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Question 2 - we asked:

Cambridge is seeing massive housing growth, with tens of thousands of new journeys into the city expected daily. Given that building tunnels, knocking down houses, or providing new public transport is very expensive, would you agree that creating very high-quality cycling routes to encourage new people to cycle offers by far the best cost-benefit ratio for transport improvements that facilitate growth of the City and surrounding areas?

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

Those candidate(s) which were elected are highlighted.

Eric William BARRETT-PAYTON
(Conservative Party)

Yes - whatever solutions are considered, better cycling provision should always be included and regarded as an integral and essential feature of any proposals

Oliver Charles Mathew PERKINS
(Green Party)

With the inevitable increase in traffic in the centre, the key thing for me is that cyclists are able to travel on specific cycle routes, rather than overcrowded roads. Its not realistic for people to choose to cycle (EG) down Newmarket road, the Milton Road or Trumpington Road.

With those caveats, yes, cycling must play a central role in our future transport policy.

Peter ROBERTS
(Labour Party)

Without good cycling and pedestrian routes the rate of growth would see Cambridge grind to a halt. Wherever possible given travel to work distances new developments must include high quality cycling provision. This will also be important for the proposed Marshall development north of Newmarket Rd, and include easy access to the new station.

Marcus John Gilbert STREETS
(Liberal Democrat)

I strongly agree - provided that we also make sure there are good facilities for pedestrians.
In particular we need to ensure junctions are safe.

Camcycle is a non-partisan body. All candidates are given an equal opportunity to submit their views. Information published by Camcycle (Cambridge Cycling Campaign), The Bike Depot, 140 Cowley Road, Cambridge, CB4 0DL.