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Question 25 - 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 17 wards, namely: Abbey, Arbury, Castle, Cherry Hinton, Coleridge, Cottenham, East Chesterton, Girton, Histon & Impington, King's Hedges, Market, Newnham, Petersfield, Queen Edith's, Romsey, Trumpington, West Chesterton.

43 of the 69 candidates (62%) who were asked this question responded as below.

Those candidate(s) which were elected are highlighted.

Tom WOODCOCK
(Cambridge Socialists)

Coldhams Lane needs to be completly relandscaped as does the far end of Mill Road!
I also don't think that the potential traffic impact of changing the Elizebeth way/Newmarket Rd roundabout to traffic lights has been though through in relation to Coldhams Lane. This needs to be part of anly changed proposal to this junction.

Timothy James HAIRE
(Conservative Party)

As someone whose primary means of transport in Cambridge is a bicycle I am passionate about cycling. As deputy chairman of the local Conservative party I always make sure that cycling and transport in general are at the heart of our policies

Richard Graham JEFFS
(Conservative Party)

I have actively supported better cycle parking at the Railway Station. Cycle parking facilities are an important element of encouraging more sustainable transport; having somewhere to put your bike when you arrive is an essential part of any journey, and there are still too many places where racks are in short supply or can’t be found. Many people drive through Queen Edith’s ward from further afield and also park their cars here. Having better routes through the area will encourage more of those people to cycle through, lowering congestion and improving the quality of life for our residents.

I grew up in the local area and have spent many years cycling here and in the centre of the City, and am committed to improving facilities for sustainable transport.

Steven James MASTIN
(Conservative Party)

Cycleways are cheaper and more effective if they are built through the countryside rather than next to main roads.

Angela OZTURK
(Conservative Party)

Although I have not been involved in any campaigns to date, I generally support any scheme which aims to promote cycling by alleviating the present problems facing cyclists, plan ahead for further inevitable expansion of the city and benefit the environment by encouring more people to leave their motor cars at home.

Peter PATRICK
(Conservative Party)

I cycle every day in Cambridge and encourage friends and colleagues to cycle instead of taking the car/bus/taxi.

Philip SALWAY
(Conservative Party)

I can't speak for the other candidates but I cycle a lot,
at least 10 hours a week, and recently rode the Paris-Roubaix
bike race challenge -so I am very into my cycling. I think the council
and Cambridge would benefit from having a genuine pro-cyclist on
the council and I would welcome the opportunity to get more involved
in cycling issues.

Alastair John SIMPSON
(Conservative Party)

We are a one-car family and the practicalities of my partner’s commute and very early starts mean that I am often reliant on pedal power and public transport to get around. Girton and nearby Cambridge is the ideal area to live in without a car. My daughter and I both wear cycle helmets.

Edward James Anthony TURNHAM
(Conservative Party)

I cycle most days between the centre and Addenbrooke's. It is mostly a pleasant experience but there is still much that could be improved, as in the rest of Cambridge.

Sandra BILLINGTON
(Green Party)

I have found it difficult to cycle recently, I have been campaigning to get Stagecoach to improve its service -- specifially for the no. 2.

Ceri Barbara GALLOWAY
(Green Party)

I would like to see an increase cycling in Cambridge to stop an increase in the gridlock around the city as people move into the new developments and to make it easier and safer for people to cycle and to reduce their carbon footprint. I feel a greater emphasis on cycling at national and local level is essential to provide for this before we have to do it as necessity. I have contributed to many of the consultations in the new development and actively seek opinions from local people about cycling their cycling preferences.

Brett Mark HUGHES
(Green Party)

I also would like to see trialing of other ideas being trialed in overseas locations, to make Cambridge truly the cycling capital of the UK. In particular the dutch trial of solar embedded dedicated cycleway that powers street lighting (also helping the right to light campaign). But importantly, we should be trialing many local ideas as well to find the best solution for Cambridge.

Stephen Roger LAWRENCE
(Green Party)

A well-signed cycle route from Carlton Way to the busway would be nice.

Peter Harry POPE
(Green Party)

We must have more cycle parking at the station. Also desirable is a means to identify bikes that have not moved for, say, 3 weeks so they can be removed to make space for genuine users.

Douglas Raymond DE LACEY
(Independent)

I have been an active member of the Campaign almost from its inception, and since my cycle is my primary mode of transport (I do not run a car) a good cycling infrastructure is high on my agenda. For Girton a primary goal is an access for cyclists and pedestrians from Wellbrook Way to Thornton Close.

John HIPKIN
(Independent)

As I say I highlight the work & campaigns of the CCC.

Sue BIRTLES
(Labour & Co-operative)

I regularly cycle around the city and think on the whole Cambridge is cyclist friendly. However where it suffers is from a lack of joined up thinking. Cycle paths and lanes sometimes end abruptly and the regulations on where and when cyclists have access to certain routes is not always clearly signposted. This is one of the reasons why I think the role of the full time Cycling Officer is so important as well as the role of educating all road users.

Richard JOHNSON
(Labour & Co-operative)

I congratulate the Cambridge Cycling Campaign in speaking up for cyclists and for its suggestions in improving the Cambridge cycling experience. I am a keen advocate of public transport and commute to work by bus. 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.

Over the last year I have been working closely with Cllr. Caroline Hart and the Labour team over several cycling-related issues/projects that I pledge to continue working on behalf of Abbey residents if elected. We have been pressing the City and County Councils to:

- Improve the safety and visibility of cyclists and pedestrians on the bend into Stanley Road from Garlic/Oyster Row;

- Put into place safety improvements at the junction of the cycle path from Cheddars Lane to the footpath on Riverside;

- Create a cycle path from Wadloes Road to Ditton Meadows with seventeen priority points;

- Improve Green Dragon Bridge;

- Ensure proper demarcation of the cycle and pedestrian paths to the approach of the ‘Tesco’ bridge at Riverside.

George OWERS
(Labour & Co-operative)

One of my top priorities in the ward is enforcement against nuisance cycling, which many residents, particularly elderly ones, find a real hazard. However, I also want to use South corridor area transport money to improve cycle and pedestrian safety, especially around the Budgens roundabout on Cherry Hinton Road, and to finish the cycle path on Cherry Hinton Road, which, in its unfinished state, is dangerous. I do, however, have reservations about the cycling safety scheme put forward covering the Perne Rd – Birdwood Rd – Radegund Rd roundabout, which residents are unsure about. I am yet to see any evidence for how it will improve cyclist safety, and it has the potential to create extra traffic congestion without benefits for cyclists.

Margery ABBOTT
(Labour Party)

I don't own a car, I rely on public transport and cycling, I have been cycling for over 40 years and the Cambridge Cycling Campaign are doing a wonderful job in improving the lot of us cyclists.

Sarah CAIN
(Labour Party)

Cycling will be an integral feature of Cambridge now and in the future, helping us create and sustain a low-carbon, efficient, environmentally friendly and pleasant living and working economy in the city. Better safety for cyclists; less traffic flow; more high-profile support for safe and green cycling and a 20mph speed limit in residential areas in the city will all be part of this. Safe, free of charge bike parking in the city and at the station will also be essential.
I'd also want to explore a bike hire scheme in Cambridge similar to the London Barclays bike hire scheme, with hire points at the train and guided bus stations, in the city centre, Addenbrooke's, the West Cambridge site and other locations around the town.

I fully support the Cambridge Cycling Campaign! I myself don't actually cycle (only for medical reasons however - I have a part-artificial knee joint in my left leg), but I very much wish I could! I don't own a car either, though; and this is why I'm all in favour of a low-car economy in the city. We need to make access in and out of the centre and other key sites much more friendly and efficient for those who are non-car owning, whether they cycle, walk or use public transport. To this end, I also support better bus services provision (and would want to explore facilities for taking cycles onto buses in Cambridge for short journeys); better pedestrian facilities and safety; and would also like to see this parallelled by expanded facilities for community car hire services in the city and more charging points for electric cars.

Robert DRYDEN
(Labour Party)

I have often supported your recommendations at the city council's planning committee and please see the answers I gave you in 2008 when you asked me to respond to your questions then.

Rachel ECKERSLEY
(Labour Party)

I would like the city council to do more to encourage walking, cycling and the use of public transport. My husband and I walk with my 3 year old daughter to and from the city always, and to her nursery as often as possible. I take a bus to the station and then the train to London for work, and we run only one car; one of the reasons for living in Cambridge is the ease with which you can walk or cycle to work and across the city. I support, therefore, a citywide 20 mph speed limit in residential areas to improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians, and the restoration of the city centre Shuttle bus, as well as better regulation of bus fares and timetables. I also support Labour's commitment to work with the County Council to repair key cycle ways, pavements and potholes in the roads.

Huw JONES
(Labour Party)

I have been a cycle commuter for all but two years of my working life (35 years). I am a long time supporter of Sustrans. I was a 'Safer Cycling' trainer in the local junior school for many years and was involved in a 'Safer Routes to School' project at the same school.

Noel KAVANAGH
(Labour Party)

I have been cycling in Cambridge for nearly thirty years and am a member of the Cycling Campaign. I not only use my bicycle for transport around the city but am also a club cyclist and have cycled in other countries. Cambridge cyclists, pedestrians and motorists deserve a cycle network similar to that in the Netherlands and we should aim to achieve this vision.
I would like to see a coherent transport policy established for Cambridge with cycling at its core and believe this will only happen through the co-operation between the City and County Councils.

Gail MARCHANT-DAISLEY
(Labour Party)

As I have repeatedly argued in full council and committees, if Cambridge wants to fulfil its' claim to be the UK's premier cycling city, we need to put our money where our mouth is, and that means: restoring the full-time cycling officer (& then seeing if that is adequate); providing more secure and FREE cycle parking in the city centre and at the station; using city money (where legally possible) to improve and extend cycleways and repair roadways and working with the County Council to obtain funds to improve cycleways, roadways and pavements, In addition to advocating for the above I was pleased to second the recent council motion that made Cambridge the first city to support the Cities Safe for Cycling campaign, whist pointing out to the Lib Dems, who proposed the motion, the inconsistency in doing so whilst rejecting our proposals to fund the full-time cycling officer.

Mike SARGEANT
(Labour Party)

I was very involved the Safer Gilbert Road Campaign and supported tha current cycle lanes.

My biggest concerns are:
1) the poor cycle routes through the centre of Cambridge e.g travelling from King's Parade to Bridge Street is not a route that enjoy
2) The low number of on street cycel parking in Cambridge City Centre

Ashley WALSH
(Labour Party)

Cycling is one of the most convenient and effective means to reduce global warming while encouraging good health. Cambridge is fortunate enough to have the road space to accommodate responsible and safe cycling. We should do more to encourage safety and take-up rates, including local school visits. I am a member of the Labour Campaign for the Environment and I have argued for a protection of cycling budgets and environmental investment. Police priorities should also be used to prevent cycling on pavements, cycling the wrong way on one-way roads, and irresponsible behaviour at traffic lights and crossings.

Salah AL BANDER
(Liberal Democrat)

I am very compassionate of having 3 thousand more cycle parking spaces at Cambridge railway station; and significant increase of cycle parking provision throughout Cambridge. For the last 4 years I have supported investment for many schemes useful for cyclists, and supported the 20mph fund. Moreover, I argued for better pedestrian safety measures, and improvement of the street surfaces.

I do not own a car and have never driven a car in my life. This is a conscious decision. I depend entirely on my feet, public transport, and my cycle to get around. Although I was knocked off my bike many years ago, I refused to change my ways, and now use an electrically-assisted bike. At the same time, I am not advocating anti-car position because I can see the necessity of cars for many people. However, If I am re-elected I will continue my support for campaigns towards the reduction of car usage in Cambridge.

I believe commitments to better bus services, safer routes to schools, home zones and segregated cycle routes are all described in all planning applications for the growth areas. Yet, we will need to continue our vigilance to make it happens.

Tim BICK
(Liberal Democrat)

The most bike-racked street length anywhere - Fitzroy Street and Burleigh Street! I led this refurbishment project which greatly expanded cycle parking. I also have championed the improved parking at the corner of King Street and Manor Street and advocated the provision in Fisher Square.
I have been active in setting Neighbourhood Policing priorities for both cycling without lights and cycle theft. As an advocate of the new City Centre Neighbourhood Police Patrol unit, I am pleased to see it has paid off in very significant reductions in cycle theft, which had previously seemed out of control.
I am also a prime supporter of the 20mph limit, not only in my ward, but also across all residential streets in the city. I have led the call for regulations being changed to make the limit more practical to enforce and have secured funding to improve signage.

Keith EDKINS
(Liberal Democrat)

Cycling is my means of tranport around the city. I subscribe to the Sustrans Campaign http://www.sustrans.org.uk/ and have joined in local awareness-raising events - the anuual ride to Reach Fair and the inaugural busway cyclepath ride to Swavesey.

Richard William GYMER
(Liberal Democrat)

I regularly cycle to work in Cambridge.

Rhodri Mark JAMES
(Liberal Democrat)

No particular comments. Like a lot of people in the city I prefer to walk or cycle, and I'm lucky enough to be within walking distance of work, so I do. I haven't been more specifically involved in sustainable transport than that.

Alan LEVY
(Liberal Democrat)

I supported the introduction of double yellow lines and improved cycle lanes on Gilbert Road, where I live. I am campaigning for the introduction of a 30mph limit on Huntingdon Road and for a change to the traffic lights at the junction of Warwick Road, Histon Road and Gilbert Road to make it easier and safer for cyclists to get out of Warwick Road at busy times. I also support the proposal to introduce a 20mph speed limit on residential roads in the city.

Yemi MACAULAY
(Liberal Democrat)

I cycle to and fro work sometimes and I am a strong supporter of cycling and see the incresed use of this mode as essential in our battle agaist climate change.

Neil Michael MCGOVERN
(Liberal Democrat)

The Liberal Democrats hold the view that this city should mostly be accessed by public transport, on foot, or by bicycle. I believe that he blanket 20mph zone for the city will provide a much safer environment. Although the City Council is not the highways authority, and thus cannot bring huge budgets to bear on cycling provision, we use our planning powers and influence to try and ensure that Cambridge is one of the best places to cycle in the UK

Tony MORRIS
(Liberal Democrat)

The cycle projects officer mention above was tasked with promoting long haul cycle routes
through Cambridgeshire to the East Coast and the Channel Ports in 1993/4 and liaising with
Sustrans. I believe that there are a number of benefits that have flowed from that initiative.

Zoe Imogen O'CONNELL
(Liberal Democrat)

As well as cycling I run regularly, usually three or four times a week, so I am only too aware of the issues faced by vulnerable road users. I'm particularly keen to promote cycle and pedestrian only routes that are not available for use by car drivers as "rat runs". Petersfield faces a particular problem in this area, with narrow roads and pavements that need careful management to avoid road users ending up endangering each other.

Mike PITT
(Liberal Democrat)

There is also conflict between pedestrians, cyclists and drivers parking to use the shops on Milton Road. I would hope that some way could be found to make this safer.

I am pleased that it looks like the campaign for the Chesterton Sidings station looks like it has succeeded having been involved in the campaign.

Sian REID
(Liberal Democrat)

Through area committee I have secured money for two schemes useful for cyclists - Gough Way Bridge replacement, and better conditions for those crossing Grantchester Road. I have supported investment in the Madingley Road cycle path, helped to get road surfaces such as Eltisley Avenue improved for cyclists and others, and supported the 20mph fund.

Cycling Vision 2016 is a very interesting document and endorses our view that investment in cycling is crucial if we are to encourage more people to cycle and promote our city as environmentally friendly and efficient. We are already consulting on a number of suggestions in the document including increasing the number of 20mph zones in residential streets to improve safety. I have worked to support the investment set aside for 20mph zones as I think these are very important for pedestrian and cycle safety. I am very supportive of having 3,000 more cycle parking spaces at Cambridge railway station.

Catherine Helen Lindsay SMART
(Liberal Democrat)

The most important thing I have done for sustainable transport is to bring the Car Club to Cambridge. I campaigned for it for many years and have chaired the joint City and County Council Steering Group since its inception.
I very much welcome the way Zipcar (formally Streetcar) has grown, especially recently. A report this month said that they had 889 members - many in Romsey. They have 24 cars in 21 locations. A new one will shortly become operational at the Mill Road end of Thoday Street now the work at St Philip's Church is nearly finished. This is the last of the 14 new locations which were planned last summer. As it is believed that one club car means that 20 private cars have been dispensed with or not bought, that is going a little way to relieve the pressure on the streets referred to in question 6.
I realise that many members of the cycling campaign will regard this as a side issue but I contend that people are far more willing to rely on their cycles if they have available a back-up in the Car Club for some occasions.
I continue to campaign for secure cycle parking near every car club bay to make the cars easier to use by cyclists.

The other important thing I have done for cycling in Romsey was to campaign (along with others, of course) to have the Coldham's Lane cycle and pedestrian bridge constructed. As your members will remember, previously this bridge was extremely dangerous, and the cause of many serious accidents. I was greatly relieved when the County Council built it.
I have also campaigned to protect our local buses, and have real time bus information signs on Coldham's Lane and (soon) Mill Road.
Public transport, the car club, and safe routes for cyclists are all aspects of a sustainable future for our city.

Amanda Joan TAYLOR
(Liberal Democrat)

I have campaigned extensively for better buses in the Hills Road area: when I first moved to this part of town, there were just two an hour, and we now have over 20. Real time information signs are of great benefit.

I campaigned to get the University to carry on with the Uni 4 bus and to keep it available for everyone, not just members of the university. It provides a useful link to Newnham from Queen Edith's, and is especially good for people doing U3A courses.

I have campaigned for better cycling provision on the Hills Road Bridge for many years. The current layout is not ideal, with cyclists having to drive in between lanes of cars. It is disappointing that the trial layout, which was popular, was different from the final result.

I am currently campaigning for lighting and signage for the Guided Bus cycleway, and backing another local campaign for remodelling of the Long Road cycleways. More information on my website: www.amandataylor.mycouncillor.org.

Ian TYES
(United People's Party)

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 comments 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 cycling considered as part of an overall transport plan for the city and sub-regiuon. I would like to see a junction-by-junction analysis throughout the city for getting the best for all road users. I would like to see a proper network of cycling routes to and through hte city from the local commuting cycling sub-region.
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!

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