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Cycling in Camden

Camden Cycle Journey Planner

Welcome to the CycleStreets cycle Journey Planner for Camden.

This is a development of the one that's been running in Cambridge for two years. The system not only offers you direct or quiet route options but will also show photos taken along the route - different depending on which direction you plan to travel.

The mapping is based on OpenStreetMap (OSM) which is a relatively new idea - a database of very detailed geographic data that was created by a community of volunteers and to which anyone can contribute. Camden is already quite thoroughly mapped on OSM, but you may be able to spot some missing links, especially where they are cycle or pedestrian-specific.

YOU can improve the OSM maps by adding to OpenStreetMap or giving direct feedback to the CycleStreets website's developers. At present CycleStreets doesn't take hills (or cobbles) into account. Improvements to deal with this known limitation in the Beta release will be in place soon.

At present there are not many photos on Camden. (see for inspiration). Please help by uploading yours. It will soon be possible to add videos as well.

One feature we hope that you will find useful - every time a route is planned it is given a unique URL (the link at the top of your browser, starting http:// ...). This can be used by you in future or sent to a friend who (for instance) is thinking of cycling to work but doesn't know the best route. It is also possible to view planned routes on mobile phones that have internet access.

A browsable London Cycle Map is a separate development by the Camden Cycling Campaign that offers a browsable library of London routes and cycling resources. It shows the London Cycle Network and other recommended cycle routes over a variety of different types of map (Google Map, Satellite, Terrain; OSM and OSM Cycle) with pop-up summary information on each route as well as cycle shops, cycle parking, hazards and more.

Google Streetview is included so you can pop-up movable views of the streets and the mapped features. A simple interface to the CycleStreets Journey Planner is included, so you can create and see CycleStreets journey plans directly on

Cycling and cycle campaigning in Camden

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Latest photos of the area

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Road space taken for a bike-sharing station

Well marked workplace cycle parking (bikes with drop handlebars to the right, apparently)

Could it be any more obvious?

Road narrowing with contraflow cycle lane

Not very well signed, but cyclists should go to the right here (and look out for two low kerbs).

Pedestrian alley with no cycle facilities

Painted protection for cyclists on this corner

Modal filter and cycle parking

Cycle parking with modal filter ahead

Contraflow cycle lane

Excellent new people-friendly streetscaping

Lots of cycle parking on this excellent new streetscape

No Entry except Cycles, surely, given how much cycle parking there is here?

No Entry Except Cycles

Contraflow cycle lane

Bike hangar and cycle contraflow ahead

Private motorbike and cycle parking at the Institute for Fiscal Studies

Two bike stands here, two more up by the next corner

Bike-sharing station on Quietway 1, but no actual cycle parking at RADA

Lots of bike stands and sharing bikes at Birkbeck College

Cycle parking at the Bloomsbury Theatre

Pop-up road closure outside the UCL Institute of Archeology, with no provision for cyclists

Pop-up road closure and bike-sharing station

Good use of space outside a University of London building

Plenty of cycle stands dotted around this area near UCL

Cycle contraflow near Euston station

Alley with wheelbender cycle parking, presumably for hotel staff.

New route past the Francis Crick Institute - the route to the right can be gated off, while the narrower route to the left (shown as a cycleway on OpenStreetMap) is always open.

No Public Right of Way sign on the new cut-through to St Pancras station

Red Lion Street, London

Crossing Theobalds Road,London

Right London. One good thing about the weather is it lets us see in *real life* how much space the traffic really uses. This is called a ‘Sneckdown’ Your mission - if you have a vantage point - is to send me all your Sneckdown photos ... [more]

Modal filter on the Granary Square site, Kings Cross

Barriers on the ramp to the Regent's Canal towpath, Kings Cross

Ramp to the Regent's Canal towpath, Kings Cross

Information at the cycle parking at Central St Martin's, University of the Arts London

Not the easiest access to the cycle parking at Central St Martin's, University of the Arts London

Plenty of cycle parking and shared bikes outside the University of the Arts London

Dropped kerb ahead where the building works finally close the cycleway and cyclists have to move to the shared-use area.

Cycle store at student housing in Bloomsbury

Cycle street with informal pedestrian crossing to Cartwright Gardens

Route sign on Cycle Superhighway 6 - the obvious route to Euston is to the left on the Euston Road, but the signed route is presumably via Phoenix Road, fine if you're not in a hurry.

Contraflow cycle lane and parking

Road closed, pedestrians can take their usual route without problem, but what about the signposted cycle route?

Cycle contraflow and No Motor Vehicles during school pick-up/drop-off hours, plus added roadworks.

Swing around the car parking box to the contraflow lane

Contraflow lane on Cycle Superhighway 6 at the British Library

Staff parking (partly covered) at the British Library

Popular new shared-use route west from St Pancras station

Contraflow cycle lane. St Pancras

The Prince Arthur pub, Eversholt Street

Route sign at end of contraflow cycle lane

Floating bus stop on Gray's Inn Road

Pop-up segregation on Gray's Inn Road

Modal filter on route C6 (with bike lights) and bike sharing station

Cut-through on route C6

Cycle stands and cut-through on route C6

Car blocking one side of a modal filter

Route markings on route C6

Unclear whether this happened before or after the modal filter was installed...

Route sign and modal filter on route C6

Modal filters and junction on route C6

Width restriction plus temporary traffic lights

Route signs and modal filter ahead on route C6

Cycle parking and what probably isn't a cycleway on the left.

Cycle stand and Rosebery Avenue bridge

Cycle-only lights on the London Cycle Network

One-way road with two cycle lanes at a construction site

Some welcome protection on Gray's Inn Road

New road narrowing (and Santander Bikes station).

Tricycle by Michael Craig-Martin, at the Foundling Museum, London - referring to themes of loneliness and abandonment.

Remarkably small amount of disabled/cycle etc space on the Class 395 Javelin high-speed trains from St Pancras to Kent - and it's right at one end of a six-car train, but because the trains take a loop around Kent and end up back at St Panc ... [more]

Remarkably small amount of disabled/cycle etc space on the Class 395 Javelin high-speed trains from St Pancras to Kent - and it's right at one end of a six-car train, but because the trains take a loop around Kent and end up back at St Panc ... [more]

Advanced light for cycles

Trixi mirror, pedestrian countdown and advanced lights for cycles - all sorts of clever things.

Bike hangar and community garden (no cycling) in a gap where the Brunswick Centre was supposed to be extended.

Cargo bike and quite a few bike stands on Marchmont St

If there was a modal filter here (as on OpenCycleMap), it's gone.

Just a few cycle stands at this modern school

Fatal collision Picture from: https://tw ... [more]

Cycle Lane Closed, fend for yourself on York Way

Modal filter off Agar Grove

Absolutely horrible speed ramps in the Maiden Lane development - no wonder there are so many SUVs here.

Route through the Maiden Lane development

Access to the Maiden Lane development - there's no point going much further by bike, but cycle parking is needed here.

Tempting, but there are a lot of steps ahead. [Eventually the Camden Highline will pass immediately to the left of this bridge, on the line of a disused railway track - pedestrians only]

This is clearly a pedestrian route in to the Maiden Lane development, but why not make it clear whether there's cycle access?

Cycle parking on Camley St and ramp to the Regent's Canal towpath

Ramp from the Regent's Canal towpath to Camley St

The Regent's Canal towpath, and a shared-use route to the right to Handyside St

The Regent's Canal towpath to the right, link to the Coal Drops Yard and the Somerstown Bridge to the left.

Barriers on the Somerstown Bridge across the Regent's Canal

Cycleway symbol and closed hours on the Somerstown Bridge across the Regent's Canal

Ramp to the Somerstown Bridge across the Regent's Canal

Surely a short section of shared-use path would allow cyclists to turn left and join this segregated cycleway, rather than being held while motor traffic turns left?

Cyclists have to wait while left-turning motor traffic has priority - but a segregated cycleway starts immediately to the left, so surely a short bypass could have been constructed?

On-street cycle parking at the Royal National Institution of Blind People

Pedestrian crossings on the Tavistock Place cycle route - what do the colours signify?

Plenty of space at the Foundling Museum, but no cycle parking.

Path through Brunswick Square Gardens

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