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Question 7 - we asked:

Some cyclists have told us they feel unsafe riding alongside the two short stretches of Lensfield Road and East Road where car parking is allowed in spite of the heavy traffic. Such car parking narrows the space available considerably. Do you support removal of this car parking in the interests of improved traffic flow and the safety of cyclists?

We asked this question in these 3 wards: Market, Petersfield, Trumpington.

6 of the 12 candidates (50%) who were asked this question responded as below.

Peter Norman HASE
(Conservative Party)

No. I support improved road planning and suggest that better cycle lanes would be the solution. These roads have business and a doctors surgery that need car parking.

(Conservative Party)

Each street should be considered on its own terms. In my view, Lensfield Road could accommodate a cycle lane on the wide left hand pavement facing the Trumpington Road roundabout.

(Labour Party)

In Petersfield I would like to see parking on East Rd prevented effectively and entirely - current restrictions are constantly flouted by users of fast food outlets and are clearly not adequate

(Liberal Democrat)

Although I am aware of problems when I cycle along these roads, I recognise that narrow streets are a common problem in Cambridge, and the needs of residents and businesses mean there are no easy answers. I would consider Arbury Road, for example, is much more hazardous because of motorists parking and some of them opening their doors in front of cyclists without much care. I have seen this happen, and I cycle very carefully there.

(Liberal Democrat)

I see the point. I think this could be something justifying focused local consultation.

Elizabeth PARKIN
(Liberal Democrat)

I used to cycle along East Road quite often. I'm now better at finding alternative routes as it is such a busy road. We could look at encouraging more use of alternative cycle ways. Otherwise we have to consider all the time the balance of the needs of local businesses and other users.

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.