27 August 2010
Cambridge, cycling paradise? Rubbish!
Cambridge may be touted as England's so-called 'real cycling capital'.
But in fact its modal share of bike journeys is still low, as this photo proves. Despite the expensive riverside cycle path, only ONE person-journey is being made by bicycle, compared to TWO on a boat, FOUR in a narrowboat, and two cows occupying valuable space but carrying NO passengers.
Anyone trying to convince you that the town is some sort of 'cycling paradise' is clearly deluded.
And take this valuable Brompton, left outside the Co-op in Newnham.
It's not locked. Obviously the place is so full of thieves, bandits, brigands and cutpurses that locks are useless.
Instead, the owner has had to leave it with not one but TWO guard dogs, who viciously wagged their tails and tried to lick us when we approached.
Things are so bad there they've had to create a new website, Cycling Sorted, to cope with everyone's suggestions for improvements to the cycling infrastructure.
So, cyclists, avoid Cambridge at all costs. I'm grateful to be back in London, I can tell you.