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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

See also a full list of photos in this area.

A BSM car not exactly setting a good example about driving on the pavement.

New guided busway link being built

Cycle parking on Mitcham's Corner

Priority over sideroads - a UK first? On the new Addenbrooke's Access Road.

Cycling on the new Addenbrooke's Access Road

Priority over sideroads - a UK first? On the new Addenbrooke's Access Road.

Cycling on the new Addenbrooke's Access Road

Cycling up the new Addenbrooke's Access Road

Cycling towards the new Addenbrooke's Access Road

Cycle parking at a stopping place on the new Addenbrooke's Access Road

Cycling up the new Addenbrooke's Access Road

Cycling towards the new Addenbrooke's Access Road

Mill Road being resurfaced

A critical mass to protest against the problems of Tesco lorries

This gate is often being left unlocked, meaning that larger vehicles can get through in contravention of the width restriction.

Mill Road being resurfaced

Unloading regulations opposite the Broadway, Mill Road

Brookside is being torn up by ratrunners and SUVs on the school run.

New potholes on Devonshire Road.

What kind of idiot marks a running route with paint (instead of flour or some other biodegradable powder) ?

Guided Busway under construction

Guided Busway under construction

End of the Hills Road bridge roadworks

Looking over Hills Road Bridge

Guided Busway under construction

Close up of surface lighting.

One of the 'no entry' bollards on Petty Cury. The diameter of this traffic sign was little over 3 inches; the minimum diameter authorised by the TSRGD is 270 mm, about 10 1/2 inches. Might just send a letter to the Council 'bout this.

SF59 AUX overranking on St Andrews Street; within the following 56 seconds, this vehicle left and was replaced by #20610 (BL53 CAO).

BL53 CAO overranking on St Andrew's Street.

Some man on some recumbent, syphoning down the Hills Road bridge approach.

Kingsway Cycles

Innovative? Its a red balloon. On closer inspection there was a tiny LED glowing inside the balloon. I then found lots of products like this when I searched for Balloon Light - but they clearly make an eye catching and attractive bike ... [more]

Mill Road: Share the Space poster encouraging more tolerance on this busy route


At beginSpace!

Yes. This is actually a police officer telling a private vehicle not in need of 'access' that one can't shortcut through the centre of town, and you should get glasses because that sign is huge and you can't miss it. When it gets routinely ... [more]

Martin talks about the cycling campaign's work (the 'pedestrian zone' in this clip) to the all party parliamentary cycling group.

Patrick shows this slide, which is a Korean study of a Dutch hamlet. They used it as a good example of how to make places people and bike friendly.

Listening to plans for the new cycleway along New Bit.

Riding with a big group along Brooklands Avenue

New, covered secure cycle parking at a school, and not quite finished yet. It is in lilac and yellow to match the school's colours.

Launching some new covered cycle parking at a school in Arbury. See #20583.

Turning into Fisher Street

Presenting CycleStreets to a meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Cycling group.

Martin talking about how the Cycling Campaign works to the All Party Parliamentary cycling group.

A slide from the bikeability presentation showing how cycle training used to be delivered has children on a mock road environment on their bikes and scooters. One child is even playing the role of Policeman, directing the traffic. Bikeab ... [more]

Mike explains the delivery of the Cycle Cambridge project to the All Party Parliamentary Cycling group. The slide shows new bus advertising, with the slogan: "Make Cycling your new year's resolution"

Martin explains to the All Party Parliamentary Cycling group how we're getting cycling sorted in Cambridge.

Gate blocking the cycleway across Parker's Piece - stupid and annoying. How ridiculous to expect all cyclists to get through that narrow gap. And if this gate is to stop vehicles getting onto the green space, well it has clearly failed. ... [more]

Painter's van blocking the contraflow cycle lane

St Andrews Bureau van blocking the contraflow cycle lane - as a local property management company they really should know better.

A straight road will entice motorists to speed. Reducing the forward view through alternating parking bays with the lane winding between the sides of the road is an effective measure for speed reduction which does not require altering the k ... [more]

Selective speed cushions. Speed cushions slow down vehicles with a narrow base (like those in low and zero rated vehicle licensing duty bands), while cars with a wide wheel base (large people carriers, 4x4, limousines and vans) can just spe ... [more]

Cambridge University courier bike.

No Entry signs with officially sanctioned "Except Cycles" panels.

Well used cycle racks near this enterprise centre and pub.

A UK first? An officially-sanctioned 'No Entry Except Cycles' sign!

S971 MLO parked on Regent Street's northbound MCL. He's 15 m short of the loading bay, outlined by the dashes in the lower third of the frame.

R172 UOC, of the Cam Conservancy, parked and (possibly) dealing with a river-related problem on Mill Lane/Granta Place; on double yellows.

Bikes parked outside the Devonshire Arms, which is under new management.

Dangerous scaffolding St Andrews St

Well-used covered cycle parking at this Health Centre and Co-op store.

A dropped kerb would have been sensible in this new development.

A surprisingly narrow access road (not wide enough for a car to pass a bike) and wide footway to a new development.

Yet another new development in Cambridge with a desperate shortage of cycle parking.

A dropped kerb would be nice at this new cut-through (not only for cyclists)

Cycling Demonstration Town? Not until obvious line-of-desire routes like this are opened up, with drop kerbs for cyclists, wheelchairs and buggies.

A one-way street, so not many cyclists will hit this pothole, but it could still be lethal.

The road has already been narrowed by building work, so it's particularly bad for a City Council truck to block the Mandatory Cycle Lane here!

Nasty new pothole by the cycle entrance to Cambridge station from the north.

Cambridge's best new pub - a rail has been added for bike parking, and there's hope that more will be provided in the tiny yard to the right.

Straight Ahead Only arrow at Devonshire Road (some sat nav systems don't know about this).

The new gate on to Parker's Piece now locked open, with reflective strips attached.

The cycle stands opposite the Arts Theatre have disappeared - prossibly so Jamie Oliver's Italian restaurant can have pavement seating.

Space for some much-needed cycle parking here.

Pothole on Merton St [filled by 11 March]

Lammas Land is breaking up - a very important cycle route, to the Leys School, the station and Addenbrooke's, but not a through route for cars so it probably won't be fixed for a long time.

Our mini-developer day in full swing.

Abandoned cycle on Stourbridge Common.

Cyclestreets mini developer day

Local cycle network signage -- on the corner of Newnham and Barton Roads and Grantchester Street. The invisible arm points towards the City Centre.

There's a new gate across the entry to Parker's Piece. That's right, you can't see it, it's black and there are no reflective strips.

Parkers Piece - gate on corner nearest Catholic Church is locked. The two bollards are sunk into the ground. See also #20389.

Parkers Piece - gate on corner nearest Catholic Church is locked. There are two bases / preparations for bollards (square lids on the ground). See also #20392 and #20574.

Taxi AG04 LCN with license 1051 parked in contra-flow cycle lane with double yellow line. So much about professional drivers.

All this basically unused space on the right could be converted to cycle parking.

All this basically unused space could be converted to cycle parking.

All this basically unused space could be converted to cycle parking.

Cycle Thieves Are Known To Operate At The Fitzwilliam Museum - well, that's good to know.

Pothole at the Royal Cambridge Hotel roundabout

More potholes on East Road

Potholes in the cycle lane, East Road

Potholes on both sides of the Regent St cycle crossing.

Potholes on both sides of the Regent St cycle crossing.

Five taxis over-ranking. Three cyclists pushed over to the wrong side of the road.

Rat-runners on Brookside failing to beat the Friday afternoon rush.

St Paul's Road is falling apart.

St Paul's Road is falling apart.

KX08 CWW in the contraflow, with a blurred cyclist overtaking the offending obstruction. (bit of alliteration for you in that one)

Guided Bus route under construction

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