Snapshot of Cambridge

Last week we collected our daughter from Luton airport, and on the way down decided to spend the afternoon in Cambridge. I must say I was quite impressed. As soon as we entered the city outskirts from the motorway there was evidence of a cycle culture seemingly everywhere – segregated bike lanes, bike facilities and… plenty of people on bikes! Lots of them! As far as first impressions go I was well impressed.

There's so many people cycling in Cambridge, there's not a lot of spare cycle parking places!

There’s so many people cycling in Cambridge, there’s not a lot of spare cycle parking places!

 

Cycle parking outside the Grafton Centre

Cycle parking outside the Grafton Centre

Our drive down Mill Road on the way to The School Run Centre took us past several bike shops, and I was so pleased to see so many people riding their bikes as everyday transport all over the city. Clearly, the numbers of students in Cambridge is going to swell the numbers who cycle there, but it certainly seems there are very many people who choose to cycle who are not students.

Although the infrastructure is a step ahead of anything else I’ve seen in the UK, it’s clearly not up to the Dutch standards, either in quantity or in quality. Nonetheless it’s still a big improvement on what we have in North East Lincolnshire.

I just loved seeing so many people on bikes, especially Dutch-style bikes!

Every available stand is occupied.

Every available stand is occupied.

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A cargo bike at The School Run Centre off Mill Rd.

A cargo bike at The School Run Centre off Mill Rd.

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