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Question 6 - we asked:

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?

We asked this question in these 2 wards: Market, Petersfield.

4 of the 8 candidates (50%) who were asked this question responded as below.

Alexandra COLLIS
(Green Party)

Absolutely. This is something I have also heard from voters in the city, and have experienced myself as I cycle down East Road daily. The congestion in both these areas is particularly bad, and the areas can be highly dangerous at peak times.

Kevin BLENCOWE
(Labour Party)

As regards East Road I have come to the view that yes car parking should be removed from this stretch. The peak-time no parking measures were never properly enforced. Cars pull in and out causing safety problems for cyclists and other drivers. There is a public car park at the rear. I would also prohibit parking at the top of Burleigh Street as part of this change for similar reasons. In principle the same should be applied to Lensfield Road though this doesn't form a boundary to the Petersfield area.

Zoe Imogen O'CONNELL
(Liberal Democrat)

On East Road, this is certainly something that needs study. Traffic flow in this area is likely to be substantially changed by the upcoming changes to the Newmarket Road/Elizabeth Way roundabout and changes to this area are something that should be considered as part of that project.

On Lensfield Road, in principle, yes. However, being outside of Petersfield Ward and East Area I have not spoken to residents there myself to assess the situation and I would need to do so before forming any firm opinions.

Andrea Curti REINER
(Liberal Democrat)

Yes, in principle, although I do not think parking is the only problem with East Road/Lensfield Road. I agree that cycling on Lensfield Road and East Road is extremely unpleasant and after a close call last year I have not cycled there since.

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