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Question 4 - we asked:

Do you have any other general cycling-related comments or points? And what support have you given for cycling and walking, or sustainable transport more generally, in the past?

We asked this question in all 17 wards, namely: Abbey, Arbury, Castle, Cherry Hinton, Coleridge, Cottenham, East Chesterton, Girton, Histon & Impington, King's Hedges, Market, Newnham, Petersfield, Queen Edith's, Romsey, Trumpington, West Chesterton.

42 of the 87 candidates (48%) who were asked this question responded as below.

Andrew James BOWER
(Conservative Party)

Cycling has been my primary mode of transport for many years.

I have promoted cycling with lights, defensive cycling, the need to open up what I call value-added cycle paths (not the same as a splash of white paint on the road/pavement) which open up new options for cyclists, adequately sized cycle lanes (many in the city are not) and have campaigned to get speeding vehicles under control.

I oppose road measures that make life more difficult for cyclists, such as road humps. I have been sceptical of the culture in government of painting white lines on the road or sharing pavements and calling that a cycling facility. Cyclists need to feel confident cycling on the main highway, through promotion, law enforcement and training.

Thomas Dominic BYGOTT
(Conservative Party)

I supported the planned upgrade to the cycle paths along Huntingdon Road, and have long been advocating new cycle paths to connect Girton to the city away from the main roads. One route would connect Girton Corner to the Cavendish Lab on Madingley Road and Storey's Way across the University's land. Another would connect Wellbrook Way and the end of Thornton Way to Windsor Road across the NIAB site.

We need to completely rethink town planning, and go back to traditional street layouts, which made walking and cycling easier. Wellbrook Way is a good example of poor design: the Thornton Way shops are only just behind the end of the development, but getting there requires an enormous detour. All over the country, people are getting into their cars and driving for miles to get to shops that are just behind their back fence. People want to travel in four directions - so why have just one entrance?

Cycling and walking are the most sustainable forms of transport, and they are also the healthiest. It is also important, given the rural nature of our District, not to forget the sustainable benefits of horse-riding. South Cambridgeshire District Council has policies to encourage healthier living through more opportunities for exercise, and to create a greener and more pleasant area to live in. I believe in building a network of cycle paths connecting all the villages in our District. Rather than being built at the sides of busy roads, they should, wherever possible, travel through green corridors, past woodlands and fields.

Joshua William Shubra HORDERN
(Conservative Party)

I am committed to supporting greater use of bicycles in Cambridge and to promoting cycle-awareness among all car-users.

Stephen Richard OLIVER
(Conservative Party)

I am a road safety advocate through membership of both the Institute of Advanced Motorists and the RoSPA Advanced Drivers Association. I provide voluntary road safety training to drivers on behalf of both organisations. Awareness of the specific hazards posed by intense mixed use of roads by both motorists and cyclists is a critical concern in Cambridge. Since moving to Cambridge I have become far more aware of cycling issues, cycle regularly and I am in the process of selling my car!

James Michael KENNEDY
(Green Party)

I am a passionate cyclist, I cycle everywhere I need to go within Cambridge. I use trains when travelling further, and do not own a car.

The Green Party adhere to a transport hierarchy when local councils plan City infrastructure. Pedestrians and cycles are at the highest priority, followed by public transport, cars, freight and aviation. We believe that investment in transport should be apportioned according to where each mode lies in the hierarchy, within reason.

I support the Green Party's transport hierarchy for social reasons, as a more walkable, cyclable City with limited traffic-noise would promote harmony and reduce stress for all of us.

Greens have and always will support this as part of better, greener communities and a planet that we must look after. Road use must be democratic: and governments have the responsibility to facilitate all kinds of transport in an efficient, safe and pleasant manner.

Stephen Roger LAWRENCE
(Green Party)

Just to get the situation at the station improved with a temporary solution, before the much-delayed "grand plan" of cb1

Heather Anne MACBETH-HORNETT
(Green Party)

I try to travel in as sustainable way as possible and haven't flown anywhere for many years. Last year I went to France by Eurostar and ferry. As I mentioned earlier, I cycle to and from work. Walking is one of my hobbies and I walked around a small part of the Lake District during the Easter holidays. It would be great if the No 7 bus route could be extended throughout Cottenham as some residents live more than a mile away from the nearest No 7 bus stop to go to Cambridge. It would have made more sense for the old railway to St Ives to have been reused than creating the guided bus route. Rampton residents have complained to me about their poor bus service to Cambridge.

Shayne MITCHELL
(Green Party)

- Change timings of pelican crossings so they favour those crossing the road, not traffic flow.
- Increase time given to cross road.
- More zebra crossings.
- Proper flush drop kerbs (not the current 1/2 - 1 inch bump).
- Stop insisting that all photos of cyclists in council leaflets wear helmets.
- More + better cycle parking all over town.
- Signposting of back routes, short cuts, alleys, etc. (Currently seldom marked, + thus not known about by most people.) E.g. Norfolk St. entrance to Mill Road Cemetery (+ a green route to Mill Road) is all but invisible.

Support:
Long-standing member of Cambridge Cycling Campaign + (previously) London Cycling Campaign.
Cyclist, bus + train passenger + walker for nearly all journeys, locally + further afield.

Sarah PEAKE
(Green Party)

I live on Chesterton Road with my husband and three children. We have not had a car since August 2009. We all cycle or walk every day.

As a family, we made a film about cycling in Cambridge, which we would love to share with you all at some stage. We have all done the London-to-Cambridge and Oxford-to-Cambridge bike rides on many occasions in the last ten years.

My husband has an enduring interest in sustainable transport. Recently, he has decided not to fly because of his concerns about its environmental impact.

We enjoy walking, cycling and running locally and are keen to see that more resources are allocated to these activities, making the community a healthier and safer place for all.

Stephen PEAKE
(Green Party)

I live on Chesterton Road with my wife and three children. We have not had a car since August 2009. We all cycle or walk every day.

As a family, we made a film about cycling in Cambridge, which we would love to share with you all at some stage. We have all done the London-to-Cambridge and Oxford-to-Cambridge bike rides on many occasions in the last ten years.

I have an enduring interest in sustainable transport. Recently, I have decided not to fly because of my concerns about its environmental impact.

I enjoy walking, cycling and running locally and am keen to see that more resources are allocated to these activities, making the community a healthier and safer place for all.

Adam POGONOWSKI
(Green Party)

I am a member of the Cycling Campaign, was a 'Without Portfolio' Committee Member for a few months, cycle everywhere I go, and support renationalised railways, nationalised bus services and electric automobiles. To move to a low-carbon economy, the onus should not be on individuals to sacrifice things without any alternatives available, so renationalisation of public transport, making things cheaper and faster is the best way forward. A 20mph limit throughout all of Cambridge too, would likewise encourage greater cycling.

Peter Harry POPE
(Green Party)

The lighting issue is a key one. I believe that the Cycling Campaign could provide a useful service by actively endorsing a small range of reliable and user friendly lighting sets. The range of lights available commercially is so broad as to inhibit rational choice.

Young cyclists are in the habit of dumping their bikes on the pavement outside supermarkets and sweetie shops, where pedestrians could be badly injured. Better bike parking and education should help but for persistent offenders police should have the power to confiscate bikes.

My primary support for cycling is to do it!

Teal RILEY
(Green Party)

What we tend to forget is that as a nation cycling was at a far greater level in the 1970s. However, there was a key difference. In the 1970s cycling was regarded as just another form of transport and a simple, cost effective method of getting from A to B. Cycling is now touted as an environmentally friendly, low caron, eco, holier than thou solution to the world's evils. There's no denying it's an environmentally friendly form of transport, but herein lies the problem. By portraying cycling in these ways it inevitably leads to a rift of cyclists vs motorists, which has deepened during the 15 years I have cycled in Cambridge. I don't cycle to save the planet and not even because it's cheaper, I cycle because I enjoy it and it's my preferred way of getting around. I appreciate cycle groups need to lobby, but sometimes it can be counter productive. In Cambridge I do believe on-road cycling conditions have worsened over the last 10 years despite the provision of a few decent cycle ways, which in themselves often fuel more animosity when you don't use them and stay on the road.

Children didn't cycle to school in the 1970s and 1980s because of some cycle to school scheme, or to win eco points, they cycled because that's the way kids got to school.

I'm not proposing a solution here, but I'm just expressing my dismay at the probably irreversible cultural shift of the last generation.

Jack Benjamin TOYE
(Green Party)

I always use my bike as the favoured method of getting around Cambridge, and actively encourage my friends to do the same when they are visiting the city. I think Cambridge has great potential to give Bristol a run for it's money as the best city in the UK to cycle around, if only the consensus is there from the council as well. If elected as Green Party City Councillor for Market Ward, i promise to be a strong voice for your Cycling Campaign, as it is one i passionately believe in.

Brian WESTCOTT
(Green Party)

As far as I'm concerned cycling and walking are the only sustainable transport options. The only non-sustainable traffic that should be allowed are vehicles for use by disabled people as well as emergency vehicles. Any other policy is not realistic in view of our rate of consumption of resources like energy, metals, plastics and water, as the present rate does harm. Clearly cycling has health benefits by increasing fitness and reducing obesity. The safety of cyclists is a personal concern for me as I have been the victim of an 'accident' which was not my fault.

James Christopher YOUD
(Green Party)

I am a cyclist and have been since I was young. Also being a pedestrian and occasional bus user I am aware that there can be a conflict between these sustainable forms of transport within the city. I think the answer to this has to be to make room for pedestrians and cyclists as a priority. If this means pushing out cars altogether then fine and if it means buses being redirected then so be it.
We are the cycling capital of England but we must do more to encourage new folk to cycle and those who do so already to make it their main mode of transport.
I would also like to see dutch style cycle-ways on road and see more separation between cyclists and pedestrians to ensure that pedestrians don't feel intimidated.
In terms of further sustainable transport it strikes me that the interchange at Cambridge railway station whether you are trying to park your bike or travel with it is very substandard. I would like to see an urgent decision to be made on provision for bikes there.
As a recent survey said a majority of people still drive to work in the city, I think this proves why we need to dramatically improve cycling facilities and make sure that it is cycling that the majority choose.

Kevin Wayne BLENCOWE
(Labour & Co-operative)

Years ago when I chaired the City Council's Planning Committee a resident of Old Chesterton Michael Bond suggested keeping a strip of land on the old Philips/Simoco site as a potential route for a new cycle and pedestrian bridge over the Cam. As Chair I hope I played my small part in supporting this idea and am therefore partly responsible for the fine well designed new bridge we see today linking Chesterton to Riverside. I've never owned a car personally and either use the bus, cycle or walk when I'm about in the city though I do accept lifts from others occasionally.

Lewis HERBERT
(Labour & Co-operative)

Working with Councillor colleagues, the Cycling Campaign and the wider community, I have

- campaigned for and won a wide range of junction and safety improvements in Coleridge, including the recently added Coleridge/Cherry Hinton Road junction crossings

- worked with the Cycling Campaign to tackle the county council over weak design for pedestrians and cyclists eg at the crossing near Cherry Hinton Road Post Office

- pressed for greater urgency for key plans eg to get currently available money spent to radically improve safety for cyclists using the Radegund Road/Perne Road roundabout

and plan to continue to address such deficiencies in Coleridge ward and beyond if elected.

Stuart Edwin NEWBOLD
(Labour & Co-operative)

I cycle approximately 70 miles per month. I do not own a car. I have also campaigned for better cycleways including liaising with officers on improvements to Snakey Path and the Tins. I will continue to assist by being an advocate for cyclists and better cycling provision.

Regards Stuart

Gerri BIRD
(Labour Party)

I would like to see more cyclist using the cycle ways which are marked out, everyday I see cyclist on the road when they have a cycle path but not using them, this seems a waste of money. I would just ask the cyclist think of the elderly and disabled people on pavements.

Browne Edward Bengt CARLSSON
(Labour Party)

I'm a member of Cambridge Cycle Campaign and am very proud that Cambridge has such an effective cycling lobby. Not having found time in my life to learn to drive thus far, I am immensely grateful that there are others putting pressure on the authorities to take into account those of us who are not motorists.

In Cambridge I think we need to promote cycling especially amongst those who do not currently cycle. Even those who primarily get about by bike will prefer to have a car if they have the option for long journeys and for reaching areas where public transport is almost non-existent. Nevertheless, if these cars remain at home, they are causing no problems except in respect of taking up cycle parking.

I also think that promotion of cycling cannot simply be about utility. Riding a bike is fun and I think this is sometimes a point that gets missed. The exercise, the adrenaline rushes and the pleasure of a corner smoothly taken are some of the major reasons I cycle. If we're going to get more people on to bikes, we need to evangelise about these benefits much more.

Dan COOPER
(Labour Party)

I believe that if we want a society with social mobility and a green economy, we must encourage people of all ages to engage in the dialogue.

With this in mind I would seek to establish a forum for young and old from ALL walks of life within Cambridge to discuss innovative ideas in ALL areas of public transport for the future.

Len FREEMAN
(Labour Party)

I am very much in favour of the Chisholm trail, as a lifelong cyclist in and around Cambridge. More cycle parking at the station is a priority - it's a great pity that The recent CB1 agreement (section 106) has allowed the developer to 'rephase' critical elements including the station cycle park, which endangers the plan.
In Newnham I would like to see a Park and Ride considered - this would ease traffic generally along Barton Road, making it safer for cyclists and helping to keep buses moving more freely.

Kenny LATUNDE-DADA
(Labour Party)

In the past I have worked unofficially with Labour Councillor colleagues on a variety of cycling issues which plague the city.

I have also in conjunction with the Trumpington Residents Association raised the issue of implementing a cycle track alongside the new guided busway development.

Gail Elizabeth MARCHANT-DAISLEY
(Labour Party)

No previous involvement in local issues or politics, but it seems clear that it is both necessary and desirable for the various interest groups to seek to work together, respecting each other's position and priorities, to improve accessibility and safety for cyclists and pedestrians.

Paul Francis MCHUGH
(Labour Party)

I'm concerned that the edges of roads have again suffered following the exceptional winter frost this year and aren't being repaired quickly enough. I've used the County Council's pothole reporting facility and urge everyone to do likewise. The same is true of dual-use pavements, though here it's good to report that the Milton Road (north side) dual use pavement has just had its markings re-painted which helps greatly.

I'm concerned by ambiguous or simply unclear messages being given to cyclists at major junctions, for instance it is difficult to know what the highway engineers intend one to do when cycling along Elizabeth Way through the large Chesterton Road roundabout.

I want to see much more secure cycle parking at the railway station and in the city centre.

I want to see enforcement of one-way cycling in the city centre triangle as rogue cyclists ignoring the one-way system give us all a bad name.

Mike SARGEANT
(Labour Party)

I have worked with councillors, the County Council and local residents to try to improve the safety of Gilbert Road. The improved lighting is a step forward, but we need the County Council to work harder to come up with a provision that is generally supported.

Pam STACEY
(Labour Party)

I was the cycle co-ordinator for my former workplace and used to attend the Cycling Campaign meetings. I got several of my work colleagues to to the cycling training to give them the confidence to face the Cambridge traffic and ride their bike.
Weather permitting I walk the two miles to my workplace and use the bus at other times. I frequently contact Stagecoach when I am aware of problems and try to get them resolved.

Sarah Elizabeth BROWN
(Liberal Democrat)

As a local campaigner I actively support improved cycling facilities at the railway station, and am in support of measures already taken in Petersfield with contraflow cycling and increased on-street parking. As someone who frequently travels around Cambridge on foot or by bicycle myself, I'm aware that the urban environment often fails to serve some users well, and some facilities in Cambridge certainly have scope for improvement. I believe that with the volume of cycling we have in Cambridge, we should be pushing for world class cycle facilities, and I think there remains much work to be done in this area.

Rod CANTRILL
(Liberal Democrat)

As a ward councillor i have promoted cycling at all levels of the city council. As Executive Councillor I was responsible for introducing the Councils Employee Green Travel Plan - that encouraged employees to use public transport, cycling or walking. As part of the scheme we have also introduced a pool car scheme in cooperation with Street car

Susannah KERR
(Liberal Democrat)

For me, cycling is always the most enjoyable and usually quickest way to get around the city. However, I recognise that cyclists need the support of elected members and that safe cycling and cycle parking are particular problems.

In considering proposals for areas such as Church Street and St Andrew’s Road in East Chesterton I am keen to ensure that any changes to on-street parking arrangements would not be to the detriment of cyclists.

Simon Philip Jonathan KIGHTLEY
(Liberal Democrat)

1. The cycleway from the city centre down towards the station is in an appalling condition and badly needs fixing.
2. I am very pleased to support the proposed new 3 metre-wide shared footway/cycleway from Madingley park and Ride to Northampton St. Be aware, however, that residents of Conduit Head Rd and Lansdowne Rd are concerned about problems of cars emerging across the cycleway and the danger to pedestrians from fast moving bikes. Please have bells on your bikes.
3. I have great frustration over the County Council's back-pedalling (sorry!) on the extension of the Huntingdon Rd 30mph zone to promote cycle and pedestrian safety. We will get there. In this case the police are being particularly unhelpful. They believe that 30 mph cannot be enforced. Yes it can. Get another speed camera.

Andrea Curti REINER
(Liberal Democrat)

I strongly support improving the conditions for cyclists in Cambridge. As a mother of two, I want to improve our roads so that my children can safely cycle through the city, enjoying cycling as I have my whole life. I believe that supporting public transport, enforcing traffic rules for motorists and cyclists alike, and reducing speed limits are all excellent ways to improve Cambridge for cyclists. We are a world class cycling city and I think by addressing the major flashpoints and rat runs that still exist, we can only improve our standing.

Colin Richard ROSENSTIEL
(Liberal Democrat)

I strongly support cycling in Cambridge, it being my main means of transport here, and believe my record of practical measures over many years stands scrutiny. I am a long-standing member of the Cycling Campaign and note that Lib Dem members of the AJC seem to be the only ones to declare membership (as personal interests) at meetings. I have personally worked to improve facilities for cyclists at the station.
I strongly support public transport as a means of meeting demands for people to get around our City. But I do not believe cars can be entirely eliminated. They must be accommodated for the many journeys where cycling or public transport is not a serious option.

Paul SAUNDERS
(Liberal Democrat)

I joined the Cambridge Cycling Campaign earlier this year but have been a keen cyclist for years. In town I walk or cycle. During the summer I can often be found out of town: the Roman Road south of Cambridge is a particular favourite.
I think we should be careful to look at Cambridge’s wider transport needs. In particular public transport provision, park and ride etc. These are essential for environmental (climate change and peak oil) reasons and by reducing traffic in the centre make walking and cycling both safer and a more pleasurable experience.

Edd STONHAM
(Liberal Democrat)

I cycle when I can.I work well out of the area and am forced to take the car.

Sheila STUART
(Liberal Democrat)

My bicycle is my primary means of transport around the city, and I strongly support the fostering of an environment in the city where car drivers, cyclists and pedestrians can co-exist. This, I feel, is one of the biggest issues facing us. The city was not designed to accommodate as much traffic on the roads as it currently does, and a climate of sharing must be developed. All too frequently car drivers (and bus drivers!) take the attitude that cyclists are simply 'in the way', which in turn forces less confident cyclists onto the pavements, which puts pedestrians at risk.

As I have not personally been involved in many transport-related committees whilst on the Council, I cannot claim to have given support, but the Liberal Democrat group are very much in favour of sustainable transport generally, and improving cycling facilities in particular. As a member of the Planning Committee I have pressed for adequate cycle parking provision when planning applications are considered in committee.

Jean Susan SWANSON
(Liberal Democrat)

I attended the Hills Road Bridge cycle route consultation and am unhappy with the current proposal. The present trial works well but increasing the number of cyclists who would be crossing car lanes is not a good idea. Coming out of town and crossing lanes at Station Road corner is bad enough. The other aspect that concerns me is the general condition of road surfaces from a cyclists point of view. Its not just potholes but being shaken around all the time that sometimes causes me to use the car when I can't face it again.

Damien TUNNACLIFFE
(Liberal Democrat)

I try to set an example by only walking or cycling and almost never using a car in the city.

Timothy Derek WARD
(Liberal Democrat)

Over the ten years I've been on the council I have supported cycling and walking in various ways on many occasions, from planning policy development (in my role as chair of the Environment Committee and member of the Development Plan Steering Group) through the various other levels down to getting individual dropped kerbs implemented for the benefit of cyclists (in my role as ward councillor).

Recently, just as an example, as a city council representative on the Joint Transport Forum (which is a joint City / County / South Cambs body) I have given it as my view that the city council

- does not hold every single car parking space sacred, and would be prepared to consider losing parking spaces where the advantage to cyclists would outweigh the loss to motorists

- does not necessarily hold every single tree sacred (although in general of course I am a keen supporter of trees in the city), for example where removing one awkwardly placed tree might make it possible to redesign a road junction for considerable advantage to cyclists

and these statements of mine have been taken seriously by county transport officers who develop transport policy for Cambridge.

Roman ZNAJEK
(Liberal Democrat)

Speaking personally, and not as any kind of party spokesperson, I feel the City Centre is terribly overcrowded with pedestrians, cyclists and cars - even without the cars and taxis! It's difficult to find a constructive solution to this: radical demolition could be an answer, but would of course be unacceptable to many if not most people. So we'll just struggle along.

As a campaigner and then LibDem city councillor in East Chesterton in the 1980s and 1990s, I helped to lead the successful fight to stop the Conservative-controlled County Council, abetted by then Labour-controlled City Council, from destroying Milton Road's trees and grass verges. No single tree is sacred, but I would much rather cycle along a dual-use path surrounded by trees and grass verges, than in a bus lane shared with speeding buses in a bleak and cheerless landscape. Other issues I was involved with included installing pedestrian and pelican crossings (there weren't any in the early 1980s!), getting a 30mph speed limit on Milton Road, and cycle safety on The Haling Way.

Aubrey Malcolm CHAPMAN
(UK Independence Party)

You can download our full Transport Policy document, http://www.ukip.org/media/pdf/UKIPtransport.pdf for full details.

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