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Question 5 - we asked:

With Park Street due for demolition, and Grand Arcade cycle park frequently beyond capacity, where do you think a third covered city centre cycle park should be located? What other additional actions do you propose to increase cycle parking capacity on our city centre streets?

We asked this question in these 12 divisions: Abbey, Arbury, Castle, Cherry Hinton, Chesterton, King's Hedges, Market, Newnham, Petersfield, Queen Edith's, Romsey, Trumpington.

33 of the 51 candidates (65%) who were asked this question responded as below.

Those candidate(s) which were elected are highlighted.

(Conservative Party)

The #CambridgeMetro stations will mean we will have many more opportunities for covered parking. Ambitious underground cycle parks would mean we can protect the historic core and significantly increase bike users.

Manas DEB
(Conservative Party)

I would support expansion of cycle parking spaces in Addenbrooke’s s site to encourage staff members to use cycle to work instead of car. Grand Arcade should be expanded to accommodate more cycles parking for city visitors. As a Councillor, I will try to put up more signage on the roads directing people to cycle parking places.

Shapour MEFTAH
(Conservative Party)

There isn’t much free space in town centre so I think we should consider underground cycle parks.

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

Additional storage is certainly needed but I think we will need to have a probably extended consultation process to see which site (or sites) are most appropriate. In general the Greens support a strategy of converting car parking spaces into cycle storage both in response to growth in cycle use and as an encouragement to use cycles rather than cars. This applies both to roadside parking and designated car parks.

(Green Party)

I haven't thought about a location for a third cycle park. Limiting motor vehicle use of the city centre should free up car parking spaces for cycle parking. It would be great to have an app for cyclists who can identify potential parking spaces where there currently are none as they come across them.

Maximilian FRIES
(Green Party)

I am open to suggestions for the location, which depends on the availability of a site. The suggestion of the Post Office Terrace is a good one and should be explored as is the roof of the telephone exchange. Automated underground storage (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcZSU40RBrg) would also be an interesting option, though likely more expensive, less space would be needed. With a lot for the central city owned by the University and Colleges, as a student, I would also start talks with them, as they possibly could provide a (shared) location and make a positive contribution. In addition to a large third space, I would campaign together with other Green councillors to gradually turn on-street and indoor car parking spaces into cycle parking. This gradual change would encourage more people to cycle in from Park and Ride sites (then with our proposed cycle storage and hire) and provide the space they need.

(Green Party)

The loss of current secure cycle parking at Park Street without plans for a new site seems to be remiss on city council part. It would be better to have more cycle parking in a central location. However central Cambridge is very short of spaces to build more provision. Some part of Lyon Yard car park could have dedicated for provision for cycle parking. And on the Park Street site an underground cycle parking provision must be built with large cycle friendly lifts and changing provision and showers could be provided for office workers in the area. I would be happy to look into the proposals with the county council and local residents for provision on small brown field sites in the city too.

We support the idea of turning a proportion of private car parking space provided by the council over to cycle parking each year, as a way of encouraging travel by bike and reducing the incentives to commute by car into the overcrowded and polluted city centre.

I also like and support the Cycle campaign's proposal to turn certain amounts of on street parking in city areas over to bike storage.

Monica HONE
(Green Party)

I would explore reducing car parking spaces in favour of more cycle parking, and reducing demand for car parking in the city through a combination of higher parking fees, improved alternative access, such as more Park and Rides, or free bike hire.

(Green Party)

I would favour the installation of a larger number of smaller parking facilities of various types, dotted around the centre, rather than one huge park (including turning over car-parking spaces in car-parks). The benefit of lots of smaller parks is having a parking spot always conveniently closer. But the idea of a third, large, covered, central cycle park is definitely a good one too and I'd support both approaches if at all possible. To determine a location for it I would work with the appropriate councillors and officers to conduct a careful analysis and resident consultation.

(Green Party)

I'm unsure where a new secure cycle park could be located in the city centre. I fully support the idea, however, and would be happy to look into the proposals with the county council and local residents.

We support the idea of turning a proportion of private car parking space provided by the council over to cycle parking each year, as a way of encouraging travel by bike and reducing the incentives to commute by car into the overcrowded and polluted city centre.

I also like and support the Cycle campaign's proposal to turn certain amounts of on street parking in city areas over to bike storage.

(Green Party)

There is a clear need for greater cycle parking provision. The Cambridge Green Party is keen to see car parking space turned over to cycling parking as a way of encouraging travel by bike and reducing the incentives to commute by car into the overcrowded and polluted city centre. This could include the Grafton multi-storey for example or on-street bars replacing a car space.


The Guildhall basement area could be adapted for a huge increase in cycle storage.

(Labour Party)

As there is one on the south side of the City Centre at the Railway Station, it would make sense for people cycling from the Northern side to have a cycle park somewhere near to the Park Street Area.

Nick GAY
(Labour Party)

Post Office Terrace, possible underground facilty.

Kelley GREEN
(Labour Party)

It’s important to encourage cycle journeys connecting with other modes of transport so my preferred location for future covered cycle parking would be on highway land at interchanges such as bus-stops, train stations and along the guided busway.

The County Council controls a lot of this type of land so extra bike parking is feasible, recognising as an elected Councillor, I would need to apply pressure for the delivery of an appropriate capital programme. The funding, recently announced in the Department for Transport’s Walking and Cycling Strategy 2017, needs to find its way in to such schemes.

It will be important to ensure County Council cycle funding is ring-fenced. In the current climate of government cutbacks (Central Government funding for the County Council is reducing to £0 by the year 2020) as much additional funding as possible needs to be made available through development agreements and other private sources of funding; as well as by working in partnership with the City Deal Board.

(Labour Party)

I am not an expert on cycle parking and would encourage Camcycle to work with the council , colleges and businesses on this - it is about where land is available centrally and having clear directions to available space. For example, I often park in Downing Place and it is rarely full even when cycles are overflowing outside John Lewis and along Regent St railings. Since cycle hire companies and colleges generate lots of cycle traffic we might encourage them to contribute to the solutions (land and investment).

(Labour Party)

Shortage of space for a new large cycle parking facility in a convenient location in the City is a perennial challenge.
Whatever is to replace the current Park Street structure should have an area designated for cycle parking.
Have much more secure cycle parking space on the Addenbrooke’s site.
Ensure cycle parking is included in every planning application and monitor developers keep to what has been agreed.
Strongly encourage all shops to have cycle parking, where possible, as long as does not impede pedestrians.
If funding was ever to be available, re-visit the notion of a cycle parking area beneath Market Square.
Explore the notion of expanding the Grand Arcade capacity.
Explore and negotiate with University to release space for cycle parking. When Work Place Levy is implemented and a consequent reduction in the number of car parking spaces, more space should then be available for cycle parking.

(Labour Party)

Since shortage of cycle parking is such a perennial problem in the city, I believe that new planning applications should include cycle parking allocation with very stringent measures for monitoring delivery.

The structure replacing Park Street will include cycle parking facilities and I expect to work very closely with my City Council colleagues to deliver this.

Further ideas to explore would include cycle parking in front of shops that have space, expanding the capacity of the Grand Arcade and negotiating with the University to provide more cycle parking outside of its buildings. If the Workplace Levy is introduced, more cycle parking could be offered to employees as an incentive to switch from their car to a bike.

(Labour Party)

There are a number of smaller sites in Cambridge that are as yet under-developed. I would like to see more done to facilitate local parking in various places. One example is Botolph's Lane area. The larger parking areas are more suited to bus and rail stations. Many cyclists would welcome more facilities closer to their workplace. The problem is always the availability of land which is at a high premium in Cambridge.

Jocelynne SCUTT
(Labour Party)

All cycle parking needs to be safe and secure - for cycles, cyclists and others using the streets where cycles are parked. Every planning application for multiple occupancy - say student accommodation, ApartHotels, etc must incorporate adequate parking for cycles. City Deal proposals for more Park & Ride means that fewer cars will come into Cambridge City meaning in turn that there will be more space for cycle parking. Shops, restaurants and cafes should be encouraged to provide cycle parking where this does not impede pedestrian traffic. Consideration can be given to exploring the potential for expansion of the Grand Arcade space for cycles, and employers can be encouraged to provide cycle parking on their premises - planning provision for cycle parking with office space needs to be considered and encouraged.

(Labour Party)

A small number of large cycle parks means that one of the advantages of cycling - the flexibility - is lost, as you may have to park and walk some distance. I think the modern cycle racks look attractive and I’d explore more locations for them, including on private land where the owners were willing to grant permission.

Donald ADEY
(Liberal Democrat)

There are numerous free cycle stands in Downing Place......these could be expanded, and covered.

(Liberal Democrat)

A shortage of suitable land has been a major obstacle in creating a third covered city centre cycle park, despite obvious need and political will. One answer is not to look at a large-scale project but to identify as many smaller areas as possible where cycle parking could be added. This also allows for the fact that cyclists may be unwilling to travel far in order to park their bikes, as demonstrated by the stubborn numbers who persist in locking their bikes to the trees around the station despite the ready availability of covered cycle parking.

One example of where multiple smaller areas could be found is that the removal of a single parking space can create space for half a dozen bikes or more; repeated across the on-street pay-and-display parking across the city centre, this could create considerable extra capacity. I support the removal of the parking charge at Park & Ride sites; with this removed, I would hope that demand for city-centre car parking would be reduced, allowing for more of these spaces to be converted to cycle parking. Hopefully this would help with the demand for cycle parking while the search for a suitable area of land for a covered cycle park continues.

(Liberal Democrat)

The proposals for Post Office Terrace are interesting and deserve more active consideration, and hopefully the Park Street redevelopment will include a large number of new bike racks.

There are several other places through town where uncovered cycle racks, in a similar design to the racks on Hobson Street, could be placed - I understand the city council has previously done some work on this, and I would be in favour of other cycle racks in the same style elsewhere in the city centre.

(Liberal Democrat)

Although plans to revitalise Park Street should be welcomed, I do also hope that the eventual plans incorporate replacement cycle parking. However, additional cycle parking is also required within the city centre and it would be good to see the David Earl’s proposal for utilising Post Office Terrace explored.

I understand previous studies found also concluded that it would be possible to further extend the bike park facilities Lion Yard. It is disappointing that the City Council has not developed this project more quickly, and they clearly need to consider opportunities for other areas in all future planning.

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

Finally, in the longer term, I would like to see new community hubs developed outside of the current city centre. For example, in King’s Hedges the new train station could be used as a platform to develop a Cambridge North Quarter to include shops and other attractions and reduce overcrowding in the city centre.

(Liberal Democrat)

I will push for the covered parking at Park Street to be increased in any new development. I also support a third such facility somewhere in the city centre and believe that the potential of Post Office Terrace should be properly explored. I will also press for the release of some car parking spaces in the Grand Arcade for cycle parking.

Cecilia LISZKA
(Liberal Democrat)

I passionately think that we need to re-think the way we approach cycle parking in Cambridge. The city is so well-known for its cycling culture, yet trying to find parking in and around the city is woeful. Part of the answer has to be to use existing spaces better, including working with local shops and businesses to identify underused spaces in basements or backs of stores, where secure bike parking could be put in.

Another part is to redesign on-street cycle parking. An initiative currently gaining traction in London uses bike hangars e.g. https://southwarkcyclists.org.uk/cycle-parking-guide/ and https://www.cyclehoop.rentals/about/ and I would like to work with the council to develop this both as an idea for private residential storage but also council provision in the city centre.

I would also encourage the reallocation of some car parking spaces to bike parking spaces, especially in areas of high housing density and low internal space.

In terms of large-scale bike parks, I think that the one at Cambridge Station has been a great success and I would like to see this replicated for the North Cambridge Station. However, these are too far out of town to be useful for the city centre cyclists. I find the Post Office Terrace proposal appealing and would like to consider it in more detail. I would also like to consider an integrated approach that brings more people into the city on the Park & Ride (by scrapping the fee) and other bus services, thus reducing demand for car park spaces in existing car parks. The reallocation of some of these spaces to bike spaces would provide additional capacity without the need for new infrastructure.

(Liberal Democrat)

Mitcham's Corner wouod be a great location - especially if we are to redesign it to be a more people friendly space (see answer below).

I’d also like to see more smaller covered racks around the city.

(Liberal Democrat)

It would be good to increase cycle capacity at the Grande Arcade, even if it means reducing the car parking area a bit.

(Liberal Democrat)

Firstly I think that the Grand Arcade cycle park has proved a great success, and that the new station cycle park shows just how important and successful a properly thought out cycle park can be.

Where exactly a third park should go is a complex question that can't be decided in advance, but it seems to me there is great merit in the idea of using the Post Office Terrace, as Camcycle have suggested, and that needs to be looked into very seriously.

(Liberal Democrat)

Anyone who has been to the City can clearly see the need for more cycle parking, especially to ensure that paths remain clear and accessible to users of wheelchairs and mobility aids.

Many people have spoken to me about the need for spaces for cargo bikes, trikes and trailers. Taking part in the Cambridge Transport Hack showed me that with innovative thinking there are lots of exciting solutions to our current problems. I would like to explore more areas to fully pedestrianise in the City Centre, with further on-street cycle parking in those areas. The area behind the Grafton Centre could also be explored for cycle parking.

However, I would also push for better community facilities in areas like Abbey, to reduce trips into the City Centre. If elected, I’ll be championing the regeneration of Barnwell Square with better homes and more shops, restaurants and cafés.

(Liberal Democrat)

Expand the Grand Arcade cycle park itself – provide better signage.

Despite the new multi-storey cycle park at the railway station, there are still bikes parked in the street, possibly because not everyone can cope with double-decker racks and ramps. Better signage to the cycle park is needed, and an unimpeded route, as it is hard to reach it if travelling from the south.

Camcycle is a non-partisan body. All candidates are given an equal opportunity to submit their views. Information published by Camcycle (Cambridge Cycling Campaign), The Bike Depot, 140 Cowley Road, Cambridge, CB4 0DL.