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Question 8 - we asked:

One of the major benefits of people cycling is decreased costs to healthcare budgets. Do you think money for building cycle routes should also come from health budgets ?

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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.

Lucy FRAZER
(Conservative Party)

Of course there are health benefits but there are health benefits of many activities. I don’t think that it is appropriate to take money from health to give to cycling.

Clive Kenneth SEMMENS
(Green Party)

Although the two are related, I don't think it's helpful to complicate the budgetary arrangements, beyond drawing attention to the savings in other budgets that would arise from wise investment in this area.

Huw JONES
(Labour Party)

No. A national increase in cycling would have a long term effect on health. Investment in cycling should not depend on health budgets but be part of the transport budget.

An additional comment that doesn't fit elsewhere: I would like 'Speed Awareness Courses' to include a session where speedster motorists cycle around an urban route. It would make non-cycling anti-social motorists think again about how they interact with cyclists

Jonathan Peter CHATFIELD
(Liberal Democrat)

There should be more integration between funding pots as the benefits are so clearly linked and cover a multitude of departmental responsibility.

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.