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Question 2 - we asked:

What experience do you and your family have of cycling? Do you have any different concerns about younger or older family members cycling than you do yourself?

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)

I took up cycling in a serious way while living in the countryside in the USA: I often didn't have a car, and had to cycle 12 miles to get to 'civilisation'. I commute to work by bike, and cycle for leisure too.

I believe that cycling is something that can be done by people of pretty much all ages and abilities. The reason this is not currently the case is largely down to infrastructure.
I think 'all ability cycling' is hugely exciting and am so pleased and moved that it is happening in Cambridge.

Daniel ZEICHNER
(Labour Party)

I am a keen cyclist and was thrilled to see the Tour de France visit our city last summer.
Although I have no children of my own, many parents I know are always worried about the safety of their kids when they cycle either to town or to school. I think it is vital that we train our young people with advice on safety, the dangers that cyclists often face and how to best deal with difficult situations that too often result in serious injury on the roads. The Bikeability scheme is terrific but I think it needs to be nationally supported by more government investment.

That is why I will support a Labour Government in bringing in new laws to ensure cycling skills are taught in primary and secondary schools, with extra measures to teach safety and precautionary skills to pupils as early as possible. I would like cycling to be regarded as the normal, first choice of transport and would like people not only to be cycling when of school age but to become life long cyclists.

Julian Leon HUPPERT
(Liberal Democrat)

I grew up in Cambridge and I and my family are all regular cyclists. It is simply the best and most reliable way to get around the city! Although I do own a car, I don’t often use it, because it massively increases the risks of being late to events.

There is no doubt that cycling can be more challenging for people who are older and younger, and I very much recognise the fear many people have of cycling when they are older or for their children. Part of the solution to this is to ensure that we have safe routes to cycle that are away from main roads, whether through segregation or by having off-road cycle routes such as the Chisholm Trail.

Keith Alexander GARRETT
(Removing the politicians)

I won't reply directly to the question here.

While I'm trying to remove the politicians from this equation (what purpose do they serve when we can put in a system where things just get done according to our wishes rather than relying on politicians) if you are trying to choose one then you should choose the best one for the job as if it was an interview (see online for candidates CVs).

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.