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Cycling in Ampthill

Leighton Buzzard was awarded some Cycling Town improvement money sometime during the decade beginning 2010. Photos from there show bits of cycle route signage, and some improved links to make cycle routes a little more direct, but nothing that would make much of a difference. Also quite a few rubbish shared-use cycleways too which can add to the conflict with footway users.

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Leighton Buzzard station has elevators / lifts that can accommodate cycles. Two billion people use elevators every day.

Leighton Buzzard covered racks at the station, but I'm not a fan of double-decker storage.

Leighton Buzzard covered racks at the station.

Leighton Buzzard covered racks at the station.

Leighton Buzzard

Leighton Buzzard

Leighton Buzzard cycle route markings on the ground - seems like a great idea in the office but never really works as far as I am concerned.

Leighton Buzzard cycle routes in a park.

Leighton Buzzard

Leighton Buzzard - a cyclist in the distance

Leighton Buzzard cycle route signage to the station 4 mins

Leighton Buzzard

Leighton Buzzard this multi-lane mini-roundabout (which serves a supermarket) is on NCN route 6.

Leighton Buzzard suggestion to cross on the zebra (presumably by dismounting)

Leighton Buzzard advisory cycle lane

Leighton Buzzard

Leighton Buzzard

Leighton Buzzard

Leighton Buzzard new bit of cycleway to the right but rest feels like it belongs (quite rightly) to pedestrians.

Leighton Buzzard ambiguous - this looks very like a footway but there's a bit of cycleway off to the right behind that brown sign.

Leighton Buzzard - it was unclear to me whether the cycleway has stopped here because these are not corduroy tactile paving.

Leighton Buzzard

Leighton Buzzard shared-use cycleway

Leighton Buzzard shared-use cycleway

Leighton Buzzard some racks and faded route marking

Leighton Buzzard footway cycle route with faded markings.

Cycle route sign points straight on over this roundabout to Vandyke Road schools Leighton Buzzard

Leighton Buzzard advisory cycle lane.

Leighton Buzzard advisory cycle lane.

Leighton Buzzard

Leighton Buzzard contraflow cycle lane

Leighton Buzzard

Leighton Buzzard

Leighton Buzzard

Leighton Buzzard

Leighton Buzzard

Rothschild Road, Leighton Buzzard

Route signs, Leighton Buzzard

Cycle routes signs: Left Town centre 5 mins 🚲(6) Right Grove Lock 🚲5 mins Away Mentmore Road schools 2 mins Groverbury Road Industrial Estate 2 mins

Customer Cycle Park at Halfords, White Way Retail Park, Biggleswade

Dyson Cycles. A good place to stop for spares, repairs and accessories.

Bennetts Rec shared path entrance from Icknield Street

Bennetts Rec shared path

Bennetts Rec shared path

Kirkby Road to Meadway shared path

Bennetts Rec shared path entrance from Kirkby Road.

Meadway shared path with cars blocking

Meadway shared path

Meadway to Kirby Road shared path.

New A5 Dunstable Northern Bypass Bridge that is effectively a big u-turn on a path to nowhere.

A5 cycle path north of Dunstable

End of path from A1 footbridge (see nearby photos for barriers) at Tempsford, opposite Station Road.

New covered double-decker cycle parking at Sandy station.

There doesn't appear to be any cycle parking at the small stations along the Marston Vale line.

There doesn't appear to be any cycle parking at the small stations along the Marston Vale line.

Level crossing at Aspley Guise station.

Aspley Lane

End of a public footpath - basically the edge of a field we pushed our bikes along.

Bridleway

Barrier at the end of this road then its a dirt track.

Quiet alternative route (if you don't mind a muddy bridleway)

Using quiet lanes to avoid the busy Woburn Sands to Woburn road as much as possible.

Using quiet lanes to avoid the busy Woburn Sands to Woburn road as much as possible.

Unexpected bit of cycleway signage in Aspley Guise. This area is hillier than we're used to riding.

NCN 12: Sandy, Bedfordshire Double scaffold & concrete post chicane. This is used by both cyclists and pedestrians. The gap space allowed is barely 1 metre in each barrier. The two sets of barriers are too close to each other. An unloa ... [more]

Cut-through in Potton - unknown to any of the online maps.

Cut-through in Potton - unknown to any of the online maps. Dropped kerb needed.

Cut-through to Church Causeway, Potton

Church Causeway, Potton - paved and lit.

Church Causeway, Potton - one of those public footpaths that's paved and (in part) used by cars.

Old Bedford Road pretty quickly turns into a bridleway

There's a cycle stand at each end of Potton Library. And that's about it for the village.

Junction of new bridleways on the edge of Potton

A public bridleway has been created alongside the road from Sutton to Potton - this looks like a lovely beautiful bluebell wood.

A public bridleway has been created alongside the road from Sutton to Potton.

A public bridleway has been created alongside the road from Sutton to Potton.

A public bridleway has been created alongside the road from Sutton to Potton.

Good permeability spoilt by uncontrolled parking - cycles and buggies could get by, wheelchairs couldn't.

Poor link from housing development to bridleway - dropped kerb needed

Bridleway from housing development to new school - this needs improving for cycling.

Dropped kerbs needed at the entry to this new school, with no obvious cycle parking.

Bridleway beside new school - this needs improving for cycling to school

Route past new school to housing development

Route to new school and housing development

It's not signed, but this is a much more direct route from central Biggleswade to the Potton road than the main road for cars.

Road closure and cycle parking on the edge of central Biggleswade

Footpath to Biggleswade station from the east - could this be widened for cycle access?

Access to Biggleswade station from the east side

Cycle track parallel to the East Coast Main Line

Bridge across Biggleswade station (no ticket barriers) to cycle routes on the east side of the railway. There should probably be cycle parking on this side too?

Nicely angled stands at Biggleswade station - but I wonder if this is actually enough nowadays?

Covered cycle parking at Biggleswade station - dropped kerbs would help.

Bridleway from Biggleswade towards Sandy (the RSPB's headquarters at The Lodge are on top of the hill)

Bridleway towards Biggleswade

Entry to Biggleswade Common

Bridleway across Biggleswade Common

Bit of a roller-coaster ride on the bridleway from Biggleswade Common to Sandy!

Map showing the bridleway ahead to The Lodge (the RSPB headquarters)

Route from Sandy station to the RSPB headquarters and Biggleswade

Cut-through near Sandy station - used by the Greensand Cycleway Ed: I've used this photo to update OSM: http://www.openstreetmap.org/changeset/30360116

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