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Question 12 - we asked:

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?

We asked this question in these 3 divisions: Cherry Hinton, Coleridge, Queen Edith's.

8 of the 13 candidates (62%) who were asked this question responded as below.

Those candidate(s) which were elected are highlighted.

Timothy James HAIRE
(Conservative Party)

A loaded question. Cycling should be considered on the same level of importance as the general road enviroment, as cyclists are part of the general road enviorment.

Shaun Peter ESGATE
(Green Party)

Cycling infrastructure in Cambridge should definitely have equal consideration in county policy although it is not possible to generalise. A reduction in car capacity in response to a localised safety issue should never be dismissed.

Megan PARRY
(Green Party)

Yes, cyclists have an equal right to use the road. Reducing conflict by making cycling easier would also benefit drivers as there would be less chance of a collision.

John Frederick BERESFORD
(Labour & Co-operative)

Certainly in the centre of Cambridge I would like priority given to pedestrians and cyclists.

Sandra CRAWFORD
(Labour Party)

Cyclists and pedestrians should be given priority.
In Cherry Hinton where I live, we have traffic calming that includes cycle lanes. There are points where the cycle lanes end , and no priority is given to cyclists at bus stops, mini roundabouts and junctions.
This needs to improve, and I am consulting residents about this at the present time.
Ideally to improve safety, the cycle lanes should be wider, and smoother, and priority given at junctions. But this will have to be decided in consultation with residents.

Noel KAVANAGH
(Labour Party)

Cyclists and pedestrians should be given priority, even if it means a reduction in car capacity.

William James BARTER
(Liberal Democrat)

We should always consult with local residents and road users when considering the use of roads. If there is clear support across the board for more to be done locally then it should be done. It is clear that one very important area of the prioritisation you consider in this question must be the safety of all road users.

Amanda Joan TAYLOR
(Liberal Democrat)

Yes. The cars actually benefit too, as more people cycling means fewer cars in the traffic jam.

Hills Road is an interesting case where there has been a road space 'transfer' from cars to bikes. The transfer itself has been less of an issue with motor traffic than anticipated, although there are concerns about the danger of cyclists in between two lanes of traffic.

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.