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Question 1 - we asked:

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?

We asked this question in these 14 wards: Abbey, Arbury, Castle, Cherry Hinton, Coleridge, East Chesterton, King's Hedges, Market, Newnham, Petersfield, Queen Edith's, Romsey, Trumpington, West Chesterton.

29 of the 64 candidates (45%) who were asked this question responded as below.

Andrew James BOWER
(Conservative Party)

Yes, local Conservatives will review the whole question of parking, both for cars and cycles, and work with our colleagues at the county council to do this. One of our priorities is to ensure provision for secure storage of bicycles is included in proposed railway redevelopment programmes.

Donald Fisher DOUGLAS
(Conservative Party)

Yes, I couldn't agree more and get fed up searchingfor secure parking for my expensive bike. We will review the whole question of parking, both for cars and cycles, and work with our colleagues at the county council to do this. One of our priorities is to ensure provision for secure storage of bicycles is included in proposed railway redevelopment programmes. We also need to put pressure on the Station to sort out the disgusting litter in the bike park and to provide further spaces now.

Peter Norman HASE
(Conservative Party)

Interesting picture of Bateman St, looks like its about 5 doors down from my house! I agree with your point for parking bays or proper secure (undercover) parking for cycles. Our recent survey of anti-social behaviour showed more than 40% of respondents had suffered petty crime in the last 12 months, much of which is cycle theft.

If we can select where the parking bays should be - and near the Eurocentre in Bateman St would be a good place to start - I would support this approach.

Christopher John HOWELL
(Conservative Party)

Yes, and the Councils should be proactive in doing something about this.

James Andrew MARTIN
(Conservative Party)

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?

In principle, definitely. The conservatives would aim to rpovide a complete review of all parking for all vehicles. One of our priorities is to ensure provision for secure storage of bicycles is included in proposed railway redevelopment programmes.

Richard Edward NORMINGTON
(Conservative Party)

Yes, Conservatives will review the whole question of parking, both for cars and cycles, and work with our colleagues at the county council to do this. One of our priorities is to ensure that the provision for secure storage of bicycles is included in proposed railway redevelopment programmes.

Hamish George DOWNER
(Green Party)

Absolutely. We support your call for additional on-street bike racks in the city. The cycle -parking at Cambridge Station and at Drummer Street needs more space and upgrading. We support Cambridge Cycle Campaign's opposition to the redevelopment of Lion Yard on the grounds of inadequate cycle parking provision.

Ceri Barbara GALLOWAY
(Green Party)

We support your call for additional on-street bike racks in the city. The cycle-parking at Cambridge Station and at Drummer Street require upgrading with better facilities and more space. The city generally needs more cycle parking facilities in the centre. We support Cambridge Cycle Campaign's opposition to the redevelopment of Lion Yard on the grounds of inadequate cycle parking provision. Single wheel stands should be phased out as soon as possible and the city council could promote cycling to businesses by researching a range of suitable cycle parking stands and lock up facilities. Then consult the public about which they find the most suitable before implementing action. They could offer advice and fast track planning applications to businesses that want to increase cycle parking selling stands to small businesses at cost price. Covered cycle parking where possible as well as variety of lock up methods would be beneficial.

Cycle theft may be 'casual' or part of organised crime. All cyclists need to be 'theft aware' and to use sturdy locks etc. Anyone using an expensive bike might expect it to be targeted and double or triple lock as Londoners do. Those who want quick locking and willing to take more risks might use the Dutch system. Local police and bike groups could advise and explain options for different methods and outline risk and offer information on where to purchase options. However good cycle parking should help reduce this crime. There is a need for more 24 hour secure cycle parking that is cheap because when cycling is the main form of transport leaving a bike at a station or a coach stop for a weekend or longer is risky.

Jesse Liam GRIFFITHS
(Green Party)

Of course! I think your target is, however, way off what is needed, though I understand why you need to be realistic in your demands. The best approach, I think, would be to estimate the suppressed demand for cycle parking and provide enough space so that we begin to see half empty racks everywhere instead of the overcrowded ones which are ubiquitous now. I think all large cycle parks should be protected by CCTV, and there should be an increase in the quality of existing parks; for example by introducing sheltered parking. There really is no downside to encouraging more people to cycle, so I would support a 'predict and provide' approach - no one chould be discouraged from cycling because they fear they won't be able to park conveniently, or because they don't want their bike to get wet or stolen. As well as supporting your call for on-street bike racks, other areas where urgent improvements are needed include the train station (where I note the covered spaces for 100 bikes opened at capacity last year - if evidence for suppressed demand were needed, there it is!) and at Drummer Street . The Green Party supports Cambridge Cycle Campaign's opposition to the redevelopment of Lion Yard on the grounds of inadequate cycle parking provision.

Stephen Roger LAWRENCE
(Green Party)

In general, support. But Careful about too _much_ street furniture. Although outside St Catz an example of good practice - clearing the pavement of bikes. I think there is a difference between 'security' and 'stands' - what about the posibility of 'loops' to secure bikes to? Are they effective?

Shayne Mary MITCHELL
(Green Party)

Yes. And ensure that all new cycle parking meets standards – it is astonishing that it can still be useless, due to poor design or siting (eg King’s Hedges Learner Pool & St Andrew’s Hall, Chesterton)

All new housing needs adequate if not ample cycle parking, preferably enclosed and lockable.

In Dutch towns, shops and businesses have a narrow wooden board along their shop window, against which bikes can be leaned (on Mill Road, Arjuna and Browne's Bookstore used to have them). Where pavements are wide enough, and where shops are willing, these could be provided with City Council support.

Gregory Michael PATTON
(Green Party)

A large number of my friends have been victim to cycle theft and so I know it is a major worry for myself and many other Cambridge residents. I would like to see the council put pressure on developers to ensure adequate cycle parking space as well as adopting a strategy to provide more street cycle parking.

Peter Harry POPE
(Green Party)

Yes.

Margaret Elizabeth WRIGHT
(Green Party)

We support your call for additional on-street bike racks in the city. The cycle -parking at Cambridge Station and at Drummer Street needs more space and upgrading. We support Cambridge Cycle Campaign's opposition to the redevelopment of Lion Yard on the grounds of inadequate cycle parking provision.

Cycle theft may be 'casual' or part of organised crime.All cyclists need to be 'theft aware' and to use sturdy locks etc.Anyone using an expensive bike should expect it to be targetted. Good cycle parking should help reduce this crime.

Len FREEMAN
(Labour Party)

Yes - to encourage cycling it is crucial that there are convenient, secure places to park bikes.

Jonathan Hugh GOODACRE
(Labour Party)

Yes and the state and style of parking racks/stands (sorry don't know official name) also needs to be improved. The stands outside the Co-op in Mill Road are very poor for example. I don't know exactly what is wrong with them - I think they may be the wrong length and in any case they are poorly maintained. There are plenty of un-utilised spaces where racks could be put in. City Council should work with traders in places like Mill Road to see how the cycle parking situation could be improved.

Tariq SADIQ
(Labour Party)

There is clearly a shortage of places to park bikes in Cambridge especially around the station and in the city centre on busy days. There should be more secure areas like the Park Street cycle park. I would also like to see local businesses sponsoring cycle stands.

Pamela Mary STACEY
(Labour Party)

Yes, all cyclists recognise the problem of not having a safe and convenient place to leave their bike. If you go shopping or say to the theatre you wonder will my bike still be there on my return and also will it still be in a good condition.

Lucy WALKER
(Labour Party)

In my view Cambridge certainly needs to radically increase its on-street cycle parking, both in the city centre and in residential areas. Labour councillors have recently negotiated some welcome extra cycle parking in Petersfield (soon to be installed by the Ainsworth/Sleaford St play area).
I would support a formal strategy with targets. I would need to see figures comparing current space allocation with projected requirements before commenting on your specific figures, but you may well be right.
To counteract the huge amount of cycle theft, it would be useful to look at 'good practice' that works elsewhere in order to incorporate some effective measures into our cycle parking plans, and also advise residents on ways of reducing theft opportunities.

Simon Richard Ainsley WATKINS
(Labour Party)

Yes.

Andy BLACKHURST
(Liberal Democrat)

See above! We do need greater provision of proper cycle-parking, both to minimise potential inconvenience to other pavement users, and to reduce the instance of cycle theft, which is all too familiar. I am pleased to note, though, that the police report that levels of cycle theft have declined compared to previous years.

Steven Robert COOPER
(Liberal Democrat)

I agree that more on-street cycle parking is needed in many places. In the City Centre the Lib Dems have fought very hard to force the County Council road engineers to make provision for cyclists at the Grand Arcade and also on the old Bradwells Court site. I support that approach. In Petersfield, I would welcome working with the Cycling Campaign to identify possible new cycle parking locations in locations such as Mill Road and near the pubs in Kingston Street and Gwydir Street.

Mike DIXON
(Liberal Democrat)

This candidate has contacted the Campaign in response to the survey but has not given permission to make the response public.

Alan LEVY
(Liberal Democrat)

Getting more employers to make suitable provision will go a long way to achieving adequate provision.

Michael Hal PITT
(Liberal Democrat)

The balance of car and cycle provision does appear to be wrong in some areas. More cycle parking is needed, not just for security but to remove excuses for anti-social cycle parking. Any changes to on street provision will need to be done in partnership with all local residents.

I was pleased to see cycle thefts falling in the city according to police figures.

Ed SEXTON
(Liberal Democrat)

Yes, although I think the location is more important than the total number - another ten cycle racks on Mill Road would be more useful than 100 at Abbey stadium.

Julie Elizabeth SMITH
(Liberal Democrat)

I agree that it is often almost impossible to find a secure cycle parking space in Cambridge and am very keen to see more well-designed cycle parking spaces.

Tania ZMURA
(Liberal Democrat)

More secure cycle parking facilites like at the Round Church - it is excellent! could be introduced at the other car parks and park & ride already provide some facilities. More publicity about registering bicycle against theft.

Tom WOODCOCK
(Respect)

Cyclists are put in unnecessary conflict with pedestrians far to ofter as a result of poor cycle provision and a lack of safe cylcle parking. I agree with the need for on street cycle parking and feel it should be a massive priority for the city and county council. i know of at least 10 places in Romsey alone where this sort of provision is desperately needed. In many cases, particularly in residential areas, you could put four or six bike spaces instead of ten. Often this would not effect the number of car parking spaces as it would only use half a space. In some parts of old Romsey Town (and other parts of Cambridge) a few stands at more regular intervals would also mean people would not need to walk so far to park their bikes. Large provision (more than ten spaces) should be built outside pubs, cafes, shops, very dense housing and other busy facilities.

In my view parts of Cambridge need to have a major street furniture overhall. The pavements on Mill Road and in other plars of town are littered with half lamp posts, old bits of sign of electricity boxes and all sorts. Some of these thinks are useful to lock or lean cycles to but that is not in the interest of the pedestrians.

Marjorie Ruth Hadley BARR
(UK Independence Party)

I agree that there is a huge shortage of on-street public cycle parking in Cambridge. This is an important issue as it would help to prevent cycle theft and I would certainly support your strategy.

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