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Question 11 - we asked:

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?

We asked this question only in Petersfield.

2 of the 4 candidates (50%) who were asked this question responded as below.

Kevin BLENCOWE
(Labour Party)

Two way cycling in one way streets produces increased convenience certainly. Does it produce increased cycling safety in all cases? That is worthy of a long debate. I have to admit that the concerns of Kingston Street residents to allowing two-way cycling in the street have not materialised and there appears now a happy co-existence. This would lead me now to accept that the balance for allowing two-way cycling in the remaining few one-way streets in Petersfield swings in favour of the idea. But again consultation with local residents should be carried out. The 'No Entry Except Cycles' signs were something all right-minded local representatives argued for and is a great help to the situation.

Zoe Imogen O'CONNELL
(Liberal Democrat)

Yes. As I alluded to in my response to question 3, I would support any measure that separates out cars on main routes and provides a separate route for cyclists. As well as being safer, it is always much more pleasant to cycle when not surrounded by cars.

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