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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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Great to see that the area of Mill Road by the bridge has at last reopened after the fire. Shops much easier to access now. https://t.co/oQD1veOKgw

Last few days of this jetty.

Ten pounds per ‘bike’.

A few racks near main entrance.

Some racks in the shade of a tree.

Advertising bike on Thompson's Lane

The new cycle parking on Station Road is finally in use and the 'security' guards have been sent elsewhere.

The start of the contraflow lane on St Barnabas Road is blocked, but I'm sure most cyclists are ignoring the No Right Turns sign.

Predictably, there's no indication that Mill Road might be open for cycling - the usually motor vehicle-obsessed thinking.

There's a reasonable amount of cycle parking inside Darwin College

Now open - the east-west Addenbrooke's-Trumpington cycleway

Now open - the east-west Addenbrooke's-Trumpington cycleway

Now open - the east-west Addenbrooke's-Trumpington cycleway

See #108546 - let's hope the tree roots have been properly dealt with rather than just given a fresh layer of asphalt to lift. Unfortuntately the stud lights have vanished on the repaired section.

Sometimes you just have to give way to bigger traffic Stourbridge Common

The Romsey Parklet Visit Romsey's new public space. Bring a picnic, buy some food, just sit and think. It's on Mill Road, it's free and it's yours! https://twitter.com/TParklet

This cargo bike is used by staff at the David Parr House visitor centre (184 Gwydir Street) when performing "outreach" and promotional work. https://davidparrhouse.org

Riverside Cambridge Museum of Technology

King's Parade

Which would you choose? Sheffield stand or two tier racks It is a unanimous vote for Sheffield stands. Much more popular. Cycle parking in the basement of 50/60 Station Road.

The café/pub at the Museum of Technology on Riverside, Cambridge is a great place to watch endless people on bikes passing by. Katrina counted 100 in five minutes and sixteen seconds.

Cambridge Central Mosque

Green End Road opening ceremonial ride

Green End Road opening ceremony, a happy straggler.

Mill Road Summer evening July 4th

Green End Road, Cambridge

Bus stop bypass on Green End Road, Cambridge

Another example of the poor cycle infra in the Newmarket Road retail park. The driver just pulls up and stops (without indicating to traffic behind) in the cyclelane and the passenger opens the door straight away. This, combined with https ... [more]

New, very poor cycle infra in the retail park. Note "Cyclists use cyclelane only" is advisory so will confuse a lot of people. And it's a very bad place to ride, as shown by people walking in it. Just 10 metres earlier, this happened: https ... [more]

New cycle lanes are currently being laid on @CamSciencePark. It’s a lovely day so let’s take a look. https://t.co/4DNgT2eLdv Follow the link above for series of tweets explaining how a dreadful cycleway has been built by avoiding con ... [more]

Dooring zone markings on the newly resurfaced Station Road, Cambridge - cyclists are entitled to keep well to the right.

Taxi driver bullying through. Can clearly see me before coming onto my side of the road. Keeps on coming. Then mansplains to me to be patient and give way to him. On my side of the road. Yes, right. That'd fail your driving test. https://t. ... [more]

Some ancient infra that looks like it's close to collapse in parts. Needs removal as it's no longer compatible with current cycle sizes (cargo bikes can't pass each other here).

This route is used by hundreds of people every day. The estate to the left has maybe a dozen houses. Why is the priority the wrong way round?

Very narrow access. Blocks most cargo bikes on a main school access route (that's the school ahead on the right with a gate access about 100m ahead on THIS PATH).

Cycle contraflow

Parking on pavements and the cycle lane at the new Travelodge. See also #108783. Credit: RL

Parking on pavements and the cycle lane at the new Travelodge. See also #108784. Credit: RL

Busway cyclepath, Cambridge Assessment frontage, central section. Fence protects rock cages supporting difference in levels of up to about 1.5m. This would need to be stabilised before the path could be widened about 1.5m to boundary fenc ... [more]

Busway cyclepath, Cambridge Assessment frontage, northern section. Verge and gravel infill by cyclepath - no problem to increase path width!

Busway cyclepath, Cambridge Assessment frontage, northern section. Fence protects rock cages as ground falls away from the path level (to a maximum of about 1.5m. Widening cyclepath at this point would require stabilisation of this wall.

Busway cyclepath, Cambridge Assessment frontage, southern section. About 1.5m space available to increase width of cycleway to boundary fence.

Busway cyclepath looking north from corner of Clare College sports ground and along University Press frontage. Plenty of room to widen cycleway.

Busway cyclepath by Clare College sports ground. Almost 1m from edge of path to fence. Could bee used to widen cyclepath if lighting pillars moved.

Busway cyclepath looking north at the corner of Clare College sports ground. A culvert inhibits easy widening of the cyclepath at this point.

Busway north of Long Road underpass. With moving of light pillars and cutting of hedge at least 1.5m could be added to width of busway path.

Cambridge Guided Busway and cycleway at Long Road

Busway cyclepath, Long Road underpass, looking south. Path should be re-aligned to improve sight lines through tunnel and junction with access from Long Road by moving away from busway track.

Trumpington cycleway at Long Road underpass. To improve sight wys and prepare for re-opening of southern access from Long Road the line of the path should be moved away from the busway to permit sighting through the tunnel on approach.

Trumpington busway where a culvert narrows options for widening cycle-path at this point.

Trumpington Busway crossing Hobson Avenue. Electrical switchboxes on the edge of the cycle-path would require a lot of work to move for path widening.

Trumpington busway behind Fostar Road looking NE. A short section wheree the graded margin slopes down to the path. Could be dug back and stabilised with rock-cages and light pillars moved to add width.

Trumpington busway looking NE under Shelford Road Bridge. With removal of lighting pillar 1m could be added to the width of the path, even under the bridge.

Trumpington Busway looking NE, behind Cranleigh Close. Over 1m could easily be added to the width of the path by surfacing up to the cages.

Trumpington busway path looking back to Hauxton Road bridge. There is no possibility of widening the path under the bridge but minimal works could add 1m width.

Tight curve on a steep gradient entering the busway path at Trumpington P&R. Could be improved by following line of busway?

Covered cycle parking but using troughs, which make it difficult to secure the bikes.

Bikes dumped outside a neighbours house after the council ignored my abandoned bike reports for months. Note also in the background: motor vehicles parked across the footway and bins causing obstruction.

Station Road has been fixed! with a short stretch of red cycle lane. Let's hope it lasts.

End of May 2019: This abandoned bike is still there in the CyclePoint see ... #102763

Silver Street Bridge

Double-deck visitor/staff (unsecured) parking.

Staff secure cycle parking and reasonable quality access from Robinson Way.

No drop kerb at angled access to staff cycle parking. Likely to cause falls.

Visitor cycle parking at Papworth Hospital entrance. Well spaced and positioned.

Junction of cycleway with bus route. Stainless rods used instead of corduroy slabs. Cyclists are turning as they traverse them.

Variation on corduroy paving using glued-down stainless rods with knurled surface. Looks nice; will it work?

Interesting variation on typical corduroy paving. Stainless bars with knurled surface glued down. Very close to turning zone - will it be slippery in the wet?

Missing drop kerb so cycleway entirely inacessible.

No drop kerb so cycleway inaccessible.

No drop kerb so inaccessible and narrow for shared use.

Missing drop kerb/very high kerb makes cycleway totally inaccessible.

No drop kerb making cycleway to Greenlands totally inaccessible.

Fly parking all over the place at Addenbrooke's

New traffic calming on Devonshire Road, Cambridge - won't this make things worse? Taxis will constantly brake and accelerate, and will also cut in on cyclists to find the smoothest (fastest) route.

The tree roots have got so bad that there's been a collective move by cyclists to riding on the grass

New cycle stands on Station Road, Cambridge, still not in use a month after they appeared.

A Tweed Run number out in the wild.

Cargo bikes galore for the school run Cambridge style.

These chilli style cycle racks add a little cheer to a dreary retail park.

Car storage area near a sofa store.

Covered cycle parking for thirty bikes outside a sofa store on the retail park.

What kind of selfish morons think this is an acceptable place to park a car? This keeps happening, and the police seem uninterested - even though this is about 100m from the police station.

Long row of bike racks outside the entrance to the new Cambridge Mosque. Some lovely planting too has made this area look really good.

Bins in the bike racks.

Still there see ... #102763

Unofficial looking 20mph sign in Devonshire Road.

Cyclists should dismount here, to reach the stands visible in the background - obviously, because that's better than car drivers having to pay attention.

The whole of Station Road is a disaster for cycling - but for some reason they've resurfaced the Tenison Road junction.

End rack damage in Free School Lane. Reported at: https://highwaysreporting.cambridgeshire.gov.uk?id=00312822 Response received 17 Apr 2019, 11:43 "We are pleased to confirm that work has been ordered to address this issue which sho ... [more]

An unofficial looking sign has recently appeared that reads 20mph please slow down. Possibly related to #104097?

I've pretty much given up reporting potholes like these, but maybe I'll try again.

Covered cycle parking - good. Miles from anywhere - less good.

Buses often wait here, impeding the Ridgeway cycle crossing - but this bus has stopped well clear, in fact it had to reverse to get moving again.

The Ridgeway crossing Turing Way, Eddington

The nearest crossing to the Eddington Avenue junction.

Link from Huntingdon Road to Madingley Road, Cambridge

Cyclist on The Ridgeway from Eddington towards central Cambridge

No motor vehicles as a rule - but there's still a reminder to look out for cyclists and joggers

Footpath and cycle route

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