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Question 6 - we asked:

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?

We asked this question in these 5 wards: Abbey, Arbury, East Chesterton, Histon & Impington, King's Hedges.

7 of the 20 candidates (35%) who were asked this question responded as below.

Andrew James BOWER
(Conservative Party)

Yes. Cycle facilities should add value rather than encourage cyclists either to take unsafe road positions or to intimidate pedestrians. Where present, cycle lanes should be of an adequate width, should have a good quality surface, should not vanish or wander unexpectedly and should not cause cyclists to take significantly longer routes than other road users. Cyclists should be allowed to feel that they have an equal right to the carriageway as users of other vehicles.

Peter Harry POPE
(Green Party)

Good cycle lanes are the best solution. Of course, it is the County Council that controls such things and the City Council should allocate more resources to champion the needs of cyclists in the city.

Margaret Elizabeth WRIGHT
(Green Party)

yes. This is Green Party policy in Cambridge and is in our Manifesto for Cambridge.

Jonathan Peter CHATFIELD
(Liberal Democrat)

Agreed. Decent width on-road cycle lanes should be the priority with shared use pavements as a secondary item for those who would prefer not to cycle on-road.

(Liberal Democrat)

In such a historic city as Cambridge there are many competing demands and it is always difficult to balance the needs of all interested parties. My own view is that the only way to safeguard the unique environment of Cambridge is to reduce car usage significantly. This should be the priority of all local authorities and everything should be done to make this happen. If we succeed in achieving such a modal shift, the environment for everyone, including cyclists, will improve.

Michael Hal PITT
(Liberal Democrat)

Both as a pedestrian and cyclist I strongly dislike shared use paths. They are nearly always inappropriate. I am concerned that the proposed changes to the Highway Code may make their use almost compulsory, and I have written to David Howarth on this issue. The policy should favour dedicated cycle ways.

One problem is that in Cambridge we do not always have the space to implement ideal solutions, and have to deal with local constraints. In these cases it is essential that changes are made in partnership with local cyclists and pedestrians.

(Liberal Democrat)

I'm not too sure I fully understand this one - if it means that the council should always prioritise the road environment rather than the pavement or other aspects of the urban environment, then no. I fully support cycle lanes that are wide enough so that cyclists can overtake each other without having to pull out in front of a truck, but I would not want to see 1.5m as a required minimum for cycle lanes - if the choice is between a 1m cycle lane and no cycle lane, I'll take the 1m.

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.