The Grand Arcade Cycle Park is an excellent new facility on Corn Exchange Street, built to provide cycle parking for around 500 cycles, and is a new concept for shops in Cambridge.
We have created this webpage as many people seem unaware of the excellent new cycle park’s existence or that it is now open. (Some aspects of it are not yet finished, however.)
What is the Grand Arcade Cycle Park?
It is Britain’s biggest free indoor city centre cycle park. It provides space for around 500 cycles. It opened in March 2008.
Briefly, what are the benefits?
- Over 200 free cycle parking spaces
- CCTV coverage
- Located close to the centre of Cambridge City, on Corn Exchange Street
- Direct access to the Grand Arcade via the lift (floor -1) or stairs
- Easy to use cycle racks suitable for securing a wide range of cycle types, including trailers
- A cycle shop, run by Cambridge Station Cycles
- Valet cycle parking for over 200 cycles
- Luggage lockers for helmets, etc: keys available from the shop at £2 per day with a £10 deposit
- Mural art (not yet implemented)
- Showers, changing room and toilets (still not open)
I can’t find it – where is it?
As there are still many bikes left in St Andrew’s Street where there are few stands, we assume that many people simply haven’t realised the cycle park exists or that is now open.
It is tucked away on Corn Exchange Street. From Downing Street, cycle into Corn Exchange Street, and go past (but not into) the car park entrance. You will see it on the right, with a small entranceway and sign.
Take care when using the contraflow back to Downing Street, as cars emerging could form a hazard.
What are the opening hours?
Currently the cycle park closes at 11.30pm, but this is not always adhered to. Sometimes it’s possible to get back in later, but occasionally it has closed early without notice, which is disastrous! Sadly, this means that arrival in the afternoon and staying in the city centre into the night is not possible.
We are campaigning for 24-hour access, like the car park.
Shop opening hours are 9am-6pm (to 9pm Wednesdays and 10am-6pm Sundays) with repairs and valet parking to 8am-7pm weekdays and to 9pm on Wednesdays.
What about valet cycle parking?
We understand that John Lewis and other shops plan to offer free/subsidised valet parking for their employees. We would strongly welcome this and believe it will boost take-up and awareness of this new resource.