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Question 1 - we asked:

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?

We asked this question in all 16 wards, namely: Abbey, Arbury, Castle, Cherry Hinton, Coleridge, Cottenham, East Chesterton, Histon & Impington, King's Hedges, Market, Newnham, Petersfield, Queen Edith's, Romsey, Trumpington, West Chesterton.

37 of the 74 candidates (50%) who were asked this question responded as below.

Tom WOODCOCK
(Cambridge Socialists)

I support the plan and think it would represent a very big step in the right direction. Of course I feel that it does not take us as far as I would like to see in terms of cycle priority but we are where we are and I would campaign and argue hard in the council and scrutinize the joint transport committees decisions and findings if elected. The really positive part is to try to ensure that cycle provision is given before developments happen - this has long since not been the case and the cycle campaign has often been left having to carve out space for cyclists after the facts. Therefor I feel that the forward thinking parts of the document relating to new developments and the villages (2.3) are the highest priority.

Andrew James BOWER
(Conservative Party)

The vision is an impressive report. A core of high quality cycling backbones across the city would really make a big difference. Some of the junction improvements are badly needed.

I also like the idea of removing substandard cycle lanes - we need all road users to be fully aware that cyclists do belong on the highway and not on substandard cycle lanes.

Vince MARINO
(Conservative Party)

I am very keen on cycling and cycling vision 2016 i give it my full backing,i am most keen to see implemented a system that works well with safety ,cycling , pedestrians, and motoring

Philip James SALWAY
(Conservative Party)

I do give Cycling Vision 2016 my backing and would be glad to get involved.
I don't (currently) drive and cycle for on average an hour a day-
it's just so much easier!

Edward James Anthony TURNHAM
(Conservative Party)

Cycling Vision 2016 is a very impressive piece of work and I am in broad agreement with it. Despite Cambridge having one of the highest cycling rates in the country, cycling infrastructure is still rudimentary by the standards of some countries and a great improvement is needed if cycling is to play its full role in dealing with the congestion that damages the character of our City and hampers its economy. In particular I support the Chisholm Trail.

The narrow roads of central Cambridge mean that cycle lanes cannot always be optimal. As the report states, narrow cycle lanes can do more harm than good. A flexible approach is needed; sometimes it is not possible or desirable to separate cyclists from drivers.

I also agree that many of our junctions need considerable improvements. Works such as the Hills Road bridge changeshave the potential to improve traffic speeds by separating the motorists from the (slower) cyclists. However, removing car lanes in an effort to separate cyclists from motorists can sometimes make life worse for all concerned by causing car tailbacks which then hold up the cyclists if there is not room to undertake upstream of the junction. This would not be good for anyone and would exacerbate the unhealthy tensions between cyclists and motorists in Cambridge.

Timothy John WOTHERSPOON
(Conservative Party)

It all makes complete sense to me, but then maybe that's because I'm a cyclist myself. Obviously the Cottenham-Histon link ranks highest for my residents, and to a lesser extent some kind of improvement to crossing the A14 into Cambridge.

Oakington has a direct connection to the Guided Busway, and Rampton has a good enough connection, so getting the cycleway surfaced before buses displace bicycles from the concrete beams is quite important.

Generally speaking I take my bicycle with me on to the train I am catching when I cycle to Cambridge railway station (though more often I join London-bound services at Waterbeach), but with an island platform on the way to cater for increased passenger numbers I can well see the need for many more spaces to park bicycles securely.

Alexandra COLLIS
(Green Party)

I give Cycling Vision 2016 my total support. From canvassing in the city I know that people are genuinely concerned about this issue. I would like to see some of the corridor improvements implemented, especially on areas such as East Road that are so heavily congested, and major work to improve the safety of junctions such as Mitcham's Corner.

Jane Sarah ESGATE
(Green Party)

I am very much in favour of Cycling Vision 2016, which is a comprehensive plan essential for the future of Cambridge; I'm especially keen on raised cycle lanes to encourage more reluctant users.

Neil Alan FORD
(Green Party)

Yes I definitely back the proposals for increasing the rate of cycling and as people take to their bikes in view of the rise in petrol prices I feel that the junction improvements are very important.

Ceri Barbara GALLOWAY
(Green Party)

Cycling Vision 2016 report has many really good points and I would endorse it. I am keen to see the Necklace Village Links that effect cycling for leisure, shopping and work for Trumpington residents and their families. As a village community ourselves we have many links with the surrounding villages. Additionally as the city centre lacks shops that provide fresh and local food we are lucky to be on the south side of the city where there are many local producers and small specialist local shops easily reached by bike.

Jamie GIBSON
(Green Party)

I give my full backing to the conclusions of Cycling Vision 2016 and definitely think there is scope to increase cycle parking facilities along Mill Road (in particular) and ensuring residential roads are safe for cyclists (20mph limits are numerous in Romsey).

Valerie Teresa HOPKINS
(Green Party)

As a regular cyclist and non car owner, I fully support the proposals to increase cycling in the area and am most keen to see the speed reductions implemented. Cars, pedestrians and bikes do not mix and keeping them separate is important.

Brett Mark HUGHES
(Green Party)

The Cycling Vision 2016 is an excellent document which unpacks a number of important things for the Cambridge cyclist. I think the most important aspect which I would support is the completion of the Chisholm Trail. If Cambridge is to be a showcase cycle city it needs a coherent and integrated plan for lane standards, traffic flow and accessibility. The Chisholm Trail is an integral part of such a vision and remarkably practical. Secondarily I would like the see the dedication of raised cycle lanes, such as Newmarket Road and East Road, where it is possible. The condition of existing cycle lanes is horrid and the red surface churned up by cars and heavy vehicles makes some stretches less safe than the road. Daily cycling along Newmarket Road is a often a nightmare and has included many a close call with a bus due to the uneven surface.

Stephen Roger LAWRENCE
(Green Party)

Many interesting ideas - esp of course the Chisholm Trail, and more bike racks at the station

This is a big document, and I have not read it all in detail.

My experience is that the way cycles and pedestrians are encouraged to go (together, iin conflict) thru pinch-points across roads at pedestrian junctions (eg between Swimming pool and Parker's Piece) needs to be sorted out. Also some absurd right-angled bends.

Flush kerbs.

General education of highway contractors into the art of bicycling so they don't go on making silly mistakes all the time?

Stephen Martin LINTOTT
(Green Party)

Yes I feel it is a really useful document
Whilst difficult to choose the items I am most keen to see implement I probably would choose junctions improvements Followed by the Chisholm Trail

Donald Allan MCBRIDE
(Green Party)

I would very much like to see the Histon to Cottenham segregated cycleway completed soon. The present cycleway is inadequate and cycling on the road very dangerous, with cars, buses and lorries speeding by

Peter Harry POPE
(Green Party)

Cycling Vision 2016 is an excellent initiative. In East Chesterton I believe that the whole ward could be 20mph and as well as a purely local improvement that could create attractive routes from Arbury and King'sHedges to the Riverside Bridge.

Brian WESTCOTT
(Green Party)

I haven't read Cycling Vision 2016, largely because I didn't know it existed. However, cycling is a fairly green activity as the only carbon dioxide generated is in the manufacture of bikes but none in the activity of cycling itself. So I support cycling on environmental grounds. And if Cycling Vision 2016 makes cycling safer in Cambridge then I support it for that reason as well.

Ian TYES
(Independent)

As someone who regularly cycles from Kings Hedges to the railway station, I think the 'Chisholm Trail' is a great idea and happy to lend my support to this as a priority. In the interim, junction improvements and removal of cycling from poorly labelled shared use pavements would be a priority and I agree with much of your strategy. I would have to give an opinion on each proposal individually, which I cannot do here. I would also look to improve the use of Hawkins Road/Downhams Lane cycle path by switching the lanes to make it safer for cyclists, plus regular cleaning to remove the broken glass that often gives me punctures!

Gerri BIRD
(Labour Party)

I support the aims and objectives of the Cycling Vision 2016. In particular I find most interesting the proposal to enhance the cycle network that already exists in the city and broaden its scope and potential. Having a “joined-up” and inter-linked route between the three main employment centres of Cambridge would help to encourage more people to leave their car at home and travel to work by bike.
I also back the ideas in relation to promoting the greater safety of cyclists and more and secure parking for cycles.I agree that the question about cycle space at the rail station needs to be tackled. improving our transport infrastructure by making travel into the city easier (not to mention greener) could also provide a potential boost to the local economy.

Kevin BLENCOWE
(Labour Party)

I do give Cycling Vision 2016 my backing. It gives a very comprehensive overview of how improvements should be made for cyclists in Cambridge and also what needs to be improved to encourage more cyclists.
Safety improvements, junction improvements, wider cycle lanes, residential speed reduction and better cycle parking having been identified for many years need stronger priority and moreover financial backing. This will be the political battle over the next 5 years.

Richard JOHNSON
(Labour Party)

I support the aims and objectives of the Cycling Vision 2016. In particular I find most interesting the proposal to enhance the cycle network that already exists in the city and broaden its scope and potential. Having a “joined-up” and inter-linked route between the three main employment centres of Cambridge would help to encourage more people to leave their car at home and travel to work by bike, to alleviate the gridlock on our roads and reduce vehicle emissions. This is eminently sensible in my opinion.

I also back the ideas in relation to promoting the greater safety of cyclists and more and secure parking for cycles. Speaking as someone who recently had their bike stolen I do understand how much of a difficulty it is to find safe and secure bike parking in and around our city.

I agree that the question about cycle space at the rail station needs to be tackled once and for all. A great deal of Newnham residents rely on the rail station to commute to work and as rail use increases, so does the need to provide adequate amenities for those commuters to encourage them to take the train instead of the car.

In short, not only do the recommendations propose sensible solutions for the improvement of the cycling experience here, but underline the view – which I agree with – that Cambridge can set an example to other cities by taking a lead in building an environmentally sustainable area to live, travel and work, with healthier and fitter citizens. Also, improving our transport infrastructure by making travel into the city easier (not to mention greener) could also provide a potential boost to the local economy.

Kenny LATUNDE-DADA
(Labour Party)

I support and heartily back the Cycle Vision 2016. Cambridge is a growing city both in terms of population and infrastructure. As such, a scheme such as the Cycle Vision 2016 which aims at meeting these challenges by improving the lot of cyclists, motor drivers and pedestrians is very welcome. The Chisholm trail proposal is particularly eye-catching as I feel that if such a lengthy unbroken cycle lane can be safely navigated, it will serve to encourage nervous and recently qualified cyclists to take up cycling as an alternative means of commuting.

The traffic improvements and cycle infrastructure advancements that form the heart of the vision will help maintain and indeed cement the status of Cambridge/Cambridgeshire as one of the cycle-friendly cities/counties in Europe

Godson LAWAL
(Labour Party)

I fully support the Cycling Vision 2016; it's a great vision. It will not only benefit us, as cyclists but everybody.
I want to see more cycle route network that connects my ward to Cambridge Town Centre.
I want to see that the speed limit for vehicles are reviewed on some routes to ensure safety and for the cyclists to have real sense of security.
I want to see that our street lights are checked regularly to ensure that they are working.
I want to see more cycle parking bays on most of our streets.

Zoe MOGHADAS
(Labour Party)

As a resident of Greville Road, I am keen to monitor the impact of the new 20mph speed restriction has on motorists. Whilst broadly in favour of the scheme, I am aware of issues arising in relation to enforcement and would not rule out other measures that, for example, physically prevent vehicle speeding.

I support the introduction of additional parking spaces for cyclists. However, I am also conscious that there is also an issue with respect to bicycles simply being abandoned (in various states of distress), wasting spaces which could otherwise be utilised.

I am not familiar with the dutch cycling schemes to which you refer, and would need further information on the impact that the changes you propose to the road network/junction widening, and the costing of same, before I feel able to comment on the specifics of the proposals. However, as a keen cyclist, I would be keen to promote any scheme which not only increased the safety but also the number of cyclists (as opposed to motorsits) on our roads.

I am fully in favour of the widening of cycle lanes, and this is something that has long perplexed me!

To be honest, I have only ever cycled within Cambridge City and, as such, I do not feel that I can properly comment on the issues surrounding the necklace village links without further information.

Carina O'REILLY
(Labour Party)

I do back the report. I think it's crucial to get local residents on side for cycling improvements as the more stake they have in bike lanes and other alterations to local architecture, the more momentum there will be to implement such improvements and to retain them. I think proper consultation and engagement is absolutely crucial. Such high profile consultations could also help increase the rates of cycling as residents became aware of how engaged the council was on this issue.

The one thing I am most keen to see implemented is proper cycle parking facilities at Cambridge station. I commute to London regularly and am therefore constantly aware of the severe shortage of provision. I would personally campaign to see this improved, for example by releasing car parking spaces for cycle parking and making the area more cyclist-friendly.

Mike SARGEANT
(Labour Party)

I support the transforamtion of cycling in Cambridge so that cycling is easy and safe.

Ashley WALSH
(Labour Party)

Living in such a city of Cambridge, I happily cycle to virtually every destination and I cycle throughout the city nearly every day. The plan and proposals of Cycling Vision 2016 would clearly improve the safety and convenience of cycling at a time when environmental and personal health concerns mean that we should encourage as many people as possible to take up cycling. I enthusiastically give my full backing to the report.

Safety should be our first concern, so I am particularly interested by the plan to widen new and existing cycling paths to the government minimum of 1.5 metres, but with a preference to 2 metres. This is crucial on such main thoroughfares as Huntingdon Road, Gilbert Road, Mill Road, Madingley Road and Newmarket Road. This is also why I support the improvements to dangerous junctions which are difficult to navigate, risky to cycle along, and a threat to cyclists.

Clare Frances BLAIR
(Liberal Democrat)

I think that Cycling Vision 2016 is an excellent document which offers a good structure for improvements for cycling around the City and beyond. It is very important to see cycling in the context of an overall transport strategy for Cambridge and to ensure that there is a real alternative to the car for commuters, residents and students.

If I had to pick one it would be the Chisholm Trail, but more generally it would be junction improvements, good cycle lanes, reducing traffic speed of cars and enhancing cycle parking wherever possible.

Jonathan Peter CHATFIELD
(Liberal Democrat)

I read the Cycling Vision report when it came out earlier this year and fully support its main proposals. As a keen cyclist myself, I believe we must encourage cycling for all ages and all abilities. A network of fast off road cycle paths such as the Chisholm Trail connecting key centres would incresae ridership and encourage further modal shift.

Alan LEVY
(Liberal Democrat)

I am largely in favour of the proposals in the cycling vision document, although I would want more evidence of the practicability of some of the more radical elements, such as the proposed changes at Mitchams Corner.

Zoe Imogen O'CONNELL
(Liberal Democrat)

For the areas of Cambridge I am more familiar with, (Mostly the south and east of the city - I am less familiar with the outlying villages to the north) I can certainly back the report. The main points that jump out of the report as needing action are the Newmarket Road/Elizabeth Way Bridge Roundabout junction and the situation at the Railway Station. (Both of which are addressed in subsequent questions...)

Mike PITT
(Liberal Democrat)

There are many excellent ideas, and my colleagues in the LibDems and I broadly welcome them.

Andrea Curti REINER
(Liberal Democrat)

I am a member of the Cambridge Cycling Campaign. Yes, I give the Cycling Vision 2016 my backing. I am particularly keen to see the completion of the Chisholm Trail. I think such a grand cycling plan for Cambridge is a real inspiration and would do a lot to promoting cycling in the city.

Raj SHAH
(Liberal Democrat)

I agree to the general 2016 Cycling vision. The city council has shown its commitment to it in the Sustainable Transport Fund by putting the emphasis very heavily on cycling, unlike many of the other district councils. Outside Romsey, I think the Chisholm Trail is the flagship project for the 2016 vision; it links up lots of other cycle routes very effectively and would make commuting by bike much more practical. In Romsey my general commitment is to changing the road culture to a “shared space”, and to supporting cycling as well as sustainable transport in general. The next major developments I would like to see in the area are: a/ development of the link between Mill Road and the Tins Cycle Path. It is an amazing resource but many people don’t know about it. b/ Cycle and bus friendly traffic calming measures on Mill Road. These rise very slowly over ten metres and descend at a similarly smooth gradient. There is a pedestrian crossing on top. These are key to the kind of shared space I envisage on Mill Road.

Julie Elizabeth SMITH
(Liberal Democrat)

I think that the Cycling Vision 2016 is very exciting and raises a lot of important issues. As a regular cyclist, I completely agree with the views expressed about the various junctions in the City and would be keen to see real progress made on the Lensfield Road (Royal Cambridge Hotel) junction and Newmarket Road/Elizabeth Way Bridge Roundabout in particular. The proposals for reviewing cycle lanes are surely welcome - if we have cycle lanes they need to be fit for purpose, clearly marked and well surfaced. And coming from Newnham, the idea of creating a proper cycle route from Newmarket Road to Newnham sounds excellent.

Philip Andrew TUCKER
(Liberal Democrat)

Yes

The completion of the cycle path along Madingley Road to the Park&Ride site.

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