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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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Pleasant local streets at this new development

Cycle parking at this new development

Cycle parking at this new development

New ASL at junction - but the junction as a whole is still unfriendly for cycling

New ASL at junction - but the junction as a whole is still unfriendly for cycling

Cycle parking at the offices

Entrance to pedestrian zone

Congestion

Very poor design here - this section of Hills Road is a short stretch without a cycleway, but there is plenty of space for it

Very poor design here - the added bit of pavement should be a cycleway

Bus passengers are delayed due to car congestion on Hills Road

Bicycle fair, part of the CUSU Societies' Fair

Bicycle fair, part of the CUSU Societies' Fair

Bicycle fair, part of the CUSU Societies' Fair

Bicycle fair, part of the CUSU Societies' Fair

Poor quality road reinstatement

Chisholm Trail Development Control Forum

Van parked illegally in contraflow cycleway

Ludicrous - 3 lanes to exit this street - should have a wider pavement and cycleway and just one lane

Cycle parking

Cycle parking

One of Sainsbury's suppliers parking illegally on the pavement

In Cambridge, pawn shops sell bicycles

Opportunist parking by this vehicle owner for months caused by failure to repaint yellow lines quickly

Should be a contraflow

Street dominated by car storage

Apparently this is supposedly a cycle-friendly junction, now that £900k of cycle money has been wasted on it

CB1 station square

CB1 station square

CB1 station square

Hazardous new junction, right next to the UK's biggest cycle park

Hazardous new junction, right next to the UK's biggest cycle park

Hazardous new junction, right next to the UK's biggest cycle park

Unfinished road surface, causing a hazardous entrance to the cycle park

Delivery bay obscures entrance to cycle park

Hazardous new junction, right next to the UK's biggest cycle park

Hazardous new junction, right next to the UK's biggest cycle park

Delivery bay obscures entrance to cycle park

CB1 station square

CB1 station square

CB1 station square

CB1 station square

Poorly thought-out crossing location

Poorly thought-out crossing location

Poorly thought-out crossing location

Use of this very tight space for 8-hour parking bays is frankly ridiculous

Use of this very tight space for 8-hour parking bays is frankly ridiculous

Tenison Road - quite unpleasant due to rat-runnning traffic made worse by obstructive parking

Silly to retain these lights while the works are going on

Silly to retain these lights while the works are going on

Van parked illegally in contraflow cycleway

This crossing doesn't detect approaching cycles early enough as it is used it

Apparently this is supposedly a cycle-friendly junction, now that £900k of cycle money has been wasted on it

Vehicle thoughtlessly blocking the crossing cycleway - yellow lines needed

Massive amount of space here for Dutch-quality cycle tracks, easily achievable if there were political will

On-road cycle track needed, to avoid slowing speed from using the shared-use lower down

Cut-through needed here so that people get directly to the business park

New busway with cycleway along side

Bramblefields nature reserve - suitable only for small numbers of people cycling

Bramblefields nature reserve - suitable only for small numbers of people cycling

Bramblefields nature reserve - suitable only for small numbers of people cycling

Bramblefields nature reserve - suitable only for small numbers of people cycling

Bramblefields nature reserve - suitable only for small numbers of people cycling

Why do people do this - perfectly wide enough road but still park on the pavement

Congestion on Mill Road

Visit to discuss problems with the new CB1 Cambridge Station area

Visit to discuss problems with the new CB1 Cambridge Station area

Visit to discuss problems with the new CB1 Cambridge Station area

Visit to discuss problems with the new CB1 Cambridge Station area

Visit to discuss problems with the new CB1 Cambridge Station area

Visit to discuss problems with the new CB1 Cambridge Station area

Van parked illegally in cycleway

Nice bicycle :)

Missing cycle parking - a few spaces seem to have disappeared for some reason

Congestion due to car park queue

Temporary removal of a few parking spaces - yet people seem to cope

Yellow lines need to be repainted here

Van parked illegally in cycleway

Aggressive notices banning parking cycles against the railings, which has been done here for decades

Start of Hills Road cycleway

Duke of Cambridge just decides to block the pavement with an A-board

New cycle parking at the former Howard Mallett Centre

New cycle parking at the former Howard Mallett Centre

Cycle parking at the ice rink

Driving illegally all the way down the contraflow cycleway

Driving illegally all the way down the contraflow cycleway

Driving illegally all the way down the contraflow cycleway

Tesco delivery van illegally on zig-zag lines

Use of this very tight space for 8-hour parking bays is frankly ridiculous

Use of this very tight space for 8-hour parking bays is frankly ridiculous

New short-stay cycle parking being installed for shop/café customers

This space should be a segregated cycleway rather than informal shared space

New station square, or a large taxi area as it should be called

New station square, or a large taxi area as it should be called

Thoughtless and illegal parking

Cycle parking needed here

Fake roundabout attempts to slow traffic, with limited effect

New surfacing attempts to slow traffic, with limited effect

New surfacing attempts to slow traffic, with limited effect

No cycle parking provided - ridiculous for a new streetscaping scheme

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