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Question 1 - we asked:

What experience do you have of cycling in the Cambridgeshire area?

We asked this question in all 27 divisions, namely: Abbey, Arbury, Bar Hill, Castle, Cherry Hinton, Coleridge, Cottenham, Histon and Impington, East Chesterton, Fulbourn, Gamlingay, Hardwick, The Hemingfords and Fenstanton, King's Hedges, Market, Melbourn, Newnham, Norman Cross, Petersfield, Queen Edith's, Roman Bank and Peckover, Romsey, Sawston, Trumpington, Waterbeach, West Chesterton, Whittlesey North, Willingham.

79 of the 128 candidates (62%) who were asked this question responded as below.

Those candidate(s) which were elected are highlighted.

(Cambridge Socialists)

I have grown up here and lived and worked in Cambridge nearly all my life. Cycling has always been my primary source of transport. I cycled to school in Cambridge every day and for leisure as a child.

I cycle 4 miles each way to work every day.
I cycle my son to school just as I was ridden to school at his age.
I cycle for pleasure/sport and this has taken me out on many of the counties roads and cycle paths.

(Conservative Party)

In the past, considerable experiance of cycling as a leisure activity. Working from home I no longer have the need to comute, however the volume of traffic is now such that I find the thought of cycling somewhat daunting.

Andrew James BOWER
(Conservative Party)

Cycling has been for many years my main mode of transport for commuting in Cambridge and further afield for leisure.

Martin John CURTIS
(Conservative Party)

I have cycled throughout the County, I prefer cycling on cycling trails and my most regularly used route is the route from Whittlesey to Peterborough (a fabulous example of a cycle route that is separate from traffic. But I have cycled in Cambridge and its surroundings and have completed events such as the London to Cambridge Bike Ride.

Timothy James HAIRE
(Conservative Party)

In cambridge, there is little need for me to drive so walking and cycling are my primary means of transport. Cycling is also a lesiure activity whether it is shorts trips around Cambridgeshire or longer tours.

John Michael IONIDES
(Conservative Party)

Extensive. Most of my travel within the city is by bike (100-200km per week) and I also explore the rural parts of the county on training rides.

Richard Graham JEFFS
(Conservative Party)

I have cycled in Cambridge for 20 years and driven here for 15. I hope this gives me a rounded perspective of the issues.

(Conservative Party)

Cycling is my main means of transport in Cambridge, and has been all my working life, ever since I moved here to do my PhD at Sidney Sussex College. I use my bike to go everywhere in and about Cambridge, as do my husband and son. As a family cycling is essential to our life in Cambridge.

(Conservative Party)

I cycle infreqently though have on occasions cycled to parish council meetings and to raise money for a charity.

I have regularly commuted to Cambridge by bus since 1992.

I know from personal experience how unnerving it can be when a car overtakes a cyclist and passes extremely close to that cyclist.

I have also been concerned when buses travelling towards a bus stop get extremely close (a few feet) to a cyclist in front and appear to intimidate that cyclist.

James Andrew STRACHAN
(Conservative Party)


But many residents in the ward are cyclists - just as many are motorits and many are pedestrians.

If elected, I would need to represent the interests of ALL residents.

(Conservative Party)

Mostly just cycling with my young son while teaching him to do so.

(Conservative Party)

Almost all my journeys in Cambridgeshire are by bike, and whenever I go to London I take a bicycle on the train.

(Green Party)

Sadly, I spent 3/4 of an hour filling in this form and towards the end opted to read one of your supporting documents. Perhaps it was my machine but I lost everything I had written. If I have time I will do it again.

In brief, I'm no longer able to cycle, but do not run a car. I walk or go by bus.

To keep encouraging people to cycle is the only sustainable way forward. Perhaps children from deprived backgrounds could be given fun cycle events to join -- it would also help keep them fit.

Dedicated cycle routes are the best way to protect cyclists from danger from motor vehicles and also to protect pedestrians from fear of some cyclists.

Cars are not going to go away and the road round the back of the colleges is essential to keep traffic flowing. Cyclists do have alternative routes.

Sorry -- 2nd time around that's all I have time for. thank-you.

Eleanor Ruth CRANE
(Green Party)

I live in Milton and regularly cycle for local journeys - Cambridge and nearby villages. I cycle probably 2 days and about 15 miles per week on average.

Shaun Peter ESGATE
(Green Party)

I cycle in Cambridge almost daily and have done so for many years.

Brett Mark HUGHES
(Green Party)

I ride my bike 6m, to and from work each day, diagonally across the city. I use it to get about socially at weekends and evenings. I know most of the Cambridge Roads from the perspective of the cyclist.

Stephen Roger LAWRENCE
(Green Party)

Cyclist since 1981 - commuted for some years - use a bike daily, and commute out to Hauxton once a week. I have two bikes.

(Green Party)

I used to cycle to work when I worked in the city as it was quicker and cheaper than driving, and good exercise too. I generally get around Cambridge by bike and sometimes go for rides up the guided busway or along the cycle route to Wicken Fen.

Peter Harry POPE
(Green Party)

35 years.

(Green Party)

I have lived in Cambridge for almost 20 years and I have cycled to work everyday. I also cycle for recreation and in cycle events. My holidays are based around cycling and cycle touring.

Simon David Francis SEDGWICK-JELL
(Green Party)

As non-driver, main means of transport. Previous Whittlesford-Duxford commuter (via trains). Some cycling in outlying areas.

(Green Party)

I live in Meldreth and invariably use my cycle for local trips, shopping etc. I use the station here and travel with my cycle to Cambridge and then use it for transport around the city.

(Green Party)

I cycle to work between Willingham and Bar Hill regularly. I also cycle longer routes at weekends and evening, as I am in training for the London to Brighton bike ride in June

(Green Party)

Very little personal experience. I did not cycle as a child and am rather nervous. Have done some local journeys by bike but generally prefer to walk or use the bus. However both my daughters are regular cyclists and one cycles extensively within Cambridge and its environs, so I have some understanding of the issues.


I cycle daily to and from the city centre.


I have lived in Kings Hedges for 30 years and cycle most days in and around the city. I also drive and walk, but predominantly cycle everywhere when I can.

John Frederick BERESFORD
(Labour & Co-operative)

Substantially more years ago than now. I am 66! I tend to use the bike for short journeys. I have in previous years been on cycle tours of Suffolk, Norfolk and Brittany and Normandy. A good way of seeing the world and keeping fit.

(Labour Party)

I cycle most days to and from town as it is generally far quicker and easier and certainly cheaper. After a long day I particularly enjoy cycling home along the river.

(Labour Party)

I’ve cycled in Cambridge since I first moved to the city in 2005. I don’t own a car, so my primary mode of transport is by bike. I suspect at one point or another in the past eight years I must have cycled nearly every major road in the city, so I’m relatively familiar with which bits of the cycling infrastructure in Cambridge do and don’t work. I haven’t cycled to the same extent in the countryside around Cambridge, but I’ve ventured out there on occasion and have some experiences of the challenges that poses.

(Labour Party)

I cycle to work daily. It is not possible to park where I work, and there is often gridlock in the rush hour, so the benefits of cycling are not only for my health, but are efficient, good for the environment, and save money.

Adam John DUTTON
(Labour Party)

I cycle regularly (though not regularly enough) between Comberton and Sandy to work. I also cycle into Cambridge and around the county. I've considered joining the cities cycle club but I can be clumsy so worry about riding in a group. If I get in shape this summer I was considering trying some time trials.

Adrian John FRENCH
(Labour Party)

I cycle into Cambridge every week along cycle route 11 and then across the city. During the summer I enjoy touring village pubs mostly to the southeast of the city.

(Labour Party)

I am a daily cycle commuter.

(Labour Party)

I am a very keen cyclist using my bike for transport in Cambridge. I also cycle to keep healthy, am interested in cycling as a sport and train regularly in Cambridgeshire and beyond. I have participated in sportives and long distance rides for charity.

(Labour Party)

I haven't been a cyclist in recent years, but as a teenager I was Chair of my county district of the Cyclists' Touring Club. I was a regular commuter by bike and also raced regularly as well as being part of social club runs.

(Labour Party)

When I was youger I cycled extensively as a student in Cambridge and then whilst working for Philips (I lived in Waterbeach and then the Mill Road area at that stage). I cycle less nowadays, mostly just around Shelford.

(Labour Party)

I used to cycle from Chesterton to Trumpington when I was younger, now I tend to cycle (when I do) for leisure as opposed to study. In my personal experience it's both convenient and cost effective.

Angela Mary PATRICK
(Labour Party)

I have a mountain bike and sometimes go out for bike rides around the local villages.

(Labour Party)

As I live in central Cambridge and don't own a car, cycling and walking are my main modes of transport. I use the route across Jesus Green, Midsummer Common and through the Grafton area almost every day. I find it a good way of keeping in shape as well as being very cost-effective.

(Labour Party)

I do own a rather creaky bike and am occasionally even seen on it. I walk a great deal and support anything which helps people keep fit and get around.

(Labour Party)

I have been a keen cyclist and pedestrian since moving here in 2000. I try, wherever possible, to avoid using a car.

Jocelynne SCUTT
(Labour Party)

As a regular cyclist and pedestrian in Cambridge, I experience cycling from both perspectives. This includes cycling as far as Girton College (for example) and on occasion beyond, negotiating the Lensfield Road/Fen Causeway intersection (reputed to be the most dangerous for cyclists in Cambridge), across green spaces such as Midsummer Common, to and from Cambridge Railway Station, and in the city and environs generally.

I experience of the needs of cyclists in relation to parking - for example, particularly in St Andrews Street and the area around Grand Arcade, Cambridge Railway Station, and Chesterton Road (particularly near the hairdresser! ).

Along with most - no doubt all - cyclists, I enjoy the health benefits of cycling. Being strongly supportive of environmental consciousness I choose cycling as an important means of reducing negative environmental impact. Cambridge provides so many opportunities for adopting this mode of transport, that this dovetails with my concern for the environment.

Speaking extensively with West Chesterton residents has informed me of residents’ concerns - as cyclists, pedestrians and motorists - in relation to Cambridge cycling.

Martin SMART
(Labour Party)

My experience of cycling in Cambridgeshire is long and varied.

When I arrived in Cambridge 20 years ago I came with a nice red racing bike, although the frame was a little large for me! I enjoyed cycling around and exploring the new city that my partner and I had chosen to make our home.

Some time later I swapped my racer for a locally bought butchers bike which I used for shopping at Arjuna and other local shopping trips. Also, when we had twins in 1996 they used to love sitting in the banana box at the front for little trips over Parker's Piece and suchlike. A great bike for carrying all manner of loads! It was unfortunately stolen after a few years but luckily it turned up a week or so later, rather damaged, but I managed to get it renovated and it saw many more years of active service. By then the twins, or rather Anna and Jack, had their own little Raleighs with the all-important baskets for carrying essential teddies and so on.

Later, much later, I traded my butcher's in at a bike shop on King Street so my teenage son could have the second hand but never-the-less super-duper all-singing all-dancing 18 gear off-road thing in the window he desired! I missed the butchers bike and he all too soon grew out of his off-roader. However, things move on, and later I bought a second hand garage clear out job lot of bikes for the whole family. This was great fun and involved a small-wheeled home-made red tandem in welded square-section steel tubing. All the family, and friends too, enjoyed playing around with it on trips roundabout the local area. It also provided another cycling seat if we had more people that bikes. In that bunch of bikes we also had a Bickerton Portable, a great find. I've since restored it, though it's currently off the road with a broken peddle. There were also smaller bikes which the children used, and abused! The boy so enjoyed his bike that when I went to get it repaired the guy said he'd never seen a bike that was so damaged in so many ways! Not worth mending apparently, so I had another one made up out of spare bits for him. The girl got hers stolen, never to return, but then, she hadn't locked it up! For my part I got a rather rugged old Raleigh which I re-sprayed, got some repairs done, and finally added a huge trailer which I got for my birthday. I now go off down Mill Road, Snakey Path and over the railway bridge to Bookers to do large shopping trips, as well as the veg shopping and organic food still at Arjuna, as I did 20 years ago!

With the trailer off I cycle usually on a daily basis to wherever I'm going. Sometimes I get the bus, for example to meetings in Papworth for Disability Cambridgeshire, and occasionally I hire a car if we need on to do things as a family further afield . If it's just me I usually use the train but if it's all five of us it usually costs a lot more on the train or coach.

Just to say, this has all been rather utilitarian, and we have of course been off on recreational rides. For example, one lovely trip, when the children were younger, was when all five of us cycled up the river, out of town. We had decided to have an 'art trip' and stopped up toward Baits BIte Lock to do some pastel pictures. We were lucky enough to find a woodpecker and all had a lovely time drawing it as we tucked into a picnic lunch. What better thing could you do with a bike than a trip such as this?

This is a long and rambling answer to the question, and in fact I've cut out quite a bit, but that it the nature of a cycling life. The bike, or rather bikes, in our family, have been part of many of the stories of our lives living here together in Cambridge, and I hope will continue to be so in the future.

Peter SNOW
(Labour Party)

I used to cycle, but due to health reasons no longer cycle

Ashley WALSH
(Labour Party)

I cycle in Cambridge on a daily basis because I do not drive at all. As a graduate researcher at Cambridge University, I cycle to and from the faculties and libraries but I also cycle at weekends for leisure. It's cheap, it keeps me in shape, and it's fun!

Barbara Anne ASHWOOD
(Liberal Democrat)

I don't cycle, nor do I own a car (not because I'm anti them, just don't feel happy doing either!), but as a pedestrian and public transport user I am all to well aware of the vulnerability of cyclists on many of our roads and junctions. The upper deck of a bus gives you a grandstand view which has regularly left my heart in my mouth.

William James BARTER
(Liberal Democrat)

I cycle to and from the Cavendish lab on Madingley road every weekday. I also often cycle for exercise.

(Liberal Democrat)

I cycle to work every day, from Romsey to Shire Hall and the business park.

When I left university I managed the ground operation of a small pedicab company in Cambridge called Greenwheels Pedicab Tours, which taught me a lot about the challenges of cycling here.

Belinda Margaret BROOKS-GORDON
(Liberal Democrat)

I have cycled in Cambridge since I came here as a post-grad in 1995. At one stage I commuted to Leicester and had an old bike there (where cycle parking is conveniently under cover at the train station) and a better bike here. I now have a 6yr-old on a 'tagalong' behind the adult bike.

Christopher John BROWN
(Liberal Democrat)

I cycle in Cambridge several times a week, particular to the Railway station and to the town centre. I have cycled around much of the town over the years and also to a number of villages outside of Cambridge.

(Liberal Democrat)

I have been cycling in the Cambridgeshire area on a daily basis since I first came to Cambridge as a student in 1995.

(Liberal Democrat)

Before 2007, cycled daily to & from work (all weathers!) from Petersfield to Milton Rd Science Park and latterly to Impington.

After retiring in 2007, cycled round Cambridgeshire villages taking photos for Geograph project, sometimes starting by taking train to anywhere between Foxton & March. Cycled about 1500 miles for this project. Was often unimpressed by the lack of safe cycling options beside main roads.

I still cycle frequently to all parts of the city.

Peter Robert FANE
(Liberal Democrat)

I am an occasional cyclist, mainly for recreation, and would cycle more if we had more safe cycle routes in the County.
For instance, the road from Dry Drayton to Cambridge via Madingley and Coton junction has sharp bends and hidden dips, and is too narrow for cars to overtake cyclists in safety. As chair of Dry Drayton parish council, I have been part of a group with Madingley, Bar Hill and Coton PCs, to secure an off road cycle path, and we have now secured agreement in principle from Trinity College who own the land beside the road for much of its length, to grant a permissive cycleway. See http://www.bhddmadcycle.com/ . This will encourage more people to cycle to Cambridge, whether for work or recreation, and encourage more parents to get their children cycling.

David Aubertin GRACE
(Liberal Democrat)

I have cycled in the Cambridge area since 1970. At one time I commuted to London daily and took my bike on the train.

(Liberal Democrat)

I have over the past 20 years cycled for leisure and commuting to work both at the Science Park and West Cambridge. Paths and racks have improved greatly but so has the amount of traffic. I now tend to limit myself to cycling in the villages after damaging my knee.

John David JENKINS
(Liberal Democrat)

I cycle frequently: for sport, to local shops and sometimes to meetings in Cambridge

Michael Thomas KILPATRICK
(Liberal Democrat)

I regularly cycle a short distance through Whittlesford most days to take my children to school.

Additionally I occasionally cycle around the local area. I also cycle between Whittlesford and Saffron Walden when I take my cars for their MOTs. I do not cycle into Cambridge itself.

When I was a teenager I cycled regular in the Sheffield area, including long rides out into the Peak District.

Sebastian Gerald Molesworth KINDERSLEY
(Liberal Democrat)

I don't cycle except for leisure. However, I do travel a great deal both between the 12 parishes I represent and in Cambridge on a daily basis - so I am aware of the issues that cyclists face and - perhaps more importantly - I am aware of the shift to cycling over the past few years. I receive and read the Campaign's newsletter which gives me a good idea of the issues with current and proposed infrastructure as well as the 'live' campaigns - eg for extending routes etc. The Gamlingay division extends from the Trumpington Park and Ride to the Bedfordshire border so the cycling issues faced by people I represent do change the further you get away from the city.

Maurice Leonard LEEKE
(Liberal Democrat)

I have 50 years of experience of cycling in and around Cambridge, for getting to and from work or study, for social puposes, and also for work.

Daniel Stephen LEVY
(Liberal Democrat)

I live within walking distance of the places where I went to school, university, and now work. Because of this, I've always been an avid pedestrian and seldom cycle anywhere.

Ian Geoffrey MANNING
(Liberal Democrat)

I cycle to work across East Chesterton everyday. I don't own a car so mostly cycle places at weekends, with the occasional taxi/bus journey or use of a Zipcar (formerly streetcar) car club car.

I go on the Reach Fair cycle ride and keep meaning to sign myself up for something vagely competitive – one day I'll get around to it.

I joined the cycle campaign at the very first meeting, with a break whilst I was at Uni and rejoined a few years ago.

(Liberal Democrat)

I do cycle to work everyday,rain or shine,winter and summer.I do own a car ,however,by the time i get it out i can be over half way to work.I only really use it for family trips,moving heavy objects,and when i have to go out to meetings and look smart.I bike to town with my son,the park and where ever he wants to go.Cars however drive to close,although we both wear bright clothing.Roads are full of potholes,glass,and selfish drivers.More needs to be done to make the roads around Wisbech safer for cyclists thankyou!

Lucy Kathleen NETHSINGHA
(Liberal Democrat)

I have cycled in the Cambridge area very frequently and under a variety of circumstances since I moved to Cambridge. The pleasure of cycling through Cambridge without thick gloves and several scarves is one of the great joys of spring in Cambridge.
I cycle alone (getting from A to B quickly), and with my three children. Watching them learn to become competent cyclists has been valuable in showing me the importance of different types of cycle provision. I started with two young children on bikes and my third in the bike trailer. My eldest now cycles herself to school daily, rain or shine, while my youngest is now riding the two miles across Newnham on her own bike but with me shouting instructions about junctions.

(Liberal Democrat)

I used to been a keen cyclist working on the science park and living just off Northfield Avenue. Unfortunately with a young family I haven't been cycling quite as much since my move to Bar Hill although now that my 2 and 4 year olds have their own bikes I hope to get back out there over the summer!

Barry John PLATT
(Liberal Democrat)

I have extensive experience cycling in and around Cambridge where I lived for ten years before moving out of the city. Prior to living in Cambridge, I cycled around London while I was at University there. While in more recent times I have become more dependent on driving for many journeys, I continue to travel by a mix of foot, cycle or car.

(Liberal Democrat)

I cycle on the busway cycle path from St Ives to Swavesey for pleasure, as well as aroung Hemingford & St Ives with my young family. My wife sometimes cycles to work to Cambridge Science Park.

Amanda Joan TAYLOR
(Liberal Democrat)

I don't drive a car, so I usually cycle to get from A to B within Cambridge. I commute to work via Hills Road, to and from school with my young son, in and out of the city centre, plus occasional forays further afield, eg Meldreth, Trumpington. I use both a Giant town bike and an electric bike, both bought in Cambridge.

(Liberal Democrat)

I first cycled in Cambridge 23 years ago, since I arrived as an undergraduate, having cycled daily before predominately on roads from age 12 to 18.

I cycle to work daily, which has often involved cycling to the railway station, but now is a more pleasant ride along the river to Castle Park.

My out of town main road cycling is limited to when I need to for work, and for enjoyment preferring instead to get off road (e.g. Thetford Forest).

Susan Elizabeth Kerr VAN DE VEN
(Liberal Democrat)

I cycle every day to get wherever I need to go, as much as possible. I live in Meldreth and cycle comfortably around the villages, and use a bike to get to my meetings in Cambridge. I have a three speed sit-up-and-beg Dutch bike for everyday purposes and a folding bike for the train, so try and maximize my cycling opportunities and minimize my dependency on a car that way. The A10 is a terrible experience for cyclists, and most of the route is officially without a cycle path; indeed most of the Melbourn County Division has no cycle paths whatsoever. |the official exception is a small stretch of off-road dual use path from Foxton Level crossing toward Harston. Yet moving around the villages by bicycle is so natural, as the distances are not overwhelming.
The only section of the Guided Busway cycleway that is near the Melbourn Division is of course the southern section from Trumpington Park and Ride to the Station. The existence of the Busway cycleway introduces a wonderful challenge for all of Cambridgeshire: we need more of the same. It is disappointing that the Guided Bus itself does not carry cycles and this is a missed opportunity. I have taken my folding bike on the Guided Bus to St Ives, but probably not quite legally because the canvass bag didn't completely cover it up, and had anyone else tried boarding the bus with a folding bike they'd have been turned away as only one folding bike is allowed on any bus. The X5 accommodates full sized bikes in its storage compartments so it is perfectly possible for buses to facilitate this kind of integrated transport. I took my bike on the X5 to the opening of the St Neot's Cycle Bridge and it worked very well.

John George WILLIAMS
(Liberal Democrat)

Only for leisure, mainly off road.

(The Official Monster Raving Loony Party)

Cycling has always been "challenging" for me...
I suffer with Multiple Sclerosis and this affects my balance... .. therefore - I fall off....
My Question for YOU is what are YOU doing for all the elderly and disabled in Cambridge
There is a Disability Discrimination Law in place......

Diane Paula BIRNIE
(UK Independence Party)

None! Unfortunately because of a disability I am unable to cycle.

(UK Independence Party)


Richard GLOVER
(UK Independence Party)

[Richard Glover sent a general reply rather than answering individual questions. He said:]

I do own a bicycle and use it for recreational purposes in the summer months. I do use the designated cycle lanes and follow the highway code.

[then see response 8...]

Martin John HALE
(UK Independence Party)

I cycle purely for pleasure and exercise, normally around the villages local to Willingham and along the guided busway path

(UK Independence Party)

Very little

Alan LAY
(UK Independence Party)

Mostly around Wisbech

(UK Independence Party)

Four years as a student in Cambridge a few decades ago. I also used to do some cycle touring and middle-distance cycling when I lived in the northern part of the county. Nowadays, I rarely get on a bike but do occasionally cycle around the Cottenham and Rampton area.

Nicholas David WILSON
(UK Independence Party)

Nicholas Wilson sent a general reply rather than answers to specific questions. He said...
'I have cycled in Cambridge in the past and both my children cycle; however, arthritis has now put paid to my use of a bicycle.'; then continue to 10 below.

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