Skip to main content
""

Travel by cycling and walking

There are several sites to help find the best route. Finding a quieter and safer route might be different to the way you would drive.

Cycling UK journey planner is a useful site for planning cycling friendly routes. These routes away from busy roads will also be good for walking. There are options to pick a quieter or faster route depending on your preferences.

CycleStreets is another journey planning tool. You can change the settings to find the quietest or fastest route. It is helpful for walking routes as well as cycling, making use of cut throughs and quieter roads.

We have a range of maps covering the County. These are free to download and paper copies are available in many public libraries.

Sustrans supports the National Cycle Network, which is a UK wide network of routes.

The Greenways project is delivering new or improved routes connecting villages to Cambridge. The Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) are managing the implementation of the schemes. These will be mainly traffic free and for those that are walking, wheeling and cycling.

The Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) shows routes that need improvement in the County. It pinpoints the top priority active travel routes in each district for upgrades.

Connecting to public transport

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority (CPCA) has good information for planning your bus journey.

Visit our Public transport page for information about Cambridge Park and Ride and Guided Busway services.

Bike hire

Cambridge

  • City Cycle Hire, based on Lammas Land has cycles available for short- or long-term hire.
  • Grounds Café in Milton Country Park has bikes to hire.
  • Kingsway Cycles on City Road has cycles available for short- and long-term loan.
  • Outspoken Cycles works with businesses to arrange pool and fleet bikes for companies. They are also able to arrange rental of cargo bikes.
  • Primo Cycles arranges hire from their Grand Arcade and Jesus Lane shops.
  • Rent O Spoke operates from the Bike Shed on Mill Rd.
  • The School Run Centre has a range of cargo bikes for hire.
  • Voi has e-bikes and e-scooters for hire across Cambridge. Access through their app.

Other

BizBike provides community cycle hire to some South Cambridgeshire communities. These include Northstowe, The Abingtons and Teversham. Access is via an app.

The National Trust offers cycle hire at Wicken Fen.

Voi E-Scooter and E-Bike hire

Voi operates in Cambridge and Peterborough to provide rental E-Bikes and E-Scooters. Download the app to your phone, you must be at least 18 years old to use the Voi scheme (and hold a current driving licence to rent e-scooters).

Find out where they are available near you, and register for the scheme on the app. There is training via the app on how to use the scooters on the road safely.

Remember to share space responsibly with other users. When you have finished your journey, park without blocking the pavement. Voi has user information to promote safe usage.

Voi Cambridge Pricing as of September 2023

Car hire

Enterprise has vehicles across the County that are available to lease. Register for the app and use your phone to access a car or van. Discounts are available for Cambridge residents. You can book a car for short periods. A couple of hours to shop for heavy items or make a longer journey. Using a car club is cheaper than owning your own car if you only make occasional car journeys. It can help families get rid of the need for a second car or even move away from car ownership completely.

Cycle parking

When you are not cycling always lock your cycle securely. Locking on a well-lit busy street, or dedicated cycle park helps reduce the risk. Using two locks, secure your frame and both wheels to a fixed object. Make sure there is not much wiggle space, making it harder to insert tools. D-locks are sturdy but cable locks can also help to secure quick release items.

There are many Sheffield stands (n shaped cycle stands) across the County. Providing strong bases to lock to.

Cambridge Park and Ride sites all have cycle parking. You can also register to use secure boxes for a small fee.

As well as on street cycle parking there is secure indoor cycle parking in Cambridge City Centre. Located at the Grand Arcade cycle park, next to Primo Cycles. There are large spaces for cargo bikes and the option to borrow a pushchair from Primo Cycles.

Covered, well-lit and CCTV monitored cycle parking is available at the following Guided Busway stops:

  • St Ives Park and Ride - 50 spaces
  • Swavesey - 60 spaces
  • Longstanton Park and Ride - 50 spaces
  • Oakington - 30 spaces
  • Histon - 40 spaces
  • Orchard Park West - 30 spaces
  • Science Park - 20 spaces
  • Trumpington - 30 spaces

All train stations across the County have space to lock cycles.

Recreational routes - Rights of way 

Our network of paths is ideal for walking and exploring the countryside. Some rights of way are also open to horse riders, cyclists and motorists. Visit our Rights of way page to find out more about rights of way across Cambridgeshire.