Elections

List of questions

Here is a list of all the questions (across all wards) we have asked for this election:

  1. Cambridge suffers from a huge shortage of on-street public cycle parking, and a staggeringly high rate of cycle theft - 10% of reported crime. We want to see a formal strategy to get on-street cycle parking provided around Cambridge, with a target of say, 100-200 spaces per year initially. Do you support this?
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  2. Cambridge suffers from a huge shortage of on-street public cycle parking, and a staggeringly high rate of cycle theft - 10% of reported crime. Do you support mandatory inclusion of on-street cycle parking as part of any car club scheme that is introduced in Cambridge?
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  3. There are many residential streets in Cambridge which could form useful shortcuts for cyclists but which are currently one-way streets for all traffic. Bearing in mind government policy that 'Cyclists should be exempted from ... one-way orders ... unless there are overriding safety considerations that cannot be resolved'. Do you support a general presumption that residential one-way streets should be opened up for cycle use, as has happened so successfully in the past in Cambridge?
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  4. Do you support our view that traffic policing (including fining of cyclists without lights or using pedestrian-only pavements) should become a police priority?
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  5. Following the remarkable success of 20 mph zones in Hull, we wish to see many more 20 mph zones around Cambridge for both safety and environmental reasons. Do you support this objective?
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  6. Many cycling schemes effectively force cyclists onto the pavement, resulting in an inadequate cycling environment, and in resentment from pedestrians. Do you support our view that the Council's priority should always be to improve the general road environment first, including the provision of cycle lanes at least 1.5 metres (5 feet) wide?
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  7. Cycling offers a huge opportunity to reduce motor traffic and free up road space. Do you have any suggestions for additional cycling promotion activities that the Council could do?
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  8. Cycle parking at the railway station is in extremely short supply, with all spaces full even early in the day. Do you support conversion of more car parking spaces at the station to cycle parking now before the area is redeveloped?
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  9. Cambridge Cycling Campaign is promoting a new route for pedestrians and cyclists called the 'Chisholm Trail', alongside the railway, joining up many journey destinations between Addenbrooke's to the south and the Science Park to the north. This would make many journeys much quicker. Do you support this in principle, and would you like more information?
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  10. Some cyclists have told us they feel unsafe riding alongside two short stretches of Lensfield Road and East Road where car parking is allowed in spite of the heavy traffic. Such car parking narrows the space available considerably. Do you support removal of this car parking in the interests of improved traffic flow and the safety of cyclists?
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  11. Advanced Stop Lines (ASLs), a red area for cyclists in front of a traffic light, improve cycle safety by improving visibility of cyclists at junctions. Do you support the presumption that new junctions should include ASLs, and that existing ones should be upgraded and always coloured?
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  12. The South East Cycle Route is an important route for cyclists which joins the city centre with the Station. In recent years, its utility has been worsened by extensive car parking being allowed on Regent Terrace (close to Queen Anne car park), and the botched Gonville crossing. Would you press to see these problems fixed?
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  13. We favour the removal of car parking on at least one side of Trumpington Road outside the Botanic Gardens. The current lanes are against government policy, as they are in the 'dooring zone'. Our proposal would allow wider cycle lanes and a buffer zone to protect cyclists from opened car doors . Do you support this?
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  14. Do you have any other general cycling-related comments or points?
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  15. Some cyclists have told us they feel unsafe riding over the A14 Histon junction, because of crossing the exit roads down onto the A14, and along Histon Rd, because of its narrowness. Do you support measures to improve safety for cyclists in these two areas?
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  16. Over the A14 between Histon and Girton is a bridge, currently used by NIAB. If this were opened to cyclists as part of NIAB land developments it would enable many to avoid the Histon A14 roundabout and other sections of busy road. In principle, would you support such proposals?
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Camcycle is a non-partisan body. All candidates are given an equal opportunity to submit their views. Information published by Camcycle (Cambridge Cycling Campaign), The Bike Depot, 140 Cowley Road, Cambridge, CB4 0DL.