Elections – Cambridge Cycling Campaign


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Question 15 - we asked:

Which should have greater priority: safety of people cycling, or flow of motor vehicles, e.g. at junctions like the Catholic Church junction?

We asked this question in these 4 divisions: Fulbourn, Market, Trumpington, Whittlesey North.

10 of the 16 candidates (63%) who were asked this question responded as below.

Those candidate(s) which were elected are highlighted.

Martin John CURTIS
(Conservative Party)

This question is very unfortunate in the way it is loaded and by its briefness, ignores important factors at that junction. Cambridge is a City that has great public transport and bus services - and it was concern about the impact on those that was a large part of the reason why the Catholic Church junction could not be delivered in exactly the way that the cycling campaign wanted. We should not ignore the role public transport has on mobility because that too would have an impact on mobility in the county and would force people into cars - which would make Cambridge even more dangerous for cyclists. I am confident that the work done on that junction will improve safety, especially if we can deliver the advanced go lights for cyclists, which I have spoken to Ministers about.

John Michael IONIDES
(Conservative Party)

The question has only listed a couple of the possible points to be considered. Many other factors need to be considered in junction design.

(Conservative Party)

When we find ourselves asking questions like this, we know that something is seriously wrong with the roads in our town. The streets should be uncongested enough, and the traffic slow-moving enough, that vehicles can flow gently along while cyclists stay safe. The measures I've outlined above (closing some roads to people who are not cyclists, residents or pedestrians; separate cycle lanes - especially if they had their own traffic lights as some do in London) and enforcement, would help achieve this. For that junction in particular, a cycle lane with its own dedicated traffic lights could help solve the problem.

Simon David Francis SEDGWICK-JELL
(Green Party)

Priority for cyclists: cycle routes much less useful when almost collapse at junctions.

(Green Party)

Safety of people cycling: no question. If the traffic problems become intolerable maybe people will realise that travelling by car is just not a viable or sensible option.

(Labour Party)

Clearly the safety of individuals, be they pedestrians, cyclists or drivers must be our main priority over traffic flow. This is one of the many junctions in Cambridge that would benefit from a detailed study to maximise safety and efficiency for all road users. Improving the ring road would also help ease pressure on the already massively over-congested city centre - vitally also improving the environment for pedestrians and cyclists.

Peter SNOW
(Labour Party)

The safety of all road users (cyclists, pedestrians and drivers) is the first priority.

Barbara Anne ASHWOOD
(Liberal Democrat)

I have already commented in print (Trumpington Focus Spring 2013) that I feel the plans for The Catholic Church junction are totally inadequate. However, I don't believe it's purely a question of one group having priority over another, we should be working to provide safer junctions for all users - and that includes pedestrians who also suffer from cars/cycles 'not noticing' that lights have gone red or that there is a box junction in place, whilst ensuring that all traffic is kept flowing and queues are reduced.

(Liberal Democrat)

I don’t think it should be case of one road user over the other. There are also pedestrians to consider. I would support the need to improve this junction and I think the scheme could have offered more improvements to cyclists but there would be little point in improving if it gridlocked an area that is major route into the city for public transport, and deliveries.

John George WILLIAMS
(Liberal Democrat)

All road users should be treated equally including pedestrians and those using public transport. Clearly at the moment that is not the case with drivers of private vehicles having an advantage. But cyclists must also take responsibility for sharing the highway, particularly with regard to pedestrians.

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