From and around Darwin Green
Cambridge is the cycling city of the UK and is known for its high levels of cycling and excellent cycling facilities, so why not join in with what everyone else is doing?!
The city and surrounding area are relatively flat and there is already some great infrastructure in place including a cycle route running along nearby Huntingdon Road which takes you directly into Cambridge city centre.
Many facilities are accessible within a short bicycle journey, including, schools, doctors surgeries, supermarkets and employment areas.
There is also a full Cambridge cycle map available here to download which highlights recognised cycle routes across the city and surrounding areas.
Health Benefits of Cycling
Cycling is not just a mode of transport but it also provides an excellent low impact workout too; there are many health benefits from hopping on your bicycle and many studies to back this up. Why not turn your commute into a workout?
Increased cardiovascular fitness.
A decrease in stress levels.
Improved posture and coordination.
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ACTIVE TRAVEL VOUCHER
As a resident of Darwin Green you are entitled to an active travel voucher (as an alternative to free bus travel – see our public transport section for more information).
Claim your £60 voucher to be redeemed online at Wiggle.co.uk where you can shop for a variety of cycling equipment including; helmets, locks or waterproof clothing. To claim, please complete the short travel survey.
Unsure on Cycling?
Why not try before you commit to purchasing a bike? Perhaps you haven’t cycled in a few years and would like to give it a go again? If you would like to trial a cycle commute or just give cycling a go, please contact us and we would be more than happy to help. As part of the commitment to you by Barratt Homes, bikes have been made available for residents to use free of charge through Outspoken! Each bicycle is available for a month-long trial period. Please send an email to DarwinGreen@SmarterTravel.uk.com with details on how long and when you would like to trial one of the bikes for and we will be in touch with further information. Please note that a refundable deposit will be required for the cycle loan due to insurance purposes.
Cycling into Cambridge with Children?
If you’re planning on heading into the city with young children, did you know you can borrow a pushchair when using the cycle parks at either Grand Arcade or Park Street. Grand Arcade is accessible from Corn Exchange Street and the cycle parking facilities are open between 7am and 11:30pm each day. Alternatively, Park Street is open 24 hours a day and access is along Park Road for cyclists and Bridge Street for pedestrians. Find out more information through the Cambridge City Council website.
Sadly and unfortunately, bikes do go missing. To report a missing bike head over to the Cambridge County Council website. You can also report abandoned bikes through their website. Additionally, there is some useful information on how to keep your bike as secure as possible on the Cambridge Cycling Campaign website.
Feeling a little rusty when it comes to jumping on a bike? We are offering some free 1-2-1 cycle training to residents. If you would like to take this free opportunity, please contact us DarwinGreen@SmarterTravel.uk.com and we will be in touch with further information and how to book. All our cycle training is provided by Outspoken Training.
Cycle To Work Schemes
Cycle to work schemes are a UK government tax exemption initiative which allows individuals to hire a bicycle and cycling equipment (for an agreed length of time) and then at the end, have the option of purchasing it for a fraction of its original price! This is organised through your employer as a salary sacrifice and saves you between 25% and 39% of the original cost. With many different schemes available, speak to your employer to find out more. There are many different schemes available, including; Cyclescheme, Evans Cycles and Bike2Work Scheme
The Bike Man
Established in 1992 and located in the Cambridge Market Square, The Bike Man can do anything bike related! Providing a repair service in addition to recycling bikes, selling parts, accessories and second-hand bicycles (prices start at £54) he is open Monday to Friday 8:30 – 5:30 (including bank holidays!)