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Question 5 - 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 recent past?

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 am in favor of much further restrictions fro motor traffic in the city centre. i don't really see the need for cars to be allowed inside the inner ring road at all (with the exception of disabled and trader access). I am bemused as to why the city council allowed a car park to be built in the city centre - this would and still could make a much better public transport terminal than the one we already have allowing Christ's piece to be opened up as a social space and giving much needed priority to children and families in the city centre. The other stupid thing about public transport in Cambridge is that all bus routes go through the center of town! I am for a much more multi hub approach to transport! I opposed the guided bus and am in favor of trams and trains!

The biggest problem facing integrated transport and safer cycling are the cuts! Particularly those to bus subsidies. I have been central to opposing the cuts to public spending. They are unnecessary and counter productive. We need to spend our way out of the social, political and climate crisis now by investing in infrastructure fit for a civilized an low carbon age. I have campaigned through my trade union the NUT and in the wider movement to raise the issues of Public transport, health and cycling. I support www.cambridgeshireagainstthecuts.org.uk and http://www.campaigncc.org/greenjobs

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.

I recently wrote some notes about commuter cycling in Cambridge:

http://cherryhintonroad.blogspot.com/2010/09/commuter-cycling-in-cambridge.html

Vince MARINO
(Conservative Party)

I would like to point how important to have an even balance contenting Motorists, Cyclists and pedestrians. If we work together on a safe solution then we and environment will benefit.I would like to see controlls on cyclists as some speed unacceptably along paths without consideration this needs consideration with an increase in cycling ,let us set a standard for other cities to follow and make cambridge roads the safest and reenest.

Philip James SALWAY
(Conservative Party)

I would like to see more people using bikes to make the short journeys
around the city, the sheer pleasure of cyling instead of being stuck in
a traffic jam should be obvious, but many people are put off by the traffic
and buses etc. All issues need tackling from all angles involving all road users.

I would be very pro-cycling if elected and would do my best to get cyclists heard
on the city council. Personally I have recently helped 3 friends buy their first bike and
they are all very happy to be riding now. Enough talk.., I'm off for a spin!

Edward James Anthony TURNHAM
(Conservative Party)

I have cycled several miles every day in Cambridge for the last 4 or so years but I also occasionally drive. I have become very aware of the conflicts between different road users, including those between different cyclists; confident cyclists such as I are often inconvenienced by 'cycle-friendly' infrastructure such as separate traffic light sequences (e.g. those on the old-style Hills Road bridge). However I do accept this as the price of making cycling more 'accessible' to less confident cyclists.

Timothy John WOTHERSPOON
(Conservative Party)

I took part in the Cambridge Cycle Challenge a month ago - though awkwardly the showers at the South Cambs offices were out of action for the duration, and the weather was unseasonally warm too. It's tricky washing all over in a small hand basin (especially if there's a queue!).

Which does lead me to a general point, which is that there should be much more provision of showers and lockers at principal destinations, such as workplaces and retail centres.

I guess I'm a bit unusual in not driving, but that does give me a full perspective on transport from the NMU point of view. So I actually use buses (not just campaign to keep them), and walk a lot too.

And as Northstowe Portfolio Holder, ideally I would like the transport network of the new town to be built up in a user hierarchy, starting with pedestrians and cyclists.

I've enjoyed answering this questionnaire. I'd like to wish you every success in your campaigns, and if any of your members or wider readers has any questions, send them to tim@rollingstructures.com and I'll do my best to answer them.

Regards, Tim.

Alexandra COLLIS
(Green Party)

One of the crucial issues facing a city like Cambridge is the need to make road space safer for bikes. I would push for policies to reduce road traffic.

As a member of the Cambridge Green Party, I am dismayed at the loss of funding to Cycle England. Forward funding is unclear, meaning that projects and officers' jobs are at risk. I also believe that improvements in teaching children to cycle responsibly are needed, in order to encourage future generations of cyclists, with school lessons in cycling that follow the Dutch and Danish models.

Jane Sarah ESGATE
(Green Party)

My daily cycle ride to the city centre from Cherry Hinton Road - with varying route and time of travel - makes me very aware of the problems facing everyone, whatever mode of transport they chose. I believe a complete network of cycleways is essential for the the well-being of Cambridge, it's inhabitants and visitors.

Neil Alan FORD
(Green Party)

Cambridge is a unique city for cycling and I believe that the car should be discouraged from entering the city to ease congestion, reduce pollution and hopefully people may realise that the bike is the quicker, cheaper and healthier option.

Ceri Barbara GALLOWAY
(Green Party)

In my ward there are number of cycle related issues that I have raised with city councillors.
1.The guided Busway bridge over the railway to Addenbrookes Hospital is very step and suitable only for cyclists who are fairly fit and this will mean that fewer people will use the path once the permissive path over the railway has been closed and thereforr this path needs to remain open.
2. The Trumpington cycle path to centre of town has a parallel pedestrian path both of which are well used. The County Council are responsible for cutting back the hedge and weeds along pedestrian path. When this is cut back some of the vegetation debris is left on the path. Additionally the city council sweeps the path with a machine that pushes the dust and debris to one side. This means that the pedestrian path gradually becomes narrower. The pedestrians then find it easer to walk on the cycle path because the pedestrian becomes so narrow. Last year I arranged for the city ranger and volunteers to remove the build up of debris to bring the path back to its full width to the neat capping stones. However the debris is already is building up and needs redoing to increase the width it to the full width again. A maintenance regime to keep this path open to it's full width is required that involves the County Council and the City Council to make some joined up thinking. This may seem trivial to some but it has quite a lot of safety implications and if I was voted in as councillor I would try to resolve this as this is a simple thing that could be easily resolved.
3. Currently the junction at Long Road and Trumpington Road is undergoing redesign and these is no crossing for cyclists who wish to cross from the cycle path to Long Road or North Cottages and this means if you prefer to cycle on the cycle path you have to do quite detour to find a safe crossing. Road works should always provide safe crossing for vulnerable cyclists such as children and older people and pedestrians.
4. I would like to see speed reduction for drivers on Long Road and the road to Grantchester to 30 miles per hour.

Jamie GIBSON
(Green Party)

I am an avid cyclist and often arrange cycling workshops in my college to help students learn cycling etiquette and basic repair skills. Cambridge is almost universally renowned as a cycling city but buses, taxis and large lorries can intimidate even the most skilled cyclist, so there is a large role left for campaigns to change the face of the Cambridge road network, making it more accessible for cyclists and stopping unnecessary frustration on the part of motor vehicles when encountering cyclists.

Valerie Teresa HOPKINS
(Green Party)

I am a member of the BUG-WAG at Addenbrookes and want to ensure that as the site expands over the next few years that cyclists are provided for to encourage people to look for alternatives to the car to get to work.

Brett Mark HUGHES
(Green Party)

I am a member of the Cambridge Cycling Campaign and though I own a car, I have made it a personal goal to cycle every day from home to work near the Botanic Gardens, so I live these problems every day. One resident (a woman who is 80) recently commented that she would cycle still, if it didn't feel like you were taking your life in your hands. I think we should be prepared to experiment with different models and styles of cycle ways that make it not only safer but more pleasurable and therefore desirable, but that needs a real commitment from council.

Stephen Roger LAWRENCE
(Green Party)

Wear good reflective clothing at night. Reflectors, etc, on the bike, pedals, wheels.

Stephen Martin LINTOTT
(Green Party)

I cycle to and fro to work in Fulbourn, I was knocked off my bike by a car at the beginning of this whilst returning from work and dislocated my shoulder. I am a member of Sustrans and have been a cycling ranger in the past. I have undertaken the London to Cambridge bike ride in the last 2 years and I am helping to organise a cycle ride in Bury St Edmunds for the Alzheimer's Society on July 3rd 2011.

Donald Allan MCBRIDE
(Green Party)

Cyclists must be aware of their responsibilitys to obay the Highway Code and so keep themselfs and others safe. I belive that all cyclists should have access to good quality training so reducing the number of cycling related accidents

Peter Harry POPE
(Green Party)

I have been cycling in Cambridge for over 30 years and the main hazard I encounter is from broken bottles on cycleways.
I am a supporter of the Slower Speeds Initiative and try to press the case for 20mph limits at every opportunity.

Brian WESTCOTT
(Green Party)

Apart from a period of six month's duration in the early 1970s, I have never owned a car. A huge majorty of my Cambridge journeys have been on foot. I am now planning to buy another bike even though I have written off four bikes in the past in traffic accidents (only one of which was my fault). I am therefore greatly supportive of any attempt to make cycling more available to Cambridge people and would probably join your campaign provided that it fulfils this expectation.

Ian TYES
(Independent)

I am not happy with the Elizabeth Way/Chesterton Road 'cycle-only' left-turn lanes on 3 of the 4 corners - they are very dangerous and unnecessary as most traffic goes straight across. I have left additional commenst above in amongst the other points.
I also support the creation of Chesterton Station and this should be designed with cycling access in mind - it would be close to the Chisholm Trail as well.
I would like to see safe overnight bicycle parking provided at park and ride sites so people could drive in to the park and ride site and then use their bike to reach their destination. perhaops bike scould be available for hire at these points as well? I would liek to see more space on trains for bikes. I would like to see space on buses for bikes as well, particularly express services and longer distance buses/coaches and some encuragement to use them. Whilst I oppose in principle the use of shared pavements for cycling owing to the confusion over which bit of pavement you can and cannot cycle on and the bemusement of pedestrians, if they have to be used, then they should be wide enough for cyclists to pass in opposite directions and more thought shoudl have been given to the multitude of blind junctions with people's driveways and other miscelleneous obstructions.
I contributed to the CHUMMS study and have made numerous suggestions for general traffic improvemenst in the area, all of which have bene ignored. Unless one has a position of power, one cannot make real improvements! So vote for me and I will do my best to improve cycling infrastructure for Kings Hedges in particular and for Cambridge and the necklace villages in general!

Gerri BIRD
(Labour Party)

I would like to see it law that all cyclist have bells on there cycles to warn people they are coming as some people walking on the dual pathways could be partly sighted or elderly, also wheelchairs users need to know, for me this is a big safety issue. I also think they should have 3rd party insurance.

Kevin BLENCOWE
(Labour Party)

I have given my support to new extended cycle routes in the recent past. When chair of the city council planning committee I ensured a suggestion from Michael Bond a Chesterton resident that a new cycle / pedestrian bridge over the Cam opposite the old Pye site was taken up and planned for as part of the development of that area. As a previous chair of the East Area committee I argued for improvements on Riverside were pushed forward.
The point of course at this present time is where funding for further incremental cycle way improvements is going to come from. Cycling England disbanded, grants removed or reduced. The city council has only pledged £200k towards cycle projects this year - a huge reduction. Existing cycle ways are unmaintained, the red surfacing totally gone along some of our main routes. Political support for cycling seems at its lowest point for many years - this needs to be changed.

Richard JOHNSON
(Labour Party)

I applaud the work done by the Cambridge Cycling Campaign in speaking up for cyclists and its suggestions for improving the Cambridge cycling experience, e.g. the Chisholm Trail. I am a keen advocate of public transport. I commute to work by bus and by walking (not cycling, currently, as my bike has been stolen). I do not own a car for financial and moral reasons – I try to ensure that my personal carbon footprint is as low as possible.

Kenny LATUNDE-DADA
(Labour Party)

My bike is my main means of transport around the city as I cycle daily through the length of the city from Shelford Road where I live to the railway station. As such, I have been well placed to appreciate the challenges facing city cyclists in the realm of safe parking, poorly maintained cycle lanes particularly in icy conditions, and many more.

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

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

Godson LAWAL
(Labour Party)

What I have been able to do so far is that whenever I walk, I used to remove anything like stones or any debris that are on the cycle routes that could endanger the Cyclists. That is my little effort as I have not been in the position to make more impact. I am willing to do more whenever I am in position or have any opportunity to influence great deals for cyclists.

Zoe MOGHADAS
(Labour Party)

I restrict my car use to the absolute minimum, and either cycle or walk whenever I can!

Carina O'REILLY
(Labour Party)

I cycle every day and am a member of the Cambridge Cycling Campaign. As such I have a personal interest in cycling safety as well as in making Cambridge a more sustainable city.

Mike SARGEANT
(Labour Party)

Improved cycling provision is vital for the people of Cambridge. This has to be delivered by improved policing of current provisions and new cycle lanes which change the prioritisation of cyclists over motorists.

I have currently been working with Chesterton Community College and Coach Companies to ensure that Coaches do not park for more than 10 minutes in Gilbert Road while picking up passengers including for School Trips..

Ashley WALSH
(Labour Party)

Cycling is perhaps one of the most convenient and most effective means by which we can reduce global warming while encouraging good health. Cambridge is fortunate enough to have the roadspace to accommodate responsible and safe cycling at the same time as providing adequate provision for motorists and commercial driving. We should do more to encourage safety and take-up rates; one excellent way to do this could include local school visits and campaigns from the Cambridge Cycling Campaign. I would be prepared to support this. I am a member of the Labour Campaign for the Environment and I have argued for a protection of cycling budgets and environmental investment.

Clare Frances BLAIR
(Liberal Democrat)

Cycling is an important aspect of my role at the City Council as Executive Councillor for Climate Change and Growth. The need to put good transport infrastructure into place in new developments, ranging from cycle parking to on and off road cycling, is hugely important in ensuring these are high quality sustainable developments. I chair the Cycling and Walking Steering Group, am on the County/City Traffic Area Joint Committee and, as the Lead Member for Cambridge City on joint authority committees or groups such as the Joint Transport Forum and Joint Planning and Transport Lead Member Group have played a key role in shaping and supporting bids into funding mechanisms such as the Local Sustainable Transport Fund or bids for EU money. It will be very important to continue to promote cycling as a critical part of an emerging Cambridge Area Transport Strategy and to work in partnership wherever possible with the Cycling Campaign on a range of issues from policy creation to implementation.

Jonathan Peter CHATFIELD
(Liberal Democrat)

Tomorrow morning I will be back on my bike travelling from Impington to the Rail Station and will see the usual positive and negative aspects of cycling in and around our city. Some very good cycle paths, but also some poorly designed road layouts, rough road surfaces and challenging road behaviours. I fully support the work of theCambridge Cycling Campaign and look forward to continuing to work with you in the years to come.

Alan LEVY
(Liberal Democrat)

The cycling campaign needs to do more to inform non cyclists about its activities. In talking to residents I frequently get comments about the poor behaviour of cyclists, which some people see as somehow being associated with the Campaign (although they generally can't even remember the organisation's name). I do of course point out to them that Campaign members are unlikely to be the ones who misbehave, but awareness of the Campaign amongst the public in general is very low. As for my support for cycling measures and other more sustainable transport schemes, see my responses to the previous questions.

Zoe Imogen O'CONNELL
(Liberal Democrat)

As with most people that live or work in Cambridge, cycling is often the most convenient way of getting around the city and I believe cycling and use of public transport over other forms of transport is something that should be strongly promoted. As a city that is encouraging green development, we should encourage schemes that reduce the need to own cars and decrease the use of petrol-driven cars, such as car clubs and electric car charging points.

I am also a keen runner and usually run around the Petersfield area, so improving the street environment for pedestrians is also something I am very aware of, in particular the need to manage the limited amount of space we have on many of our narrow, terraced streets and around the Mill Road area to avoid bringing cars, cyclists and pedestrians into conflict with each other.

Mike PITT
(Liberal Democrat)

The Cycling Campaign are a useful voice.

I hope that soon we will finally succeed in getting the second station in North Cambridge, a long standing campaign.

Andrea Curti REINER
(Liberal Democrat)

I am a member of the Cambridge Cycling Campaign and strongly support the promotion of cycling in Cambridge. Cycling is my main means of transport in the city and my children will shortly be taking up the habit as well, as soon as they outgrow the trailer.

Thank you

Raj SHAH
(Liberal Democrat)

I think I have covered my commitment to cycling above.  It needs to be part of a wider commitment to sustainable transport, and there needs to be a culture change to a more Dutch model of "shared space", although not necessarily in its most radical forms.  In Romsey we have replaced dangerous drains with cycle friendly ones; created a 20mph zone; introduced many new cycle racks and want to introduce more; opened the Tins Path cycle route to Cherry Hinton, which we want to promote better.  We have also secured Real Time funding for bus signs and convinced the local Smartcar scheme to set up in Romsey.

Cambridge is a city with medieval infrastructure.  The only way we will remedy this is by getting more and more people to switch to cycling and public transport. Creating better traffic flows would require massive infrastructural funding.  This is clearly not going to happen at this moment in time.  So we need to keep investing smaller scale funding (such as the sustainable transport fund) in cycling and public transport.

Julie Elizabeth SMITH
(Liberal Democrat)

Cambridge is obviously a great place to cycle but provision could still be improved. The work of Cycling Campaign in encouraging all decision-makers to think about cycling and cycling provision is thus welcome. As a regular cyclist I personally know how beneficial cycling can be for health reasons as well as getting around the City rather more swiftly than in a car. It would be fantastic if we could encourage more people to try cycling instead of driving for at least some of their journeys.

Philip Andrew TUCKER
(Liberal Democrat)

The general use of pavements for cycling is very confusing and dangerous for pedestrians as is cycling the wrong way along a one way streets particularly in the pedestrianised area of the city centre. Also the use of lights by cyclists needs to be addressed. The use of cycles should be encouraged wherever possible as should walking to reduce pollution and improve the standard of personal health.

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