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Question 10 - we asked:

The Department for Transport has now authorised the use of a clear 'No entry except cycles' sign, in recognition of the clear safety benefits of allowing two-way cycling, which means shorter cycle journeys and fewer junctions. There are a small number of streets left in Cambridge which anomalously do not allow two-way cycling. Will you support proposals for two-way cycling in Belgrave Road, Hemingford Road, Ross Street (south), Fairfax Road, Thoday Street, Catharine Street, Sedgwick Street, Cockburn Street, Argyle Street, and a section of Vinery Road?

We asked this question only in Romsey.

4 of the 4 candidates (100%) who were asked this question responded as below.

Those candidate(s) which were elected are highlighted.

Tom WOODCOCK
(Cambridge Socialists)

Yes but prefferably as part of a much greater consultation and plan to deal with parking and traffic issues in Romsey.

Philip SALWAY
(Conservative Party)

Obviously if you live on one of these streets then 2 way cycling would benefit you,
however these roads are too narrow to support 2 way cyling safely due to parked
cars and so on this occasion I would have to emphatically say no it is not safe..

Rachel ECKERSLEY
(Labour Party)

The DoT’s authorisation of a clear ‘No entry except cycles’ sign is an important development. The streets in Romsey mentioned above, however, are one-way systems due in large part to the narrowness of the streets, made even narrower by parked cars. The safety of cyclists, pedestrians and car drivers is paramount and the width of these streets must be taken into account in any proposal for a cycling contra-flow. The cyclists in Romsey I have spoken to already about this matter have said that even with-traffic/one-way cycling on some of these streets is hazardous. We must ensure that two-way cycling can be undertaken safely.

Catherine Helen Lindsay SMART
(Liberal Democrat)

I would be willing to consult residents and cyclists about this. However, they are narrow streets and most have parking both sides so the space is restricted. I am not sure all these roads are suitable for two way cycling.
The exception to this statement is Fairfax Road and the part of Ross Street north of the entrance to the Rec. I think those should be two-way for cyclists. They are wider than the others you mention, do not have quite the same parking pressures and would be especially useful because children going to St Philip's School from the west of Romsey could then legally cycle along Fairfax, that part of Ross Street and across the park. This would form a reasonable quiet, and fairly safe route suitable for young children in the earlier stages of cycle riding.

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