In one week’s time (27th January 2011), Addenbrooke’s Road in the south of Cambridge will be three months old. I’ve ridden on it perhaps three times. It’s not the best road to cycle on—even though it has both an alright (I guess) shared-use path on its northern side that has priority at side roads, though they’re currently leading to nowhere, and mandatory cycle lanes for its entire length.
I use Francis Crick Avenue far more, because it’s on my route to college. It’s okay; again with the mandatory cycle lanes—but no off-road cycleways and oddly no speed limit. (Private road, you see.) I cycle outside the cycle lanes on most roads; their use is not compulsory and I shouldn’t be forced anywhere. (JSYK, I also cycle on the outside of bus lanes.) I usually get toot’d for doing this: on Francis Crick Avenue, I have never in three months got tooted. I’m putting this down to the restrictions signed at either end of the road: “no motor vehicles except for access to hospitals”, which is (shown by the lack of horns) interpreted as “motor vehicles are guests.