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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

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Nuffield Close between Ridgeon's exit and the busway and cyclebahn extension between the A10 and the Science Park station. See also #57226.

Nuffield Close between Ridgeon's exit and the busway and cyclebahn extension between the A10 and the Science Park station. See also #57225

Nuffield Close, between Ridgeons and the busway extension between Milton Road and the Science Park railway station. See also #57224

From here, the end of Nuffield Close to Milton Road (past the red-brick building in the background) this should become a road link from the commercial estate to the A10. Add your name to the online petition http://iitm.be/ChestertonTrafficR ... [more]

From Nuffield Close (near the Ridgeon's exit) to Milton Road (past the red-brick building in the background) the busway extension should be better be a road link for the trading estate to the A10. Add your name to the online petition http:/ ... [more]

From here, the end of Nuffield Close to Milton Road (past the red-brick building in the background) this should become a road link from the trading estate to the A14. Add your name to the online petition http://iitm.be/ChestertonTrafficRedu ... [more]

Plenty of space for the extension of the busway and cyclebahn between the Nuffield Road trading estate and the Cambridge Business Park. See also #57230.

View from Discovery Way over the Nuffield Road Allotments and the busway extension towards the Cambridge Business Park. View towards Science Park Railway Station in #57183.

View from Discovery Way over the Nuffield Road Allotments and towards the future car park for the Science Park Station. View over Bramblefields towards Chesterton Sidings #57182

View from Discovery Way over the Nuffield Road Allotments and Bramblesfield towards Chesterton Sidings. View over busway extension towards Cambridge Business Park in #57184

Derelict Sheffield stands in the back yard of a block of flats on Discovery Way.

Debris across the cycle way- someone has left Dame Mary Archer Way at speed. Who's responsible for clearing this mess up?

See clip at http://youtu.be/4f2DIcPcKiY This happened just as primary school children were coming home. This is the third time I've spotted Asda delivery people doing this here. The first time it happened, they promised that they'd s ... [more]

See clip at http://youtu.be/IcVs06cJoDk This is just a dangerous facility that needs to have some kind of regular cleaning schedule.

See clip at http://youtu.be/9TqMVs5HZAw Stopping or Parking in Cycle Lanes Highway Code Rule 240 (backed up in law) You MUST NOT stop or park on a tram or cycle lane. http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/TravelAndTransport/Highwaycode/DG_06986 ... [more]

See clip at http://youtu.be/1dLpXUKAfyw ASLs Highway Code Rule 178 (backed up by the RTA). Advanced stop lines. Some signal-controlled junctions have advanced stop lines to allow cycles to be positioned ahead of other traffic. Motori ... [more]

The Town - an illustration from a Modern Children's encycleopedia dated 1961 found on the shelves of The Six Bells pub. Note what the footway cyclist is wearing around his neck!

GJ06TZG - apparently owned by Motoworks - parked on the pavement at a junction, blocking the cycle track. When I suggested that the driver park legally like the rest of us, he said he didn't want to pay five pounds and made a mild threat in ... [more]

Worn markings on shared use path at corner of Parkside and Park Terrace. These were renewed in February 2014.

Junction of Clarendon St and Parkside (left) showing worn markings on diagonal cycle route. These markings were renewed in February 2014 - see #57093

Junction of Clarendon St, Parkside (on left) and Parker St. The blue sign indicates the cycle route going diagonally across the junction onto the pavement alongside Parkside. Straight on is prohibited for all vehicles, including cyclists.

Shared-use pavement alongside Parker's Piece but markings worn and in need of replacement. Surface redone February 2014 see photo #57095

Cyclist on Riverside Bridge in East Chesterton. See short videos of the morning rush:http://iitm.be/CBrush

Cyclists during the morning rush on Riverside Bridge between Abbey and East Chesterton in Cambridge. See also in videos http://iitm.be/RiversideVid

Cyclists during the morning rush on Riverside Bridge between Abbey and East Chesterton in Cambridge. See also in videos http://iitm.be/RiversideVid

Cyclists during the morning rush on Riverside Bridge between Abbey and East Chesterton in Cambridge. See short videos of Cambridge's morning rush: http://iitm.be/CBrush

Cyclists during the morning rush on Riverside Bridge between Abbey and East Chesterton in Cambridge. See also in videos http://iitm.be/RiversideVid

Cyclists during the morning rush on Riverside Bridge between Abbey and East Chesterton in Cambridge. See also in videos http://iitm.be/RiversideVid

Cyclists during the school run on Riverside Bridge between Abbey and East Chesterton in Cambridge. See short videos of Cambridge's morning rush: http://iitm.be/CBrush

Cyclists during the morning rush on Riverside Bridge between Abbey and East Chesterton in Cambridge. See also in videos http://iitm.be/RiversideVid

Cyclist during the morning rush on Riverside Bridge between Abbey and East Chesterton in Cambridge.

Cyclists during the morning rush on Riverside Bridge between Abbey and East Chesterton in Cambridge. The ramps to the bridge are 4m wide, colour segregated into a 1.5m footlane and a 2.5m wide redmac cyclelane. For comparison, Green Dragon ... [more]

The ramps to Riverside Bridge are 4m wide, colour segregated into a 1.5m footlane and a 2.5m wide redmac cyclelane. For comparison, Green Dragon Bridge is 2.6m narrow . See short videos of the morning rush: http://iitm.be/CBrush

Cyclists during the morning rush on Riverside Bridge between Abbey and East Chesterton in Cambridge. See also in videos http://iitm.be/RiversideVid

Cyclists during the morning rush on Riverside Bridge between Abbey and East Chesterton in Cambridge. See also in videos http://iitm.be/RiversideVid . The ramps to the bridge are 4m wide, colour segregated into a 1.5m footlane and a 2.5m wid ... [more]

Cyclists walking their bikes up Riverside Bridge and across the river. Some algae has built up on the bridge's clear white surfaces.

Cyclists during the morning rush on Riverside Bridge between Abbey and East Chesterton in Cambridge. See short videos of the morning rush in Cambridge: http://iitm.be/CBrush

Cyclists during the morning rush on Riverside Bridge between Abbey and East Chesterton in Cambridge. See also in videos http://iitm.be/RiversideVid . The ramps to the bridge are 4m wide, colour segregated into a 1.5m footlane and a 2.5m wid ... [more]

Cyclists during the morning rush on Riverside Bridge between Abbey and East Chesterton in Cambridge. See also in videos http://iitm.be/RiversideVid

Female cyclist in the morning rush on Riverside Bridge between Abbey and East Chesterton in Cambridge. See short videos of Cambridge's morning rush: http://iitm.be/CBrush

Cyclists in the morning rush on Riverside Bridge between Abbey and East Chesterton in Cambridge. See also in videos http://iitm.be/RiversideVid

Cyclists in the morning rush on Riverside Bridge between Abbey and East Chesterton in Cambridge. See also in videos http://iitm.be/RiversideVid

Cyclists on Riverside Bridge against the morning sun. The ramps to the bridge are 4m wide, colour segregated into a 1.5m footlane and a 2.5m wide redmac cyclelane. For comparison, Green Dragon Bridge is 2.6m narrow.

Male cyclists in the morning rush on Riverside Bridge between Abbey and East Chesterton in Cambridge. The ramps to the bridge are 4m wide, colour segregated into a 1.5m footlane and a 2.5m wide redmac cyclelane. For comparison, Green Dragon ... [more]

Male cyclist in the morning rush on Riverside Bridge between Abbey and East Chesterton in Cambridge.

Cyclists in the morning rush on Riverside Bridge between Abbey and East Chesterton in Cambridge. See also in videos http://iitm.be/RiversideVid

Cyclists in the morning rush on Riverside Bridge between Abbey and East Chesterton in Cambridge. See also in videos http://iitm.be/RiversideVid

Cyclists in the morning rush on Riverside Bridge connecting Abbey with East Chesterton in Cambridge. See short videos of Cambridge's morning rush: http://iitm.be/CBrush

Female cyclists in the morning rush in Cambridge.

Everyday cycling in East Chesterton, Cambridge.

Cyclists in East Chesterton. See short videos of Cambridge's morning rush: http://iitm.be/CBrush

Cyclists in the morning rush in East Chesterton, Cambridge.

Cyclist on Riverside Bridge.

Cycleway over the river Cam between East Chesterton and Abbey.

Riverside Bridge, the newest bridge crossing the river Cam in Cambridge.

The morning rush in Cambridge. See also in short videos: http://iitm.be/CBrush

Cyclists on Riverside Bridge in East Chesterton.

The morning rush on Riverside Bridge. See also in videos http://iitm.be/RiversideVid

The path on Ditton Meadows is already heavily used at times.

Cycleway over Ditton Meadows in Cambridge. Cyclists riding towards the river Cam.

New Park Street

The railway bridge over the river Cam. This is also a possible location for the Chesterton-Abbey bridge to connect to the Science Park Station.

Photo on front of Cambridge Cycle Map changes from wearing to not wearing helmets. Shush! Don't tell the ASA.

Red Bike is where to ride safely! See clip at http://youtu.be/ijZeu_Vz_-E Cyclelanes on Coldhams Lane are simply not safe due to driver behaviour. Here's the experience and how BikeAbility cycle training would approach it. Using t ... [more]

See clip at http://youtu.be/ijZeu_Vz_-E Cyclelanes on Coldhams Lane are simply not safe due to driver behaviour. Here's the experience and how BikeAbility cycle training would approach it. Using the "sharing" position (secondary) is ... [more]

See clip at http://youtu.be/ijZeu_Vz_-E Cyclelanes on Coldhams Lane are simply not safe due to driver behaviour. Here's the experience and how BikeAbility cycle training would approach it. Using the "sharing" position (secondary) is ... [more]

See clip at http://youtu.be/ijZeu_Vz_-E Cyclelanes on Coldhams Lane are simply not safe due to driver behaviour. Here's the experience and how BikeAbility cycle training would approach it. Using the "sharing" position (secondary) is ... [more]

Approaching Maids Causeway from Butt Green. Faded markings on the approach to the cattle grid. Pedestrians are supposed to use the bollards / gate on the left - but many struggle across the grid. Two months later that new patch of ... [more]

A well used crop of cycle parking. These racks were put in twelve years ago as part of a Cycle Theft Reduction project - but are soon to be replaced with space for slightly more bikes.

Lots of bikes parked to the railings. An out of date note pleads for them not to be left here during path resurfacing. The new black tarmac shows that has been completed. In amongst all this there's a hard to read four-way finger post, a ... [more]

Loads of bikes parked alongside Parker's Piece - an unofficial cycle park - and there are no signs saying not to park there.

Newly resurfaced shared use path on Parkside.

Newly resurfaced corner of Parkside / Parkside Terrace.

Bushes are encroaching on the Madingley Road cycle track.

Okay, arguably there COULD be an exclusion here under the '88 RTA. But it's unlikely and not as if there are better places close by. Stopping or Parking in Cycle Lanes Highway Code Rule 240 (backed up in law) You MUST NOT stop or park ... [more]

Sign showing routing away from main traffic. It's good to see more of these signs go up, but it's strange that they are in the difficult-to-see dark colours. What's wrong with the visible and familar bicycle blue?

The sign here marks the start of an area of footway parking. There's no sign on the other side of the road, but footway parking is permitted on both sides.

The blue signs on either side of the road here seem to suggest that this is the end of the area of footway parking.

The two blue signs here mark the start of footway parking. The have the text: P In marked areas

The sign that reads: P In marked areas refers to carriageway parking (not on the footway). There's also a sign which means 'One way traffic'. A little further down the road at #57087 slightly different signs permit footway park ... [more]

Lots of signs at the end of Wettenhall Road - oh and some bikes parked on the footway.

Cavendish Road The asymmetric signs both have the text: P In marked areas But the sign on the left refers only to carriageway parking, whereas the sign on the right permits parking on the footway.

Cyclepath sign only visible from one side.

Cambridge Cycling Campaign's Stall Bike at Coldhams Common. Campaigners counting four times as many cyclists as walkers during the morning rush. The Campaign was promoting the Coldhams Common Consultation, which you can fill in online at ... [more]

Cambridge Cycling Campaign's Stall Bike at Coldhams Common. Campaigners counting four times as many cyclists as walkers during the morning rush. The Campaign was promoting the Coldhams Common Consultation, which you can fill in online a ... [more]

The first section of the path from Coldham' Lane to Newmarket Road is a Chisholm Trail worthy 5.50m wide. See also #57072.

The two-way, shared-use tarmac path over Coldham's Common is 63" / 1.60m narrow, thought the grass is making making inroads. The edges are breaking up, which makes overtaking impossible and avoiding oncoming people cycling dangerous. See al ... [more]

Measurements of the path over Coldham's Common. At this bridge the path is 3.20m wide kerb to kerb. See also #57073 for the width of the main section of the path.

Measurements of the width of the ramp leading onto Riverside Bridge in Cambridge. The ramp is 4m wide kerb to kerb, segregated into a 2.50m redmac two-way cycleway and a 1.50m footway. The usable width is reduced by at least 10cm each side ... [more]

Ross Street Community Centre cycle parking used to be excellent (see #28875) but after consultation with users they decided to replace the racks with these wheel benders so people could park their bikes closer to the centre.

This seems to be a folding tricycle with child-carrier - neat design.

Cycle parking and a new link behind the Faculty of Law

More damage on West Road

Queueing caused by pointless resurfacing on Newnham and Barton Roads

Queueing caused by pointless resurfacing on Newnham and Barton Roads

Paving collapsing around ironwork.

Cyclists forced out of the contraflow lane and into the path of oncoming traffic by a particularly badly parked car.

Getting worse and worse - the collapsing end of Bateman Street

I've been trying to get this trench fixed since December 12 - a real hazard for cyclists turning left into Station Road.

This bus was blocking the cycle lane all the way down Hilsl Road - there's absolutely no need to filter left for Station Road so early.

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