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Question 7 - we asked:

National Cycle City Ambition funding has been focused on only a few areas nationwide. Do you think that it is better to focus funding on a few places as examples of what can be achieved, or do you think funding should be spread more evenly across the country?

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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)

Reallocation of £30/head from the roads budget to cycling budgets should be done nationally. Naturally, I would push for leading places like Cambridge to have more, but it is only through sustained and consistent funding nationally that the country has any chance of seeing a widespread cycling culture re-emerging.

I do not accept that spreading funding thinly in some places is acceptable - this means that people who live in backward Local Authorities whose Councillors or officials have no interest in cycling, are denied the choice given to those in better areas.

(Labour Party)

I think the new city-centred fund has some advantages: like having the funds to develop the Chisholm Trail with the new cycle bridge over the Cam and the segregated cycle routes currently under construction. But we should be doing far more. Cambridge is set to receive just a mere 5.2% of the government's new cycling investment package, as one of only 8 cities in the country set to benefit.

As one of our national bike capitals, I think Cambridge deserves better than this and I will fight for a better deal for our city.

Having said that, it would clearly be counter-productive to only invest in those areas where cycling is already most popular. We must do more at school, more with employers, more in road planning and more in terms of safety to ensure we spread funding across a greater swathe of our country to encourage both a healthier lifestyle and a cleaner (and less congested!) environment.

Julian Leon HUPPERT
(Liberal Democrat)

Cambridge has been very successful in getting Cycle City Ambition Funding – partly because I managed to get it onto the list of places eligible to bid, which rather surprisingly it was not originally going to be on. We have been awarded just over £10 million across the City and South Cambs. We should use this money to showcase what can be achieved from investment in cycling, and we are pioneering a number of new techniques (well, new to this country).

This sort of flagship funding needs to be in addition to routine levels of funding for cycling across the country; it’s not a case of doing one or the other. It is important to have some prominent examples, partly so that the skills learned can be taught to others, and other places considering particular proposals can come and see them in action.

Keith Alexander GARRETT
(Removing the politicians)

Sorry to sound like a broken record but figure out what you are doing as a country and then implement it. If you need to have a test city (given that you have so many excellent examples overseas...) then that should be part of your plan.

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