Removing barriers to cycling

Together with groups across our region, we want to tackle the issues that stop people cycling. Some of these barriers are very obvious: physical obstructions that prevent access to cycle routes for all types of riders and cycles. Please support our work to enable safe and accessible cycling for all.

Dondon trying to navigate barriers with her trailer

People from communities across Cambridgeshire often report problems with barriers on their routes. Some can be awkward or painful to navigate; many block access entirely for those riding larger or adapted cycles or towing a trailer. In a survey by national charity Wheels for Wellbeing, 51% of disabled cyclists reported being unable to complete a journey because of inaccessible infrastructure such as barriers.

Camcycle wants to make exclusionary barriers a campaign focus for 2023, supporting local campaign groups to work to remove or replace barriers that prevent a path being accessible for anyone walking, cycling or using a mobility aid. We have already had success in recent years removing barriers in locations such as:

We support the Parish Council review of pedestrian barriers in Histon and Impington and continue to campaign for more inclusive solutions on King’s Parade and near the Abbey-Chesterton bridge on the Chisholm Trail.

Camcycle is also supporting national charity Sustrans in its work to remove or replace 16,000 barriers across its UK network.


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Donate to this campaign

Please support the work of our charity and help pay for our campaigning costs as we raise awareness of this campaign and press for action from local authorities. With your help, we can have an even greater impact. From 29 November to 6 December, we’re raising money via The Big Give Christmas Challenge and every donation made will be DOUBLED thanks to generous match-funders.

Exclusionary barrier on a rural path

Volunteer to audit barriers on the Sustrans network

We want to work with Sustrans to audit barriers on National Cycle Network routes in and around Cambridge – can you help? The project involves taking photos of barriers, measuring the gaps between them and noting any other accessibility issues. Sections that need auditing range between 1 and 12 miles in length. Get in touch now to find out more and volunteer.

Metal chicane barrier on a path near housing

Tell us about barriers near you

Have you experienced barriers which you find difficult to navigate or which prevent you from using certain cycling or walking routes? Email us so we can add them to our list. If you are a Camcycle member, you can also add your barrier to the discussion on Cyclescape thread 6120.

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Contact us about this campaign

If you’d like to know more about this campaign, can help as a volunteer or are from a publication who would like a statement or press release about this campaign, please get in touch.

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