Elections

List of questions

Here is a list of all the questions (across all divisions) we have asked for this election:

  1. What experience do you have of cycling in the Cambridgeshire area?
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  2. 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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  3. Do you support our view that traffic policing, of all groups of road users (cyclists, drivers, etc), should become a greater police priority, and that this should be evidence-based, namely based on the relative levels of danger presented by each such group?
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  4. London’s Mayor has launched plans for proper prioritisation of space for cycling in London, with a 15-mile substantially-segregated route by removing traffic lanes from cars, three ‘mini-Hollands’ and more. Do you and your party support a new London-style bike plan for Cambridgeshire?
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  5. The County Council now has responsibility for public heath. As a member of the Council, how would you address such urgent and diverse issues as air quality, obesity, children’s independence, and the negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle?
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  6. The rising price of petrol, traffic congestion, the high cost of parking are a great concern for the public. How will you help the public to explore alternatives to the car? How will you give more choice to residents who think they have no choice but to use their car? What is your vision beyond the cycle of car-dependency?
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  7. Do you believe that Dutch-quality cycle provision, with cycle tracks that are separate both from pedestrians and motor traffic and that have priority over side roads, should a) be included within all new traffic schemes and b) be considered and consulted on for all modifications to existing schemes?
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  8. What are your aspirations for the major new developments in the Cambridge area? Do you agree that Dutch-quality cycle provision, separate from pedestrians, is a standard to which the planning authorities should be holding developers?
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  9. Do you support major development of the A14? What do you consider the effects on Cambridge would be if or when this were done? What measures would you support to ameliorate negative effects on cyclists of any traffic increases in Cambridge that this might cause (estimates have been made of a 30% increase)?
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  10. What would your aspirations be for the County and its Cycling Champion to achieve in the next four-year Cabinet?
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  11. Do you support a modal shift away from cars and towards a healthier and more environmentally sustainable transport system (i.e. walking, cycling, trains and buses) and if so how will you make this shift?
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  12. There are many places in Cambridge where existing infrastructure actively contributes to conflicts between different modes of transport (for example, cycle paths that give way at every crossing). Would you support the principle that cycling infrastructure should have the same level of importance as the general road environment, even if this means some reduction in car capacity?
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  13. Do you agree that 20mph should become the norm for local streets in Cambridge and surrounding villages? Do you support this on all roads, all roads except major roads, or not at all?
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  14. Cambridge occupies a national leadership position as more than 50% of people use a bicycle once a month. How should the balance be struck between celebrating a national achievement in active transport and addressing strategically the many local shortcomings which still leave half of the population without the ability to choose active and healthy modes?
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  15. Which should have greater priority: safety of people cycling, or flow of motor vehicles, e.g. at junctions like the Catholic Church junction?
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  16. Cambridge is the cycling capital of the UK. Our city is a better place, healthier, greener and more joyful for it. How do you intend to bring similar levels of cycling to the surrounding villages? What specific improvements would you support?
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  17. Do you agree that pavement car parking, being illegal and inconsiderate, treats pedestrians as if they are second-class citizens? If so, do you feel that legalised pavement car parking, which has the exact same outcome as illegal pavement parking, is something problematic which should ideally be avoided?
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  18. Currently most streets in terraced areas have no cycle parking but up to 100 cars per street. There is clear demand for cycle parking, in the form of cycles parked insecurely against houses, cycles locked to drainpipes near pubs, and notices in nearby houses not to park cycles. Do you think the current balance of cycle parking (0 cycles vs 100 cars) is a fair balance, and would you support the conversion of one car space per year on each street to secure cycle parking?
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  19. Do you support the principle of a considerable improvement for cycling along the inner ring road, in the form of a Newnham to Newmarket (N2N) cycleway? In our view, 2.1m wide cycle tracks could be achieved for much of this while in many places not affecting vehicle capacity.
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  20. Our aspirations for Huntingdon Road are the inclusion of on-road cycle lanes at least 2m wide on both sides, separate from both cars and pedestrians, with priority over sideroads such that cyclists do not have to stop and give way at each side road (a common problem with most cycle tracks in Cambridge). Do you support this aspiration, and should this be part-funded by developers of new housing in the area?
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  21. We would like to see the Pembroke Street / Mill Lane route becoming the default priority direction at its junction with Trumpington Street. This would enable the high pedestrian and cycle flows to be catered for better. Do you support this idea?
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  22. Do you support our proposal for 'The Chisholm Trail', a cycling and walking linear park that would run roughly along the railway, joining up the Science Park to Addenbrookes? More details are in our Cycling Vision 2016 document. This high-profile scheme would cut journey times, give people a genuine, realistic alternative to car use and help the city cope with the population increase which will take place in the coming years.
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  23. Do you support the provision of a cycle bridge over the River Cam and related cycleways alongside or near the railway bridge?
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  24. What are your views regarding the options for the Harston stretch of the Royston to Cambridge A10 corridor bike path?
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  25. What are your views on cycling provisions for commuting into Cambridge from Cottenham, Histon and Impington? Are the existing facilities adequate (and why or why not)?
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  26. In what way should crossing junctions such as the B1049/A14 slip roads be improved for cyclists and pedestrians?
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  27. Do you agree that the provision for cyclists in Over wanting to join the Guided Busway Cycleway towards Cambridge are wholly inadequate, and what would you propose to do about access here?
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  28. The Busway cycleway has recently been underwater, making it impossible for people to cycle and walk through legally. This is despite our warnings of this problem for many years. What pressure will you bring to see this fixed?
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  29. Newmarket Road, especially towards the inner end, is bad for cycling partly due to abuse of the bus lanes by cars. What would you do to try to improve it?
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  30. Orchard Park contains many areas of unfinished public infrastructure, misleading ‘Cyclists dismount’ signs, absent cycle parking and more. All those conspire to discourage high levels of cycling. What would you do to ensure the developer fixes these before the County Council adopts this, to avoid taxpayers paying to deal with these problems in future years?
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  31. Do you agree that the shared-use paths along Milton Road are in general highly unsatisfactory, and that proper cycling provision should be provided, maintaining priority at sideroads? Do you condemn recent police action to ticket cyclists using pavements on Milton Road that join up with shared-use areas, despite no white lines or clear signs being present to delineate clearly the section where the status changes?
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  32. Green Dragon Bridge currently has ‘cyclists dismount’ signs, which mean that people can legally cycle over it but that the landowner advises that people do so at their own risk. The Bridge is wider than many shared use paths over which there have not been complaints. Do you support our view that legal cycling should remain permitted, that the signs should read 'Cyclists give way to pedestrians' and that conflict would be reduced by removing barriers to increase the amount of space here?
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  33. Recent studies about improving traffic around Mitcham's Corner have attracted a lot of interest. What will you do to improve this intersection for pedestrians and cyclists?
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  34. 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 Panton Street, Brookside (southern section), Union Road, Coronation Street and Norwich Street?
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  35. 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?
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