On a snowy and bitterly cold day last weekend, the Embassy had the pleasure of being taken on a Infrastructure Safari around Cambridge by the city's Cycle Campaign, along with other cycling bloggers and campaigners.
We saw some excellent connecting links, joining up parts of the network. Bridges provided safe, comfortable routes across large roads, and across rivers.
It seemed to us that you can make your way around Cambridge in reasonable comfort and safety, using a network of separate routes, links and genuinely 'quiet' residential streets.
The next big issue, however - and one acknowledged by Cambridge Cycling Campaign - is that of cycling on the main roads of Cambridge. Our impression was that the experience of cycling on these roads in Cambridge is no better than on main roads elsewhere.
Provision on these roads was often non-existent, or limited to the (legal) use of pavements, as you can see in several of these photographs.
Creating good conditions for cycling on these main roads is important, not just because it will often be impossible to avoid using them while making journeys on the 'secondary' network, but also because they form the most useful, direct and obvious routes in their own right.
This will naturally be harder to achieve than the creation of a network that bypasses or skirts these roads, particularly in places where councils are intransigent or disinclined to spend serious money on cycling. But they have to be addressed.
Our thanks to Cambridge Cycling Campaign for an informative and enjoyable day