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Question 4 - we asked:

Secure cycle parking has been fixed in the short term at Cambridge Railway Station but is still a major problem for people travelling to work or to shop in the city centre. Where do you think that additional cycle parking can be provided in the city centre?

We asked this question in these 13 wards: Abbey, Castle, Cherry Hinton, Coleridge, East Chesterton, King's Hedges, Market, Newnham, Petersfield, Queen Edith's, Romsey, Trumpington, West Chesterton.

37 of the 58 candidates (64%) who were asked this question responded as below.

Those candidate(s) which were elected are highlighted.

Julius CARRINGTON
(Conservative Party)

Number one son and I went to check out the new park and gave it a thumbs even though we both found it difficult to deal with the upper racks. The "turn" to the new cycle park from Tenison is lethal and poorly laid out - cars are not slowing down as they continue down it, there will be an accident there soon. I'd like to see every car park private and city owned to remove some car spaces and provide many more cycling spaces. Another of my campaign positions is that I would like local businesses incentivised by a business rate reduction to provide better facilities for employees who commute by bike including cycle parking, lockers and possibly showers (for larger companies).

Manas DEB
(Conservative Party)
The candidate did not enter a response for this question.
John BACHELOR
(Green Party)

Consulting with colleges over providing more cycle parking on site for students and staff (including visitors) would free up space. This certainly doesn't solve the problem though, and a city centre cycle park is needed. A solution should take into account the busiest routes and directions taken into the city centre. Increased space for cycle parking on the Grand Arcade site could be effective.

Joel CHALFEN
(Green Party)

The indoor cycle parking in the city centre is reasonable, on street parking - along St Andrews Street, Sidney Street, Bridge Street especially - is almost impossible but there will always be a compromise on use of space. For Queen Edith's residents some more parking outside Budgens would be very useful and, if there is space, outside the Cherry Hinton Road shops.

Public use bikes at fringe site car parks should be investigated - with designated parking for them in the centre; shops and businesses should continue to be pressed on supporting these changes. The argument that car parking provides a revenue at a time of cuts gives the lie to austerity. As your campaign makes quite clear, improving cycling infrastructure has benefits to all the city, including economic benefits and it takes investment to ensure everyone is best served. Under duress of ideologically-led cutbacks, opportunities still arise to make the most of the resources available - and this involves making different decisions to old established norms rather than trying to shoe-horn them in.

Ceri GALLOWAY
(Green Party)

There has been considerable creative increase in extra parking in the city in the last year using previously unused before. It is getting easier to park in town but it’s still very difficult around the colleges and it would help if the university provided a parking space inside Colleges for all students. So that road side parking could be used by students, visitors and local people accessing entertainment and shopping in town.

However there is still a need for more city centre parking.

Jiameng GAO
(Green Party)

It would be good to see more bike storage in areas such as those close to the Northern side of Parker's Piece. While many some spaces are provided very close to King's Parade and Market square, the fact is to get to these spaces requires cyclists to go through very busy roads, on top of large numbers of pedestrians in the city centre, frustrating both groups alike.

Monica HONE
(Green Party)

Some of the car parking space could be converted to cycle parking. I am also in favour of encouraging the uptake of electric vehicles by offering free parking and use of bus lanes to the first x number of electric vehicles to register with such a scheme, while petrol powered cars would be expected to pay more. This kind of policy would lead to better air quality.

Virgil IERUBINO
(Green Party)

Cycle locking areas need to be placed wherever we see bikes being locked up against railings, posts, etc. The aim here is to make cycle as convenient as possible.

Sharon KAUR
(Green Party)

First of all, I think we should be reducing car congestion in the centre of the city. There are a number of ways to do this including congestion charge and making Park and Ride free again. So, I would suggest taking out more spaces in the car parks in the city centre and replacing those spaces with cycle parking. I have also seen that one parking space can fit so many cycles in it and this should be further explored for within the centre and more widely in other wards too.

Mark SLADE
(Green Party)

In conjunction with efforts to create disincentives for people driving into the centre and efforts to improve public transport and make it more affordable, dedicating half a storey of each central multi-storey car park to cycling would drastically increase the amount of space for cyclist.

However, I think the greatest cycle parking shortages are in areas like Mill Road – where there are many businesses but little parking – making it undesirable to go to. In Newnham, cycle parking is desperately needed around the Red Lion and on Grantchester Street or Derby Street for access to the shops.

Stuart TUCKWOOD
(Green Party)

As part of a wider strategy to encourage travelling by public transport or by walking or cycling we would gradually reduce the amount of private car parking space provided by the city council in the centre.

As the number of car parking spaces are reduced at the main city centre car parks these could be turned over to cycle storage.

In new housing and business developments cycling storage space should be included that is secure and easily accessible. This should be considered the norm in new developments. Some of those around Kingsley Walk have very good storage and I'd like to see other new ones have a similar good level.

John HIPKIN
(Independent)

The basement of the Guildhall.

Margery ABBOTT
(Labour Party)

I think that more good secure is important as people locking bikes to lamp-posts, street signs etc causes obstructions especially on narrow pavements. Park Street Car Park has good cycle provision, maybe that could be extended, or other car parks etc that have empty space, possibly underground.

Sophie BARNETT
(Labour Party)

Although I welcome the extra cycle parking that has been provided recently, I’d definitely like to see more cycle parking in the city centre – I often have to try several places before finding a free rack at the weekend. There are some places where many bikes are locked to railings for example outside Emmanuel College and along Regents Terrace and given the clear demand I think it would be good to provide additional parking near these areas. Given the limited space in the City Centre I would also encourage businesses and colleges to provide additional cycle parking.

John BERESFORD
(Labour Party)

Market Square. The Backs.

Rob DRYDEN
(Labour Party)

I know the council has provided lots more secure cycle parking over the last few years but as more people take to their bikes we need more. The best way to identify additional cycle parking would be for the Council and the Cambridge Cycling Campaign to work together.

Nigel GAWTHROPE
(Labour Party)

Te City Council has done a good job providing additional cycle parking capacity in the city thus far but far more is needed, as my residents constantly tell me. With cuts to council budgets , we need to engage with the business community and encourage businesses to invest in cycle racks for their customer and employees. The redevelopment of Park Street car park is also an excellent opportunity to provide improved cycle parking in the city centre. Getting bikes off streets(eg locked to railings) also helps pedestrians and disabled people to navigate what can often be narrow and obstructive pavements

Nick GAY
(Labour Party)

The City Council has done a splendid job in providing additional cycle parking throughout the city centre but demand still far outstrips supply of secure places to park bikes. The viability of taking some of the car parking spaces in Lion Yard Car Park could be explored along with investigating a cycl cycle parking area under Market cycle parking facility under Market Square. Some spaces used for on street car parking should be changed to be used for cycle parking. Park Street Car Park should have expanded cycle parking provision.

Danielle GREENE
(Labour Party)

I am pleased about the leaps forward in cycle parking provision at the station and I believe that the City Council has done a splendid job in providing additional cycle parking throughout the city centre but demand still far outstrips supply of secure places to park bikes.

The viability of taking some of the car parking spaces in Lion Yard Car Park could be explored along with investigating a cycle parking area under Market Square. Some spaces used for on street car parking should be changed to be used for cycle parking. Park Street Car Park should have expanded cycle parking provision.

Richard JOHNSON
(Labour Party)

The Cycle Point at the rail station has opened, but demand still continues to outstrip supply as a glance at the area around the station (particularly by Mill Park) will show you. Nevertheless, the Cycle Point facility is a step forward, and the City Council has also made strides in recent years in installing additional secure bike racks in the city centre. I agree that additional and secure bike parking needs to be provided. I know that council colleagues will continue to work closely with businesses on this issue and encourage shops to provide additional cycle parking themselves. Aside from that, practical options, like converting car parking spaces in strategic locations within the historic core and outside it, ought to be investigated.

Ewan MCGAUGHEY
(Labour Party)

In the City, one option could be to expand existing cycle parks within car parks, like at the car park at Lion's Yard.

Rosy MOORE
(Labour Party)

We just need more bike racks all over town. I recently went to Copenhagen and took lots of photos of all their lovely bike racks, which I can show you if you like. They also have little portable ones which shops and restaurants put out on the pavement when they're open. I thought that maybe we could encourage shops to do the same here.

Richard ROBERTSON
(Labour Party)

It may be possible to identify space for bikes in multi storey car parks such as Lion Yard but places of employment in the city centre (especially shops and colleges) should provide more off-street bike parking for their staff (and students) in order to free up the on-street racks for others. It is noticeable how many racks fill up as shop workers arrive for work. The City Council uses basements and back passageways for its staff bike parking and other employers should do the same if possible.

Mike SARGEANT
(Labour Party)

The City Council has done a splendid job in providing additional cycle parking throughout the city centre but demand still far outstrips supply of secure places to park bikes. The viability of taking some of the car parking spaces in Lion Yard Car Park could be explored along with investigating a cycle parking area under Market Square. Some spaces used for on street car parking should be changed to be used for cycle parking. Park Street Car Park when rebuilt should have expanded cycle parking provision.
We also need much more cycle parking in the residential areas an local shopping areas while making sure other people including the disabled have good access.

Patrick SHEIL
(Labour Party)

Additional cycle parking can be offered by installing more cycle racks in places like the Grand Arcade, Grafton Centre and also Parkside. I would campaign for more rack space in other key locations. In some places there could be a case for two-level style racks like the ones outside Heffers and to the left of the Guildhall.

However, I can also see that high-capacity stands are only suitable sometimes, and that the classic Sheffield stand offers the greatest ease of access (especially at times of the day or week when the stands are nearing capacity). There should be an expectation that retailers and banks (e.g. the NatWest at the top of St Andrew's Street and Sainsbury's) will not reduce cycle parking.

Donald ADEY
(Liberal Democrat)

Downing Lane.

Mark ARGENT
(Liberal Democrat)

I thought the point about cycle parking at the station was that it has increased capacity and reduced the risk of bikes being damaged.

I can see the argument for more cycle parking, but also struggle to think of an occasion when I cycled somewhere in Cambridge and couldn't find a place to lock my bike.

In our manifesto we offer to support local communities wanting to convert one in twenty parking spaces for community use. This could include cycle parking -- if that is what the local community decides that it wants.

I have doubts over the desirability of extending cycle parking facilities in multi-story car parks. One of the attractions of cycling is that one cycles to where one wants to go, so it seems counter-intuitive to cycle to a car park and then walk to one's destination.

I am not adverse to the provision of additional cycle parking, but would want evidence of its being needed.

Tim BICK
(Liberal Democrat)

When I led the City Council, in addition to the 600+ additional on-street cycle places we created, I launched a study to find a location for further covered parking. Work started on taking back car parking places which had been allocated to the magistrates, but I understand this has subsequently got bogged down. If this is not going to happen I would like to see a serious investigation of Post Office Terrace.

Jamie DALZELL
(Liberal Democrat)

Regarding the city centre, I understand that there have already been extensive searches performed but that the only feasible option currently identified by Council officers is the further extension of the bike park facilities Lion Yard. It is disappointing that the City Council has not developed this project more quickly, and they clearly need to consider opportunities for other areas in all future planning.

With such limitations in our historic city centre, I would also be keen to see the Council working more closely with local businesses to encourage and support better cycle parking for employees (which could help to take pressure away from existing public facilities).

Nicola HARRISON
(Liberal Democrat)

I would support more space being given over to cycle parking in the multi-storey car parks and I think there's scope to replace some Pay & Display car parking with cycle racks, eg at Park Terrace. In our manifesto, the Lib Dems are offering support to local neighbourhoods willing to convert 1 in 20 on-street parking spaces to other community uses; cycle parking could be one such use. In West Chesterton, more cycle parking is needed at Mitcham's Corner and could be provided if a public realm improvement scheme can be funded.

Daniel LEVY
(Liberal Democrat)

My understanding is that this has been investigated and found room to expand the bike park facilities at Lion Yard.
It is Liberal Democrat policy to allow up to one in twenty on-street parking spaces to be taken over for other uses by the community, so bicycle parking spaces might be made available that way or by converting pay and display parking at locations such as Park Terrace to secure cycle parking.

Lucy NETHSINGHA
(Liberal Democrat)

There are many places where there is on-street parking or there are waiting areas in the city centre where more cycle parking could be made a higher priority, for example on King's Parade .

Shahida RAHMAN
(Liberal Democrat)

More cycling parking should be made available in multi-storey care parks such as the Lion Yard car park. I believe that this should have been in place by now.
Providing more cycling spaces for employees at local businesses will reduce the number of bikes being parked in public cycle parks.
It is important that extra cycle racks are seen as a benefit to residents, and not regarded as street clutter.

Nicky SHEPARD
(Liberal Democrat)

As a new candidate, I haven’t really looked into details outside of my ward, however, I understand that there have already been extensive searches performed but that the only feasible option currently identified by Council officers is the further extension of the bike park facilities Lion Yard. I find it disappointing that the City Council has not developed this project more quickly.

With such limitations in our historic city centre, I would also be keen to see the Council working more closely with local businesses to encourage and support better cycle parking for employees and to provide cycle parking on their property where possible.

Catherine SMART
(Liberal Democrat)

An audit was done a couple of years ago after the last set of instalments and confirmed that there were no easy answers to this problem

Extending the area for cycle parking under the Lion Yard shopping arcade was identified as a possible place but, so far as I know, nothing has been done to check this out further.

Peter BURKINSHAW
(UK Independence Party)

There are many graveyards in the city centre that would make excellent parking space

Richard JEFFS
(UK Independence Party)

The Grand Arcade car park was a mistake. It has caused chronic congestion on Trumpington Road, Tennis Court Road and Downing Street thus crippling the Trumpington Park & Ride service. The basement could be a guided bus underground station, the ground floor would make a great combined disabled badge holder and secure cycle parking facility and the remaining floors could be a mix of social housing and premium apartments providing additional revenue for the council.

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