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Question 1 - we asked:

What experience do you and your family have of cycling? Do you have any different concerns about younger or older family members cycling than you do for yourself?

We asked this question in all 26 divisions, namely: Abbey, Arbury, Bar Hill, Cambourne, Castle, Cherry Hinton, Chesterton, Cottenham & Willingham, Duxford, Fulbourn, Gamlingay, Hardwick, Histon & Impington, King's Hedges, Linton, Longstanton, Northstowe & Over, Market, Melbourn & Bassingbourn, Newnham, Papworth and Swavesey, Petersfield, Queen Edith's, Romsey, Sawston & Shelford, Trumpington, Waterbeach.

66 of the 112 candidates (59%) who were asked this question responded as below.

Those candidate(s) which were elected are highlighted.

John BALD
(Conservative Party)

I did John O'Groats to Landsend with Friends of the Earth in the early eighties, and used to cycle to work in London and, when I could. In Essex. I am very worried about people cycling in current traffic conditions, as I have friends who have been injured.

Julius CARRINGTON
(Conservative Party)

Okay update from last year; Dad now 83 has managed to survive 2016 and still on is racer. Mum has thrown in towel and "gifted" her bike to Mrs C, who by the way has still failed to pass family cycling boot camp. DS has however graduated camp as of last year and is happily cycle to school - having taken a week off work to test run routes with him. Turned to Outspoken who took DD in hand and after just a hour last summer in a car park off Cowley Road returned to us a cyclist - which is frankly witchcraft. Finally we are resisting teaching 4 year old as family agree it will end in tears - speeds he currently reaches on his balance bike are horrifying.

Manas DEB
(Conservative Party)

I cycle with my family in weekends and often join my child cycling to his school in sunny days. My son has passed level 3 in cycling and we send him for cycling courses arranged by his school from time to time. I cycle with my son in Queen Edith’s in weekdays evenings.
I do have some concerns about the safety of cyclist and pedestrians in some areas of Queen Edith’s division and could be a health & safety issue for inexperienced cyclists.

Lynda HARFORD
(Conservative Party)

I do not cycle. I have never owned a bike. I have no family living with me or anywhere in Cambridgeshire. I am always meaning to get a bike but somehow never get round to it. I would be nervous about cycling on road

Roger HICKFORD
(Conservative Party)

All my family has cycled. My children cycled much when they were younger. I feel there is not enough instruction for young people as road sense is so important, but difficult to safely come by when our roads are so busy.

Lina JOSEPH
(Conservative Party)

We all enjoy cycling, my youngest one is just starting to ride a balance bike. Gabriel, my oldest, cycles almost every day to school.

I do. I wouldn't take my children on a cycle ride on the main road without any barriers between us and the traffic.

Shapour MEFTAH
(Conservative Party)

I live in Trumpington and cycle in the local area. I have done the Cambridge-London cycle several times.
I have two grown up children who also cycle locally.
My main concern for children is safety – lack of cycle routes in some parts of the ward and road quality.

Heather WILLIAMS
(Conservative Party)

Unfortunately due to surgery that I have had on my back I can no longer cycle. My mother and father in law cycle locally for short journeys within our village and have not come across any problems.

Timothy WOTHERSPOON
(Conservative Party)

Cycling is my principal mode of transport. For longer journeys I take a bicycle on the train.

This probably makes me quite an assertive cyclist. Youngsters and the elderly often tell me they prefer off-road tracks.

Gareth BAILEY
(Green Party)

We are a cycling household, both myself and my partner cycle daily and we do not own a car. We do all our regular shopping by bike mostly using panniers, but we also own a trailer to move larger items.

I have been a cyclist for the past 20 years and feel fortunate to have had cycling proficiency training at a young age, giving me confidence on the roads. I would like to see all school children taking bikeability courses as I believe these courses can enhance a persons safety on the road dramatically.

Recently however, I have struggled with a few sport related injuries that have changed my experience of cycling I've had to cycle much slower and this has allowed me to see cycling from a new perspective - a much scarier experience - and one I would work hard to change. I believe that segregated and traffic free routes are the key to growing the number of daily cyclist by making cycling as accessible as possible for people of different age groups and abilities.

I would work hard to improve cycling infrastructure in Cambridge.

Jeremy CADDICK
(Green Party)

For myself, I cycle in the city centre and to places such as Addenbrookes, as do other members of my family. I appreciate the growth of segregated cycle routes as providing safer cycling options for those who are transporting children and those who might not be as quick others.

Joel CHALFEN
(Green Party)

I cycle most journeys in the city and also beyond. This is also the case when travelling with my three young children but with them it is certainly harder: the lack of consistency in cycle routes, the abrupt ending of cycle routes, the inadequacy of many shared pedestrian/cycle paths all make family cycling very troubling. Whilst I feel able, by and large, to navigate these obstacles to safe cycling, as well as the congestion, myself, riding with children (whether I have them on the bike with me or if they are cycling themselves) is quite another matter. Ironically, perhaps, the new Hills Road cycle route is just as much - if not more of a challenge to family cycling as they have created fast cycling that is as much a danger to the children as the motor traffic and the additional issue of cars turning across the cycle path.

Darren COTTERELL
(Green Party)

I commute by bicycle from Impington to Addenbrooke's Hospital 5 days a week on my Giant Roam 0 Hybrid. I am also an active member of Histon and Impington bicycle club and regularly make 60-80 mile trips at the weekend on my Cube Attain GTC Pro Disk.

Eleanor CRANE
(Green Party)

I and my partner are regular cyclists, using our bikes for short distance trips (up to about 5 miles) into Cambridge and between villages, usually several times per week. We do not have any children and our older family members live outside the area and do not cycle.

Maximilian FRIES
(Green Party)

We are taking our now six months old son everywhere in our bike trailer, because we don’t want to own a car and it is still the best way to get around in Cambridge. This said, it could be so much better. For cycling with a trailer you need a bit more space, and the main problem in Cherry Hinton and too many junctions throughout the city that the existing cycle paths stop way before the lights so that you have to literally wiggle your way through the long queues of cars to get to the cycle priority area in front of the queue. With anything larger than a normal bike, this is very difficult or impossible, so we spend a long time in the queues getting the car exhausts blown into our faces. To encourage the use of non-standard bikes that could replace so many cars in the city, I will campaign for fully-segregated and protected cycle lanes up to the junctions, which of course make it safer for everyone to cycle, including the very young and older family members. Finally, intensive cycle training at schools for every pupil and within the community for everyone else is crucial for a safe cycling experience, and should be free. The benefits of a safe cycling experiences, clearly outweigh the cost of this, e.g. when considering health costs of air pollution of injuries.

Ceri GALLOWAY
(Green Party)

I have been cycling in Britain since 1981, travelling widely in the UK on holiday using public transport and bicycle. Some areas of the UK are much easier to cycle in than others and Trumpington Ward is well served by cycle paths by comparison with most other cities in UK.
When travelling abroad in Holland I enjoyed the ease and safety of cycling on dedicated cycle paths widely integrated into their transport system though I never became used to having priority while crossing minor roads while on cycle path. The need to ensure it is safe to cross a road, which does not give priority to cyclists, is ingrained when cycling on the UK roads. I would like to see this type of network here in the UK where cyclist have priority.
We need to reduce congestion in Cambridge and reduce pollution on our streets from motor vehicles. Pollution particularly affects life span in the old and the young. I find many people raise concerns that they do not feel safe on the roads. concerned that when that we make it feel safe for people to cycle as they feel that the network is not sufficiently developed for them to make a full journey to and from A-B. I would work to increase provision of a Dutch type cycle network in Cambridgeshire.

Monica HONE
(Green Party)

My older daughter cycles from Abbey to Chesterton Community College every day. My husband cycles to work.

Virgil IERUBINO
(Green Party)

I cycled a lot as a child, in fields behind my house and along the canal nearby. It's been 12 years since I arrived in Cambridge, but it was only 2 years ago that I finally got the courage to cycle here.

I know many people who've felt similarly. We desperately need investment to make cycling both seem, and actually be, safer – to encourage more people to try it for the first time. Those safety concerns are particularly worrying when thinking about more vulnerable cyclists. I've learnt to deal with slightly 'risky spots', but I wouldn't want a child doing that. Children should be able to cycle to school without parents being worried. Falls can also be much more serious for older cyclists, so dangerous potholes need filling as soon as possible. I would also work to reduce traffic in Cambridge, which will cause less wear-and-tear to roads, meaning they stay in better shape and need repair work less often.

Caitlin PATTERSON
(Green Party)

Neither myself or partner own a car, subsequently we are both dependent on using our bicycles for commuting and traveling around the city.

We both work at Addenbrooke's and commute by bike to the hospital very regularly.

I am concerned about the safety of cyclists in the city and worry about my partner when he is out and about by bike.

Paul RICHARDSON
(Green Party)

My wife and I (and when they were younger my three boys) cycle around Linton but rarely go further afield than that; in part because we prefer to walk for leisure, but also because anywhere else that we might want to go (e.g. Cambridge) tends to be further away than we would cycle and isn't that safe!

Linton itself is fairly amenable to cycling around especially now that there are some roads restricted to 20 MPH.

I remember when one of my sons used to ride to Long Road 6th form, I would be very anxious about him, knowing how dangerous sections of the A1307 are.

Simon SAGGERS
(Green Party)

I cycle all the time for work and pleasure. My son is even more passionate than me and for his sake I would fight to improve public transport and facilities for pedestrians and cyclists. We recently went on a cycle holiday in Holland and came back resolved to fight to for a new cycle world! We should have the cycle
path networks found in Holland.

Mark SLADE
(Green Party)

I grew up in Cambridge, cycled to school or work from when I was ten and have never owned a car. I spent four years in London where I cycled almost everywhere. This has given me confidence cycling. However, it is a mode of transport that requires a lot of focus.

Between pot holes, unaware drivers, pedestrians stepping out, parked cars on cycle ways, incessant red lights and poor weather conditions, a lapse in concentration could cause accident and injury. It also seems that roads and paths are ever more crowded causing frustration between all users and more likelihood of accidents occurring as it requires just one person to lapse for an accident to occur.

I do not imagine it a pleasant experience for younger or older cycles and understand that it makes many people nervous.

Alison ELCOX
(Independent)

I cycled all over Oxford as a student, but not that much since. There was a period when I cycled to the station to get to work in London, but since children I have needed the car – I had three children under two years old at one point! Cycling for the children has been recreational rather than a means of getting from A-B, this is the downside of living in such a rural area and even then we had to get into the car to get to the safe cycling. My youngest goes to Comberton Village College and there is no way I would allow him to cycle from Arrington to Comberton down the A603, however there is a footpath through the Wimpole estate, then through to Little Eversden, then a footpath that almost makes it to Comberton, if improved this could be an acceptable route, and I think such an approach is probably the way forward for cycling in rural areas.

John HIPKIN
(Independent)

We cycle every day to school (including a Circe Helios tandem), work and general local visits. It is important that vunerable cyclists feel secure in segregated cycle ways, such as those on the Huntingdon Road, which Castle Independents helped to secure.

Gavin CLAYTON
(Labour Party)

I cycle 1 or 2 times per week to work from Cambourne to Cambridge city centre. I also use cycle ways in Cambourne and enjoy cycling around neighbouring villages. I also support TAG bikes in Huntingdon Community Centre and CAmCycle...if you don't already promote their scheme you really ought to.

Sandra CRAWFORD
(Labour Party)

Myself and my husband cycle to work daily.
We live in the High Street and find that ourselves and local residents are still concerned with the cycle lanes in the High Street. Young people cycling to school are still using the pavement because the refurbishment of the cycle lanes is not as adequate as hoped.

Nick GAY
(Labour Party)

Cycling is central to my daily life and that of my family. I cycle about 60-70 miles a week (non recreational) and have done so for the 37 years that I have lived in Cambridge. In 1979 provision for cyclists was very poor and although things have improved it remains substandard. Segregation from motor traffic especially HGV is essential for safety and yet it is simply abandoned at the most hazardous places like Hill/Lensfield Rd, Hobson St. The £2M remodelling of this junction has not made things better in my experience. A big problem for planning of cycling provision is the dual authority with Cambridgeshire County Council and as CC I will work to promote Cambridge cycling up the agenda.

John GOODALL
(Labour Party)

I cycle within 1 mile of where I live. No other family members cycle.

Kelley GREEN
(Labour Party)

These days I am an infrequent cyclist, I prefer to walk short distances. I suppose you could put me in the bracket of unconfident cyclist. My partner on the other hand, is an avid cyclist, choosing to go on continental cycling holidays with my brother and father-in-law; taking part in long distance cycle races and cycling daily to work at Addenbrookes. Speaking honestly, I have concerns about their safety because of the amount of cycling they do and the heavy traffic in Cambridge, particularly in rush hour although I avoid emphasising it because cycling confidence is such an important factor in remaining safe. However, I fully support cycling and have provided bicycles for two members of staff in my small business in Cambridge.

Stuart HILPERT
(Labour Party)

I cycle to work approximately once a week if the weather is good (approx 7 mile trip through Bar Hill, Dry Drayton, Madingley).

Linda JONES
(Labour Party)

I have cycled all my life, in London growing up and in my adult years in various cities including Birmingham. As a family we have regularly cycled for work and on holidays. Our children and grandson learned to cycle early in life, practising with us, and in semi-retirement my husband and I cycle everywhere in Cambridge.
I have belonged to the UK-wide Transport and Health Study Group since 1991 and have always seen cycling as a central contributor to building a healthy transport system and a healthy and inclusive city.

Noel KAVANAGH
(Labour Party)

All four members of our family are regular cyclists. Our children began cycling early and used their bicycles to go to their primary and secondary schools. Cycling is our main mode of transport in the City and we are keen leisure cyclists.

Elisa MESCHINI
(Labour Party)

I don’t own a car, and my bike is my only mode of transport. I cycle to work every day and into the centre of the city several times a week. I’m a relatively slow cyclist. I can cycle from my house just off the top of King's Hedges Road to Cambridge railway station in half an hour and to Addenbrookes in 45 minutes (haven't timed myself on the new Cambridge North station yet).

I frequently cycle to Addenbrookes for medical appointments and my personal experience, as well as that of many North Cambridge residents I've spoken to, is that cycle parking facilities could definitely be better over at Addenbrookes. More dedicated space and safer covered facilities would help several people from my neck of the woods not feel put off at the thought of making the trip by bike.

Mike NETTLETON
(Labour Party)

I cycled regularly in Cambridge and London. My wife and elder son still do so. My concerns are less to do with age than proficiency and experience.

Adam POUNDS
(Labour Party)

I cycle for pleasure. My wife commutes using a bicycle each day - a journey of 7 miles. It's good to see the very young learning to cycle with the correct supervision. It is important that they are trained properly and they need to look out for pedestrians.

Jackie SCOTT
(Labour Party)

We have cyclists from ages 3 to 72 in the immediate family. Concerns are similar - safe and separated cycle paths in the countryside for the Duxford area.

Jocelynne SCUTT
(Labour Party)

I have cycled since a child, learning in a country town in Western Australia with my elder sister. I cycled to and from home to the Australian Institute of Criminology and the High Court of Australia in Canberra, ACT, daily in summer (wonderful) and winter (freezing) months and the between seasons. In Cambridge I cycled daily when up at Girton in the 1970s, and when Visiting Fellow at Lucy Cavendish (2010-2011) also ... although less frequently in recent times as I travel by X5 three/four times a week which means (because of location) walking to and from the bus stop is dictated. My siblings have all cycled although not as regularly as I due to location (USA, London, etc for example), similarly with other relatives.

Katie THORNBURROW
(Labour Party)

I have lived in Cambridgeshire for over thirty years and have always cycled - when I’ve lived in the City it’s been my main way of getting around. All of my family members cycle regularly and our garage is filled with bikes. I’m obviously concerned about road safety for my children, and myself as I grow older. I'm frustrated that I'm not able to do bike maintenance well and wish I had learnt some of the mechanical skills at school, but now I'm planning to join an evening class.

Sue WHITNEY
(Labour Party)

Both my husband and I ride bikes as do my grandchildren.
I worry especially about the younger members of the family when they have to go on the roads and particularly in Sawston cars do not stick to the speed limits.

Gareth WRIGHT
(Labour Party)

I commute by cycle from Waterbeach to Addenbrookes hospital. I am also a keen recreational cyclist and have taken part in the Ride London 100 in 2 of the last three years. My wife also commutes along this route.

Donald ADEY
(Liberal Democrat)

Both my partner and I cycle. The new routes along Hills Rd have made it much safer for him to get to work at Addenbrookes. We must continue to drive up the quality of safe cycle routes.

Philip ALLEN
(Liberal Democrat)

I enjoy cycling and prefer it as a healthy, zero-fuel-cost travel option for journeys where distances and available time for travel allow. I do also enjoy cycling longer distances. I once cycled with a friend to Cornwall and back – I didn't know what cycling up proper hills was really like until we hit Dartmoor!

A couple of years ago, I wanted to cycle with my son around different parts of the country but, given his age, I needed to find routes that would be safe. We researched off-road cycle routes on the National Cycle Network and then planned our 'Tour of England' to include stages each day on greenways or other off-road paths such as the Bristol & Bath Railway Path, the Tissington Trail in the Peak District, and into North Wales on the Chester Millennium Greenway. We even printed yellow, green and polka dot jerseys for the various tour leaders. The following year, we all went as a family.

My children cycle to school but I am far happier with them using off-road cycle paths than mixing in busy traffic. As someone who was twice knocked unconscious falling off a bike as a child (back in the days before we wore helmets), I am aware how exposed cyclists are.

Mark ARGENT
(Liberal Democrat)

I cycle most days: for most purposes it is the easiest way to get around in the Cambridge area.

For the most part, Cambridge is bike-friendly, but I am concerned that children and older people, moving less quickly, are more vulnerable to problems with traffic, so it is good to have cycle routes away from heavy traffic. A good cycle route into Cambridge from Bar Hill is needed.

Emma BATES
(Liberal Democrat)

I cycle on evenings and weekends around Cambridge; unfortunately, my workplace on Granta Park is a little too far away for cycling to be practical (though I do intend to attempt this at some point over the summer when I have more time on my hands). My partner is an enthusiastic long-distance runner rather than a cyclist, which means that he is also an unintended beneficiary of improvements to cycling infrastructure. I believe that improving cycling infrastructure frequently has a ‘curb-cut effect’ that leads to benefits for other groups in this way.

I have no younger or older family members living in Cambridge, but I am aware of busy roads that would not be safe for children cycling, and some bone-shaking potholes that are particularly dangerous for the elderly.

Anna BRADNAM
(Liberal Democrat)

I have cycled since I was a child, when the Cycling Proficiency Test was order of the day. I don’t have children of my own but I’m pleased to see the children in my village undertaking well-managed, on-road cycle training, which I presume is for the National Standard. I firmly believe that encouraging and training a child to ride a bike is of real importance to their development: children who rides bikes can travel independently and have the freedom to choose their activities accordingly, they learn to read maps and navigate - and cycling encourages resourcefulness and confidence.

Simon COOPER
(Liberal Democrat)

Both my wife and I cycle to work on a daily basis - I cycle to the West Cambridge site, and my wife to Addenbrooke's along the busy Perne and Mowbray Roads. We also regularly cycle into town, and enjoy occasional cycling trips to villages outside Cambridge.

Whilst we don't have any children ourselves, I'm aware of many issues that I hear from neighbours, friends, or from people on the doorstep. Whilst the cycle network in Cambridge is generally ok, there are still many places, especially around schools, that could be safer for children and other people who feel less confident cycling on busy roads.

Jamie DALZELL
(Liberal Democrat)

I myself cycle to and from work and currently ride a recumbent tricycle along Milton Road most days. Trikes are bit wider than normal bikes and therefore it has highlighted access issues to me (discussed later) and some hazards on routes such as the narrow bike lanes by the Golden Hind pub.

My partner commutes between Suffolk, but has a conventional bike for evenings and weekends around Cambridge.

Although we do not have kids, I am a school governor and Cheney is a teacher and therefore we are both acutely aware of the scrapes younger cyclists can get themselves into. Young cyclists can lack experience and, sometimes, consideration. It is therefore very important that we have safe cycle paths along key routes to schools.

Peter FANE
(Liberal Democrat)

I cycle to Cambridge occasionally, and we are lucky to have the Helical path from Shelford station. I prefer to use off-road cycle paths, and have campaigned for them in villages where there is currently no safe route and cyclists are at risk on narrow winding rural roads.
I am like many parent, concerned about the safety of my family cycling on certain stretches of road in this division - for instance sections of the cycle way from Shelford and Stapleford to Sawston, and also on Church Road past the Shelfords primary school, where I have proposed on the parish council some radical changes which would make cycling safer, particularly for school children.

Neil GOUGH
(Liberal Democrat)

We are all active cyclists. I am cycle for pleasure and to get around the village and into town. Cycling is my primary form of outdoor exercise and recreational activity. I have ridden London to Paris for MacMillan Cancer Relief. I have also ridden the Cape Argus in South Africa and the Welsh Etape. My paramount concern for all cyclists is safety and the provision of safe cycling routes.

Nichola HARRISON
(Liberal Democrat)

I have used cycling as my main means of transport in the city for 40 years. I brought up two sons to do the same and felt reasonably confident that they were safe provided they used their common sense and avoided dangerous areas as much as possible. However, I do worry about the safety of children on many roads and it’s clear that much more needs to be done to improve conditions for them and for all cyclists in and around the city.

Peter HEDGES
(Liberal Democrat)

I cycle in Cambridge more or less everyday and my daughter cycles to School in Cambourne daily. In Herbert our cycling experience as a family is good but I am aware of the continuing need to ensure that cycycle facilities are managed and developed as a priority

David JENKINS
(Liberal Democrat)

I am a regular cyclist and often cycle into Cambridge. My main concern is the safety of cycling along Histon Road. There are no younger members of my family living at home.

Sebastian KINDERSLEY
(Liberal Democrat)

It's just me, I'm afraid. My cycling experience is average. Obviously different ages deliver different concerns - which is why safety on cycle ways and properly built and safe cycle routes are so important. I do know, however that confidence is the key, rather than age. Safe routes give confidence - whatever your age.

Cecilia LISZKA
(Liberal Democrat)

Cycling is mine and my partner’s primary mode of transport for everything from commuting, to shopping, socialising, sport and leisure. We both preferentially use a bike/ train combination when travelling long distance whether for work or leisure. I use a hybrid bike for getting around town, and a touring bike for longer sport or leisure rides. All of the above means that I have a very extensive personal experience of cycling on different bikes, on different types of roads, wearing different clothes, and for different purposes and a great understanding of what matters to cyclists and how we are viewed by other road users.

I have also been involved in a collision with a car which, whilst not stopping me cycling, has made me even more aware of road design, cycling infrastructure and how other road users behave. Despite being a confident cyclist, I know how dangerous roads can be if cyclists are not considered at all times in road and transport planning.

I do not have children myself, but I live close to a number of schools and pass two on my way to work every day, so I am familiar with the type of activity surrounding schools and how important it is to have adequate measures in place to encourage young people and their parents to cycle and to enable them to do so safely. I have encouraged less confident friends and family members to take up occasional cycling by guiding them on routes, and have friends with children that I would like to encourage to ride bikes from a young age, and this has really helped me see cycling from the perspective of a new or nervous cyclist. Conversations with them have given me great insight into what may be off-putting for younger, nervous or frailer cyclists.

For older people, if they already cycle, my concerns centre around convenient bike parking, transport links and maintaining good road surfaces; if they do not but would like to for health or other reasons, my main concern is perception and training. I would like to develop an initiative to offer basic road training, and guided rides to new cyclists to dispel any worries and equip them with good safety skills.

Ian MANNING
(Liberal Democrat)

I cycle to and from work every week day. I’m training for two triathlons this year so am starting to get experience of sports cycling for the first time.

For younger members it’s much more important that they are separated from motor traffic in particular, but pedestrian traffic as well. It’s also important for their routes to be as green and look as inviting as possible in order to encourage cycle at a young age.

That said, properly protected routes are important for cyclists of all ages – the real divide is between those who feel under-confident about cycling, regardless of age.

Peter MCDONALD
(Liberal Democrat)

Limited experience to be honest.

Brian MILNES
(Liberal Democrat)

We are all occasional or more frequent cyclists. My 12 year old daughter cycles the short distance to Sawston Village College every day, and we still go on occasional bike trips as a family. And often take the bikes with us for day trips or other holidays.
I have done the London to Cambridge bike ride, of which my son also did part.
Last year on a bike ride to Wandlebury, we were disappointed that the County Highways had done no verge cutting and that the new A1307 cycle track was barely passable with one bike...

Lucy NETHSINGHA
(Liberal Democrat)

I have been cycling in Cambridge for 10 years, first with two young children in a trailer, the children are now all keen and independent cyclists.

Paul SAGAR
(Liberal Democrat)

I'm a keen cyclist, who owns three bikes! I have a fixed gear Quella that I use for getting around town, a carbon-framed Dolan that I ride around the county (and beyond) in the summer months, and a Specialized rockhopper x-country mountain bike (that I don't get to use as much as I'd like, given the local geography!)

So, I cycle a lot! Obviously, therefore, cycling is important to me, and although I think it's great that Cambridge is a city with a huge number of cyclists, there are definitely safety issues here due to the high volume of congestion in the city. I don't have younger or older family members in the city, but if I did, I would certainly worry a lot more about them going out riding, especially at peak times in busy areas.

Peter SANDFORD
(Liberal Democrat)

I live in Papworth which is not a cycle friendly village, neither for recreational cycling nor for commuting. The cycle is currently in the garage, waiting for an opportunity to use it again.

Nicky SHEPARD
(Liberal Democrat)

I cycle as my daily commute, and as my children get older we increasingly cycle as a family. However, the road surfaces and cycle routes in Abbey are poor and there isn’t a route that feels safe to get from home to the City Centre. As my children approach secondary age, I am very aware of the less than adequate routes to secondary schools in our area, as children are typically expected to cycle independently at that age.

I am very worried about younger and older people, or those with reduced mobility riding on the routes in Abbey, as the road surfaces are broken and poorly maintained, many are sloped and both shared bus-lanes and shared pavement are very unsafe and unpopular.

Amanda TAYLOR
(Liberal Democrat)

Cycling is my main mode of transport and I cycle to and from work most days as well as around Queen Edith's and to and from the County Council. My teenage son also cycles to and from school.

I currently ride a Giant commuter bike, but had experience of a tagalong bike when my son was younger. This taught me that parking provision for non-standard bikes is not very good.

I do have concerns about the safety of some journeys in Cambridge, eg the Hills Road bridge and junctions such as Queen Edith's Way and Long Road, which are dangerous for inexperienced cyclists.

Susan VAN DE VEN
(Liberal Democrat)

I use a bicycle as my primary means of local transport to meetings and council responsibilities, for leisure, and for most family shopping. For travelling longer distances by train or car I regularly use my folding bike. As a former mobility scooter user, cycling became a means of mobility and eventually a direct way of staying healthy. In 2013 I launched the A10 Corridor Cycling Campaign, which I continue to coordinate; this has been the most well-supported campaign I've been involved with in my 13 years as a councillor and we are seeing real results.

As a mum I always worried about road safety when my three children cycled to village college in Melbourn or to Cambridge for work, social life or college, though would have worried just as much if they were driving cars. They are all now of driving age, but have adopted cycling as their own primary forms of transport.

My husband is from the Netherlands and together with the rest of his Dutch family find cycling conditions here shockingly poor, though is a convert now to the new sections of A10 path.

John WILLIAMS
(Liberal Democrat)

I and my family cycle for pleasure. No to your second question - because I my children are now adults.

Adrian DENT
(UK Independence Party)

I cycle quite frequently and yes I have concerns for the younger cyclists, between our village and Royston is a very poor cycleway

Helene GREEN
(UK Independence Party)

For many years I cycled to work from Thriplow to Addenbrookes Hospital - 15 miles each day. Eventually, I had to give up because of wear on my knees. I continued on two wheels because I bought a small motorcycle which helped greatly on the hills. My son was a concern because he had several accidents when he collided with both a car and a motorcycle. In those days we wore no safety helmets and he had no official training in road awareness or rules. I fully support formal training for young cyclists which I have seen taking place today. One criticism of today's cyclists is that many do not have or use bells.

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