Press Release: Parliamentary Candidates Respond to Questions about Cycling

Cambridge Cycling Campaign
and
Cyclists’ Touring Club, Cambridge District Association

29th April 1997

Press release – for immediate use

Parliamentary candidates respond to questions about cycling

Five General Election candidates for the three constituencies of southern Cambridgeshire replied to a questionnaire from local cycling organisations. Nine questionnaires were sent out, to ask candidates their views on some cycling issues.

Candidates’ answers at a glance

Constituency Cam S Cambs SE Cambs
Party Lab Con Lab Con LibD
Do you think that cycling has an important role to play in tackling the congestion and air pollution resulting from the current transport crisis? yes yes yes yes yes
When elected will you actively support measures to improve conditions for cyclists? yes yes yes
We believe the following measures are important in increasing cycle use. Which would you support (1 = strongly support, 2 = support, 3 = not support, 4 = strongly oppose)?
Adoption of regional or local targets for increasing cycle use 2 3 1 2 1
Improved facilities for carrying cycles on public transport 1 2 1 2 1
Increasing the proportion of Local Authority spending on cycling from 2% to 5% of transport budgets 2 2 1
Vehicle restraint in urban areas as part of transport policy 2 2 1 2 1
Active promotion of cycling (e.g. support for completion of the National Cycle Network) 2 1 1 2 1
Better provision for cycling (e.g. cycle crossings, lanes, parking) 2 1 2 1
Promotion of cycling in all stages of the land-use planning system 2 2 1 1
Greater fiscal incentives to encourage cycling 3 1 2 1
Greater road space given over to cycling 2 1 1
When elected would you join the All Party Cycling Group in the House? no yes no yes
Do you cycle regularly? occasionally? never? Reg Reg Occ Reg

Most of these candidates added comments to the questions they answered.

“I am trying to avoid spending commitments, but that does not mean I won’t try to get more money allocated to cycling,” wrote Anne Campbell, Labour candidate for Cambridge.

“Increased cycling in urban areas is a good way of easing local traffic problems,” writes Andrew Lansley, Conservative candidate for South Cambridgeshire.

“We need to empower local authorities so that they can really invest in public transport, cycleways etc,” added Sal Brinton, Liberal Democrat candidate for South East Cambridgeshire at the end of her questionnaire.

David Earl, from the Cambridge Cycling Campaign, said, “I am pleased that all five of these politicians agree that cycling is an important part of the solution to road congestion and air pollution.”

Mark Irving, local representative of the Cyclists’ Touring Club, said, “Anne Campbell, Tony Gray and Sal Brinton all claim to be regular or frequent cyclists, but all candidates who answered recognise many of the needs of Cambridge’s cyclists.”

These candidates replied:

  • Anne Campbell, Labour candidate for Cambridge
  • Andrew Lansley, Conservative candidate for South Cambridgeshire wrote a letter rather than filling in the questionnaire. I have interpreted his answers (shown in italics) in the table.
  • Tony Gray, Labour candidate for South Cambridgeshire
  • Jim Paice, Conservative candidate for South East Cambridgeshire
  • Sal Brinton, Liberal Democrat candidate for South East Cambridgeshire

Blanks in the table were left blank in the replies, except for Mr Lansley’s letter.

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Further information from: David Earl, for the Cambridge Cycling Campaign, (01223) 690718
Mark Irving, for the Cyclists’ Touring Club (Cambridge District Association), home (01223) 882378; work (01223) 379210

Notes

  1. Cambridge Cycling Campaign was set up in 1995 to voice the concerns of cyclists. We are not a cycling club but an organisation campaigning for the rights of cyclists, promoting cycling in and around Cambridge and lobbying for more and better facilities. The campaign newsletter is published every two months, there is an open meeting on the first Tuesday of every month, a stall in Cambridge market square every Saturday, and a number of active subgroups on specific local issues. Our 350 or so members live in the constituencies of Cambridge, South Cambridgeshire and South West Cambridgeshire.
  2. The Cambridge District Association of the Cyclists’ Touring Club was formed in 1921 and now covers local matters for Cambridgeshire for the CTC. It has about 700 members in the county. The CTC is Britain’s largest cycling organisation, with over 40 000 members throughout the UK and overseas. Founded in 1878, the CTC provides travel and technical advice, legal aid and insurance to members, campaigns to improve facilities and opportunities for all cyclists, and publishes a magazine every two months.