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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:

4 of the 6 candidates (67%) who were asked this question responded as below.

Those candidate(s) which were elected are highlighted.

Rupert READ
(Green Party)

Yes, I fully endorse Making Space for Cycling: [see http://cambridge.greenparty.org.uk/assets/files/localparties/cambridge/Transport_Greenprint.pdf ]. It says exactly the right thing about infrastructure - namely that protected space, separate from both motor vehicles and pedestrians, is needed, if we are to see a mass cycling culture emerge in the U.K.

The fact that such a guide has only come about because of the efforts of a voluntary group like Cambridge Cycling Campaign speaks volumes about the national government's lack of interest in cycling.

Proper design guidance is needed so that Local Authorities build high-quality infrastructure, involving reallocation of roadspace from motor vehicles. Current guidance is simply not fit for purpose at all. New engineering guidance should effectively copy existing Dutch guidance, rather than trying to reinvent the wheel.

Design standards are one of the two key things that national government needs to get in place urgently - the other being consistent funding.

(Labour Party)

I fully support the Making Space For Cycling campaign, and am determined to lead an ambitious effort to expand the use of cycling both here in Cambridge and across the UK.

In a city as old as Cambridge it is more clear than most that our planning laws need updating. I strongly support the Design Principles in the campaign, and am delighted that a Labour Government will finally make the changes needed by ensuring cyclists are consulted during the design stage of all major infrastructure projects. As our city continues to grow, this will have an enormous impact on the provision, safety and use of cycling across the city.

Julian Leon HUPPERT
(Liberal Democrat)

I do fully support this guide, and indeed am quoted in it as saying ‘There are huge benefits to individuals and to society if we promote cycling and walking. It has health benefits, reduces congestion, and makes streets more human. This excellent guide shows us how to do it’ – I still agree completely!

It is hard to pick out just one principle that applies; for cycling to be more successful, and for our city to be a better place for people to be, we need to implement all of it. That’s why the Get Britain Cycling inquiry, which I led as co-chair of the All-Party Cycling Group, produced 18 recommendations, all of which are needed. You can read that full document at https://allpartycycling.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/get-britain-cycling1.pdf

If I hard to pick up one overarching principle from Making Space for Cycling, I would pick the first one – making sure there is proper space. I’m really pleased we are implementing Dutch/Danish style segregated cycle facilities here in Cambridge, and hope we will see more of those. On major routes, keeping bikes separate from both pedestrians and motor vehicles has to be the right way forwards.

Keith Alexander GARRETT
(Removing the politicians)

Rebooting Democracy is about removing the politicians from the equation. The country would decide where it wants to go and we would use citizen panels creating evidence based policy to put this in place. This removes the local parade of candidates vying for votes giving away promises for things they seem popular rather than what is best.

In this case there would need to be an overall plan for transport for the country. The panels would talk to experts in all fields, representatives from different types of communities. It would need to take into account strategies that the country has decided open (like, do we want to go carbon neutral?). The overall plan would be put in place by national and local government (which is what they are there for, not trying to get re-elected all the time).

Without this overall direction we will continue to have 650 MPs all trying to fight their corner in an arena that stifles debate and sticks to party ideologies rather than evidence.

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.