Obstructions on cycle routes in Cambridge

North Cambridge

Elizabeth Way

Toucan crossing south of the Chesterton Road Roundabout

Two red marks

Image of an obstruction, as described adjacent An otherwise useful crossing is spoiled by the need to negotiate chicane barriers on each side of the crossing. Both sets of chicanes are visible in the photograph. The chicane on the far side is reasonably well-designed; the chicane the near side is significantly more difficult to use.

Whilst being a great improvement on pinch stiles, the use of chicanes on this brand new cycle route inconveniences cyclists, reduces capacity, creates conflict with pedestrians and provides an incentive for cyclists to use the roundabout instead.

Chesterton Hall Crescent

Road Closure (east pavement)

Five red marks
No trailers

Image of an obstruction, as described adjacent There is no cycle gap in the road closure at the Milton Road end of this street, despite this being a signposted cycle route to Chesterton Road. Cyclists are expected to ride on the pavement and pass through two very tight pinch stiles.

A better solution would be to narrow the area of planting to give more room for both cyclists and pedestrians.

Chesterton Hall Crescent

Road Closure (west pavement)

Five red marks
No trailers

Image of an obstruction, as described adjacent This is the other pavement on Chesterton Hall Crescent. Again, cyclists have to pass thrugh two pinch stiles.
Highworth Avenue/
Leys Road

Road Closure

Four red marks
No trailers

Image of an obstruction, as described adjacent The cycle gap in the road closure between these two streets is obstructed by a fat concrete post, making it impassable to cycle trailers and difficult even for a cyclist using panniers. It appears that this gap has been made deliberately inconvenient in order to discourage motor cycles from using it. There are the remains of a chicane on the adjacent pavement – illegal for cyclists but very tempting.
Arbury Court

Route to Leys Avenue and Redfern Close

Five red marks
No trailers

Image of an obstruction, as described adjacent This alleyway at the rear of Arbury Court provides a route from the cycle parking by Budgens Supermarket towards the Leys Avenue and Redfern Close areas. This very tight chicane is very difficult with panniers loaded with shopping and impossible with a trailer. There is a “cyclists dismount” sign, facing the other way, at the far end.
Arbury Court

Route to Redfern Close (Arbury Court end)

Five red marks
No trailers

Image of an obstruction, as described adjacent These two pinchstiles are on the continuation of the cycle route above, for cyclists heading towards Redfern Close. The sign says “No Cycling”.
Arbury Court

Route to Redfern Close (Redfern Close end)

Five red marks
No trailers

Image of an obstruction, as described adjacent These two pinchstiles are at the Redfern Close end of the alleyway from Arbury Court shown above. There is no “No Cycling” sign at this end.
Arbury Court

Cycle Route to Leys Avenue (Leys Avenue end)

Three red marks
No trailers

Image of an obstruction, as described adjacent Cyclists from Arbury Court reach Leys Road using this wide pathway which is for the exclusive use of cyclists. The use of a chicane here is overkill at the end of a cul-de-sac with very little traffic.