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Cambridge has the highest cycling modal share in the UK with 30% of the population commuting by bicycle. This is partly due to the demographic nature as a University city and the high congestion levels in car traffic. Another advantage is that the city is mostly flat. The city has been working hard to improve its infrastructure, but there is a need for better design guidelines. The width of cycling lanes is crucial, not only for the cyclists’ convenience, but also to minimize the probability of cycling incidents. ITS measures, such as green wave, could increase the speed of cycling trips.

Software and Orgware in Cambridge are well developed. Improvement could be made on marketing strategies, for example campaigns and media coverage for plans and policies regarding cycling. In addition, developing the hardware elements can largely affect the software; for example, by giving enough room for cyclists to cycle side by side or in a cargo bike.

Modal split of cycling: 30%
Average length of trips made within the city: more than 7.5 km

Cambridge has an extensive network of cycling lanes of many types on-road, off-road, painted and segregated. However, the widths of the existing lanes are quite problematic and in some areas connecting links are missing. The city also has a bike sharing system and bicycle parking is available in the streets; in addition to three cycle parks. Cycling infrastructure has been qualitatively and quantitatively improved in the past five years and there are more cycling development plans underway.
The university is a good starting point for Cambridge's cycling culture, but cycling is also promoted in other communities. Schools provide cycling education, and safety advice is available for both cyclists and other road users. There is an annual cycling event from London to Cambridge and there are some neighbourhood rides organized by local cycling groups.
Cambridgeshire county council is responsible for decision regarding cycling; sometimes with input from the city council. Civil society and grassroots also cooperate with the city to develop plans and cycling campaigns. The city has a dedicated budget for cycling; which ensures the continuity of the cycling policies. Traffic incidents involving cyclists are well documented.

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