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Question 3 - we asked:

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?

We asked this question only in Petersfield.

4 of the 4 candidates (100%) who were asked this question responded as below.

James Andrew MARTIN
(Conservative Party)

I would be supportive of a move toward this general presumption, but we must first listen to what might be sound exisitng arguments as to why it cannot be applied in specific cases.

Shayne Mary MITCHELL
(Green Party)

Yes. Another sensible, and simple, move would be to put more ‘Except cyclists’ signs below cul-de-sac road signs, where there is a way through for pedestrians &/or cyclists. This would open up a lot of otherwise unknown short cuts or quieter routes.

(Labour Party)

I support measures to encourage and increase cycling around the city but I think safety needs to be a priority over convenience.
Whilst our society still prioritises the car I don't think it is a good idea to encourage contraflow (bi-directional) cycling down every one way street, for example: i) when cyclists have to hang in tight to a row of parked cars (danger of doors opening), ii) when there is a blind corner with cars potentially coming the other way, and iii) when the entrance/exit is very narrow.
I have argued against such short-cuts in Petersfield in cases where there are existing, adjacent cycle routes. These were set up to work safely with the one-way system for cars, and link into the wider cycle route network.

Steven Robert COOPER
(Liberal Democrat)

I support moving towards a position where contra flow cycling is the norm – this would be in line with government policy and would be consistent with the fact that this system has proved to be very safe in the streets where it has operated in Cambridge. This does not mean that all streets are suitable for two way cycle movements – safety considerations need to be assessed in each case.

I also support careful consultation with local communities over these issues – it is important to listen to the people who have worries about contra flow cycling, as well as to supporters. In my view, as two way cycling becomes more common (eg at Kingston St/Mawson Rd/Covent Garden/Mackenzie Rd), objections will tend to fade away.

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