Elections

List of questions

Here is a list of all the questions (across all wards) we have asked for this election:

  1. Our new Cycling Vision 2016 report, available on our website and as featured in the local media recently, outlines a range of proposals for increasing the rate of cycling in the area. Do you give Cycling Vision 2016 your backing, and what are you most keen to see implemented?
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  2. There is a major shortage of cycle parking all around the city. Cycle theft is over 10% of all reported crime in the County. Do you have any suggestions for locations for cycle parking? Would you be willing to see a very small proportion of on-street car parking being replaced by on-street cycle parking in your ward? How will you work towards a situation where every resident and every worker in every ward can keep a bike safe?
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  3. Do you support our view that traffic policing (including fining of cyclists without lights or using pedestrian-only pavements) should become a greater police priority?
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  4. We believe that 20mph should be the norm for local streets in residential areas (as distinct from main connecting roads). 20mph would: greatly encourage walking and cycling; improve the quality of life in an area for residents; and would not delay car journeys significantly (because only the start/end of a journey would be affected). Do you agree that 20mph should become the norm for local streets in Cambridge and surrounding villages?
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  5. 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 recent past?
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  6. Some cyclists have told us they feel unsafe riding along 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?
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  7. There have not been enough cycle stands at the station for at least a decade now. Given the level of cycle theft, congestion and growth in the city, what steps will you take to solve this and in what timescale?
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  8. Will you give your active support to the proposal to construct a proper cycle path linking Ashbury Close to Golding Road?
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  9. Do you support rescinding the part-time ban on cycling in Fitzroy Street and Burleigh Street?
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  10. In most terraced streets of Petersfield and Romsey, the public realm is dominated by parked cars. No space is made available for cycle parking, trees, and other amenities that would enhance the area. Car parking is squeezed into every available remaining space, yet there is a total absence of secure cycle parking. This inequity is one cause of the high levels of cycle theft in Cambridge. Would you support the introduction of on-street cycle parking racks on most such streets, even if it would mean the removal of one parking space on the street?
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  11. Two-way cycling in one-way streets produces increased cycling safety and convenience, because it enables people to avoid longer routes on busier roads. Do you agree that allowing two-way cycling in Kingston Street has been a success? Now that it appears that 'No Entry Except Cycles' signs will be permitted, will you work to allow two-way cycling in the remaining few one-way streets in Petersfield?
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  12. Two-way cycling in one-way streets produces increased cycling safety and convenience, because it enables people to avoid longer routes on busier roads. Allowing two-way cycling in Kingston Street has been a success. Now that it appears that 'No Entry Except Cycles' signs will be permitted, will you work to allow two-way cycling in the one-way streets of Romsey?
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  13. We would like to see the Pembroke Street / Mill Lane route becoming the default priority direction at its junction with Trumpington Street. This would enable the high pedestrian and cycle flows to be catered for better. Do you support this idea?
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  14. What do you think should be done, in addition to the measures already approved, to improve the poor walking and cycling environment on Mill Road?
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  15. Will you actively support the early construction of pedestrian and cyclist access to the guided busway maintenance track especially through the new development at the end of Clarendon Road and through the Cambridge University Press site?
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  16. Do you agree that the new cycle lanes and parking ban in Gilbert Road has considerably improved safety for the very many children who use this route?
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  17. Do you support our proposal for 'The Chisholm Trail', a cycling super-highway that would run roughly along the railway, joining up the Science Park to Addenbrookes? More details are in our Cycling Vision 2016 document. This high-profile scheme would cut journey times, give people a genuine, realistic alternative to car use and help the city cope with the population increase which will take place in the coming years.
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  18. The Grand Arcade should have had over 500 spaces by planning condition, but only 230 public spaces were provided, and these are now regularly full. What do you propose to do about this if elected?
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  19. Resurfacing of Grange Road has been done badly, with the (admittedly narrow and unsatisfactory) cycle lanes not properly restored or surfaced. Will you press for the County Council to sort out the mess here?
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  20. Will you support the construction of a cut-through for pedestrians and cyclists from Nuffield Rd to Cowley Park either on about 15m of land adjacent to allotments or from Nuffield Close through to the offices of Red Gate Software?
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  21. Do you agree that Huntingdon Road should be a 30 mph road with on-road cycle lanes at least 2m wide?
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  22. Do you support enabling cyclist access from Red Cross Lane to Addenbrookes (Robinson Way)? Currently there is a locked gate and pedestrian access only, even though this route would mean cyclists could avoid the busy Addenbrookes Hills Road roundabout.
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  23. Planning permission was recently granted to a five-storey office block on Hills Road, even though the proposed cycle parking was much lower than the Cycle Parking Standards require. What do you think of this decision?
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  24. There is no usable infrastructure supporting less confident cyclists along Arbury Road, Union Lane and Church Street, but very many pinch points and parked cars. Recent proposals were opposed by Cambridge Cycling Campaign, as they risked harming cyclists interests without providing a continuous, safe route along Arbury Road and Union Lane. Do you support a cycle route from Orchard Park to Riverside Bridge and if so, what infrastructure measures do you propose to encourage cyclists of different levels of ability and confidence here?
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  25. Do you agree that cycle parking should be provided along Christ's Lane (formalising current practice) and near the bus station?
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  26. What are your views on cycling provisions for commuting into Cambridge from Cottenham, Histon and Impington? Are the existing facilities adequate (and why or why not)? What do you think should be changed if anything?
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  27. The speed limit on the B1049 north of Histon Green is 40 mph. With the new cycleway in place, do you support an early speed survey to establish whether average speeds have reduced and if so push for 30 mph along that stretch?
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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.