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Question 4 - we asked:

Cycling offers a huge opportunity to reduce motor traffic and free up road space. Do you have any suggestions for additional cycling promotion activities that the Council could do?

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

31 of the 67 candidates (46%) who were asked this question responded as below.

Sam BARKER
(Conservative Party)

As we are working within a finite budget, any 'soft' promotion of cycling, through leaflets, events etc should come out of existing transport budgets, and clear cost-benefit analyses, and subsequent reveiws of effectiveness should be undertaken in order to protect council taxpayers. However cycling is crucial in both green and transport terms, and policy, particularly with regards to cyclepaths and bike parking (it is these necessities, rather than eye-catching initiatives, which will most incentivise cycling), must always reflect that.

Andrew James BOWER
(Conservative Party)

I am pleased that the cycling campaign is helping the council to put together a guide for planners seeking to create cycle parking facilities, as these are currently inadequate across the city.

One of the best ways to promote cycling in the city would be to allow cyclists to feel welcome on the carriageway and not constrained to cycle-specific facilities. Cycle lanes and paths need to be improved so that they are of adequate width, have a good surface and do not stop and start constantly.

Donald Fisher DOUGLAS
(Conservative Party)

Please note that I have been a member of the Campaign for about 10 years and fully support its objectives. I am also a regular cyclist, seldom using a car in the City.
Cycling needs to be part of the planning process - there have been some notable City Council failures recently - Accordia has no links to Hills Road and the absence of a bridge at the station (which a developer wriggled out of). By contrast the County Council has done a good job - the South end of the CHisholm Trail (which I independently proposed in 1998) will soon be a reality.

Peter Norman HASE
(Conservative Party)

Yes. I would campaign for better training on our rules of the road, more cycle route planning and sponsorship of free lights. We must cut down on anti-social and illegal cycling - which remain the minority of Cambridge cyclists.

Christopher John HOWELL
(Conservative Party)

The best think the Council can do to promote cycling is to get the infrastructure as good as possible, primarily within the planning system for new developments.

There may be some scope for further promotional work with employers on travel to work, and they should continue to support literature e.g. cycle maps etc and other information provision, but it would be easy to spend a lot of money on promotion without significant measurable improvements in takeup, so it may be hard to justify placing further burdens on Council Tax payers for promotional activity.

Sheila LAWLOR
(Conservative Party)

We need more cycle lanes. Each street should be considered in terms of where space might be used for a safe lane.

Steven James MASTIN
(Conservative Party)

- Increased provision of cycle lanes
- better education of cyclists about safeguarding their bikes

Keith Alexander GARRETT
(Green Party)

Overall the city should be made more cycling friendly in order to promote cycling. There should be a significant increase in places to store bikes. This is especially true at Cambridge station where there should be more spaces with lighting and CCTV. There should be consideration of making much of Cambridge a low speed zone to increase cycling and walking. All transport planning should consider cyclists, pedestrians and public transport over cars. Sections of the city like Mill Road should be considered for one way or access only measures as the current situation is dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists.

Stephen Roger LAWRENCE
(Green Party)

(See also Q 8 for other points.)
Lets get some more bike-parking at the railway station NOW!
In general I think we have to see people's transport/economic needs being met using a variety of transport modes (eg cycle-bus-walk, or walk-train-cycle, or working-from-home, or hiring-a-car, or hire-a-bike, or electric bike, IN THE WAY THAT REAL PEOPLE ALREADY SOLVE THEIR TRANSPORT PROBLEMS, not in the way traffic models operate. Incidentally, does the 5km rule apply to electric bikes too?)

Teal Richard RILEY
(Green Party)

The priority should be an overall reduction in traffic and to work with the County Council to provide more, safer cycling routes into the City and between established and newer communities. The Council should looby for the improvement of the service track alongside the guided busway to provide a first class route into the City. There needs to be a realisation that cyclists will happily commute distances greater than 10 miles if the facilities are up to standard.

Margaret Elizabeth WRIGHT
(Green Party)

Reduction of motorised traffic. Separation of cycle routes on road. New routes off road routes. As per GLA..incentives to cycle by transport advisers with travel plans etc.

James Christopher YOUD
(Green Party)

Encouraging more people to cycle often means making cycling easier and safer.
I would campaign for better more accessable cycle parking in cambridge central areas, but also encourage local businesses to provide cycle parking. In Kings Hedges there are many routes accross greens, there needs to be higher quality surfaces and the definitions between pesdestirans and cyclists made clear for the safety of both groups.
Some roads such as campkin and arbury have road calming measures that can nevertheless be detrimental to cyclists. Where speed-hemps exist there must a segregated path between traffic and cyclists that allows for cyclists to re-enter the traffic stream safely.
Where zig-zag road calming exists there must be enough room for vehicals to travel around them without interferring with the route of cyclists.
On street car-parking is often meeting a local need but failing to take full a account of the needs of cyclists, it is often dangerous for cyclists pulling in and out of parked cars and especially on the busiest roads i would presure the council to revise these current parking arrangements.
Where central car-parks exist the car is all to often given absolute priority in the access. This is particually noticeable in the access to park street (where cars can pull out on pesdestrians traveling in and out of lower park street, Lion Yard (where the new cycle route means that car drivers are not given any warning of passing cyclists and they can often pull out into the stream, The Grafton (where cars pull into the lane for the car-park without noticing cycles and where the back access round the centre for cyclists is compromised because of the lack of definition between cyclist and cars).
If elected I would seek to ensure the councils made change where it can and would press the county and highways for much better routes and surfaces for cyclists.

Douglas DE LACEY
(Independent)

I'm already working with County and District officers on a possible network of cycle routes around Girton (hoping to take advantage of the NIAB development to make their A14 bridge a public amenity). In particular I have general agreement to a route from the SE of Girton's new Wellbrook estate to the Thornton area which will be a major improvement for all cyclists through Girton (as well as for the estate itself).

John HIPKIN
(Independent)

Ensure that all on-road cycling facilities offered consider the challenges (or obstacle courses) which valiant cyclists navigate whilst transporting children on bikeseats, trailers.(e.g. width restrictions, kerbs, wonky pavements and roads, safety particularly in peak rush-hour periods).

Gerri BIRD
(Labour Party)

As a wheel-chair user I am not a cyclist, but I recognize the importance of cycling and support moves to promote additional cycling.  The City Council should provide more cycle racks in the city centre, in local shopping precincts and in residential areas.  It should also work closely with the County Highway Department to create more safe cycle lanes (using coloured surfaces to make them distinctive) and promote cycle routes with good signage and clear maps. The City Council could also support a Safer Cycling campaign, with the County and the Police.

Robert Paul DRYDEN
(Labour Party)

I would like to see an improved cycling lane on the High St in Cherry Hinton.

Len FREEMAN
(Labour Party)

Some cycle routes, especially on busy roads such as Elizabeth Way could be made safer, and therefore more likely to be used. This requires the detailed routes to be carefully examined, to note the danger points along routes, and then to rectify the problem. I would want to hear the views of the Cambridge Cycling Campaign regularly made to the council, as the Campaign has probably got the most informed ideas about getting people to bike more!

William Lawrance REDFERN
(Labour Party)

Cambridge Labour councillors believe the Cambridge Cycling Campaign is a very successful lobbying organization, which already has a number of successes of which it can boast, and some of us are members of the Campaign. But we would not presume to know better what is good for cycling than the Campaign itself, and will rely on the Campaign continuing to come up with challenging proposals, but will also expect to retain some critical distance which will enable us to make judgements about what is proposed.

Tariq SADIQ
(Labour Party)

I have previously suggested a car free day in Cambridge like they occasionally have in some other cities around the world during which cycling and walking would be promoted.

Mike SARGEANT
(Labour Party)

Cambridge Labour councillors believe the Cambridge Cycling Campaign is a very successful lobbying organization, which already has a number of successes of which it can boast, and some of us are members of the Campaign. But we would not presume to know better what is good for cycling than the Campaign itself, and will rely on the Campaign continuing to come up with challenging proposals, but will also expect to retain some critical distance which will enable us to make judgements about what is proposed.

Salah AL BANDER
(Liberal Democrat)

I am a cyclist, I do not have a car and I have lived in Cambridge for 20 years. I travel around by bike, on foot and in buses. I am very aware of the conflicts that frequently happen between different road and pavement users. I should like to see many more separated routes for cyclists. I have seen many improvements but too many cycle lanes come to an abrupt end, too many are in conflict with pedestrians or motorists.

Tim BICK
(Liberal Democrat)

Important for the City Council to support the bid with the County Council for Cambridge to be designated a Cycling Demonstration City, to win funding and development for cycling facilities.
I am keen for the Council to evaluate a commercially organised, short-trip, roadside cycle rental scheme, of the kind I have seen in Lyon (now in other French cities). The new technology that is now available could make this more viable than when the City tried it in the 90s.

Valerie HOLT
(Liberal Democrat)

Yes I think that the lettering on signs and signs generally could be easier to read as many of the cyclists are in effect tourists and clearly do not read the signs. I know that the visiting students are given instruction already but they need more (maybe more published information)...many near accidents occur as they seem not to realise that pavements are not for cycling on...again signing might help. Run a competition for a replacement bike every week...for those cyclists whose bikes have been stolen/purloined and reported to the police as missing.

Rhodri Mark JAMES
(Liberal Democrat)

I'm aware that the Sustainable City team already do a certain amount of promotion of cycling. I'm not normally involved in the relevant portfolios, but one idea I'd like to see "road tested" is encouraging employers to provide more cycle parking and encourage their employees to cycle to work. I have been relatively priviledged working up on Castle Park where there is a great deal of cycle provision, but even there the racks get full. People who work in the city centre, particulary around the Market Square, can make use of the cycle parking in the Grand Arcade car park, but that's a lot more limited than any of us would like. People who work off the centre don't have a lot of cycle parking options that make any sense.

Vanessa Ann KELLY
(Liberal Democrat)

The Council should expand the reach of its travel planning schemes (eg. Travel for Work) by automatically contacting new business and residents of new developments, so it has a chance to influence travel choices from the outset. I'm involved in a personal travel plan pilot scheme for Arbury Park residents which, if successful, will be rolled out across all the large developments heading our way.
I think the Council should promote the idea of pool cars for businesses more (eg. with tax incentives).

Jennifer Susan LIDDLE
(Liberal Democrat)

Provide more cycle parking provision, especially in the city centre.

Provide segregated and specialised cycleways. This is particularly important in the new developments.

Neil Michael MCGOVERN
(Liberal Democrat)

I'm glad that Cambridge has such a high level of cycling compared to nationally, and am grateful for the work of Cambridge Cycling Campaign in it's important and valued work in representing cyclists. I'd love for Cambridge to become a Cycle Demonstration City. Additionally, I've received a couple of suggestions that an advanced cycle training scheme may be of use to residents. This is currently in place with Calderdale Council for Secondary Schools, and this could provide a good method of not only encouraging safe cycling, but cycling in general.

Ian NIMMO-SMITH
(Liberal Democrat)

Include cycle information in welcome packs for new residents; ensure that bicycle access and facilities are highlighted in all visitor information; extend Waitrose based trailer loan scheme to more locations; work to achieve more city centre cycle parking; better signage; boost role of cycling promotion as part of green travel plans required as a condition of planning consent.

Sian REID
(Liberal Democrat)

1. We are supporting the bid for Cambridge to be a Cycle Demonstration City,
we are appointing a Cycling Champion for next political year, starting a
new cycling working group within council with members and external
stakeholders having chance to participate

Amanda Joan TAYLOR
(Liberal Democrat)

The Liberal Democrat group has put in a bid for Cambridge to be a Cycle Demonstration City.
We are appointing a Cycling Champion, and starting a new cycling working group within the Council with councillors and others.
Local area committees give grants for cycling-related activities and facilities, eg cycle racks for organizations and companies with premises used by cyclists.
I would like to see more cycle parking, particularly in the city centre.

David John WILLINGHAM
(Liberal Democrat)

I would favour a joint proposal by the City and County Councils for Cambridge to become a Cycling Demonstration City. I would like to see rides organised prior to major road schemes being presented to the AJC. These should be attended by Councillors, Highway Engineers, and representatives of the Cambridge Cycling Campaign and CTC. This would allow those involved in the design and decision making processes to fully appreciate the cycling specific issues of their decisions. I know from experience that getting Officers and Councillors on bikes at proposed sites can produce better outcomes for cyclists.

I believe that every traffic light controlled junction should have Advanced Stop Lines, and that far more on-road cycle lanes should be given coloured surface treatments. I would also push the County Council to adopt to the "London" colour scheme with red surface treatments for bus lanes and green surface treatments for cycle lanes.

I believe that Councillors need to ensure that every school in their ward has participated in the SRTS scheme, and should try to get 20 mph speed limits implemented on roads around school entrances or exits.

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.