many of the open spaces have signs saying NO BALL GAMES, but there's also a lot of areas for storing cars in garages and laybys.

Garage and other means of car storage in Teversham Drift.

Garages in Teversham Drift.

Housing and paths in Teversham Drift.

Church End Cherry Hinton - with a useful but unmarked cut through to Coldham's Lane by those blue bins on the right.

Coldham's Lane - a busy route with heavy traffic. There's an unmarked, but useful cut through to the left here.

Coldham's Lane - there's a useful but unsigned cut through to Church End on the right - to the left of that white security hut.

The Tins cycle route from Cambridge ends inauspiciously here on Coldham's Lane - where there's absolutely no clue to its existance, and more importantly nothing to help the rider cross the busy road.

Very obstructive barrier on this footpath - designed it seems to keep bikes out!

This is definitely a footpath and is not suitable for cycling.

Subway refreshingly free of annoying obstructions.

Ramp up from subway (continues via sharp u-turn) is delightfully free of any awkward obstructions.

They've done their best to cheer up this otherwise grim subway - which is notable for the delightful lack of any obstructive barriers.

Peverel Road

Runway themed path in a play area - in the shadow of Cambridge airport.

A gate that by covenant is always kept ajar. There's a segregated foot and cycle path to the left.

Footpath passing the airport perimeter fence.

Footpath passing the airport perimeter fence.

Footpath passing the airport perimeter fence.

Public footpath past the airport.

Looking up to March Lane from the public footpath that goes past the airport.

Seemed to be a random bit of cycle parking in this area.

Fulbourn Road - and its narrow shared use pavement cycleway - rejected by these riders.

Headington Road junction with Fulbourn Road.

Headington Road

Headington Close

Motor vehicles stored on the footway - this is therefore a failed development.

Useful link between The Orchards and Gladstone Way - but spoilt by a silly chicane made out of two rounded-A cycle parking stands. There's no dropped kerb in the obvious place, because that would take away a motor vehicle storage space?

Useful link between Gladstone Way and The Orchards.

Snicket off Cherry Hinton Road.

Snicket off Cherry Hinton Road. Looks like some bollards have been removed recently - great!

Snicket off Cherry Hinton Road.

Snicket off Cherry Hinton Road.

Snicket off Cherry Hinton Road.

There's a useful cut through on the left of the housing - but the only dropped kerb is just off picture to the right. And the yellow hatching really contributes to the warm quality of this delightful public realm (not).

Bullen Close

Link from this housing estate to Cherry Hinton Road.

Alley off Cherry Hinton Road with a link to the estate beyond.

Alley off Cherry Hinton Road with a link to the estate beyond.

Not enough bike parking at this new development. Developers didn't properly incorporate cycle parking into the plans for these apartments and an opportunity to create convenient, covered secure cycle parking was missed - but they bust a gut ... [more]

Snakey Path - with street lighting

Snakey Path - passing Daws Lane allotments.

Big sign explaining footpath closure - (which has now finished).

Tree roots on Love Lane

Love Lane - useful cycle link

Love Lane - a useful cycle link but can be a bumpy ride due to tree roots.

Cycle parking at Cherry Hinton library.

The Kurser bike shop.

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