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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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Badly placed End of Cycle Route sign - in fact this is the start of the cycle route alongside the Addenbrookes Access Road, to the left.

Cycle Cambridge: "THE EASY WAY to get around" advert on bus line 4. If only Stagecoach would stay out of cycle lanes...

Cambridge Cycle Centre (bikes to sell/rent on the right)

Progress of a sort - the ski jump has been fixed (see #18510 and #18511) but now there's a bit of a basin instead.

Cambridge Cycling Campaign social, August 2009, at CB2 café

Wonderful - a warning sign for the car traffic which isn't being impeded, but nothing at all for cycle traffic in the contraflow lane which has actually been totally blocked.

I wish I knew why the council is refusing to fix this combined pothole/skijump - do officers think that there is no southbound traffic here? Of course cyclists don't count.

I wish I knew why the council is refusing to fix this combined pothole/skijump - do officers think that there is no southbound traffic here? Of course cyclists don't count.

Not as bad as it looks - only the rear taxi (LC52 WYK) is over-ranking.

The law applies to Tesco too.

The remains of the Abbey, one of the oldest bits of Cambridge

Skillful or foolhardy? Its a fairly common sight in Cambridge to see cyclists carrying loads of stuff on their bikes.

Might Tesco be installing cycle parking? Probably not top of their priorities.

Richmond's coach registration YER 469 parked in mandatory cycle lane outside University Arms hotel, very close to toucan crossing. Driver was standing outside smoking and thought it was ok to park there because he was picking up passengers ... [more]

2m closure from Brampton Road facing towards Thoday Street.

One way system going into Fairfax Road.

Lorry weight ban going into Cavendish Road from Mill Road.

No entry sign (with cycle bypass) along St Philip's Road.

One way system along St. Philip's Road.

Lorry weight ban pointing into Sedgwick Street but probably referring to Wetenhall Road

2m gap preventing lorry access.

2m (6'6") gap implemented.

Limited lorry access into Ross Street

Lorry restriction entering Brampton Road.

Lorry weight ban, entering Brampton Road.

Signage going into Brampton Road

Sign showing end of lorry ban

Lorry weight ban, entering Cromwell Road.

Loading weight ban, possibly facing the wrong way - I think this is supposed to refer to entry into Wetenhall Road.

Raised table entry treatment to Glisson Road, using block paving. The small setts on the ramps are a bit rough for cycling but otherwise a good feature. The junction priorities have been reversed here to break up the long, straight run o ... [more]

Block paved entry treatment to Tenison Avenue signals the change to residential road. Laid flush with road surface here, no raised table or hump.

Zoom in for the larger version. Red circles have been added. Plan from Tesco's consultants showing that they intend to make deliveries from the front of the store, i.e. from Mill Road. This plan was circulated at the Cambridge City Co ... [more]

This is a test of the restoration of video to the system. At the moment there is no sound! Duck

Severe lack of cycle parking spaces at Cambridge train station. The amount of bicycle cramped in with no roof astonishes many foreign visitors.

View from the bridge.

Entrance to cycleway under the bridge.

Cycle stands at Woodlands Surgery on Station Road, which is trying to stop rail passengers using their cycle parking.

Woodlands Surgery on Station Road is trying to stop rail passengers using their cycle parking.

New Giant bike shop on southern approach to Hills Road bridge - plenty of room to add some bike stands when the bridge is remodelled !

New Giant bike shop on southern approach to Hills Road bridge

This isn't a new bus lane any more is it? So the sign should come down. The City Council apparantly has a budget specifically to take down signs that are not any use any more. Photo #5830 shows this sign in 2004

Not exactly an attractive bit of street furniture, but hopefully this (non-illuminated) bollard will be more resistant to vandalism than the conventional bollards ( #18299 )

Vandalism to the bollards is a regular problem on Radegund Road

Junction table Radegund Road

Junction table, Radegund Road

It struck me that this repair looks a bit like a puncture repair on an inner tube.

34ft lorry marked out on Mill Road. This is where Tesco plan to unload twice a day for 41 minutes a time, a proposal objected to by Cambridge Cycling Campaign and others. There is a planning condition preventing this.

Approaching the Mill Road, Kingston Street, Devonshire Road junction, on a newly surfaced and repainted road.

The Mill Road, Gwydir Street, St Barnabas Road junction.

Narrow, but useful cut through with obstructive bollards at each end.

A photo of the time screen of a GPS device, as used to synchronize a track log with a set of photos.

A speed hump in Romsey

'The Cambridge Bicycle Doctor'. Is this a moveable establishment?

Diagonal crossing connects Clarendon St (quiet road leading to the Grafton Centre) with the path across Parkers Piece and the pavement cycleway alongside Park Terrace (one way - leads to the town centre)

Please could a car parking space be replaced by cycle stands?

Mill Road closed for resurfacing. Bikes seem to be free to continue ahead.

Presumably not intended as one of the new speed humps on Luard Road, but it has much the same effect.

Luard Road closed for installation of speed humps.

Amazing! Someone has stopped to unload on Bateman Street without blocking the contraflow cycle lane.

Huge demand for cycle parking in central Cambridge

Apex Scaffolding truck parked in Mandatory Cycle Lane - but would it be any safer if they parked on the other side and carried the poles across??

Language schools encourage students to rent bikes but are unable to provide enough parking.

Detector loops, now reinstated, buried in the cycle path remove the need for push button units on the cycle crossing. One day they will be used to change the lights in anticipation as a cyclist approaches, instead of forcing cyclists to ... [more]

There were four temporary bike racks at the 2009 Cambridge Folk Festival - two wheelbenders as on the right, two Sheffield-style.

There were four temporary bike racks at the 2009 Cambridge Folk Festival.

Cambridge Folk Festival 2009 - bus turnaround area to right, car drop-off area ahead, with cycle parking ahead and to the left.

Drop-off area for campers et al at the 2009 Cambridge Folk Festival - could a bit more space be found for cycle parking?

Pavement parking in a new development.

Exposed the temporary fencing provides virtually no protection from thieves for cycles parked outside the folk festival.

Cycles parked outside the 2009 Cambridge Folk Festival.

Cycles parked outside the 2009 Cambridge Folk Festival.

Cylces parked wherever possible near the 2009 Cambridge Folk Festival.

What 'problem' do these people think they're solving by banning cycles during the Folk Festival? A few bent blades of grass? See http://www.cyclestreets.net/location/13656/ for more anticyclist behaviour by the Catholic church in Cambridge.

What 'problem' do these people think they're solving by banning cycles during the Folk Festival? A few bent blades of grass? See http://www.cyclestreets.net/location/13656/ for more anticyclist behaviour by the Catholic church in Cambridge.

Every pole that doesn't have an associated 'go away' sign is being used for cycle parking during the Folk Festival.

Blind corner

Blind corner

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Folk festival cycle parking, see #17966.

No Cycles See #17966

Presumably fed up with cycles attached to their railiings this church threatens.... PLEASE DO NOT CHAIN YOUR CYCLE HERE Cycles chained here will be removed and the police informed

Folk festival cycle parking, see #17966.

Folk festival cycle parking! I'll add more comments here, when I've finished uploading this sequence of photos about the totally inadequate cycle parking for this major event.

Bike parking at the 2009 Cambridge Folk Festival. I don't think they would ever be able to provide enough spaces, but it still seems particularly disorganised this year.

Another bus stop, another pothole - heavy vehicles braking hard tear up the road surface.

Pothole outside the Chemistry labs on Lensfield Road filled at last

Cyclist pushing bike along footway, possibly due to St Andrews Bureau vans parked illegally in the Mandatory Cycle Lane. As a local property management firm they really should know better. One of their vans was there again four days later.

Christ's Lane at night

The shape of things to come? Workers making changes to enable Tesco's development (without planning permission), blocking the street.

The shape of things to come? Workers making changes to enable Tesco's development (without planning permission), blocking the street.

Delivery van parked in cycle lane on Hills Road. "The traffic wardens told me I can park here" was the response. See the bike trying to pass in the main traffic flow.

Notice on suspected abandoned bike in Cambridge station bike park

Current (and presumablly final) version of 'No overtaking cycles' signage on Hills Road bridge

Rather unexpected - covered cycle parking at the Earl of Derby pub & B&B

London-Cambridge riders battling heavy traffic (some on-road, some off) as they enter Cambridge - how many of those vehicles have come to meet cyclists?

London-Cambridge riders battling heavy traffic as they enter Cambridge - how many of those vehicles have come to meet cyclists? (Quite a few cyclists were leaving the roundabout on the wrong side of the road here.)

London-Cambridge riders battling heavy traffic as they enter Cambridge - how many of those vehicles have come to meet cyclists?

London-Cambridge riders battling heavy traffic as they enter Cambridge - how many of those vehicles have come to meet cyclists?

London-Cambridge riders battling heavy traffic as they enter Cambridge - how many of those vehicles have come to meet cyclists?

The London to Cambridge ride came in on the Barton Road this year - some on the cycle path, most on the road. Most stopped at the lights, some followed the marshal's urging to turn left onto the path.

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