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Question 1 - we asked:

Cambridge Cycling Campaign has created a guide to cycling best-practice called Making Space For Cycling, endorsed by all national cycling organisations. Do you fully support this guide, and if so, what one principle in it do you think could most effectively be applied in your ward?

We asked this question in all 14 wards, namely: Abbey, Arbury, Castle, Cherry Hinton, Coleridge, East Chesterton, King's Hedges, Market, Newnham, Petersfield, Queen Edith's, Romsey, Trumpington, West Chesterton.

45 of the 65 candidates (69%) who were asked this question responded as below.

Those candidate(s) which were elected are highlighted.

Sam BARKER
(Conservative Party)

I fully support the guide and hope to see more of the infrastructure it talks about used in Cambridge, not least via the City Deal funding and cycle city ambition grant.

Eric William BARRETT-PAYTON
(Conservative Party)

Broadly supportive. Very keen to see more cycle racks for safe and secure parking

Andrew James BOWER
(Conservative Party)

It's a compelling prospectus for designing new settlements. It would be scandalous to create new estates without adhering to guidelines like this – there's no excuse for not designing high quality cycling provision at design time.

My favourite principle here is of the traditional street layouts, which would also enable good thoroughfares, but this mostly applies to new towns.

If, as sadly seems likely, we have to have new housing around Worts Causeway I hope regard would be given to these principles; in particular, because transport chaos is a likely outcome of this development, anything that could minimise this is critical, so attractive cycling thoroughfares joining up with Nightingale Avenue, Almoners Avenue, Hills Road and Babraham Road without competing with vehicles would be important.

In respect of areas of high pedestrian use, like high streets, I regret that the orthodoxy among cycling campaigners has shifted away from the 'shared space' idea you used to advocate. That was a proper expression of the desirable road user hierarchy and I think campaigners should revisit it, e.g. for Cherry Hinton High Street and Mill Road.

I would warn against playing King Canute on car parking. Without some sort of enforceable covenant, there will be cars that will be parked. There's already a severe problem with parking in the ward – that we will only solve by stopping Addenbrooke's from externalising their infrastructure problems and getting them to offer affordable parking to their employees – we should not make matters worse.

Daniel Jacob JOHN
(Conservative Party)

I fully support the guide and hope to see more of the infrastructure advocated in it, used in Cambridge, particularly with the City Deal funding and cycle city ambition grant.

Within Trumpington, the principle I think is most applicable at the moment is “well-maintained infrastructure”, particularly with the amount of development going on. Although the soon to be lit cycle path alongside the guided busway is an excellent surface for cycling, a number of the connections between it and residential areas are poor, deterring residents from cycling. I understand that some of these will be improved by developers in time but in the meantime cyclists are suffering with either longer journeys or sub-standard facilities.

Simon Anthony MITTON
(Conservative Party)

Yes I do, and Principle 7 on unobstructed routes would be good to have in Castle. And the same Principle should apply to benefit pedestrians because pavement parking by commuters who work at Shire Hall and central Cambridge has become a serious problem for both cyclists in the road and pedestrians (That's because pavement parking in narrow streets leads to a narrow route too small for cycle + moving car). I spend many weeks in year in France (Toulouse and Nice), where pavement bollards are much used to good effect

Linda YEATMAN
(Conservative Party)

I am not familiar with the guide to best practise called Making Space for Cycling, so I cannot comment...

Philip Paul BARNETT
(Green Party)

Yes, I absolutely support this guide, and believe that it is really essential that planners and Council officials put it into practise. I don't like to pick just one thing out, as I believe they are all necessary to ensure safe and convenient cycling, but obviously I'd pick the first principle, that people need (safe) space for cycling. Without that, then a good many people will never even contemplate getting on a bike. Cherry Hinton does not have good, safe cycling provision – the infamous High Street being the most glaring example of unsafe space.

Martin Julian BONNER
(Green Party)

I certainly support the overall thrust of this guide. I haven't had time to go through it line by line and research whether I agree with every single item, but my default assumption is going to be that it is right unless I am provided with evidence to the contrary.

Castle has a fairly wide range of road environments, and it almost all applies; if I had to pick one item, it is the need to separate cars, bikes, and pedestrians.

Jane CARPENTER
(Green Party)

Yes, I fully support the Making Space for Cycling guide and I believe in the Romsey Ward the first principle of making space for cycling is the most relevant to our ward. Many of the streets and roads within the ward are narrow and have no designated cycle paths. Many of the streets off Mill Road are at least one way but it is not a comfortable experience for cyclists using these streets to navigate the uneven surfaces of the speed bumps whilst a car is struggling to pass you. On Coldham's Lane where we have a bike path car and lorries often feel too close for comfort and the cycle lane could be widened.

Joel CHALFEN
(Green Party)

Making Space For Cycling is an excellent guide which I fully endorse. It is vital that the profile and needs of cycling (and pedestrian) traffic are given equivalent status and consideration as motor vehicles. Moreover, it is great to see practical and common sense being directed at policy-making and public works. The more that can be done to make, as the document suggests, cycling the 'instinctive choice' the better.
Queen Edith's is bounded and crossed by main routes and in each case is served by a mix of cycle infrastructure, whilst Hills Road is currently subject to a huge re-haul of the cycle provision. For me, it is the fact that cycle ways are inconsistent, especially on main routes, that is most challenging for cyclists (and motorists and pedestrians). I feel that the upgrade to Hills Road will set a high level of expectation and the real challenge is continuing this through along routes that have not attracted such significant funding. What we don't want is flagship routes where, as soon as you turn off them, you find yourself back on the pavement with pedestrians, streetlamps and uneven surfaces - which is precisely the case on Cherry Hinton Road. Retrofitting ideal designs to existing road layouts is probably impossible. However, signage and visibility of where cycle routes are can be improved as well as levelling of surfaces (such as along Cherry Hinton Road). In that sense, all the practical design solutions 1,2,3,4,5,6,8 and 10 mentioned in the guide are relevant but I can only see 5,6 and 10 as readily achievable (and worth fighting for) on routes other than Hills Road.
As for cycle parking - and really this is key to everything because unless you have somewhere safe to leave your bike, it does not really matter what the journey has been like - most key destinations in and around Queen Edith's (Addenbrookes, Homerton College, Hills Road 6th Form, Cambridge Leisure Park and the four schools) are generally well-equipped. There could be more at the Budgens on Perne Road and on the parades of shops along Cherry Hinton Road. Proposals for the development of Morley Memorial School will need to be clear on cycle provision there - but it is not a site that will serve much of a wider community than the school pupils.
Queen Edith's obviously has its own issues and the vital thing is that whilst the principles stand across the whole city (and beyond), the practical solutions proposed in the guide need to be considered on as local a basis as possible.

Angela Kalinzi DITCHFIELD
(Green Party)

Yes, I welcome and support this guide.
A lot of the roads in the ward do not have space for separate cycle lanes sadly, but I would certainly want to exist on that for any new developments in the city.
Avoiding the need for stop-start manoeuvres would be very helpful in Kings Hedges; I find myself stopping and starting a lot currently.

Ceri Barbara GALLOWAY
(Green Party)

The document “Makng Space for Cycling” is excellent and thorough piece of work and offers a very comprehensive approach for supporting any prospective councilor to be better informed about these issues. I am already aware of many of the issues raised in this document as lifelong cyclist and none driver. However there is lot of useful information on technical issues e.g. suitable parking racks and ways of thinking about solutions. The issue that this document addresses that is relevant to Trumpington is reduction in congestion. We suffer from increasing congestion making access to and from Cambridge by road unsafe for cyclists. Before the new development were built the roads in and out of Cambridge were very congested. However with a tripling in the number of people living in the area by 2016 (currently we have doubled in size) cycling is an important strategy to reduce congestion on the roads as well as reducing pollution. The infrastructure in the new development and the guided busway cycle path have brought us closer to a Dutch style provision for cycling. However there are still many areas were we would benefit from a more joined up approach and I would keen to see more priority in cycle provision and new links made in the area around Porson Road and Long Road. We also need to promote cycling to local people and support them to use the provision better. I think discussing the blocks to cycling with local people and responding to their concerns in perspective, looking at making it safer to use areas without cycle paths, improving links between badly served areas and demonstrate that cycling can be integrated with the public transport use.

Oscar Edward GILLESPIE
(Green Party)

I had not seen this before, but have now read it all the way through. Thanks for an interesting read. I do fully support it, and I think there's a lot there that's relevant to Market Ward. The one principle that I'd love to see applied properly in Market Ward is cycle parking.

Not enough new developments have space for cycles, although I am impressed with the Kingsley Walk apartments which have large ground-floor secure parking. There are so many streets where you see bikes locked to lamp posts, obstructing the pavement and making it hard for wheelchairs to use. Much better would be to dedicate more space to proper spacious cycle parking, near to where people need it.

Monica HONE
(Green Party)

I fully support the solutions proposed in the guide. I would be particularly keen to see the cycle paths either side of Barnwell Rd improved by raising Barnwell Drive and giving the cycle path priority on the airport side, while similarly raising Rayson Rd to provide priority and continuity for the cylce path on the Whitehill side.
I welcome suggestions from cyclists which would lead to increased safety and get more people out of their cars and onto bikes.

Kate HONEY
(Green Party)

I fully support this guide as someone for whom the bicycle is my dominant form of transport. I would like to see cutthroughs designed with visibility as a priority, as I know a Newnham resident who collided with another cyclist going the other way on a cutthrough and broke her wrist.

Har Hari KAUR
(Green Party)

Totally support what you are doing for cyclists. Really through and visionary approach. Thank you. I totally concur with The Bicycle Association when they say: 'the future of everyday cycling is crucially linked to making out cities, towns and streets attractive for people to live and work'. I would add that there are tangible knock on effects to our health and well being as well as our sense of community.

As for West Chesterton, there are obviously issues around Staples corner leading up to Chesterton road where I always feel very wobbly where the bike lane just disappears as it comes up to the pedestrian crossing at Jesus Green Lock.
In general whilst cycling in this ward and around Cambridge generally that a lot if tines cars of cone too close, that the cycle lane is not fully respected by car drivers and I would like to see more in the driving test around cycling before a driver is qualified to drive.

Stephen Roger LAWRENCE
(Green Party)

Yes, I suppose one could start by eliminating all the 90-degree turns. And lack of dropped kerbs.

Atus Eamon MARIQUEO-RUSSELL
(Green Party)

Yes, the guide was very informative and it stands as testament to Cambridge’s strong cycling culture that it was produced here. In terms of what principles could be best applied to Petersfield, a good one to start with would be to increase the visibility of cycle paths. This could be done relatively easily and would encourage cycle use. However, perhaps more importantly, would be dealing with the masses amount of parked cars that make Petersfield relatively tricky to navigate on bicycle. If elected, I would seek to engage in consultation with the Cambridge Cycling Campaign on how we can work to improve this situation.

Peter Harry POPE
(Green Party)

The principles are great. However, the lack of space in much of Cambridge contrasts strongly with wide open spaces illustrated in the Netherlands. Compromise is inevitable.
The CCC proposal for Milton Road appears workable and I would like to see that carried through.

Ian TYES
(Independent)

Generally agree with the principle that for new developments, cycling should be designed in from the start. I hope (but doubt) this will happen for those around Cambridge. Specifically for Kings Hedges, however, there are not going to be any significant new developments, unless there are more ridiculous proposals to demolish perfectly satisfactory council houses, sell off the land and build private housing as in Campkin Road. Cyclists needs to be treated as seriously as other transport users and receive equivalent funding - this means creating a network of inter-connected, safe, cyclist-only routes from KH across the city. This probably means using alternatives to Downhams Lane, such as Stretten Avenue, but segregating cyclists from other road users. Difficult owing to lack of space but not impossible.

Gerri BIRD
(Labour Party)

Yes I support the guide. As a wheelchair user improving cycling facilities also helps improve conditions for pedestrians and the disabled ​who​ often share pavement space with cyclists. I think better maintenance of our road, cycleway and pavement surfaces by the County Council is vital as not enough has been done for years and I want far more investment in quick wins like dropped kerbs. I got £42,000 from the City Council for dropped kerbs last year but it's a drop in the ocean compared to what the County Council should be doing.

Kevin BLENCOWE
(Labour Party)

It is a well researched document but clearly to retrofit a dense and essentially old part of Cambridge is problematic.Decently maintained and properly distinct cycle ways and paths are the key for me.Grants are given for new extensions and in new areas but we need to look after the older and well used ones just as importantly.

Nick GAY
(Labour Party)

Yes, People want well-maintained infrastructure eg busway lights

Danielle GREEN
(Labour Party)

I enjoyed reading Making Space For Cycling. I think that the 'principles in practice' are a really great starting point to thinking about the ideals in cycling provision.

Market ward has its own unique challenges with its narrow streets, historic buildings and pedestrianised areas and I think that there must be a balancing act between the needs of cyclists and other users of the space.

I think that "People want to cycle away from parked cars" is particularly important in Market. I know that I regularly encounter cars blocking the cycle lanes in the city centre, and it can be dangerous.

Ewan MCGAUGHEY
(Labour Party)

Yes, absolutely. In Newnham, possibly two principles are important: building infrastructure to maintain momentum, and visibility. The existing cycle paths lack integration (for instance, where Barton Rd intersects Grantchester Rd or Grange Rd). This means, first, confusing stopping and starting, and bumping into traffic, and second, that it is not always clear where cycle paths continue.

Carina O'REILLY
(Labour Party)

As far as new developments are concerned I support it absolutely. With the anticipated growth on the fringes of Cambridge and beyond, I think constantly renewing and reinforcing our commitment to cycling is vital, or the city will effectively grind to a halt. Cambridge is also a much nicer place because of its high levels of cycling - and Making Space for Cycling as a guide really speaks to that sense that cycling makes a city more human and accessible to everyone, even non-cyclists.

As far as Arbury's concerned, I'd really like to see more continuity in infrastructure. The principle that has the most application for us is to avoid stop-start routes and shared use pavements. I'd like to see a consistent, properly linked north-south route from Orchard Park to the City Centre and will be keeping up the pressure on the County to look at the junction of Carlyle Road and Chesterton Road as well as the dreadful provision on Arbury Road.

Kevin PRICE
(Labour Party)

It's a good practical guide, though far easier to apply in major new
developments than to try and retrofit in existing urban areas like Kings
Hedges. I'd like to see major investment in improving cycling
infrastructure but alongside far more investment in the maintenance of
pavements and roads so that we take the needs of all users including
pedestrians and the disabled into account. Simple things like dropped kerbs
can make a real difference.

Mike SARGEANT
(Labour Party)

This is good for new developments starting from scratch but design compromise is required in a town like Cambridge with very restricted space where other road users need to be taken into account....pedestrians, disabled, public transport passengers and motorists....who all expect to be represented by Councillors... not just cyclists.
Making Space also needs to be used in conjunction with other design guides, for example, the SUSTRANS design guide.
I West Chesterton I was involved in getting cycle lanes in Gilbert Road, but the scheme at the junction with Milton Road hasn't been entirely successful with cars heading south on Milton Road driving over the cycle lane while cars are trying to turn left into Gilbert Road. It also demonstrates the gaps where there is about 10 metres between Gilbert Road and the dual use cycleway heading north on Milton Road.
I would campaign for an on road cycleway from Mitcham's Corner to Elizabeth Way to avoid conflict with pedestrians.

Patrick SHEIL
(Labour Party)

I fully support *Making Space for Cycling* and will ardently promote its use, especially in the context of the new developments in Castle. Many of its principles could be meaningfully applied in Castle. However, low speed for motor vehicles either through design (as mentioned on p. 12) or by legal restriction has to be the key for Castle, containing as it does one big road (Huntingdon Road) on and off of which many cyclists have to turn. Cars coming from the A14 should go slower; cars going to the A14 should begin speeding up at a later point and specifically after the turning in towards Girton College. I would also say that at a time when there is to be extensive development in Castle, it is vital that cyclists are not forced off designated areas and into the road as a consequence of badly formulated temporary arrangements.

Anna SMITH
(Labour Party)

I am a cyclist (Cambridge Cycling Campaign member), pedestrian and car owner and have always felt that the way to encourage cycling is to make it attractive and safe. As such, I am very happy to endorse this document. It is a practical and measured piece of work, the application of which would support pedestrians, cyclists and drivers, and I like the positivity of it, which is about encouraging cycling, not attacking cars, and about realizing the importance of different solutions in the context of different types of area (such as new builds or historic streets).

It is difficult to narrow things down to one principle I would most like to apply in Romsey as there are so many places in the ward which would benefit from the application of the report. If I had to narrow it down to one thing, it would be to focus on the principle running through the document of using best practice in new builds.

We have a lot of new housing developments scheduled for Romsey, and this is a good opportunity to apply good practice, for the benefit of all residents. For instance, when I attended a recent community meeting about the Rigeons development, we discussed issues such as trying to ensure the permeability of the site, the provision of excellent cycle parking, a tie-in with the Chisolm Trail, and ways in which car storage was designed in a way which did not dominate the site, whilst not creating a car storage problem for surrounding streets.

If I was allowed one more suggestion, I would suggest that a segregated cycle lane should be explored for Brooks Road. Current usage and signage is unclear, and residents complain about the shared use pavement sections. It seems to me that with such a wide road, a properly-segregated system could be introduced, to the benefit of all residents.

Matt WORTH
(Labour Party)

I think it's a very sensible set of recommendations in principle. I particularly agree with the sentiment that cycling is a mainstream way of getting about, not an eccentricity, and it needs to be built into city planning as surely as cars and bus services are.

Being realistic, I would say that the full incorporation of all the recommendations will work best in the case of brand new developments. In those cases, developers and planners can start from a clean sheet. We do have some examples of such new developments in and around Cambridge.

However, in the heart of Cambridge, we are working within the confines of a mediaeval city whose limited road space needs to be shared with pedestrians, disabled people, bus users and drivers, all of whom also look to the council to represent them.

So there will inevitably be trade-offs in Cambridge. But I agree with the aspirations set out in the guide.

Donald Marshall ADEY
(Liberal Democrat)

I am a member of your campaign. The new route from Addenbrookes to the Science park will have the most impact.

Simon COOPER
(Liberal Democrat)

I do. The most important principle that I think will improve cycling in Coleridge is greater separation of cyclists and pedestrians. So many cycle paths in Coleridge are simple shared-use pavements, for example along Cherry Hinton Road and the Perne Road roundabout. At the very least, these should have separate areas for cyclists and pedestrians, and ideally greater separation as laid out in the guide.

Markus GEHRING
(Liberal Democrat)

I fully support the Making Space for Cycling best-practice and think Newnham is a great place to implement all principles. Particularly the "like simple, direct routes" principle is important for our ward. The LibDem team is working hard to ensure that important crossings, such as Barton Road and Grantchester St are being re-designed with cycle safety and simplicity in mind. This is particularly important as many school-aged cyclists are using these routes.

Valerie Margaret HOLT
(Liberal Democrat)

I support your view with the caveat that much of it, whilst desirable, is not easy to implement in this ward. Having attended the meeting on the new cycle way coming into Storeys Way, it became clear to me that the most important thing is to separate cyclists, pedestrians and motorists where possible in the interests of safety for ALL. In the new developments that will be much easier to introduce from the beginning.

Nichola Jayne MARTIN
(Liberal Democrat)

I'm fully in support of the aims of Making Space for Cycling, especially segregation of space, and making areas more permeable.

Although Cambridge is compact City, I firmly believe that by re-allocation of road space, we should always be able to give cyclists, and therefore pedestrians, protected space from cars.

Zoe Imogen O'CONNELL
(Liberal Democrat)

Yes, I fully support this guide.

A major hot topic in Trumpington right now for cyclists is the Guided Busway - the principles around junctions and traffic separation are relevant, but will need some tweaking to fit a slightly different set of circumstances. The busway lighting we have secured, shortly to be installed, should help improve cyclist and pedestrian safety particularly in the winter months, but more needs to be done to deconflict traffic at junctions.

George Gregory PIPPAS
(Liberal Democrat)

We need as a city to get together and have a joint up thinking between the people of Cambridge, the County and City Councils. We need to provide dedicated space for the Cyclists which it’s distinct from the space the pedestrians are using. It has to be done in such a way which avoids conflict between them, increasing subjective safety, making cycling the instinctive choice.

Shahida RAHMAN
(Liberal Democrat)

I fully support the guide. Space for cycles, cars and pedestrians can be applied to the top of Green End Road to allow everyone to have space. We are working towards the ‘Green Up Green End Road Scheme’ to benefit all – with an aim of properly segregated pedestrian paths, cycle paths and parking/road space. As shown on the Primary and Secondary streets diagram.

Tim WARD
(Liberal Democrat)

I fully support the aspirations in this guide, but I recognise that in practice it's sometimes rather easier to apply these principles on a blank sheet of paper in new developments than it is to retrofit cycling facilities to tightly constrained already developed areas.

Relatively little development takes place in my ward, which limits the scope for many of the principles to be applied. Probably the simplest one to implement - giving all residential streets a 20mph speed limit - is something that I have already achieved. There is however some scope for continued improvement, such as the county councils current project to improve cycling from Orchard Park to the city centre through Arbury, which is considering the most appropriate use of various of the principles described in the guide given the constraints of the existing buildings and roads. I have supported and will continue to support this project.

Dom WELDON
(Liberal Democrat)

I think the guide is a really useful contribution to improving the experience for cyclists - and by extension, improving sustainable transport for the sake of the environment. Of course, realising its vision in an historic city centre such as Cambridge does present some unique challenges. I thought eighth principle ("People want to cycle away from parked cars") was particularly important for Market Ward, where in a number of places parked cars routinely block cycle lanes. East Road is a bad example of this, and I would like to see parking enforcement in this area improved.

Candido Sebastian CHANNELL
(UK Independence Party)

I am totally for improving all aspects of cycling , I have been a member of Cambridge cycling club, Cambridge triathlon as well as Cambridge Spartans for a while now and most Sunday's will bike over 100miles. I am very upset at the condition of some cycle routes as well as the ones that are set out need more sweeping as in some places are not fit for purpose! So the stand out thing would be keeping them puncher free and well maintained !!

Dave CORN
(UK Independence Party)

No Comment

Alex Jeffery CROWSON
(UK Independence Party)

I believe cyclists form an important attribute to Cambridge, I am one of the many 1,000's of cyclists who use the streets of Cambridge on a daily basis. Would be nice to see more cycle lanes in the area.

Richard Graham JEFFS
(UK Independence Party)

Such publications are always useful, drawing on the many years of experience that your organisation has. There is a lack of space in Cambridge generally. On Trumpington Road by Coe Fen and the Botanic Gardens, conditions for cyclists are perilous. The parked cars are a hazard and I have seen a few cyclists knocked out of the narrow cycle lane by opening doors.

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