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Question 2 - we asked:

What challenges do people face in your area that prevent them from cycling, especially children and those using cycling as a mobility aid, and how will you address them?

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)

Traffic. Hills. Distance. Nothing to be done about the last two. I support traffic management, such as the new one- way scheme in Saffron Walden. Many older people can't cycle, though, and need cars.

Julius CARRINGTON
(Conservative Party)

Separate and safe cycling - parents are just too scared to let children cycle. I would encourage schools to devise "school routes" with parent and pupils and encourage as many kids as possible to use the same one(s) It would build confidence for both the kids and the parents to see safety in numbers. We need more quiet routes away from motor traffic (and pedestrians) for young and old.

Manas DEB
(Conservative Party)

More than often some cars don’t follow speed limits and speeding cars at round about and near schools could be dangerous for young school going cyclist and as a County Councillor, I would like to see more slowing downs signs and cameras before round about and schools.

Lynda HARFORD
(Conservative Party)

My division has some new cycling facilities and is due to get others some time in the future. There is certainly demand for more facilities. I am working on trying to get forward funding if at all possible. There are also safety concerns for Girton residents accessing the University primary school and other residents will need improved crossing facilities when Sainsbury opens and they also wish to access community facilities that will be available on the NWCD. I am working with residents, the university and county officers to find a resolution.

Roger HICKFORD
(Conservative Party)

I feel there are good overall cycling facilities in the area, and designated cycle routes. The biggest complaint is that some cycleways are not continuous and therefore cyclists suddenly find themselves having to cross a junction or use the highway. I am Chair of the City Deal Assembly, and I am aware of the vision of joining up the network of cycleways.

Lina JOSEPH
(Conservative Party)

In my village as like in many other rural areas we don't have off-road cycle ways. I am sure, like me, other parents feel apprehensive about taking small children on the road, next to vehicles.

Most families with young children would only cycle to school but not longer distances.

I completely support my parish, Haslingfield, which has already been trying to develop a cycle route, however, there has been quite a bit of opposition from some residents.

Commuters do have off road access to cross farm land and are able to reach Cambridge in a short period of time and safely. This has been very positive and residents have this option. Unfortunately, not something families can use.

I believe we need to do as much as we can to promote healthy living and reduce traffic in and around main cities.

Shapour MEFTAH
(Conservative Party)

High speed roads with no provision for cycling means children and mobility-affected users can’t cycle safely in some parts of the Trumpington ward.

Hauxton Road and the junctions around Waitrose require cyclists to change lanes across fast-moving traffic - too dangerous for children and other users. The new developments mean there are lots of cyclists cycling through Waitrose now and getting into difficulties on Maris Lane.

I would like to work with cycle campaigners and planning experts to look at how to make the area safer. I want a complete review of these junctions. They are unsafe and also causing big traffic tailbacks.

Heather WILLIAMS
(Conservative Party)

The Gamlingay division is a very rural division and most cyclists are using country lanes. I have raised concerns about the paths that connect our villages for example guilden to steeple, litlington to bassingbourn with particular concern to these as they are roads that children take to get to school. Many parents drive their children to school because they do not think there is adequate facilities to walk or cycle. I do believe that if the inter village links were improved with particular priority put on where local facilities are shared (e.g. Schools, post offices) then we would see more people walking and cycling.

Timothy WOTHERSPOON
(Conservative Party)

I know you guys want us to go Dutch, and I can see the merits. I am more comfortable with shared space, however, than you all seem to be. On the other hand, there is an "if we build it they will come" element to providing safe and appealing cycleways. The Netherlands undoubtedly made a positive choice a generation ago to build comprehensive cycling infrastructure and the results are there for all to see.

One of my regular challenges is good changing facilities at the destination. The prospect of a decent shower at the end means it doesn't really matter how wet or cold the journey turns out to be.

Gareth BAILEY
(Green Party)
The candidate did not enter a response for this question.
Jeremy CADDICK
(Green Party)

In the centre of town the main obstacle is the narrowness of the streets, meaning that cyclists share the roads with buses and cars. This makes cyclists who are not confident feel unsafe. The Green Party has published a comprehensive Transport Manifesto, 'Getting Where We Want to Be' (https://cambridge.greenparty.org.uk/site/Cambridge/files/Transport_Policy_2017.pdf) In that we make clear our support of safe segregated cycleways. Part of that vision is reducing the number of cars in the centre of the city by providing a safe efficient public transport system. One of the benefits of that will be that the streets in the centre of the City become safer for cyclists.

Joel CHALFEN
(Green Party)

As above, the challenges to m children cycling is the inconsistency of cycle paths. For those using cycling as a mobility aid, it is a similar issue. Cherry Hinton Road is a good example of how poor the cycle infrastructure is. The amount of congestion makes cycling hazardous and, as ever, it is looking for whole picture solutions that matters, improving public transport alongside investment in cycling and challenging car use but as a step by step approach more could be done to make off-road cycling more feasible. The lack of cycle parking can also be a concern and whilst much has been done to improve this, there will always be scope for more. Bicycle skills - which are essential given the congestion - do need to be taught and I would like to see Bikeability schemes being offered to students of all ages - starting with Year 1 and going up to sixth form and university.

Darren COTTERELL
(Green Party)

Roads are poorly maintained. Too many cars not only in Cambridge but also in the surrounding villages. Poorly designed cycle lanes with just a white line painted about a metre from the curb. This gives drivers an excuse to pass far too close as they assume as long as they are their side of the white line they are giving the cyclist enough space.

Eleanor CRANE
(Green Party)

There are lots of positives for cyclists in our area: we have cycle lanes along many roads, infrastructure such as the Jane Coston Bridge between Milton and Cambridge, green routes such as the tow path from Waterbeach into the City Centre, and living in a flat part of the world does make it easier too! This is reflected in the high rate of cycling in this area. However, many people (especially less confident cyclists) are put off by having to negotiate busy roads for part of their route. Where there are cycle lanes these are often just lines painted on the road with no protection from traffic, or shared pavement space with pedestrians. A proper joined up network of safe cycle routes would enable even more people to cycle. Cycle routes need to be designed in consultation with cyclists and other road users.

Maximilian FRIES
(Green Party)

The lack of cycle lanes or cycle lanes that are not adequately separating cyclists from traffic like along Cherry Hinton High Street make people feel insecure for good reasons, and prevent those with non-standard bikes such as mobility aids, trailers etc. from cycling, as well as rightly makes parents hesitant to let their children cycle. As it is now, I can’t imagine letting my son cycle to school in Cherry Hinton. Even if he would use the pedestrian walk in the beginning, crossing side streets is often very dangerous. The solution is very much fully-segregated cycle lanes, ideally in a way that green spaces with trees separate road from cycle lane, or not along roads at all. This is something I will fight for as County Councillor. To achieve this though, there needs to be a paradigm shift in city and road planning. Too often, the question for planners seems to be “How can we fit cycle lanes into this road?”, but not “How can we fit cars into a street so it is safe for everyone?”. “Making space for cars”, seems to be the motto. That needs to fundamentally change and cycle and public transport gain the priority. Only this will allow a coherent and functional cycle infrastructure for the future. Just “fitting cycling in”, is not working.

Ceri GALLOWAY
(Green Party)

In my last entry in 2016 I raised concerns about the provision at the new cycle parking next to the station for people with disabilities and special needs (see my 2016 entry). Though some dedicated parking for parents on cargo bikes, three wheelers and different shape and sized bikes has now been arranged there is nowhere for these cyclists to lock their cycles which must affect their insurance provision and cause concern about theft reducing users confidence to use the site effectively. There has also not been an effort to reduce congestion on ground floor at the ground level cycle parking to provide parking for less able cyclists. Notices indicating that the ground floor level cycle parking on the bottom of the racks should be left for older people/and younger people with disability needs would be welcome. If you are not sure of being able to park easily without causing yourself physical pain, as in my case, or feel security is appropriate for your needs this means people will avoid parking there and reduce options for their daily activities. It also beggars belief that this provision was built without any large cycle lift to upper floors that could help to relieve this problem. External parking on level ground in the area is no longer available due to the private nature of ownership of the land so you have to park there.
Access for alternative types of cycles on trains due to the limited cycle storage space also discriminates against parents and people with disabilities. Larger Storage areas for cycles is required and better support from train companies for cycling is required to allow people with disabilities to travel as equals.
The lack of joined up traffic free cycle paths that are consistent across the city and village boundaries affects parents confidence to allow children to cycle to school. While Bishops Road to Fawcett has safe cycling route for parents and children. Sawston Community College, where many of Trumpington Children go to senior school, has a difficult dangerous road through Shelford that means older teenagers do not cycle to school and many parents drive them to school since the availability of a school bus was cut for Trumpington children.
Safe cycle routes for all vulnerable cyclists are essential.

Monica HONE
(Green Party)

I think the cycle lanes along the main roads are inadequate and cyclists should have priority over cars at junctions.

Virgil IERUBINO
(Green Party)

Cycling just doesn't seem safe. And in many cases it isn't. The first thing is sorting out roads with the potential to literally knock people off their bikes, just because of the surface. Reducing traffic and kerbside parking will also alleviate the problem of narrow streets, which can make the use of mobility scooters impossible. Ultimately the ideal is to create as many segregated cycle ways as possible.

I want cycling to slowly become the predominant method of transport across the city, by making it the safest, fastest and most convenient option (which is also free, good for your health and good for the planet). Installing more bike parking all over the city will mean that, when planning a journey, you can be sure of a simple A to B trip on your bike.

Alongside this I'd like to see more readily accessible, cheap programmes that encourage and teach safe, legal cycling. Some children and even some adults need encouragement and coaching to overcome any fear, try it for the first time, and gain confidence.

All of this needs to consider all kinds of cyclists: young, old, and those using cycling as a mobility aid, in just the same way as how pavements should be considering the wheelchair user.

Caitlin PATTERSON
(Green Party)

The main issue is that cycling feels dangerous much of the time.

Mill Road, as it runs through Romsey and Petersfield for example, is a main route for cyclists traveling from Romsey into the city centre. It often feels very unsafe as a cyclist though, as the street is narrow and cars are often anxious to try and squeeze past, especially over the railway bridge.

The condition of the streets around here and the numbers of parked cars, also often make things very difficult for people using bicycles, especially younger cyclists.

The Greens believe in investing much more in protected, safe cycleways, away from heavy traffic as much as possible. We support routes such as the Chisholm Trail and the potential Greenways cycle routes that will give people an option not to have to cycle on the main roads.

Regarding Mill Road in specific, the route is obviously too narrow for dual cycle lanes and two lanes of motor traffic. I would be in favour of looking at all the options of making the road safer and more accessible for cyclists and would work with local residents to hear their views and expertise on the issue.

And I fully agree that cycling should be as accessible as possible for people of different age groups and abilities, I would hope to make new cycling infrastructure workable for all these different groups to encourage many different people to try cycling.

Paul RICHARDSON
(Green Party)

There is poor accommodation for cyclists around Linton; the cycle path to Cambridge is better now than it used to be but we still don't have a fully joined up cycle path all the way to Cambridge, and some of the sections that do exist are breaking up badly now (between Hildersham and Linton). I would push to ensure that there is a straightforward, well-maintained cycle path all the way to Cambridge.

Many of the roads in Linton are quite narrow and they nearly all have parked cars along them so you have to cycle out into the road away from the kerb, and compete for space on the road with cars. On some of the roads into and out of Linton, cars travel at speed making it a somewhat threatening environment for both cyclists and pedestrians. I would push to see more roads restricted to 20 MPH in order to create a safer environment for cyclists and pedestrians; a measure that has the additional benefits of reducing noise and air pollution.

There are other significant centres of employment not on the route to Cambridge such as the Genome Campus and ARM/Capital Park which are poorly served for cyclists, so I would look to see how protected cycling routes could be created to encourage cycling to these places.

Simon SAGGERS
(Green Party)

Please see our green county transport manifesto which should be available on this site.

Mark SLADE
(Green Party)

The main challenges stem from the sheer volume of traffic, particularly on Queens Road, Madingley Road, Fens Causeway and Barton Road and on-street parking in the Croft area where the streets are particularly narrow and there is a surprising amount of traffic for an enclosed residential area.

These both create a sense of danger when cycling and we need to push for properly segregated cycling lanes that link these ‘ring’ roads around Newnham. Introducing residential parking in the Croft area would reduce parked cars and traffic associated with non-residents searching for a place.

Alison ELCOX
(Independent)

Potholes and narrow rural roads I believe are a major deterrent to cycling locally. Passing a cyclist in a car is always stressful as I can never be sure they are not going to swerve in front of me to avoid a pothole! I have only been knocked off my bike once – I swerved to avoid a bus that pulled out without looking and a police car hit me - embarrassment all round! Secondary school children in this Division go to Bassingbourn VC, Comberton VC, Gamlingay VC or Stratton Upper School. Now if we could provide safe cycling through improved footpaths/cycle routes for teenage children to get to school by bike, they will hopefully stay on their bikes as they get older, with all the added health benefits. Specifically the footpath (which is used as a cycle path by school children) from Litlington to Bassingbourn needs substantial improvement and lighting for the Winter months for both walkers and cyclists.

John HIPKIN
(Independent)

On road cycling, especially along the Histon Road poses real hazards since there is no demarcated cycle way and parked cars place cyclists in vunerable positions on the highway with mixes of buses, lorries, vans, taxis etc.

Gavin CLAYTON
(Labour Party)

Lack of designated cycle lanes that separate or distinguish cycle friendly routes. Where they do exist they are often in poor state of repair and do not link up clearly. They are also seldom comparable with cycles and mobility scooters used by those in our communities with impaired mobility. Dropped kerbs suddenly cease to exist and existing cycle ways are nearly wide enough for two standard bikes to pass let alone a trike. We need to link up Parish, District and County Councils with cycling organisations for an integrated strategy WITH action plan and timetable for investment.

Sandra CRAWFORD
(Labour Party)

The cycle lanes in Cherry Hinton High Street are advisory only, which encourages cars to drive in them in busy periods. As a councillor I had advised that the pavements be widened and a cycle lane painted on the edge of the pavement, but I was told that the money was not available for this.
As the pavements are deteriorating anyway, work might need to be done to them at some point, and this might be the opportunity to extend them and have a raised cycle lane on the edge of the pavement. It is something that I would like to be able to achieve if I get in again as a councillor and if I get local residents support. Many young people cycle through the High Street to the Netherhall School, and I think that cycling should be made as safe as possible here for them as well as other groups.

Nick GAY
(Labour Party)

The main challenges in Market is motor vehicle congestion, motorist aggression, lack of cycle/pedestrian segregation, inadequate cycle parking. I support the proposal of Camcycle to address these problems.

John GOODALL
(Labour Party)

I cycled when I lived near the Dutch border in Belgium and in Vienna. I don't like cycling around Gamlingay as traffic travels far too fast to be on the road. My cycling in Vienna was either on very quiet roads or on pedestrian/cycle tracks next to the river where there wasn't any traffic. In Belgium and the Netherlands, cycles had a separate lane next to a pedestrian track. So I do not like cycling here because I have been spoilt by seeing much superior provision.

Kelley GREEN
(Labour Party)

Connectivity is one of the challenges people face, for example, getting from the north side of the city to the south. Elizabeth Way Roundabout and Mitcham’s Corner are both hazardous junctions. We could make connections better, especially for children where they need to cycle to school.

Better quality surfaces would assist all cyclists, including the timely filling of pot-holes, which, I’m sure, many cyclists will appreciate.

We are lucky in Chesterton, most of the main carriageways are wide enough for segregated cycle lanes but provision is still lacking in some areas, which is a concern. I would push for segregation and move away from dual use on the pavements. Chesterton Road is a key route where there should be separate space for cyclists.

Fen Road in Chesterton, has a history of poor driving especially speeding and I have worked with Labour City Councillors to encourage police to be more pro-active. Hopefully, these actions will have a positive impact on the popularity of cycling.

Stuart HILPERT
(Labour Party)

In Bar Hill there are not many cycling paths. On the circular route alongside the road that goes around the village there is not any path at all in many places. I believe this puts some people off cycling around the village, as they do not wish to cycle on the road - many cars come around the bends very fast which can be scary for even experienced cyclists.

There is also not a proper bike path leading to the next village (Dry Drayton), this I believe discourages people from going further afield on their bikes. The only path available is a narrow stony pedestrian path which would be almost impossible for those using cycling as a mobility aid.

Linda JONES
(Labour Party)

Petersfield is a reasonably safe area to cycle in because of the percentage of cyclists around.. However, Illegal parking is growing and creates dangers for cyclists. Road surface quality - road edges in particular - have suffered through county council cuts, and some pothole repairs add to risks. I have already worked with councillors to press for road repairs, to review safety along Mill and Hills roads, to enforce 20mph and to highlight air pollution risks and will continue to do so.

Noel KAVANAGH
(Labour Party)

Mill Road deters many people from cycling due to its narrowness and lack of space for cyclists. The high volume of traffic and the hazards created by delivery vehicles contribute to making people feel unsafe about cycling along Mill Road. The bridge over the railway is a particular hazard for cyclists and there is a high number of recorded accidents.
Funding I have secured for refreshing the road markings on the bridge and funding to install advance boxes at the Coleridge Road junction will address some of the safety problems. The police enforcing the 20 mph speed more actively would benefit all users of local roads not just cyclists.
Restricting the times of delivery vehicles and banning HGVs would improve the experience and safety of cyclists using Mill Road.
Mill Road Bridge does need radical attention, for example, installing traffic lights and a single lane for vehicles with a segregated cycle way.

Elisa MESCHINI
(Labour Party)

Cycle lanes along Milton Road, King’s Hedges Road and Green End Road are in very poor state of repair from years of underfunding by the Tory-led County Council.

If elected to the County Council I will work to ensure that more money is spent on maintenance of cycle paths and also pavements, as too often there are patched repairs that last only a short time before degrading again back to a very poor state. This isn't ideal when we think about encouraging the elderly, children, or first time cyclists on to the road. Several areas could do with looking specifically at improving cycle safety by prioritising cyclists, for example at the bend of Green End Road near the shops by the junction with Water Lane.

The City Deal needs to think longer term when implementing agreed schemes and take the chance to significantly improve the current state of roads and pavements. On Green End Road, they should strip back and completely resurface the roads (and pavements) rather than just paint over the current poor surface. Many residents are disappointed that new schemes don’t seem to include fixing existing problems with pavements and surfaces and are too superficial.

Mike NETTLETON
(Labour Party)

At one level, we are reasonably well provided with cycle lanes from Great Shelford into Cambridge. However, the existing lanes should be widened where possible and new routes are needed to Stapleford, Little Shelford, Sawston, etc.

Adam POUNDS
(Labour Party)

Poor lighting on cycle paths. The route to Shelford from Addenbrookes ( the DNA path) is a case in point.
As a councillor, I would raise this issue and address it. Some of it is getting rough and it won't be long until there are potholes - very dangerous to cyclists (and pedestrians) Bad roads and poor lighting is a lethal combination

Jackie SCOTT
(Labour Party)

Country lanes are dangerous and I will press for more dedicated cycle paths.

Jocelynne SCUTT
(Labour Party)

Challenges: safety, primarily - cycleways and dual footpaths, potholes and uneven pavements, poor marking of dual use, kerbs, narrow roads (for example, Arbury Road), motor traffic, (poor) lighting, security for bikes, (lack of) secure, convenient or covered parking, cycle theft

I encourage cycling to school - recognising that this means streets must be safe particularly for young children cycling - where there are dual use pavements and where, albeit there are cyclepaths, children are not confident cycling on them (say Gilbert Road). In this, my work as Chair of Milton Road Local Liaison Forum (LLF) on the Milton Road project is key: working with residents and residents associations and Matthew Danish of CamCycle, the LLF has put together a Do Optimum proposal and resolutions that are being modelled by City Deal officers. We (residents' associations, residents and councillors) have worked solidly on this to ensure that cyclist interests are affirmed, bearing in mind various demographics - children in particular. As a member of Nth Area Cttee I worked with fellow councillors (lead Councillor in this effort being Cllr Gerri Bird) to gain dropped kerbs which facilitate cyclists in all categories - children, those with a disability, etc.
As a member of the Highways & Community Infrastructure Cttee I am lobbying for redistribution of the fund for roadways and footpaths, so that Cambridge footpaths receive more funding to make them safe - that is, even pavement and fixing pavement and bitumen raised by tree roots. I have asked for freshening of paint-markings on dual use footpaths however my advice is that this will not be done until the footpaths/pavements are fixed, hence (and for straightforward safety reasons) my endeavour to gain more footpath/pavement funding.
I worked with residents in relation to the reconfiguration of lighting under the Balfour Beattie contract, holding a public meeting at Milton Road Library (attended by more than 50 residents), inviting officers from BB and working with residents managed to have lighting arrangements along many roads reconfigured to the wishes of residents (for safety). With the County Labour team I opposed the cutting of lighting and supported the campaign to reinstate them: this resulted in reversal of the cutting of lighting and together with the City Council providing funding for extension of proper lighting from 10pm to 2pm, this works in favour of safety for cyclists (and pedestrians) although most/many acknowledge that part of the problem lies in the distance between the light poles - unfortunately a consequence of the County Council's granting the contract to BB.
As regards using cycling as a mobility aid, I consider it is vital amongst other matters to ensure there is proper accommodation on streets/roads and secure parking for cycles which are configured for use by persons with a disability. I would work with CamCycle and disability organisations on this issue.
more needs to be done.
As a barrister admitted to practice in all Australian states and territories, I represented many persons with a disability in discrimination claims and bring this experience to bear on my work in Cambridge and on the County Council. I am a strong advocate for the rights of persons with a disability and recognise that one best acts in their interests by paying attention to their own articulation of the issues confronting them in mobility terms (whether as cyclists or using other means of mobility - scooters, wheelchairs) and supporting them. This I have done in that it is the proper way for an advocate to represent clients and it is a practice in which I continue to engage as a County Councillor and if re-elected would continue to do so.
As Anti-Discrimination Commissioner in one of Australia's states I worked for five years administering the Anti-Discrimination Act 1998 (Tas.) with a significant part of that work relating to disability discrimination and my experience and learning in that role in working with, assessing claims of, and promoting through training the interests of persons with a disability means that I have developed a capacity to represent these interests would continue to do so in consultation with disability groups and individuals.
In my present University teaching role in Constitutional & Administrative Law I lecture that part of the curriculum addressing human rights and have specifically incorporated disability discrimination and human rights and in doing so recognise the importance of being aware and promoting disability rights including mobility by cycle and other means. This I incorporate into all my work.

Katie THORNBURROW
(Labour Party)

There are many, from obvious ones like the perceived dangers from traffic and other road users and lack of cycleways to poor cycle parking facilities that mean bikes are locked to street furniture and cause obstructions or are vulnerable to theft. I believe that we need to take a wider view of transport issues across the county - where we can separate bikes, pedestrians and motor vehicles we should; where junctions can be designed to accommodate the needs of cyclists we should invest in them; and businesses should be encouraged to be more bike-friendly. There’s very limited public cycle parking on the new developments in Trumpington, and I’d like to see more, to encourage people to visit by bike.

Sue WHITNEY
(Labour Party)

We need to ensure that there are cycling lanes connecting all major areas across south Cambridgeshire. Allow mobility scooters access to cycle lanes. We need to institute passive traffic calming measures to slow down traffic but ensure that these are safe for cyclists to use. Where it is not possible to have a cycle lane, i.e. through the centre of Sawston this must be a priority as is ensuring that the roads are in good repair. Through traffic must be encouraged to use the bypass through traffic calming measures.

Gareth WRIGHT
(Labour Party)

Waterbeach isn't particularly well served in terms of cycling infrastructure. There is a cycle path alongside the river into Cambridge but this is narrow and bumpy making it unsuitable for road bikes. Walkers and rowing coaches offer an additional hazard. The other route into town is a narrow path adjacent to the A10, not a pleasant route. Elsewhere there are no options to the north, south or east of the village. The current proposals for the new development in the village dont offer much hope for any improvement.

Donald ADEY
(Liberal Democrat)

Trumpington Rd......where it comes into the High St is a pinch point. I wish to see the whole route to the Brooklands Ave corner given the Hills Rd treatment

Philip ALLEN
(Liberal Democrat)

Across Hardwick division, there is very little in the way of cycle path provision (for example, there is a shared-use cycle path on the pavement between Comberton and Barton and there is a stop/start cycle path along St Neots Road into and through Hardwick). It is an issue that has come up on the doorstep lately, especially with parents in other villages whose children either attend Comberton Village College or would at an older age.

I would welcome the advice and input of Camcycle and any other interested parties on how cost-effective provision of high-quality cycle paths can be achieved. It is a healthy, sustainable form of transport and as such deserves to be prioritised in transport planning and investment.

Mark ARGENT
(Liberal Democrat)

Part of the answer is a park and ride facility for traffic along the Huntingdon road. We also need a decent interchange at the junction of Girton Rd and Huntingdon Rd for bikes heading into the North West Cambridge site.

As above, a good, car-free, cycle way from Bar Hill into Cambridge would help.

Emma BATES
(Liberal Democrat)

Narrow roads, sharp turns and several tricky junctions make cycling challenging for inexperienced or unconfident cyclists in Petersfield, especially children, and doubly so for those who need larger bicycles or who cannot simply dismount and take a section on foot. The Mill Road bridge is a notable example of a section that is inherently challenging for less physically able cyclists, compounded by the narrowness of the road and, unfortunately, at times the impatience of drivers.

Cycling to the schools in Newtown also faces challenges such as parked cars blocking cycle routes, drivers leaving their engines running so that cyclists breathe in petrol fumes, and an overall high volume of traffic at school pick-up and drop-off times. As a result, I believe that reducing the volume of car traffic would help as much as making roads more cycle friendly (the two go hand-in-hand, of course), and I am aware of several ideas for reducing the volume of traffic suggested by the local community, working in conjunction with the schools, that would be my priority to engage with if elected as Councillor.

Anna BRADNAM
(Liberal Democrat)

I used to cycle to work across Cambridge and, despite a full set of lights at night as well as reflective jacket, waistcoat, wrist and armbands, I had several close shaves with cars. Car headlights are so bright, that I think they dazzle drivers, who then cannot see the much smaller bicycle lights, however good they are. Separating vehicles from cyclists and pedestrians, wherever possible, must be the answer. Provision of plentiful (covered) bike racks and secure bike parking are essential to encourage bike use.

I applaud the work of YouCanBikeToo, who enable people of all abilities to cycle, either alone or accompanied, at Milton Country Park. Being able to cycle boosts and restores personal confidence and give opportunities for companionship, as well being great fun.

Simon COOPER
(Liberal Democrat)

Mill Road and Coldhams Lane are the two main commuter roads in Romsey, and many people avoid cycling on or near those roads entirely due to the amount of traffic. Mill Road and the bridge are particularly narrow, and doesn't have any dedicated cycle lanes.

Given the lack of space to improve Mill Road, cycling in Romsey would benefit from making the existing cycle route across the Carter bridge much more obvious, better signposted, and the approach roads & routes much safer. The Greenways project should significantly help with that. There's also the Chisholm Trail, which will improve the North-South cycle route.

If the trail includes a new bridge across the railway, this could be used as a safer alternative to the Mill Road bridge, depending on location. If not, I would be in favour of trialling more extensive changes - redesigning the layout of the Mill Road bridge, or changing the traffic flows over the bridge, or even expanding the bridge to include a new cycle path.

Potholes also make it tricky to cycle down most roads in Romsey, especially along Corrie Road to get to the Carter cycle bridge. Resurfacing these roads is one of my main priorities.

Jamie DALZELL
(Liberal Democrat)

We do have some significant gaps and obstacles in the King’s Hedges cycle network which I believe do discourage more vulnerable potential cyclists.

As noted by other local campaigners, the current plans to improve the cycle way along Arbury Road is limited by the narrow sections closest to Milton Road. I understand that plans are being developed to link this into the rest of the cycle network along Milton Road by a different route, but a cycle route should always be judged by its most hazardous sections.

This has recently been illustrated on Green End Road (documented online by Richard Taylor) where the recent cycle lane additions do not make sufficient room for buses and appear to be regularly

We also have a number of tight chicanes and awkward bollards (such as the ‘pram arms’ on the route between Ramsden Square and Campkin Road) which make it difficult/impossible for trikes and children’s trailers. I have raised this with officers and I am pushing for review and improvements (which would be a lot easier if elected as a Councillor).

Peter FANE
(Liberal Democrat)

Many parents share my concerns about the safety of their children cycling on rural roads where off-road routes are not as yet available. Like many parents, I sometimes feel unsafe cycling on rural roads where there is currently no room even for a cycle lane. In urban areas, I am conscious of the effect of air pollution, particularly when cycling on congested roads, and am determined to see action taken to reduce the damaging effects of pollution, particularly to the lungs of younger people and children.

Neil GOUGH
(Liberal Democrat)

We have a particular issue in Cottenham, Rampton and Willingham in that the provision of safe cycling routes is very poor and this is exacerbated by traffic on our roads that makes cycling very daunting. I will be pushing for investment in safe cycle routes that connection our villages to core facilities (Cambridge North railway station, guided bus). At the moment, these just do not exist.

Nichola HARRISON
(Liberal Democrat)

Lack of space to park bikes at home is an issue for many people living in the city centre, and indeed some people are deterred from cycling because of the shortage of cycle parking in the commercial areas of the city centre. If elected, I will press for an increase secure on-street cycling in both residential and commercial areas of the ward.

The cut-through between Adam and Eve Street and Burleigh Street is felt to be dangerous by local parents taking children to St Matthew’s School and the local Lib Dem team persuaded the county council to erect a moveable bollard there. This solution isn’t working as well as hoped and work is now underway to refine the scheme.

Peter HEDGES
(Liberal Democrat)

Cambourne itself is a good environmentry for cyclists but this is not necessarily the case for the whole of Cambourne.division as this includes a wide rural area. I am keen to ensure that the needs for cyclists are properly taken into account in the ongoing development of Cambourne, for example that plans for Cambourne West and the planned dedicated bus route to Cambridge.

David JENKINS
(Liberal Democrat)

1 sufficient safe cycling routes within the community: working with the Parish Council
2 sufficient secure cycle stands within the community: ditto
3 safety for cyclists along Histon Road (see above): working through the City Deal/local liaison forum
4 safe leisure cycling routes to neighbouring villages etc: joined up working with other parish councils

Sebastian KINDERSLEY
(Liberal Democrat)

The new Gamlingay division has even less provision for cycling than the old division given that we are losing Parishes immediately adjacent to Cambridge which had a sporting chance of getting funding via the City Deal, S106 etc. Within villages cycling should be possible (to get to school, for example) except that quite a lot of them suffer badly from rat-running itself caused by lack in investment in the road network. However we have been working to get some cycle lane provision (£10k into a feasibility study for a Gamlingay - Potton link from S106 for example) and I always have a list of simple things that can help with mobility issues - dropped kerbs being an important one for the disabled. They do require funding so the list gets longer rather than shorter.

Cecilia LISZKA
(Liberal Democrat)

I have addressed many of these points in other answers so will remain brief here. In summary, for children I believe in initiatives to get them cycling safely as early as possible, and to ally this with schemes for parents who may not be cyclists themselves and may be nervous about their children starting. For those who use cycling as a mobility aid, safety and infrastructure is absolutely the key issue and identifying priority routes that provide this would be something I would like to address.

For those where safety or lack of confidence is the barrier, I would like to see the availability of cycle training and guided routes. For everyone, better road surfaces and more sensitively and holistically designed infrastructure are vital.

Ian MANNING
(Liberal Democrat)

There are a number of very narrow lanes and pinch points that affect those with wider cycles, which is often the case for cycles used as mobility aides.

My area is part of the Chisholm Trail, and has seen one of the few properly segregated, wide, cycle lanes in the City put in on Water Lane – the latter is a direct result of my action as a county Councillor. The next step is to improve the halingway (tow path), including access to Fen Road, to make it a truly segregated route.

Whilst I am responsible for proposing the City Deal Scheme on Green End Road – the City Deal has mucked up the implementation. Whilst it isn’t in the ward anymore, many of my constituents use it.

All the cycle lanes are substandard as they are not physically segregated from the road.

The Elizabeth Way roundabout splitting up Chesterton Road needs work, although this could be improved by completing the highways bid I had part completed to allow cyclists to use the route away from the roundabout.

Peter MCDONALD
(Liberal Democrat)

Mostly access to routes not directly alongside roadways.

Brian MILNES
(Liberal Democrat)

The obvious issue for parents and students at Sawston Village College is that since the bus service was removed by the County Council, they have had to rely on cycling or cars.
The pinch point at Bridge End Cottage Stapleford is the most obvious deficiency but that whole cycle track isn't big enough to cope with the volume of cyclists.
Part of our Campaign message is to address that route:
https://www.facebook.com/brian4sawston/photos/a.1130162337047513.1073741828.1112399448823802/1490255507704859/?type=3
Also, as well as widening, on the Cambridge Road, it needs a shielding hedge, or similar, as in the dark, oncoming car headlights made visibility very difficult as the path is predominantly lower than road.
We know that it is part of the Greenways initiative but would like to see action before then. (Even a regular maintenance, grass cutting and path edging would help...)

Lucy NETHSINGHA
(Liberal Democrat)

Insufficient space for cyclists which is separated from both cars and pedestrians.

Paul SAGAR
(Liberal Democrat)

I think a big challenge for a lot of people is feeling intimidated when they go out on a bike. Especially at rush hour, Cambridge streets can be clogged up, and drivers can often act very aggressively towards cyclists. Unfortunately, there is also a small minority of bad cyclists, whose selfish riding (skipping lights, swerving in front of cars, etc) serves to antagonise drivers, and create an ongoing bad relationship.

There are no easy solutions here, but I think what we really need is to create a city whose infrastructure is as cycle friendly as possible. Dedicated cycle lanes, clear stopping areas at lights for bikes, staggered lights, and improved junction lay-outs, will help make cycling feel safer, and will encourage more responsible cycling. Over time, I would hope that by making it clear that the roads are for bikes just as much as they are for cars, this can help change attitudes and reduce tension between cyclists and motorists. In turn, this should make it much easier for younger, and less agile, cyclists to feel confident to venture out on two wheels.

Peter SANDFORD
(Liberal Democrat)

The main concern I have is the lack of a cycle path (or dual use cycle and foot path) between Papworth and Caxton Gibbet roundabout. The A1198 is frankly dangerous for cyclists at busy times, when it is used as a rat run for trucks avoiding congestion on the A14. The parish council and local residents have been requesting improvements for several years without signs of progress.
In all the villages in the division, provision of cycles paths seems patchy and unplanned. We would benefit by a survey by experienced cyclists to identify where improvements could be made.

Nicky SHEPARD
(Liberal Democrat)

While some parts of Abbey have good sections of cycle lane, in many places they are not joined up, or drop you into a road or mixed use path with little warning or markings. Some areas, specifically along Riverside, need clear signage or painting to show right of way and clarify which sections are mixed use. Many of the paths and walkways in Abbey are truly atrocious, making them completely unsuitable for anyone with limited mobility or for wheelchair users. The on-road cycle lanes, shared bus and cycle lanes, shared paths and lack of safe crossings on Newmarket Road make it an extremely unsafe place for both cyclists and pedestrians. This will need to be improved as a matter of urgency.

Amanda TAYLOR
(Liberal Democrat)

Speeding traffic, dangerous parking and roads without cycle lanes all make cycling unsafe for children and adults. In Queen Edith's, the areas with most accidents are the roundabouts, particularly the ones at each end of Mowbray Road.

The Hills Road bridge is intimidating for less experienced cyclists, as the cycle lane is in between two car lanes.

Some school routes, eg Queen Edith's Way, have no cycle lanes.

Smaller roads such as Baldock Way are used by cyclists avoiding the main roads but can be almost as dangerous due to the narrowness of the street meaning there is no space to pass.

We need secure cycle parking near people's homes as well as at institutions, eg Hills Road Sixth Form College.

Susan VAN DE VEN
(Liberal Democrat)

Mixing with traffic puts people off. Pavements where they exist are generally unsuitable for dual use. Many short routes between villages are felt to be dangerous due to national speed limits, blind bends, and lack of off-road paths. Ultimately we need dedicated walk/cycle links between villages.

John WILLIAMS
(Liberal Democrat)

There's insufficient road space and the 30 mph limit should be lowered to 20 mph in villages. South Cambs should use S106 monies for cycling improvements to encourage rural cycling. I'm lobbying for City Deal money for rural cycle routes to link with the proposed Cross City Cycling Projects.

Adrian DENT
(UK Independence Party)

I would look to get more cycle paths within the villages and main roads

Helene GREEN
(UK Independence Party)
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