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Question 14 - we asked:

Do you have any other general cycling-related comments or points?

We asked this question in all 15 wards, namely: Abbey, Arbury, Castle, Cherry Hinton, Coleridge, East Chesterton, Histon & Impington, King's Hedges, Market, Newnham, Petersfield, Queen Edith's, Romsey, Trumpington, West Chesterton.

30 of the 67 candidates (45%) who were asked this question responded as below.

Andrew James BOWER
(Conservative Party)

Provision for cyclists should reflect cyclists' genuine requirements rather than merely allowing for 'box-ticking'.

Measures designed to discourage motor traffic should be examined for possible negative side-effects on cyclists.

Local Conservatives will ask the government to remove rigid Whitehall targets for the introduction of new cycle lanes and allow us the discretion to spend money on cycling as we determine - such as providing better information on existing cycle routes and the proper promotion of cycling training in schools.

We welcome the extra cycling opportunities presented by the Guided Bus.

Pedestrians and cyclists can expect new facilities, with a new bridleway and cycle route running alongside the Busway route. We hope that the Cambridge Cycling campaign will join us in supporting the Guided Bus.

Donald Fisher DOUGLAS
(Conservative Party)

We will ask the government to remove rigid Whitehall targets for the introduction of new cycle lanes and allow us the discretion to spend money on cycling as we determine – such as providing better information on existing cycle routes and the proper promotion of cycling training in schools.

We welcome the extra cycling opportunities presented by the Guided Bus.

Pedestrians and cyclists can expect new facilities, with a new bridleway and cycle route running alongside the Busway route. We hope that the Cambridge Cycling campaign will join us in supporting the Guided Bus.

Peter Norman HASE
(Conservative Party)

I would suggest a Safe Cycling Charter. I see so many people riding cylces that clearly have never read the highway code and perhaps (because they come from abroad) have no way to learn our rules of the road. If your body issued a Safe Cycling Charter, covering the right way to behave at traffic lights and crossings; the use of the footpaths; proper lights; security etc - the whole City would benefit and we can maybe save some people getting hurt. Could this be done with sponsorship and perhaps with the endorsement of the City Council? I for one would fully support this and hope if elected to be able to help you.

Christopher John HOWELL
(Conservative Party)

I have been a member of the Cambridge Cycling Campaign for a number of years, and commute daily to work in the Centre of Cambridge by bike.

James Andrew MARTIN
(Conservative Party)

The Conservatives will lobby the government to remove the rigid Whitehall targets for the introduction of new cycle lanes, allowing us to spend money on cycling according to local needs and local people's views. An example of this is our commitment to providing better information on existing cycle routes and the active and enthusiastic promotion of cycling training in schools.

We welcome the extra cycling opportunities presented by the Guided Bus.

Pedestrians and cyclists can expect new facilities, with a new bridleway and cycle route running alongside the Busway route. We hope that the Cambridge Cycling campaign will join us in supporting the Guided Bus.

Richard Edward NORMINGTON
(Conservative Party)

We will ask the government to remove Whitehall targets for the introduction of new cycle lanes and allow us the discretion to spend money on cycling as we determine – such as providing better information on existing cycle routes and the proper promotion of cycling training in schools.

Conservatives welcome the extra cycling opportunities presented by the Guided Bus. Pedestrians and cyclists can expect new facilities, with a new bridleway and cycle route running alongside the Busway route. We hope that the Cambridge Cycling campaign will join us in supporting the Guided Bus.

Hamish George DOWNER
(Green Party)

If elected, I would use my authority as a councillor to raise all issues in relation to increasing cycle use and safety .

Ceri Barbara GALLOWAY
(Green Party)

A. Road use is set up to favour Drivers and without adequate public transport it can be unsafe to walk home alone especially for women. The most common feedback for women driving is that it’s unsafe to go out at night. Cycling is a really safe alternative for women and since becoming a cyclist in my 20’s I have not had the unsolicited attention that I had when I was a pedestrian. Therefore I believe it is important to maximise cycling opportunities for women and all vulnerable groups
2. In areas where there are no cycle paths this may mean many children and nervous cyclists will not cycle. More safe use of shared of paths must be considered until we have more government funding for a better and more adequate cycling infrastructure.
3. The council have made good use of a number of contraflow cycle paths in the city however there are more areas where this would cut down having to a long round to get to your destination so further attention should be paid to other options.
4. People with limited funds often struggle to maintain bike effectively I would like encourage more opportunities for cycle clubs in school and funding for maintenance classes for adults. Some inner city councils and schools have purchased bikes to loan to children from poorer families and run bike clubs to increase usage if cycling especially girls.
If elected, I would use my authority as a councillor to raise all issues in relation to increasing cycle use and safety.

Jesse Liam GRIFFITHS
(Green Party)

I think a change of mindset is needed with regard to transport policy and cycling in Cambridge. Instead of patting ourselves on the back for having one of the best rates in Britain, we should be aspiring to the far higher rates that are common on the continent. This means putting cycling at the heart of transport policy, including taking difficult decisions like reallocating roadspace from cars, for example for on street parking or additional cycle lanes. Ultimately we all benefit - including car users - from increased cycling; in terms of cleaner air, less congested streets, reductions in accidents, and healthier cyclists!

Stephen Roger LAWRENCE
(Green Party)

a) Trikes, cycle-trailers - are they compatible with cycle-paths/chicanes etc - some are like assault courses to get round (staggered barriers etc)

b) issue of e-bikes on shared cycle-paths (eg Parkers piece, midsummer common etc) - some (more elderly?) people will have elected to buy these e-bikes on basis that full infrastructure can be used. I'd like to see this happen if it can be made possible. Complex!

c) MORE BIKE STANDS AT RAILWAY STATION - SOME SORT OF INTERIM MEASURE NOW PLEASE - before whatever comprehensive redevelopment plan finally gets the go-ahead... in 2012...2017...

Shayne Mary MITCHELL
(Green Party)

Compared to Dutch and Italian cities I have lived or ridden in, very few people cycle in Cambridge. There everybody – smartly dressed old ladies, men in suits, young children – cycles. I would like to see Cambridge a _real_ cycling city, with a similar level of cycling and nobody feeling intimidated or scared.

Some suggestions:
- parking on pavement, footway, verge. Ban should be enforced

- officially sanctioned, legal pavement parking, eg Romsey Town, Milton Road, should be discontinued

- wheelie bins. Should be off the pavements. Where houses have no rear access (surprisingly few), the ‘white bag’ scheme needs to be used. At present, many Petersfield pavements are difficult to negotiate, and impassable for people using pushchairs or wheelchairs

- New Street roundabouts. Very dangerous for cyclists and pedestrians, especially the York Str. Junction. Need redesigning.

- Newmarket Road pelican crossings by roundabout. These are very confusing, with what seems to be a unique, mystifying and dangerous one-way system. They need changing

- Mill Road. Make safer for cyclists and pedestrians by eg reducing speed limit and enforcing pavement parking ban.

Gregory Michael PATTON
(Green Party)

I would like to see the Council get involved in the various colleges to promote safe and responsible cycling by providing information about cycling in Cambridge. At present very little is done to ensure that cyclists know about the one way system, for instance, in the city centre.

Peter Harry POPE
(Green Party)

Road surfaces can be appalling for cyclists. Riverside, which has been ravaged by the works of housing developers, is an important quiet cycling route into town and is an utter disgrace.

Margaret Elizabeth WRIGHT
(Green Party)

If elected, I would use my authority as a councillor to raise all issues in relation to increasing cycle use and safety .

I have found the authorities slow to respond to reports of pot-holes/broken kerbs etc. in Abbey Ward and elsewhere.

Certain designated cycle routes are a farce. I cite the route behind the Grafton Centre parallel with Newmarket Road which eventually emerges on to East Road by the car-park access route as one highly dangerous route. Perhaps better not to pretend there is any such cycle route?

Access to Newmarket Road cemetery over Ditton Lane at Newmarket Road junction is dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists. The roundabout at the junction of Wadloes Road/Newmarket Road is very dangerous to cyclists in spite of cycle lane being clearly marked.

The pedestrian/cycling crossing nearet to Queen Elizabeth Way roundabout near the Abbey Church must be one of the most dangerous in the city. Frequent 'minor' accidents..one recently witnessed ..back wheel of cycle buckled by passing vehicle as cyclist was in central island.This island has been narrowed and is thus now unsafe.

Other issue; I am concerned that electric powered bikes are being used across the commons (e.g. Midsummer Common) and on shared use paths.no ruling apparently exists.

Ongoing parking of motor cycles in cycle-designated parking areas at Cambridge station ..failure of relevant authoriiities to act about this.

Overall...people cycle to where they live, work, shop etc....while specially designated cycle routes are good, safe cycling should be a priority everwhere to cater for this reality . Unless cycling is specifically banned for whatever reason, it should be a safe option.

Len FREEMAN
(Labour Party)

More education of car drivers would be helpful, eg to encourage them to drive away from the kerb, more towards the middle of the road. In many roads (eg Mill Road), there is no overtaking, so cars may as well drive close to the centre: there is no point in "kerb hugging".

Jonathan Hugh GOODACRE
(Labour Party)

Well, I am in an interesting position in that I neither have a car nor a bicycle (I'm a great believer in walking, personally!) so it's important to understand that my answers to the questions above are based on my own observation and what I have learnt from others.

Prior to filling this in I asked a few friends and political colleagues what they felt about the situation and there is a feeling that Romsey suffers a great deal from the way that its narrow streets with bins and cars on pavements, pedestrians wandering into the road make life difficult in the area. It seems that Romsey could do with some kind of 'cycling review' to look at the way that cycles and vehicles flow through and around the area.

Mill Road bridge is still a problem in that vehicles want to overtake cyclists on the bridge and there obviously isn't room to do this.

In addition, some cycle lanes and paths don't seem to have kept up with new developments. For example, there doesn't seem to be a clear and obvious way of cycling through the Beehive Centre. The Coldhams Lane bridge over the railway is a welcome addition but where cyclists are supposed to go after that (i.e. going from Romsey into Petersfield) is not clear.

Related to this of course there needs to be a proper assessment of the way that new developments such as those proposed for the Marshalls site will impact on cycle routes in the area.

Tariq SADIQ
(Labour Party)

Cycle lanes and crossings shared with pedestrians need to be better designed. There should be more advance stops at traffic lights and junctions for cyclists and these need to be properly maintained. More cycling proficiency training especially for visiting students and tourists. If one doesn't already exist, then a cyclists' Highway Code should be published which clearly sets out their rights and responsibilities. We should look at how other countries promote cycling and not be afraid to try new things here too.

Pamela Mary STACEY
(Labour Party)

It's strange you should send this to me as it arrived on the first day I had cycled in a very long time. I had the problem of trying to find somewhere to park in the centre and once I had struggled with locking my bike I found I had oil over my hands. There is never enough space. I used to cycle every day but I really don't enjoy it partly because I had an accident by catching the kerb and have the scars to prove it. The stands at work are so close together there is not enough space and I always end up with a pedal or handlebar in the way. Weather permitting I walk to work across the field but I have seen the result of two cycling accidents when the ambulance was needed so it is not only roads which have the problems. In addition a lot of money was spent impoving the cycle path in Long Road but why leave the muddy grass verge? The path is not wide enough and cyclists end up in the mud and fall off. To end I must tell you I know about your campaign as I was the cycle co-ordinator for my department when I worked for the University in the City centre. I know it is a struggle to get things done.

Lucy WALKER
(Labour Party)

I am a cyclist and a pedestrian, and only rarely use my car in town. I have taught my children to ride their bikes safely here, and if elected to the City Council, I would welcome working with Camcycle to improve cycle paths and facilities for cyclists and also promote safer cycling. I have already worked with Camcycle to press for improvements to the Gonville Place/Gresham Road crossing.
As pedestrians don't have a lobby group, it is important that Camcycle promotes safe cycling and respect for pedestrians on pavements, and shared crossings and car free zones in the city centre.

Simon Richard Ainsley WATKINS
(Labour Party)

I do support cycling, but mostly I am a pedestrian, and do find it dangerous as such, that I am sharing paths with cyclists.

Andy BLACKHURST
(Liberal Democrat)

Only to comment on the invaluable work that the Cycling Campaign does in relation to planning issues. Colleagues have frequently commented how useful they find the Campaign’s “expert” comments. They are much appreciated!

Jonathan Peter CHATFIELD
(Liberal Democrat)

My wife and I are keen cyclists and always enjoy the CCC newsletter. I am pleased that we now have a new surface on the shared path up over the old railway line on the B1049. It is much improved. I will continue to pursue the improvements to the Arbury Park development that have been promised. It is so disappointing they were not addressed at the outset.

Steven Robert COOPER
(Liberal Democrat)

I think it important for councils and local councillors to be ambitious about increasing the ‘sustainable’ transport modes, including cycling. I was very pleased that the Petersfield Liberal Democrat councillors supported two way cycling in Kingston St, Mawson Rd, Covent Garden and Mackenzie Road against very strong opposition from local Labour councillors. Cyclists are not likely to achieve everything that they want in Cambridge, because there are many competing demands and pressures on road space and on funding streams, but if I am elected as a City Councillor, I hope to demonstrate that I am a supporter of sustainable transport and am ready to make some hard decisions in that direction.

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)

I encourage all road and pavement users, whatever their means of locomotion, to show consideration for one another and to pay attention to what is happening around them at all times.

Michael Hal PITT
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate did not enter a response for this question.
Ed SEXTON
(Liberal Democrat)

It would be nice if the police held regular (at least quarterly) auctions of stolen/unclaimed bikes within the city, as I believe they used to.
The council should encourage businesses etc in Cambridge to install showers, lockers, etc, as many city firms in London have done. Similarly showers and lockers at the station would be well used if they are not too expensive (maybe £1?) - cycling in a suit is simply not viable, particularly when it's raining, muddy or very hot.

Julie Elizabeth SMITH
(Liberal Democrat)

It's great that so many people in Cambridge cycle and I welcome efforts to make the City even more cycle-friendly.

Tania ZMURA
(Liberal Democrat)

I believe it is vital to make cycling much safer to enable children to get to school and reduce the amount of cars - the difference on the roads out of term is staggering.

Tom WOODCOCK
(Respect)

Mandatory cycle provision on trains and other public transport.
More car free zones and a culture in developed in which bicycles and public transport take real priority over private cars.
Encourage employers, including the council, to subsidise cycles, bike surgeries/MOT's and provide showering and bike parking facilities and bike mileage allowance.

Marjorie Ruth Hadley BARR
(UK Independence Party)

I think cyclists should take the rules of the road more seriously and, particularly, realise how dangerous it is cycling without lights in the dusk and after dark. Conversely, of course, motorists should take more care also.

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