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Question 5 - we asked:

Some 47,500 new dwellings are to be built around Cambridge in the next ten years, increasing the population by perhaps 125,000 people. Although a Congestion Charge with half-a-billion pounds of up-front government money is proposed as a key means to deal with this, what would your suggestions be for reducing car usage and encouraging cycling in the new developments?

We asked this question:

4 of the 5 candidates (80%) who were asked this question responded as below.

(Conservative Party)

Making cycling provision a priority - as opposed to merely 'fitting it in' - should be a key design aspect in new developments. The promotion of cycling as an approriate means of transport and improving safety for less confident cyclists.

With such an influx of new residents, it is important to consider cycling from the outset to ensure that traffic congestion is not unduly increased.

Keith Alexander GARRETT
(Green Party)

New housing developments should be created on a minimal car use basis. There should be spaces for car share schemes and people who require cars for mobility. Secure cycle stands should be provided in large numbers close to all the homes. A low speed limit should be set on all roads within a development. Regular public transport with long running hours should be provided.

(Labour Party)

See above

(Liberal Democrat)

Every new development should incorporate cycling facilities into their plans from the outset; we can check that this is the case by examining and responding to the plans when they are opened for consultation. There need to be dedicated cycle-racks of a high standard throughout, marked cycle lanes leading out of the developments and onto the main routes in to town, and conveniently placed, safe crossings for pedestrians and cyclists alike. New bus routes will need to be introduced; special care should be taken to ensure that these can run on time during busy periods - this may mean avoiding the very middle of the city-centre - otherwise people who depend on them to get to work will consider driving. Car sharing should be strongly encouraged; providing a few spaces for a Car Club might not be a bad idea either. (I have spoken to people organising the new Club on Great Eastern Street; it is working well, and drivers find they cut their mileage by over 70 percent).

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