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Question 26 - we asked:

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?

We asked this question in these 2 wards: Cottenham, Histon & Impington.

4 of the 10 candidates (40%) who were asked this question responded as below.

(Conservative Party)

hmm... Well, we had been promised what almost amounted to an off-road cycling superhighway between Cottenham and Histon as part of the Cycling Demonstration Town funding, but I gather it has run into a lot of snags. Many of my residents ask me about this, so it is obviously a source of widespread disappointment that progress has been slower than expected - and rumours that the scheme may not turn out to be as cycle-friendly as initially envisaged are causing understandable disquiet. All I can do is keep chivvying my county council colleagues along in trying to get the decision-makers at Shire Hall to keep in mind the demand for high-quality provision along this route.

Donald Allan MCBRIDE
(Green Party)

The current cycleway is of a very poor quality and forces cyclists onto the road, endangering the cyclist and delaying traffic

Godson LAWAL
(Labour Party)

Some of the cycle route needed to be widened and the speed limit on the road from Cottenham to Cambridge should be reduced.

Jonathan Peter CHATFIELD
(Liberal Democrat)

Not great, but getting better. I welcome the new cycle paths (off road and on road), but feel we must tackle the B1049 / A14 junction. There is £600K sitting in the county council bank account waiting to be spent on improving this roundabout for cyclists. Ideally we need a bridge or tunnel, but while we wait for this there are interim measures that could be adopted.

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