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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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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.

Colville Road

Colville Road

Auger's Road

Fisher's Lane

Barely noticeable cycle route sign in Cherry Hinton.

Lighting poles without lights, still no painted yellow box months after the supposed completion of work - this junction just seems like a bike-hostile expanse of asphalt.

Finally! - after 18 months of drip drip drip campaigning (see #37689), an indication that the National Cycle Network route is not actually a dead end for cyclists. Only on one of the two dead-end signs, but thanks to Sustrans for getting so ... [more]

Finally! - after 18 months of drip drip drip campaigning (see #37689), an indication that the National Cycle Network route is not actually a dead end for cyclists. Only on one of the two dead-end signs, but thanks to Sustrans for getting so ... [more]

Van unloading, seemingly breaking the planning condition preventing deliveries to Revolution bar from on the cycle lane.

Illegal use of contraflow cycleway on Downing Street. Once one vehicle is present, more treat this as carte blanche to join.

Cycle parking at new student accommodation at Emmanuel College.

Squandered opportunity to add cycle parking: pointless bollards used instead.

Van selling food parked in slightly the wrong place, 2m to the left of the proper pitch allocated by the City Council.

Cut-through for walkers.

Members of Cambridge Cycling Campaign considering possible solutions for Trumpington Road outside the Botanic Gardens.

Members of Cambridge Cycling Campaign considering possible solutions for Trumpington Road outside the Botanic Gardens.

Members of Cambridge Cycling Campaign considering possible solutions for Trumpington Road outside the Botanic Gardens.

Resurfacing here would have been a good opportunity to add a contraflow.

New sign to deal with the problem of taxi overranking.

Advertising being added to a Green in Cambridge

Shortly after the council have painted double yellow lines to stop parked cars creating a pinch-point at the bollards to the left of the photo, these bins have been installed on the pedestrian line, moving them into conflict with cyclists g ... [more]

My figures may not be entirely accurate, but there aren't too far off. I've no idea why this supermarket devalues it's cycle customers. Not only does the cycle parking have many less stands, it's now a lot more awkward to get into it, as ... [more]

Looking over the fence it looks like there's plenty of space to be taken from the railway for widening the path.

Looking over the fence it looks like there's plenty of space to be taken from the railway for widening the path.

Useful but narrow path which tolerates cycling.

Necessary, but punitive barriers on this totally unsatisfactory path which tolerates cycling.

Necessary, but punitive barriers on this totally unsatisfactory path which tolerates cycling

Necessary, but punitive barriers on this totally unsatisfactory path which tolerates cycling.

The cycle route into Cambridge continues across Cherry Hinton High Street.

Traffic Counter on Argyle Street.

Very narrow path alongside the railway line from Cherry Hinton High Street. Cycling is permitted but in reality this is a totally inadequate width for a cycle route. There's obviously high demand here and potentially space that could be obt ... [more]

Greville Road

Snakey Path

Snakey path - after recent clearance work.

Roadworks in full swing on Catharine Street.

Road narrowing and some groovy yarnbombing.

Traffic counter on St. Philip's Road.

No accommodation for cycle parking on the streets of Romsey - so they are left against houses and block the pavement.

No accommodation for cycle parking on the streets of Romsey - so they are left against houses and block the pavement.

FENRA's first AGM on 19 Nov 2013 at Chesterton school voted in favour of supporting the Nuffield Road proposal http://iitm.be/NuffieldRoad

Existing shared-use on the west-side of Trumpington Road. Could the pavement be reduced in width if it no longer needed to be shared-use? However no examples of rescinding shared use are known. It may take a long time for people to adjust, ... [more]

The land on the left is suspected to belong to the council. Could it be reduced to provide additional width at the junction?

Utilities access in the verge. There are more on the other (west-side) of the road as well. Moving them would be very expensive, and they would stop the laying of foundations sufficient to support the weight of motor traffic. However, could ... [more]

Could this verge be reduced to create extra width? It is more-or-less level with the road at this point.

This stop for 3 coaches needs to be retained in the new scheme in some location: it is used as pick-up for schools in the area going on trips, and as set-down for groups visiting the Botanic gardens. There is a 15 minute maximum wait time. ... [more]

Although cyclists and pedestrians are encouraged to cross this side road here, neither can see the traffic lights for relevant motor traffic from the shared-use path, and therefore do not know when they can safely cross.

Existing toucan is narrow for volume of pedestrians and cyclists using it. However, it may not be within budget of the scheme to change the islands at these lights.

The end of parking and start of the left-turn queuing lane. Suggestion is that at peak this is full, and would seriously affect junction capacity if removed.

This bank cannot be touched by the proposed segregated cycleway. It meets the level of Hobson's Conduits and provides seepage for it. It would be extremely expensive to reduce, and therefore cannot be used for space re-allocation.

Bus stop on Trumpington Road poses a problem for space re-allocation for proposed segregated cycleway. Timetables suggest at least 10 buses an hour.

New parking restrictions make this junction easier to use.

New parking restrictions make this junction easier to use.

New parking restrictions make this junction easier to use.

New parking restrictions on Riverside make this busy junction easier to use.

Car reg S57 LM0 blocking the cycle lanes that bypass the traffic calming outside Coleridge College. This has been an ongoing issue since the traffic calming was installed. It takes just one selfish individual to put at risk the thousands of ... [more]

HGV parked in car bays totally obstructing cycle lane

Another HGV parked in car bays

Encroaching into cycle lane

Time for resurfacing?

New parking restrictions in Newnham - to ease access for fire engines, but good for cycling too.

New parking restrictions in Newnham - to ease access for fire engines, but good for cycling too.

New second yellow line on Riverside should make bridge and Tesco junctions easier by removing parking

Police stall on day of the Cambridge University Freshers' Fair.

One of the worst examples of shared-use provision in Cambridge - a blind corner with slippery dead leaves and markings almost worn away.

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