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Usually I cycle along the pavement here, as it's a shared path. However, a couple of pedestrians walking in the same direction as me, or a family meandering along, and I'd prefer the road, if it's not completely overrun!

The pedestrians lights towards the Newnham end can slow someone cycling along the road as well. However, there is a helpful drop kerb just before the pedestrian protective fencing. Since the pavement is fine for cycling on, switching up onto it here is completely fine and legal. Unfortunately, the only drop kerb after the crossing is at the end roundabout. This is a really bad place to join the carraigeway, so I either jump off the kerb beyond the crossing, or pull out at the last moment, knowing the lights are either red or only just changed (and traffic cannot be going any speed or be anywhere near here yet).

Of course to do this, you must have your ears and eyes wide open. There's a path from the Coe Fen this side of the crossing, another path (with people cycling) just at the crossing, and people crossing from the other side. None of these deserve to be treated with anything less than full accord. It may not look like it, but my pedalling has stopped, my hands are covering the brakes, and I'm looking around constantly with my head up. I'm ready to stop in a few yards should it be needed.

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