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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:

  • The county council provides maps of local cycle routes
  • You can borrow a pushchair when you park your bike at the Grand Arcade or Park Street cycle park
  • Bikeability (formerly Cycling Proficiency) cycle training for primary school children is run in Cambridge by Outspoken
  • Outspoken also provide cycle training for adult groups and individuals – anything from techniques for riding safely and confidently in traffic to learning to ride from scratch
  • Camcycle is run by volunteers campaigning for the rights of cyclists and promoting cycling in and around Cambridge
  • CycleStreets, created by members of Camcycle, provides cycling directions and a map showing the quickest walking and cycling routes around Cambridge
  • Walkit shows the quickest walking routes around Cambridge, and calculates the carbon emissions you will save and the number of calories you will burn

Meet Pedal Chat

Join us in April and May to boost your cycling confidence. This five-week block of activity will get you cycling around the city with a group of like-minded individuals who want to increase their confidence on a bike.

Sessions are free and open to anybody aged 18 and older. They are led by a trained ride leader. If you need to hire a bike contact us at letsgetmoving@cambridge.gov.uk.

There will be a bike maintenance and ability test in week one. It’s an informal process and nothing to be scared of – we want to understand your ability level before we set off on our first social ride.

  • 5.30pm on 24 April (maintenance and ability test), then rides on 8, 15, 22 and 29 May
  • Meet at the University of Cambridge Sports Centre , West Site (CB3 0AS)
  • Book your place on the BookWhen website

These sessions are funding by the Let's Get Moving Cambridgeshire project, through the Cambridgeshire County Council Health Committee.

National schemes

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

  • Find out about National Bike Week and see how you can get involved
  • Ride Social connects groups of cyclists together
  • Sustrans is a charity that enables people to travel by foot, bike or public transport more often
  • The Walking for Health initiative 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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