Cycling and walking schemes

Cambridge has the highest level of cycling in the country with one in three residents cycling to work.

Being a compact and flat city, cycling and walking are quick, cheap and pollution-free methods of travel. Cycling and walking are also great ways to exercise.

Local schemes

A number of schemes encouraging cycling and walking operate in Cambridge. Here are just a few that might interest you:

Cycle parking and pushchair loan

Our free pushchair loan scheme enables people with young children to borrow a pushchair after they have parked their bikes at the Grand Arcade or Park Street cycle park. 

Cambridge Cycle Map

Download the Cambridge cycle map [PDF, 19MB] for recommended on- and off-road routes and the many pleasant green spaces in the city. Printed copies are available at the Guildhall and Tourist Information Centre.

Bikeability cycle training

Bikeability (formerly Cycling Proficiency) cycle training for primary school children, usually in Year 6, is run in the Cambridge area by a company called Outspoken

Outspoken also provide cycle training for adult groups and individuals which can be anything from techniques for riding safely and confidently in traffic to learning to ride from scratch. To speak to someone about cycle training call Cambridgeshire County Council on 01223 699346.

Camcycle and CycleStreets journey planner

Camcycle is a run by volunteers campaigning for the rights of cyclists and promoting cycling in and around Cambridge.

The CycleStreets website, created by members of Camcycle, provides cycling directions and a map showing the quickest walking and cycling routes around Cambridge.


The Walkit website provides walking directions and a map showing the quickest walking routes around Cambridge. The website also tells you the carbon emissions you will save and the number of calories you will burn on your travels.

Big Walkies

Big Walkies is a non-profit organisation that organises walks with mental and physical health benefits for Cambridgeshire communities and their dogs.

Go to Big Walkies for more information.

National schemes

There are a number of national schemes of note that might interest you too:

National Bike Week

Find out about National Bike Week and see how you can get involved.

Ride Social

Ride Social is a British Cycling website that specifically connects groups of cyclists together.  Through a partnership with the city council and South Cambridgeshire District Council, British Cycling will be delivering a 2016 summer and autumn programme of Ride Social, to particularly attract current non-cyclists on to a bike.  Visit the Ride Social website for more information.  


Sustrans is a charity that enables people to travel by foot, bike or public transport for more of the journeys we make every day.

Walking for Health

The Walking for Health initiative is run by the Ramblers and Macmillan Cancer Support and encourages people to enjoy their local surroundings while getting healthy by walking.

The Walking for Health walk finder offers local health walks which take 30 to 40 minutes, are buggy-friendly, and are for all abilities.

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