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'No cycling' signs mark start of new Cambridge cycling lane

by Mark Appleton   October 27, 2010  

Addenbrooke’s access road, courtesy Cyclestreets.net_.jpg

The lines on the road clearly indicate a cycle lane, the signs a few yards away mean cycling is forbidden.

So it’s no wonder a Cambridge cyclist contacted the Cambridge News to inform them about the confusing signage that has been put in place at the £26 million Addenbrooke’s Hospital access road, which has just opened.

Klaas Brumann, from Chesterton, told the News: “If they were part of the pavement you would expect them to be blue, and they should be to the far side of the cycle lane. The way they are positioned says you are not allowed to cycle on the road.”

A spokesman for Addenbrooke’s admitted there had been an error but said the signs had been approved by Cambridgeshire County Council.

He told the newspaper: “These signs are intended to stop cycling on the footpath, not in the cycle lane – but we accept this could be made clearer. They will be taken down and replaced.”

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for 'made clearer', read 'done properly' Smile

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7830 posts]
27th October 2010 - 17:15

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I take it Cambridgeshire County Council had some signs budget they had top spend quickly. Why else would those signed be needed. Or maybe they plan to put no cycling signs on all pavements in the county.

posted by thereverent [351 posts]
27th October 2010 - 17:27


This is more common than first appears. In an area in Greenwich, you are not allowed to cycle yet there is a cycle route through it. I'll try to take some pictures and send them in.

Let's face it - probably many of the people that put these signs up have never ridden a bike before.

posted by londonplayer [671 posts]
27th October 2010 - 19:14

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Left hand doesn't know what right hand is doing


posted by OldRidgeback [2551 posts]
27th October 2010 - 21:25


Nice to see my council tax note being wasted....

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posted by jimmythecuckoo [1347 posts]
27th October 2010 - 22:05

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jimmythecuckoo wrote:
Nice to see my council tax note being wasted....

The signs/path were installed by the Hospital and approved by the council, so its mainly your general tax that was wasted and only a little of your council tax :0)

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posted by STATO [457 posts]
28th October 2010 - 9:24


ROFL @ Stato!

There's a cycle bridge over the M60 in Denton Manchester, and as you get to the designated 'cycle' path - there is a no cycling sign.

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posted by jobysp [145 posts]
28th October 2010 - 20:25


If they were on the pavement they would NOT be blue, as blue ones denote that cycling IS permitted on the pavement, not that it is forbidden. Why can't these reporters get their facts straight before they make themselves look thick?!!!!

posted by keith_newnham [68 posts]
29th October 2010 - 23:01


You don't need to put no cycling signs up on a pavement - all pavements are no cycling by default, you have to put a sign up if cycling is allowed.(Highway Code Rule 64)

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posted by wildnorthlands [29 posts]
1st November 2010 - 12:24

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