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Great Northern Street.

Great Northern Street.

Useful link through to Great Northern Street.

Useful link through to Great Northern Street.

Ugly bollards and bins on the path.

That gap leads through to a cycleway.

Permeability through to a cycleway beyond.

Avenue Road

Priory Road heading towards Huntingdon town centre

Priory Road heading towards Huntingdon town centre

Shared use footway alongside American Lane ends with a Cyclists Dismount.

Shared use footway alongside American Lane.

Where I'm standing is a shared use footway, but these ones are not. The crap shared use in this area is breeding footway cycling. Note also motor vehicle storage on the grass verges.

Where I'm standing is a shared use footway. On the other side of the road it is not for cycling - but the lady has just ridden along the footway there and into the road. She crosses the road and joins the footway there.

Q: What can you expect at a road called 'Drivers Avenue'! A: Crap cycling facilities! Curiously there's a give way here rather than a Cyclists Dismount sign - which is at a nearby junction, so this scheme is inconsistently designed to ... [more]

Q: What can you expect at a road called 'Drivers Avenue'! A: Crap cycling facilities! Curiously there's a give way here rather than a Cyclists Dismount sign - which is at a nearby junction, so this scheme is inconsistently designed to ... [more]

The footway on this side of American Lane is shared use but not on the other side (where a cyclist is riding). Shared use cycleway users are expected to dismount to cross these side roads. The sign opposite is actually the wrong way roun ... [more]

There's an obvious place to have a dropped kerb where the shared use cycleway opposite joins American Lane. But there's not one because the shared use continues along the narrow footway. This is just crap and ill thought through rubbish!

Shared use foot and cycleway with confused markings near its junction with American Lane.

Shared use foot and cycleway with confused markings approaching its junction with American Lane.

Segregated footway and cycleway or mix of both?

Shard use cycleway - further along here who is mean to be on what side gets even more confused.

Subway near the Lord Protector pub, hopefully you feel you don't need protection in this unlit gloom.

Subway towards the Lord Protector pub, hopefully you feel you don't need protection in this unlit gloom.

The shared use cycleway dives under the roads.

Cycleway passing the Lord Protector public house in the town that houses a Cromwell Museum.

Give way, dodge the bollard, check its clear, cross, doge another bollard - this is what its like on a shared use footway. Although this is one of the better examples as it is relatively wide.

Give way, dodge the bollard, check its clear, cross, doge another bollard - this is what its like on a shared use footway. Although this is one of the better examples as it is relatively wide.

Cycleway alongside Mayfield Road

Shared use path alongside Mayfield Road.

Desborough Road, Huntingdon (it doesn't go to Desborough which is about another twenty miles away)

Desborough Road, Huntingdon (it doesn't go to Desborough which is about another twenty miles away)

Desborough Road, Huntingdon (it doesn't go to Desborough which is about another twenty miles away)

Mill Road, Huntingdon

An unadopted road.

Shared use path alongside Sapley Road.

Shared use path on Sapley Road.

Speed table at the junction of Owl and Sparrowhawk ways - on the 'Birds Estate' in the east of Huntingdon.

Shared use cycleway along Sapley Road.

There is a lovely footpath along the river here. I didn't see any signs saying no cycling, but the paths and bridge are narrow and full of dog walkers, so don't expect to 'make progress'.

Shared use cycleway on Sapley Road, Huntingdon.

Speed table on Owl Way, Hartford, Huntingdon

Speed cushions on Owl Way, Hartford, Huntingdon

Speed cushions on Owl Way, Hartford, Huntingdon

Crossing from the shared use on one side of the road to the other. The short section of shared use is on the north side of the road because there is a bank on the other side, as can be seen in the photo. I saw quite a few riders on that ... [more]

Not a very satisfactory junction. I've come from Wyton in the distance on the right. I didn't see any good way of getting from there to the apparently shared use path on this side of the road. Somehow I managed to miss the crossing that ... [more]

Bridleway south to the A428

New? bridleway

Bridleway south to the A428

Poor access to Priory Park, St Neots

Priory Park, St Neots - no indication whether cycling is permiited

It's not marked as shared-use but it might as well be.

This could be improved to give an alternative backstreets route to the new Love's Farm development

It's a toucan crossing, so surely the cycle route ends on the far side if anywhere?

Priory Hill bridge, north of St Neots station - apparently not strong enough for frequent motor traffic to the Love's Farm development

It seems that the red surfacing on the bridge is not a shared-use path as you might expect.

Priory Hill bridge, north of St Neots station - apparently not strong enough for frequent motor traffic to the Love's Farm development

Rising bollards - access for buses and bikes only on the north side of the Love's Farm development

Rising bollards - access for buses and bikes only on the north side of the Love's Farm development

Poor finishing on the new Love's farm development - no dropped kerb on one side and a pretty high step on the other.

Shared-use path on the new Love's Farm development

Reasonable amount of covered cycle parking at the primary school on the Love's Farm development

Cycle parking at the Tesco Express on the new Love's Farm development

Appalling finish, just as we saw in Orchard Park, North Cambridge - no access for wheelchairs or buggies, let alone cycling

Cycle shelters at the new eastern entrance to St Neots station from the Love's farm development

Unsurfaced streamside path crossing road, Love's Farm

Road narrowing and cycle bypass on the main road into the Love's Farm development

Streamside shared-use path on the Love's Farm development

Shouldn't that be an 'End of Shared Use' sign?

Entering Love's Farm, the big new development to the east of St Neots station.

Shared-use footway under the railway from Love's Farm towards St Neots

Clear desire line to Love's Farm, the big new development to the east of St Neots station.

Off-road cycle track past roundabout between St Neots and Love's Farm

Off-road cycle track past roundabout between St Neots and Love's Farm

Limited permeability, St Neots

Attempted permeability, St Neots

Possible alternative to the shared-use footway between St Neots and Love's Farm

Shared-use footway from St Neots towards Love's Farm transitioning to on-road cycle lane.

Shared-use footway between Love's Farm and St Neots

Route signs at the main crossroads in St Neots, including the new Love's Farm development.

Some local cyclists get around the one-way restriction by cutting through the churchyard.

Route signs, Eynesbury

Wheelers bike shop, Eynesbury

The crossings are toucans, but they in no way compensate for the road closure and total lack of dropped kerbs or other cycle-friendy features. They're entirely aimed at cyclists on the shared-use footways.

The Roman Road up the Great Ouse valley (parallel to Ermine Street) - now just a footpath.

The Roman Road up the Great Ouse valley (parallel to Ermine Street) - now just a footpath.

Bridleway

Almost traffic-free back lane from Waresley to St Neots, lined with succulent blackberries.

Byway - closed to motor vehicles in winter

Almost traffic-free back lane from Waresley to St Neots - it's well known to local cyclists, but couldn't it be signed as a cycle route?

Waresley Park garden centre - the café is a well-known stop for local cyclists, but cyclists should dismount and then just lean their bikes against the fence, it seems.

Waresley Park garden centre - the café is a well-known stop for local cyclists

Cycle stands at a nature reserve, apparently - but there's absolutely no information, it doesn't even seem to have a name.

Bridleway

Covered cycle parking for a supermarket.

It could be that the stainless steel fixings to these pillars are handrails, but they are being used here for cycle parking.

Recreational cycle path around Grafham Water. From a CTC Cambridge ride.

Flowers left near parked bikes in Market Square, St Neots. Possibly representing a road incident?

Priority over a sideroad. The pavement cycleway is obviously inadequate, but this is a rare example of continuity.

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