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Question 3 - we asked:

What would you do to improve the number of children cycling to school nationally?

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4 of the 5 candidates (80%) who were asked this question responded as below.

Those candidate(s) which were elected are highlighted.

(Conservative Party)

We need safe cyclists so training is important. The Government has already delivered 1.6 million Bikeability places, mainly to young people and we expect a further 280,000 places between April 2015 and March 2016. We also need to promote and encourage cycling.

Clive Kenneth SEMMENS
(Green Party)

Provide secure, covered cycle parking at schools; provide safe cycle routes between housing and schools, particularly with respect to avoiding obstructing cycle routes with parked vehicles; lower the speed limit to 20 mph in residential areas & improve enforcement of speed limits and parking restrictions.

(Labour Party)

The question is how can we best extend the Cambridge cycle culture into the communities of South East Cambridgeshire and into the rest of the UK? In my view the key to success is to start young. If we can establish safe routes to schools for cycling and walking we will establish good habits among the generations that follow. Looking around, I see many primary schools have issues with congestion, parking and antisocial driving at the beginning and end of the school day. How much more convivial would it be if youngsters arrived on foot, chatting with their chums. How much fitter would they be if the caught the cycling bug early in life.

If elected I would press for funding to back the infrastructure for safer routes to schools. Imagine a network of routes around our communities, using quiet backstreets and paths with credible engineering solutions, with traffic calming and good segregation (if possible) where students have to cycle near busy roads. Engineering and planning is not enough. We need to address the ‘soft infrastructure’ if people are to adopt walking and cycling for the school run. This requires training on safe cycling, learning to fix a puncture, schools with secure bike stores and lockers for helmets and raincoats. Along with messages about healthy eating we need to establish the concept of healthy transport: walking and cycling for the school run build exercise into the daily routine addressing physical health and children can start to travel socially, slowly increase their independence and enhancing their self esteem and sense of well being.

Britain has seen a surge in cycling in the last ten years but we have a long way to go before we have calm convivial cities with a reduced dependence of polluting forms of transport. We have to look after all our cyclists, whether they are sporting riders on state of the art racing bikes, MAMILs puffing up hills or commuters trundling steadily along. But most of all we must look after the youngsters who could become the heart of a transport revolution. To achieve this we need to convince parents that cycling isn’t weird, isn’t risky but is a normal activity that can become part of their family’s life.

Jonathan Peter CHATFIELD
(Liberal Democrat)

Make it normal. Plenty of cycle racks to lock up on arrival. Dedicated space on road and advance stop space at traffic lights.

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