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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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Work underway to convert the Abbey Street pedestrian crossing to a cycle crossing - the cycle lane on Newmarket Road is closed, with inadequate signing.

Carlsberg lorry unloading to Revolutions bar at 7:30 am on the 14th April 2010 completely blocking the cycle lane causing cyclists to pull into oncomming traffic blind.

S354 TKY parked illegailly in cycle lane

Inside the cycle shed at the Sepia development - decent enough, but it'll soon be overflowing.

Inside the cycle shed at the Sepia development - decent enough, but it'll soon be overflowing.

Cycle shed at the Sepia development - a simple latch on the door rather than a swipe card which you might expect in a classy development like this.

The Sepia site, next to CUP - a typical upmarket development with cars out and proud in front of the front doors, and bikes hidden away out of sight.

A very slanty image of a lorry -- doing some things that aren't too clever and are illegal/unlawful/immoral. MX08 CZE; as he pulled up onto the pavement (note: the empty loading bay to the left of the bike stands), I had a quick chat with h ... [more]

This path ain't big enough for the both of us?

Car parked illegally in Cycle lane

W582 EOO illegally parked in cycle lane

More cycle parking is needed (mainly for staff, presumably) at the Doubletree Hotel even without its proposed expansion.

More cycle parking is needed (mainly for staff, presumably) at the Doubletree Hotel even without its proposed expansion.

Lammas Land is in a sorry state - being a dead end for motorised traffic it is presumably very low priority for repairs, despite being the main cycle route from Newnham to the station and Addenbrooke's.

Could somebody please stop vandalising our cycle route signs!

Easter holidays - it doesn't take much for Cambridge's jams to vanish and parking space to be plentiful.

Equipment is being gathered, but this cycle lane has had pedestrians in it for a couple of weeks now.

These used to be harsh 'low' kerbs, over this 'ere service road. Thanks to some thought, the ride of some cyclists (those cyclists using the shared-use path at the moment in space) have a couple of metres of smooth running; not that I'm bei ... [more]

Burleigh Street - showing the messy arrangement of the street furniture.

A cyclist weaves between the walkers and bollards on Fitzroy Street during the period of the restriction on cycling.

Unenforced restriction: This was filmed during the period of the cycling restriction on Burleigh Street. The PCSO (Police Community Safety Officer) at left seems oblivious to the cyclists who pass quite close to him. Notice also the circ ... [more]

Burleigh Street

Failure of design. This once lovely cycle-path has been spoiled by these chicanes. Any danger that is here is surely due to the parked cars immediately either side of the junction with the road. But that issue hasn't been addressed. See ... [more]

Annoying to see these one-way systems on this university site when two-way cycling could easily be accommodated. http://cambridge.cyclestreets.net/galleries/41/

Cavendish Laboratory, Physics of Medicine

Hauser Forum Café, Charles Babbage Road Road narrows, but minds widen!

While I was photomapping this sign (which reads "Frogs take care: beware Cyclists" ;-) another (frog-like) CycleStreets developer suddenly appeared in the shot.

In this short video a small group of cyclists pick their way through the street carefully. Its shot during the time when there's a restriction on cycling.

Cyclists and walkers mixing on Burleigh Street during the period when a bicycling restriction is in force. One cyclist waves to the pedestrian to give him right of way.

Looking down onto City Road

Looking down Fitzroy Street

Burleigh Street

The view into Burleigh Street

Leaflets have arrived for the Reach Fair bike ride. There are 10,000 here, arrived in five boxes weighing a total of 59kg. Each leaflet is 2/3 of A4 and printed on 130 gsm paper. Doing the maths for this... (A4 is 1/16 th of a squa ... [more]

Asham Road, looking towards the main entrance of Milton Road Junior School.

What is a cycle lane good for if cars are queueing in it? Gilbert Road needs to change! In this 4 min series: #21515, #21516, #21517, #21518.

What is the cycle lane good for if cars park in it? Gilbert Road needs to change! In this 4 min series: #21515, #21516, #21517, #21519.

There should be no cycle lane obstruction in Gilbert Road. In this 4 min series: #21515, #21516, #21518, #21519.

Within the first two minutes, this is the tenth cyclist having to swirl into the main motor lane past this obstruction. In this 4 min series: #21515, #21517, #21518, #21519.

She has parked her blue Citroen and is taking her 'staff for the day'. Then she walked off in south easterly direction (Centre / Mitchams Corner) and left her car in the cycle lane. This cycle lane obstruction has no place in Gilbert Road. ... [more]

YES, there IS a woman cycling between the coach and the car. This is by the cycle lane just west of the main entrance to Chesterton Community College.

Car obstructing cycle lane. A learning driver apparently under instruction is overtaking a cyclist too close. See also #11111 and #21502.

School run at Mayfield Primary School at about 8:46 am. Picture taken near the Warwick Road - Windsor Road passage.

School run at Mayfield Primary School at about 8:46 am. Picture taken near the Warwick Road - Windsor Road passage.

View from Gilbert Road into Warwick Road towards Mayfield Primary School at 8:28 am, a few cars parked near the school with children waiting to enter the school or nursery.

At the Histon Road end, the Gilbert Road cycle lane is not obstructed by parking cars but queueing cars. Here the cyclist has to overtake the car to its right. In this 5 min journey along Gilbert Road from Guerney Way to Histon Road: #21 ... [more]

Car parked selfish but (still) legal in a cycle lane on Gilbert Road near the Carlton Way crossing. In this 5 min journey along Gilbert Road from Guerney Way to Histon Road: #21506, #21507, #21509.

Car partly obstructing the cycle lane on Gilbert Road, a few hundred yards west of Chesterton Community College. In this 5 min journey along Gilbert Road from Guerney Way to Histon Road: #21506, #21508, #21509.

Car obstructing cycle lane on Gilbert Road, opposite the side entrance to Milton Road Primary school. The entrance to Chesterton Community College is right beofore the white coach, which can be seen in the background, parking in the Gilbert ... [more]

His children are now safe, inside Milton Road Primary School. The cyclists have to pass the car stationary in the cycle lane. The cyclists are being overtaken far too closely by impatient drivers who can't wait to get to the end of the tail ... [more]

The sign says everything that needs to be said... "People, be nice to each other".

A cyclist overtaken far too closely, right in front of the side entrance to Milton Road Primary School.

Nice cycle lane, pitty about the cars parking in it. This 4x4 is a regular menace which has appeared in the CCyC newsletter. See also #11111 and #21513.

Many pupils cycle from Guerney Way to Chesterton Community College on the pavement. Coming from Milton Road / Guerney way, the only safe crossing is at the school gate.

One pupil's safety is another pupils' risk at Chesterton Community Collage. A car stopped right on the "END" sign of the cycle lane "to be legal". Other pupils have to cycle around the car in the main carriageway at an accident hot spot.

The black car is legaly parked in a (non mandatory) cycle lane, just after a bus stop and only 100 yards from the entrance of a secondary school attended by about a thousand pupils (Chesterton Community College), so is the coach in the back ... [more]

The Audi is legaly parked in a (non mandatory) cycle lane, just after a bus stop and only 100 yards from the entrance of a secondary school attended by about a thousand pupils (Chesterton Community College). The car overtaking the cyclist i ... [more]

Corner Gilbert Road with Guerney Way. Crossing from Gurney Way to the southern side of Gilbert Road (e.g. to travel to Chesterton Community College) can be difficult. The nearest crossing with traffic lights are at Milton Road and at the Ch ... [more]

Coverage in the Cambridge News of the Ride for Joy. What a shame the tips don't include Cycle Training as the main item there.

Pause for a photo on the Ride for Joy on Jesus Green

Sally announces the start of the Ride for Joy

An impromptu interview with the bikeability officer at the start of the Ride for Joy.

Yes another parked van in cycle lane

Yet another lorry parked in teh cycle lane.

This Friday Rider is reflecting on his rear view mirror and 'cap-cam'.

Totally illegible blue plaque above shops in Cambridge - commemorating Eglantyne Jebb, co-founder of Save the Children in 1919.

The point of cycle hoops is that they go on existing poles - if they're going to install poles specially, they might as well install proper Sheffield stands !

Pedestrians in the contraflow cycle lane - for how long?

Quite a few bikes parked at the rear entrance to King's! The proposed cycleway from Silver Street to West Road has to stop here because of this channel and the change from common land to college land - but it would be nice to have a cyclewa ... [more]

Good intentions, but stands at 45 degree to the wall would have given far more capacity (almost no-one uses the space between the stand and the wall).

Cycle stands have reappeared opposite the Arts Theatre, outside the new Jamie's Italian restaurant - but why do they have to be these cheap bolt-down stands which only support the front wheel, rather than proper Sheffield stands? See als ... [more]

The bike hanging on the fence seems to blend in nicely with the events posters.

Restored these cycle racks are now back! This is what they looked like in 2005: #2191 Then they disappeared when Jamie's Italian restaurant came to town in Jan. 2010: #20479 and in Feb a notice went up threatening removal of bikes: #213 ... [more]

Only buses and taxis use this road - and it's falling apart.

Only buses and taxis use this road - and it's falling apart.

It's interesting how many cyclists turn right here - an asphalt path on the far side of the sign would be helpful.

Cyclists queueing to turn right onto Gonville Place in the morning rush hour.

Queueing cyclists in the morning rush hour.

Potholes on Sidgwick Avenue.

Another bus stop, another monster pothole.

Junction of West Road and Queen's Road, where a new crossing is planned to a cycle route to Silver St.

Junction of West Road and Queen's Road, where a new crossing is planned to a cycle route to Silver St.

Junction of West Road and Queen's Road, where a new crossing is planned to a cycle route to Silver St.

Cyclist passing the new gate on Parker's Piece at a pretty awkward angle, having given way to another cyclist.

Cyclist waiting for pedestrians at the new gate on Parker's Piece

Cyclists waiting for a pedestrian at the new gate on Parker's Piece.

Cyclists queueing to pass through the new Parker's Piece gate.

Cyclists lining up to get through the new Parker's Piece gate

Cyclists waiting and swerving at the new Parker's Piece gate

Cyclists waiting at the new Parker's Piece gate

Cyclists queueing to get past the new Parker's Piece gate

Cyclist waiting at the new Parker's Piece gate

Another example of selfish parking on Kingston Street. The pavement is totally blocked, forcing a mother to push her child down the middle of the road.

The reflective strips on the black-painted gate at the exit from Parker's Piece show up well in the flash from a camera. Otherwise the gate is almost invisible. Visible or not, it narrows considerable the route on and off Parker's Piece, fo ... [more]

The usual obstructions in the mandatory cycle lane on Bateman Street

Pothole at the Station Road bus stop, where the surface is constantly breaking up - forcing cyclists out into the traffic.

Pothole at the Station Road bus stop, where the surface is constantly breaking up.

Cyclists (mainly from Ely) queueing to get through the ticket barriers at 0825 - about the busiest it got in the morning peak during the cycle count.

All because the city loves Jamie's Italian... the cycle parking that was here has been replaced with a threat: "No Cycles within 3 metres of this point from Monday 8th February until some indeterminate point in the future. All cycles le ... [more]

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