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Question 12 - we asked:
How would you improve conditions for people on bikes along Perne Road?
We asked this question only in Coleridge.
2 of the 5 candidates (40%) who were asked this question responded as below.
Those candidate(s) which were elected are highlighted.
The cycle paths are good along Perne road, but there is clearly underconfidence about using them which pushes people onto pavements - I would want a programme of awareness raising, training and ultimately sanctions to chift this behaviour. The Dutch-Style roundabout has been a good experiment in importing cycling infrastructure, but usage and confidence needs to be monitored and acted upon.
Perne Road itself is relatively good; although the cycle paths are on the road, the paths are wide, and there are few junctions where conflicts can occur. The roundabouts are a different matter. The roundabout with Birdwood Road has badly designed cycle routes; the easiest way to fix it at this stage is to convert the current shared use paths into segregated pedestrian and cycle paths, giving priority at the junctions, and more explicit markings on approaches to guide cyclists onto the cycle paths.
The roundabout with Cherry Hinton Road is harder to improve, as there is much less space available. Potentially some of the green space next to the roundabout could be used to make the roundabout wider, but it does require some further analysis and planning.
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