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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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Elizabeth Way - two lanes here where a pedestrian crossing is accommodated. No cycle lanes.

Milton Road at the roundabout with Elizabeth way. Narrow cycle lane.

This cycle lane has two edges.

University farm being demolished.

Riding along Elizabeth way.

See clip http://youtu.be/uz_Qdw1rdsc I have to jam on my brakes to avoid hitting this car as the driver pulls out of the Park Street car park without looking. I've got priority as I'm going along the road and the driver is coming out ... [more]

See clip at http://youtu.be/R7I-Lux3qAI Okay, I do have some sympathy for Royal Mail people delivering. They have to stop all over the place to deliver. However, the sheer laziness of this driver is mind boggling. On either side of t ... [more]

KX57OHV Cambridge City Taxi 238 illegally parking on a shared use path, see Road Traffic Act 1988 section 21.

Truck delivering from cycle and bus lane on Milton Road to car dealership.

Indulging two passions at once, (well I suppose the C5 doesn't really count as cycling), but the http://www.computinghistory.org.uk/ museum was fab and not far from our house.

50 people stuck in a bus all because we can't possibly take away parking to make cycling and public transport better.

50 people stuck in a bus all because we can't possibly take away parking to make cycling and public transport better.

See clip at http://youtu.be/nHa__1gKq8k Another classic example of "let's try to get away with it as it's so rampant" blassé attitude. This place has been pretty free of this recently and this came up. Think they may be trying to mitiga ... [more]

See clip at http://youtu.be/v9L98BNv-FQ A slightly stupid and pointless close pass. The highway code is pretty clear that double overtaking is not acceptable in this space, given the vehicle should be off the other side of the road to do ... [more]

Cycling officers visiting to measure up for a cycle parking experiment in Thoday Street.

See clip at http://youtu.be/ES-Kq9nH4Dk This is a classic case of a driver with a "I just must get ahead" attitude. It did absolutely nothing to speed their journey and only acted to block me. On top of that, looking at the road marki ... [more]

Spot the bike path! Hint, under the car there is a big painted bike sign (light was too bright for my phone camera to see it) New bike path regularly used as free car park by resident of new housing complex (people working at NIAB have fre ... [more]

Coton Cycleway – rather too narrow for a popular walking and cycling route.

Senate House early on a summer Sunday morning.

St Edward's passage

Road closed for a charity run event.

Inders Kitchen (https://www.inderskitchen.com), a Cambridge-based Indian Takeaway, does delivery by bike. This deserves a massive thumbs-up as a great solution to our town's traffic issues. (Note the ASL infringement ahead as well!)

Abandoned cycle. This bike appeared here on a Sunday morning. I instantly recognized it as an abandoned bike - rear brakes sprung open, loose brake cables, bent mudguard stays, strange yellow paint on part of the front wheel. I reposi ... [more]

Nice quality covered cycle parking at this school. There is more cycle parking on different parts of the site.

The unenforceable sign reads: DO NOT RIDE CYCLE ON THIS FOOTPATH - unenforceable because it is the incorrect sign. If cycling were genuinely not permitted the official round red bordered NO CYCLING sign would be used.

More wonderful yarnbombing!

Cycles parked on the carriageway. We're expecting a toast rack like those shown at #50187 to be sited here temporarily to gauge the suitability for a permanent installation like #48270.

A local property management company really should know better than to cross the solid white line into a contraflow cycle lane.

Limited enforcement action is having no effect on the recent rash of obstructive parking in Newnham Croft.

The new-ish properties on the right were built at the bottom of the long gardens of houses on Histon Road. They were restricted to single storey, but have a basement. They were not granted any rights to use the local residents' parking s ... [more]

North Street, which is a back street of Histon Road has several car storage areas, including residential car parking scheme.

This street behind Histon Road has several car storage areas.

Histon Road

Narrow footway on Histon Road, not helped by bins.

Large car storage facility off Windsor Road behind Histon Road shops.

Histon Road / Gilbert Road

The time has come to end public storage of these dinosaurs on this section of highway. There is a multi-storey storage facility for them nearby so there really is little excuse.

New bike racks next to the new Cambridge Fire Station.

Cycling is in our DNA suggests this BBC report: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-23274432

See clip at http://youtu.be/UKJ3XntIH50 And after a couple of days of no illegal parking, they are back again! After all these.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSV64XCjBJQ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VzhxyNsxxs http://www.you ... [more]

See clip at http://youtu.be/UKJ3XntIH50 And after a couple of days of no illegal parking, they are back again! After all these.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSV64XCjBJQ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VzhxyNsxxs http://www.you ... [more]

See clip at http://youtu.be/UKJ3XntIH50 And after a couple of days of no illegal parking, they are back again! After all these.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSV64XCjBJQ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VzhxyNsxxs http://www.you ... [more]

See clip at http://youtu.be/UKJ3XntIH50 And after a couple of days of no illegal parking, they are back again! After all these.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSV64XCjBJQ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VzhxyNsxxs http://www.you ... [more]

See clip at http://youtu.be/BYQOzBEafuM We had the fun and joy of the winter raised strip replacement on this wooden bridge. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xniOGCp7DY Then it was removed after considerable complaints. http://www.yo ... [more]

See clip at http://youtu.be/8cCGLtP2c5M Wow! All change again and this time looks a little more permanent! Is there a chance that my badgering here has had some effect? We'll see. After all these.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PS ... [more]

See clip at http://youtu.be/gwtg3thWZSY This is just poor driving from someone who is meant to be "professional". It's a plain MGIF rather than a SMIDSY as the driver was looking right at me both before and after the white car passing fr ... [more]

See clip at http://youtu.be/qrL_wEqKWxo Not something you will regularly come across when riding, unless you are in Cambridge. The herds here are very docile and quite used to having people around. That doesn't mean they will just si ... [more]

Toucan crossing in the way of cyclists. The dangerous road narrowing needs to be removed. See #51288

Toucan crossing in the way of cyclists on Histon Road. See also #51294.

Histon Road. See also #51293

Video of a cyclist on a wider section of Histon Road. See also picture #51292

Many cars overtake far to closely on Histon Road. See also video #51291.

Histon Road Cambridge is narrowed by parked cars. It needs cycle lanes instead of car storage. See also #51290.

Histon Road, Cambridge lacks cycle lanes. See also #51289.

Recently carried out but shoddily done road resurfacing in Canterbury Street!

Recently carried out but shoddily done road resurfacing in Canterbury Street!

Recently carried out but shoddily done road resurfacing in Canterbury Street!

Recently carried out but shoddily done road resurfacing in Canterbury Street!

Recently carried out but shoddily done road resurfacing in Canterbury Street!

Recently carried out but shoddily done road resurfacing in Canterbury Street!

Recently carried out but shoddily done road resurfacing in Canterbury Street!

Recently carried out but shoddily done road resurfacing in Canterbury Street!

Recently carried out but shoddily done road resurfacing in Canterbury Street!

Gilbert Road Measurements left to right in metres, accurate to 0.05m 1.80m Pavement 2.70m Verge 1.70m Cycle lane 2.90m Westbound 3.00m Eastbound 1.70m Cycle lane 2.90m Verge 1.70m Pavement 18.40m Total 9.30m Total Carriag ... [more]

Histon Road Measurements left to right in metres, accurate to 0.05m 1.80m Pavement 3.00m Northbound 3.00m Eastbound 4.60m Southbound 1.80m Pavement 14.20m Total 10.60m Total Carriageway

Histon Road

Shopping area on Histon Road

Histon Road Measurements left to right in metres, accurate to 0.05m 2.60m Pavement 4.80m Northbound 4.40m Southbound 2.85m Pavement 14.65m Total 9.20m Total Carriageway

Histon Road Measurements left to right in metres, accurate to 0.05m 1.90m Pavement 4.25m Northbound 4.30m Southbound 1.80m Pavement 12.25m Total 8.55m Total Carriageway

Histon Road Measurements left to right in metres, accurate to 0.05m 1.80m Pavement 1.70m Buildout 3.20m Northbound 3.65m Southbound 1.90m Pavement 12.25m Total 8.55m Total Carriageway

Linden Close, off Histon Road, Cambridge

Methodology used for measuring road widths - a five metre spring loaded tape measure, in the small hours.

Histon Road Measurements left to right in metres, accurate to 0.05m 1.70m Pavement 4.30m Southbound 2.50m Northbound 1.90m Car storage 1.70m Pavement 12.10m Total 8.70m Total Carriageway

Histon Road Measurements left to right in metres, accurate to 0.05m 2.05m Pavement 2.45m Layby 4.20m Northbound 2.60m Southbound 1.90m Car storage 1.80m Pavement 15.00m Total 8.70m Total Carriageway

Newmarket Road - single stage toucan crossing and cycle lanes.

Narrow cycle lane on Newmarket Road, and new cycle parking at the far end on the left, part of the new hotel.

New hotel on Newmarket Road

Coldham's Lane Measurements left to right in metres, accurate to 0.05m 1.85m Pavement 1.90m Verge car storage 1.25m Cycle lane 2.65m Northbound Carriageway 2.85m Southbound Carriageway 1.30m Cycle lane 1.45m Verge 2.20m Pavemen ... [more]

A box bike parked on Thoday Street. And the scene about a year later with new cycle parking: #66783.

Thoday Street Measurements left to right in metres, accurate to 0.05m 1.70m Pavement 5.80m Carriageway 1.70m Pavement 9.20m Total The residential parking markings are 1.80m wide, over hanging the pavement by 0.60m.

Shameful that car storage is permitted here on Sundays

Trusting my bike to one of the guardian trees at Cambridge Station (suspect they're due for the chop #CB1) http://t.co/Y4OZ7VK4UI

Coe Fen path, a lovely riverside route into town. Shame, it could be wider.

When the trading pitches were being reviewed Cambridge Cycling Campaign said that this one needed to be further to the east, away from the end of Regent Terrace and the junction with Regent Street, so that people being served - this photo w ... [more]

When the trading pitches were being reviewed Cambridge Cycling Campaign said this one needed to be further from the junction with Regent Street. See http://camcycle.cyclescape.org/threads/728 See also #51155

This ice-cream van is parked too close to the junction with Regent St. Cambridge Cycling Campaign wrote to the City Council when the trading pitches were being reviewed saying the pitch needed to be sited further east. See http://camcycle.c ... [more]

Cycle route across Parker's Piece closed off at Parkside for The Big Weekend at 8:30pm on Friday 5th July 2013.

I was trying to use this back route to avoid cars and get through on a longer journey. This threw me for about 5 minutes. Had to stop, look around, check the map, then wander (in wonder!) along speculatively until I spotted the right way ... [more]

Contraflow markings on St Andrews Street now have arrows and are the full length of the road, following several requests for this. Makes the situation much clearer now.

Truck in cycle lane delivering to car dealership on Milton Road.

Truck in cycle lane delivering to car dealerships on Milton Road.

See clip at http://youtu.be/CxdGjKrwR1o And after a couple of days of no illegal parking, they are back again! After all these.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSV64XCjBJQ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VzhxyNsxxs http://www.you ... [more]

See clip at http://youtu.be/CxdGjKrwR1o And after a couple of days of no illegal parking, they are back again! After all these.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSV64XCjBJQ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VzhxyNsxxs http://www.you ... [more]

See clip at http://youtu.be/FjWRzK6k46w I'm going around 24mph down the road and prepare to pass a stopped bus. Then I spot that it wants to pull out, so wave it out and pull in behind. I slow to around 20mph and prepare for the road ahe ... [more]

See clip at http://youtu.be/UhkrVbLjA1U Each time I come down here I'm sure I'm going to go over. I take it really slowly and try to make sure it's a safe turn. It is very difficult! The path drops away across the path away from the c ... [more]

See clip at http://youtu.be/iSkoUUvP92Q And after a couple of days of no illegal parking, they are back again! After all these.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSV64XCjBJQ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VzhxyNsxxs http://www.you ... [more]

See clip at http://youtu.be/jISm9-Dcxko Again, a lot of development going on here, but there's still no need for this. Highway Code Rule 243 DO NOT stop or park where you would obstruct cyclists’ use of cycle facilities except when ... [more]

See clip at http://youtu.be/jISm9-Dcxko Again, a lot of development going on here, but there's still no need for this. Highway Code Rule 243 DO NOT stop or park where you would obstruct cyclists’ use of cycle facilities except when ... [more]

UPDATE: Change of hatch direction! http://cambridge.cyclestreets.net/location/54865/ See clip at http://youtu.be/Uj3gxhg0Vio This is meant to be a serious bit of cycling infrastructure to enable bikes to cross the very hostile Newmark ... [more]

Chisholm Trail - section of the Travis Perkins Depot planning application to be safeguarded.

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