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Question 6 - we asked:

We are seeking a trial of a new type of cycle provision in the city - 'hybrid cycle lanes', as used in Holland and Germany. These are 2-3m wide, on-road but with a degree of separation from other vehicles. They combine the best aspects of both off-road and on-road cycle lanes but without the downsides of both. The picture on our website illustrates the concept. What do you feel about this idea, and is there anywhere in your ward where you think these could be tried?

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

(Conservative Party)

Any improvement in safety for cyclists is certainly something to be strived for, but it should not be at the expense of other road users.

Mill Road, for example, is notoriously dangerous and requires greater cycling provision; there is scope for improving the area and hybrid cycle lanes may even be a possibility.

Keith Alexander GARRETT
(Green Party)

Where there is enough space and constant car flow has to be allowed they appear an excellent solution. I think they could be tried on Brooks Road and Coldham's Lane.

(Labour Party)

I am very keen on measures which clarify and improve the segregation of road users. Local consultation should identify places where different concepts could be piloted.

(Liberal Democrat)

It is a great idea which I would encourage where it is feasible. Ultimately what I would like to see is Cambridge's transport infrastructure gradually becoming 'more Dutch', with an extensive network of spacious, protected cycle lanes leading in to the city centre from all directions, and this is clearly a step in the right direction. This sounds like fantasy, but the amount of funding congestion charging would generate would make huge improvements possible (see below). The obvious difficulty is the narrowness of the existing roads. In Romsey, Mill Road is already dangerously narrow in places, particularly after the 'pinch' near The Royal Standard, so one often finds oneself cycling in the gutter by the kerb - a very uncomfortable place to be when articulated lorries are hurtling past you and the roads are wet. Brooks Road and Coldham's Lane could both work. But thinking of solutions for Mill Road has to be a priority.

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