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Question 6 - we asked:

Cycle routes which are narrow and involves sharp turns and chicanes make routes difficult or impossible for users of tricycles, handcycles and cargo bikes, impairing accessibility for the most vulnerable. Can you think of anywhere in your ward that is difficult to use on a non-standard cycle and what will you do to improve it?

We asked this question in all 14 wards, namely: Abbey, Arbury, Castle, Cherry Hinton, Coleridge, East Chesterton, King's Hedges, Market, Newnham, Petersfield, Queen Edith's, Romsey, Trumpington, West Chesterton.

39 of the 62 candidates (63%) who were asked this question responded as below.

Those candidate(s) which were elected are highlighted.

(Conservative Party)

I see a huge variety of cargo bikes in Newnham which is fantastic but this also gives me the opportunity to see where the ward needs improving. Two issues leap to mind the first is that two wheel cargo bikes need to keep momentum up as lots of stops and starts are uncomfortable for kids and tiring for mum or dad and there are no big runs in Newnham. Second, three wheel cargo bikes are wide and so need more the space. Grange Road has priority traffic calming BUT the space between curb and bollard is too narrow, this forces parents into the middle of the road.

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

The turn from Manhattan Drive to the cycle route through to the A1134 is too sharp and narrow. Perhaps the cycle and pedestrian lanes could be swapped along that section of route, so cyclists can take a slightly wider line round the curve. Widening the curve further would involve removing a tree, which would be undesirable.

(Green Party)

As mentioned above, I typically use a cargo bike. Wherever cycle routes are on pavements - such as on Cherry Hinton Road - cycling the bike can be difficult. Making these roads 20mph could help by making the road more usable - where widening is not possible but this means asserting cycles as equal to cars in the flow of traffic, which is not ideal at all. Certainly in terms of street furniture - it now needs to be recognised that wider bikes are now much more common and accommodation should be made for them by removing unnecessary obstacles. It is the same as for wheelchair and disabled access. I would support every effort that can give consideration to non-standard cycles but again everyone needs to accept that we share our public spaces and whilst cycling can offer the advantage of speed and directness, sometimes there are compromises to be made.

(Green Party)

Recently sharp turns on Shelford Road to clay farm cycle route has been marked with slow signs alerting cyclists to slow down on sharp bends. This issued raised by the Foster Road Allotment Committee which I am glad to be member of. This solution helps cyclists to know there is a problem ahead as well as reducing anxiety for pedestrians. This might be a solution for other parts of city where this arises however it needs local people to feel empowered to raise issues of concern in their wards and feel confident they will be responded to. Council officers seem happy to help where local citizens raise issues so I’d be happy to encourage locals to bring issues to the council officers similar to this. Citizen raised ideas are often the best solutions.

Also I would be happy to raise the facilitation of reconnaissance of the city by county and city officers for specialist groups and individuals to look at positive ways forward as well as supporting citizen to raised concerns to get them to respond quickly.

Jiameng GAO
(Green Party)

For example, the road into Camside currently have double-yellow lines on both sides of the turn, despite the fact that the road is narrow and the corners are covered with foliage. This leaves very little time for anyone turning into Camside to react to any sort of oncoming traffic if a car was parked on the double yellow lines.

Monica HONE
(Green Party)

I understand that the McDonald's roundabout on Newmarket Road is dangerous due to poor visibility for cyclists. I would invite suggestions on how this could be improved, and work to bring about improvements.

(Green Party)

This comes down to how the roads and streets are maintained, and that question of how easy it would be to cycle here should always be considered.

Sharon KAUR
(Green Party)

The cycle bridge with the turning on the Devonshire Road has a very sharp turn and also a big speed bump, which doesn't stop motorists from speeding. The road always has cars parked on the road and it is very difficult for cyclists as well as motorists to use the road. I have seen that the council is changing the bend on the bridge so that the turn isn't so sharp, but the rest of the road is tight even for cars to move past. I recently had a lady who uses a wheelchair approach the Green Party stating that the footpath was so awful for her that it hurt her back going down it everyday. Although we contacted the council, they didn't improve the path. I believe that if there is more emphasis on walking and cycling then the council will make those pathways better. Perhaps that road ought to be closed with bollards only to be used by cyclists and pedestrians, or become a one way street. At the very least options ought to be explored.

(Green Party)

French's Rd - Bermuda Terrace
French's Rd & footpath to Harvey Goodwin Gdns - both ends.

some parts outside the ward but critical to it:
Jesus Green footbridge - first RH bend at top needs widening.

(Green Party)

I imagine that Grange Road is awkward for these types of cycles and they would take up the entire cycle path on Barton Road. Most the streets running off south from Barton Road are narrow residential streets. While I cannot see an obvious solution, I would willingly work with the Cambridge Cycle Campaign to develop plans and push hard for more City Deal funding to be dedicated to cycling provisions across the entire city.

(Green Party)

Getting across the cattle grids on midsummer common would be a challenge i suppose, as would navigating the entrance to sidney street from st andrews street. Although I have not used any of these forms of cycling so am not speaking from a position of too much knowledge on this.

I'd like to hear from people who do so, so that we can make informed choices about improving any issues that do exist in market ward.


Many streets in Castle are narrow and others are saturated with parked cars. I have in mind Canterbury Street as an example where we have succeeded in reducing speeds to 20mph.

Margery ABBOTT
(Labour Party)

As I have not ridden any of these types of cycles I can't really comment, although I have spoken to riders of tricycles who have told me that going round corners can be tricky anyway and that it takes a long time to get used to the technique.

(Labour Party)

There are a few routes in Romsey which might be inaccessible to non-standard cycle users:
- The staggered railings on the route between Coleridge Rd and Mamora Rd
- The chicane on Argyle Street
- The barrier between Rustat Road and Charles Street
Working with my county colleagues, I would review these routes with officers to understand the reasons for these particular layouts. For example whether they are measures to restrict car access or implemented for other safety reasons such as stopping cyclists and pedestrians at a ‘blind’ junction. I would then explore whether there are alternative layouts that could achieve the same goals to improve accessibility for non-standard cycles. For example if the goal is restricting car access, it might be possible to remove barriers and make the route too narrow for a car but wide enough for a non-standard cycle.

(Labour Party)

Turning right for a cyclist off Hills Road is difficult.
Cyclists would have to be prepared to dismount and cross, perhaps until a 20 mph limit is imposed there.

(Labour Party)

The cycle lanes on the High Street but these problems should be sorted out as we are having works carried soon.

(Labour Party)

Kings Hedges was planned with lots of green space and to be a highly permeable area on foot or cycle so there are many cut throughs, turns and blind alleys. If individual examples are raised, I would work with our County Councillor to see what could be done. Arbury Road is also narrow which makes it hard for users of non-standard cycles

Nick GAY
(Labour Party)

Paths that lead on to the guided busway from Long Rd need improvement as do new paths on estates like Trumpington Meadows some of which have not even been properly surfaced.

Danielle GREENE
(Labour Party)

Although I've never used a cargo-style bike, there are narrow cycle routes along St Andrews St. Also going from Regent Street onto Parkers Piece.

(Labour Party)

There are several old-fashioned ‘pinch stiles’ in several locations around Abbey which have the potential to impede access for cycles of the kind described in the question. I am not a fan of these pinch stiles or poorly-positioned chicane barriers. One such example is the Howard Road/Ditton Lane path. This path has bollards and pinch stiles. I think these simply need to be removed. Similarly, the chicane barrier at the Barnwell Road path to Barnes Close. I put in an application for City Council Environment Improvement Project (EIP) funding earlier this year to improve this short path. I wanted it to be re-laid with repainted demarcation lines for the pedestrian and cycle areas of the path. Unfortunately, I was unsuccessful in getting funding this time, but if reelected I will reapply for EIP funding for this project, and for other similar paths.

(Labour Party)

The intersection of Barton Rd and Grantchester St will soon be redesigned. Many cycles come down the Driftway, and it's an important route also for children who are making their way to school. The turn between the Driftway and Grantchester St really does not make sense at the moment, even for cars, so the most obvious solution is to have a visible set of cycle paths all around the intersection.

(Labour Party)

I know!! My tricycle was very wide and I often couldn't even get onto cycle lanes. I can't think of anywhere in Coleridge like this but as cargo bikes and tricycles become more common I think that these need to be phased out

(Labour Party)

I can’t think of specific places in Petersfield but would welcome areas for review and I would take action to get problems alleviated.

(Labour Party)

Arbury Road has a narrow cycle lane which quickly disappears as it reaches the on street parking. A lot of the dual use cycleways are 2 way and are not that suitable for larger cycles. The cycle route from Arbury Road to Kirkby Close would be very difficult for larger cycles.

Patrick SHEIL
(Labour Party)

Non-standard cycles offer attractive and interesting alternative modes of transport and are helpful, for example, to those with more luggage than would fit on a bike, or to those who have a need or preference for greater stability, and also to those who have children as passengers. We should promote use of these innovative options.

However, existing arrangements around the town are not always conducive. Moreover, it's not just width of thoroughfare that is at issue. There are frequent dips on pathways on Madingley Road. There is also the mini-roundabout and the floodgate-and-bollard system on Bridge Street and the turn-off down Round Church Street. The design of the latter is not ideal and directs cyclists to the left of the road putting them in the path of buses turning left. I would consult on possible remediation with engineers and planners. Generally, I would want to see cycle paths being made wider for the sake of tricycles, cargo bikes and similar.

Donald ADEY
(Liberal Democrat)

To many to list. We need to simply work out a programme to improve all. Many more cargo bikes are being used around Trumpington.

(Liberal Democrat)

I cycle around the ward a lot, and have yet to find a problem.

The possible exception is the cycle way between Eachard Rd Windsor Rd where the barrier separating pedestrians and cyclists has a 90 degree bend. But the barrier makes sense to protect pedestrians and this is not an impossible turn.

In other parts of the city barriers seem to be to balance the needs of pedestrians and cyclists, which seems wise. In these situations I would actually prioritise the needs of wheelchair users over those of non-standard bikes because wheelchair users have less choice about how they get around.

(Liberal Democrat)

The 90 degree left turn from St Andrew's Street into Downing Street followed by the very narrow physical "neck" demarcating the start of the Downing Street contra-flow lane needs redesigning. I would welcome input from the cycling campaign on this. There are many attendant issues, none making the situation easier, including regular broken glass on the lane and insufficiently clear pedestrian lighting controls.

(Liberal Democrat)

As mentioned, I ride a recumbent trike which does present its own accessibility issues. Around Cherry Hinton, the ‘shared’ pavement on Cherry Hinton Road is particularly difficult as it’s very narrow in places but the road can be quite hazardous with heavy vehicles not leaving much room for an intrepid trike. Making changes to such a key route would not be easy, but cycle lanes on both sides should be considered to improve safety for the long-term.

(Liberal Democrat)

The worst example I know of in West Chesterton is the bottleneck between Mulberry Close and Milton Road, which I use a lot. I think this is on private land, but I believe there is a public right of way, and if I'm elected I shall investigate whether the landowners would be willing to work with the local authorities to improve it.

Daniel LEVY
(Liberal Democrat)

On the junction between Gwydir and Milford street, as well as the one between Kingston Road and Hooper Street, there is a chicane that non-standard cycles might find difficult to navigate. Investigating if there are ways to provide more spacing for them at it and similar places could be worthwhile.

(Liberal Democrat)

There are several bridges which I would like to see widened, for example on Burrell's Walk, however I am aware that there difficulties with the land ownership and also with costs for such schemes.

Shahida RAHMAN
(Liberal Democrat)

The cut through from the tow path to Fen Road is difficult for non-standard cycles. This was put in place because motorbikes were getting onto the two path, how ever this is likely to be a key access point from the new Chisholm bridge to the Cambridge North station – meaning we need to come up with a new design to allow non-standard cycles to get through.

(Liberal Democrat)

I found some of the cattle grids and gates on the common’s hard to navigate with a bike trailer, and the road surface on Newmarket Road is frankly shocking for cycles. I’m sure that there are other areas in the ward as well. As more and more people are using different types of cycles, it is important to take these needs into account in city planning and more specifically cycle route planning. Open consultation, at a scoping stage and using focus groups, is needed to ensure that any new development or repair is fully thought through and reflects the needs of its users. In my opinion, current consultation is often a case of too little, too late.

Catherine SMART
(Liberal Democrat)

The crossing over Coldhams Lane at the junction with Cromwell Road is not non-standard bike friendly. It is not particularly standard bike friendly either as it has a narrow mid-road island.

It will be essential to get the new crossing connected with the Chisholm Trail a really easy-to-use crossing - with no stop-start and full separation.

(Liberal Democrat)

I have in the past had pram arms removed in Arbury to improve routes for all types of cyclist. I am not aware of any remaining problems that are susceptible to similarly simple solutions, but if made aware of any I would take whatever action was appropriate and practical.

(UK Independence Party)

Many roads have too many cars parked on both sides. If parking on the street were restricted, there would be better facilities for all road users.

Richard JEFFS
(UK Independence Party)

The mini-roundabouts in Cherry Hinton are a bit tight. I would introduce shared spaces, similar to Exhibition Road in London, with a 10MPH speed limit. Gatso speed cameras are ineffective below 30MPH but average speed systems are.

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