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Question 6 - we asked:

What measures would you support to boost cycle commuting into Cambridge? For instance, the City Deal Greenways proposal, reuse of old railway alignments, or new bridges over main roads?

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)

Depends on distance. There are some gaps in cycle provision on A 1307.

Julius CARRINGTON
(Conservative Party)

Boris Johnson took a kicking from motorist and media when he laid out his cycling plans for London to boost commuting by bike. London commuter journeys by bike will soon overtake those by car. We need brave and ambitious leaders to stand up and say WE ARE A CYCLING CITY FIRST and truly embed that into the DNA of the city. City Deal board have the opportunity. Oh and we should have introduced a Boris bike scheme here like London and Paris - these other schemes will end in tears.

Manas DEB
(Conservative Party)

I would support dedicated free cycle parking spaces in Park & Ride to encourage people to park their car in Park & Ride site and use their cycle to work place. I will also campaign for employers to provide dedicated cycle stand at work place and changing room for cyclists.

Lynda HARFORD
(Conservative Party)

I have already said that I support the greenways proposal. I am keen to see anything that improves cycling facilities for SCambs villages particularly those with very poor bus services. Consideration should be given to new cycling facilities whenever any new road infrastructure projects are being planned.

Roger HICKFORD
(Conservative Party)

I feel I am already giving much support for cycling via my work on the City Deal, and will continue to do so. The Greenways proposals are very exciting. I appreciate there is concern regarding the width of some routes, but I recognise the highway has limited space and is required by all road users. This is another reason for specific segregated cycleways.

Lina JOSEPH
(Conservative Party)

The Greenways proposal could make a huge impact on boosting cycle commuting into Cambridge. I very much like this idea as long as the City Deal works with your organisation and others in order to achieve the best result.

Reusing old railway alignments could also work as long as the routes are what residents require.

We have so many examples from across Europe about how to achieve successful cycle commuting that we have no excuse to not achieve similar results.

Shapour MEFTAH
(Conservative Party)

Link up existing trails such as with the Hauxton trail link into Cambridge. This will encourage fewer people to drive in to Cambridge, which causes congestion and pollution.

As Cambridge grows in the southwest and northwest, we need good cycle routes connecting these areas so that people don't have to go through the town centre.

Heather WILLIAMS
(Conservative Party)

I believe that given this division is one of the furthest away from cambridge itself that a combination of improving cycle links to local rail stations and then improving rail links into cambridge would be the most effective way of getting people to not commute by car to cambridge. By car from many parts of the division it takes 30 mins to get to cambridge if no traffic and I don't believe many people would consider cycling the whole way to cambridge and back each day for work, but I do believe they would cycle to train stations if there was an adequate train service and safe cycle routes to take.

Timothy WOTHERSPOON
(Conservative Party)

I am generally sympathetic with the greenways project, but they need to be done to high standards, especially width. The running surface needs to be carefully thought through too: beaten earth turns to mud in winter; road planings are uncomfortable; and blacktop is considered obtrusive in the countryside.

Also, just as orbital bus routes would save passengers from unnecessarily crossing Cambridge, some orbital cycle routes would aid linkages between villages.

Good connectivity with Cambridge North station, as well as good accessibility (and plenty of cycle parking) at a new station at Addenbrooke's, would all help increase the appeal of cycling, at least for part of the daily commute.

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

Yes, I fully support these. I support efforts to ensure that the Greenways are built to a high standard and appropriate provision is made for their maintenance.

Joel CHALFEN
(Green Party)

I support the Chisholm Trail and the investment in the new Greenways cycle routes into villages and areas surrounding Cambridge City. As mentioned, there is potential in the Workforce Parking Levy as a way of reducing commuter traffic into the city, it will raise significant money to invest in new public transport infrastructure also which could benefit the city. Moreover, it will encourage positive conversations with local businesses and securing their commitment to cycle parking for their workers.

I would like to see protected cycle ways from the park and ride sites into the city centre. Also more protected, safe cycle storage at park and ride sites which would mean people could get to the sites by car or other means and travel from there into the city by bike.

As a party we have a strategic vision for transport across the region which includes many more ideas, you can read this here;

https://cambridge.greenparty.org.uk/site/Cambridge/files/Transport_Policy_2017.pdf

Darren COTTERELL
(Green Party)

I would support any and all measures to get people out of their cars and onto bikes. Higher fuel taxes, tax breaks on cycles (better than the cycle to work scheme where there is a 10% surcharge and you have to keep the bike for 4 years). i.e. make all cycles income tax and VAT deductible. Congestion charges in Cambridge.

Eleanor CRANE
(Green Party)

I think different measures will be appropriate in different places. Projects to improve cycle routes need to be developed in close consultation with all affected parties (including residents and all types of road users), and based on the best available evidence of safety and impacts on traffic and the local environment.

Maximilian FRIES
(Green Party)

As discussed above there are multiple projects that I would work for, including putting cycling, walking and public transport ahead of cars in all city planning and therefore changing the whole nature of all City Deal and related projects, cycle storage and hire at park-and-ride sites and a gradual replacement of car with cycling parking. More ideas I would work for can be found in the Green Party’s vision for transport here: https://cambridge.greenparty.org.uk/site/Cambridge/files/Transport_Policy_2017.pdf.
In terms of specific projects, the Greenways scheme is a start, but standards are too low and more routes should be considered. I think the Chisholm Trail will certainly be a big boost, too, and I will work hard to make sure that these projects will be implemented fast and with the best possible standards. The more this can use existing infrastructure such as railways, the better. If building new bridges would be the solution, then this should be considered, too.
Finally, working with developers across Cambridgeshire for residential, community and business buildings it must be ensured that new builds have excellent connection to cycling infrastructure, have a large number of dry and secure cycle storage, changing facilities and programmes to encourage cycling.

Ceri GALLOWAY
(Green Party)

Providing bicycle storage at park and ride sites and protected off road cycle ways in and from all sites to city centre and key employment and transport hubs e.g. Addenbrookes/biomedical Park, station and North Cambridge Business Park etc. is essential priority to Green county councillors.
In order to protect the green belt next to the proposed new Addenbrookes station a cycle and pedestrian path and bridge over the railway line to the new station at the point where the old gated crossing over the railway once was would reduce the increasing congestion on the guided busway bridge. Once the biomedical park is completed it will generate many more pedestrians and cyclists which will mean the guided busway bridge will become so congested at peak times with all the many thousands of people coming onto the site to be quite dangerous.

We fully support the investment in the Greenways proposal and if I'm elected will push for the proposals to happen as soon as possible and to as high a standard as possible.

A number of measures to reduce overall congestion in our transport vision for the region (https://cambridge.greenparty.org.uk/site/Cambridge/files/Transport_Policy_2017.pdf ) would make commuting by bicycle more attractive.

A new Green Mayor would work to ensure that new workplaces, new business hubs etc. were all provided with safe cycling routes to work. This should be a priority for the City Deal too. There should be encouragement and incentives for businesses to provide safe cycling storage and good facilities for cyclists to change and shower etc. when they arrive at work.

Finally a concern that is raised with me frequently is about the management of clearing waste materials for the cycle path at the guided busway next to Clare College cricket ground. Over time the path has become narrowed by the composting of material on the side of the path by up to 3/4 feet in places. Many residents bring up these issues up a. the narrowing of the path which at peak times makes congestion on the path more serious and b. the danger to cyclists of cycling over the material especially at dusk and night time. The college or the county council cut the hedge next the cycle way and leave the cuttings on the path and during storms such as “Doris” the large trees, which are real asset to the green space, drop small branches on the cycle path. As result cycling can be perilous at some times of the year until the cuttings and the branches have been broken down by cyclists riding over them. Many people find this quite alarming and feel it is dangerous. It would be a good ideas for the County Council to come and clear the path after storms and to negotiate with Clare College to remove their cuttings or take them away themselves if they are doing this.

Monica HONE
(Green Party)

I think we should invest in making cycling more attractive, so that it is actually easier than driving. That is not the case right now.

Virgil IERUBINO
(Green Party)

Strengthening the cycle network and creating connections through the city and county, through projects like the Chisholm Trail and Greenways, will help immensely. On top of Park and Ride we need better support for Park and Cycle, Cycle and Ride, and Ride and Cycle (as it were) as well, which can include support for convenient cycle hire schemes.

The City Deal, our Councils and the new Mayor should also insist that new development always be accompanied by proper provision and consideration of cycle routes and parking. Businesses, especially new ones setting up, should be encouraged to provide facilities for cyclists to change and shower.

A number of measures to reduce overall congestion in our transport vision for the region (http://bit.ly/2q2no1h) would make commuting by bicycle more attractive, too.

Caitlin PATTERSON
(Green Party)

As I have suggested above, providing bicycle storage at park and ride sites and protected cycle ways in from there.

We fully support the investment in the Greenways proposal and if I'm elected will push for the proposals to happen as soon as possible and to as high a standard as possible.

A number of measures to reduce overall congestion in our transport vision for the region ( https://cambridge.greenparty.org.uk/site/Cambridge/files/Transport_Policy_2017.pdf ) would make commuting by bicycle more attractive.

The City Deal and new mayor should also ensure that new workplaces, new business hubs etc, are all provided with safe cycling routes when they are built. There should be encouragement and incentives for businesses to provide safe cycling storage and good facilities for cyclists to change and shower etc when they arrive at work.

Paul RICHARDSON
(Green Party)

As mentioned above, I certainly support the Greenways proposal, but as the Treasurer, for the campaign group, Rail Haverhill, we also have a vision for a cycle path that runs alongside a light rail system from Haverhill to Cambridge.

Simon SAGGERS
(Green Party)

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

Mark SLADE
(Green Party)

As mentioned, I support the Greenways proposal and the Chisolm Trail. The introduction of a Park n Cycle scheme has much merit too; given the effectiveness of Park n Ride. It is also important that we work with local businesses to encourage them to provide proper facilities for their staff who cycle i.e. secure cycle parking, changing rooms and puncture repair kits. This has been a key part of the Cambridge Assessment Triangle development and can be spread.

Alison ELCOX
(Independent)

The Greenways project is a brilliant idea but probably a bit before its time. The A10 cycle route has been a great achievement but I don’t see that many people using it on a regular basis. My own survey on long distance cycle routes gave figures indicating 2/3rds of the respondents would not use them at all.

So what’s to be done?

Encourage people onto their bikes by providing short safe easy cycle links to places they actually want to go – railway stations, the post office in the next village for instance or a shop, school, and to the new bus hubs that haven’t quite taken off yet.

Assess our network of footpaths to see if any could sustain a cycle route beside them as our rural roads are just too narrow for any sort of cycle lane.

People will not get out of their cars unless they want to, and I wouldn’t want to force people by means of a congestion charge or workplace parking levy. Even though cycling has so much benefit, people don’t like to be forced, it is self-defeating, people rebel.

Drivers need to respect cyclists and cyclists need to respect drivers, I’ve seen both parties guilty of believing they own the road and deliberately annoying the other. The most common complaint I hear is ‘they have a cycle path, why don’t they ** use it and stop slowing down the traffic’. It’s education, encouragement and a change of attitude that is needed and then when we actually have a cycling population, once the teenagers have got used to cycling to school safely, and mothers have a safe route for their children to follow behind on bikes to the local shop or playground, the Greenways project can be brought forward with proper support rather than councillors feigning support for the purposes of this survey, I suspect, but not really meaning it and the public just not really interested. Neither of our surveys I suspect are entirely accurate, your respondents are probably already cycle friendly people and mine are probably over 40 years old, live in a rural area where the car is king as there is no sensible alternative.

Absolutely yes to Greenways – but not for several years, you’re beating your head against a brick wall until attitudes have changed. Bringing it forward now to the detriment of other infrastructure projects is not financially feasible and will not in my opinion improve the local economy enough for the City Deal to receive further funding.

John HIPKIN
(Independent)

Castle Inds would support all of these schemes and ask for the Darwin Green cycle corridor which would link Girton with Impington, King's Hedges and the NW Cambridge site.

Gavin CLAYTON
(Labour Party)

All of the above. We need more clearly defined routes for cycles that don't force you into traffic, off your bike or up and down raised kerbs.

Sandra CRAWFORD
(Labour Party)

I like all of these suggestions.

Nick GAY
(Labour Party)

Market is very densely built up so bike parking is key but most importantly upgrading cycle routes such as recently on Midsummer Common and segregating from motor traffic particularly HGVs.

John GOODALL
(Labour Party)

Cyclists should be separated from trafic fumes as much as possible. The City Deal Greenways proposal looks good, but there is a need for an all transport plan that incorporates public transport (both road and rail). Have a look at Vienna's public transport system which can carry bicycles!

Kelley GREEN
(Labour Party)

Educating people about the advantages of cycling would be a measure I would support to boost cycle commuting into Cambridge. We have the ideal way, given the national programme of cycling proficiency education being rolled out now in schools but this should extend to adults through publicity programmes, to try to deliver the modal shift. We should all be aware cycling improves fitness and reduces the risk of heart disease, lessens the burden on health services and reduces pollution.

I also support the plan-led process so employment and housing sites are in areas of Cambridge that are accessible and there are more transport interchanges allowing people to cycle part-way if possible.
Planning policy teams, such that I worked in during my career in local government, have a crucial role to play in ensuring development is sustainable, i.e. managed to prevent excessive reliance on private transport. The Bus Services Bill currently being taken through parliament by MP Daniel Zeichner, will help to achieve these aims, crucially giving local authorities devolved powers to make better public transport provision decisions and plan more effectively for growth. It will help the situation by reducing the number of vehicles and create more space for cycling.

Kevin Price, Labour’s candidate for Mayor in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, has also pledged to invest in rail links with Network Rail, reducing the pressure on our road network, making it more attractive for cyclists. Making arterial roads safer and better managed, would help boost cycle commuting into Cambridge.

Cycling will be increased when we have improved infrastructure to encourage less confident cyclists like myself. Currently there are too many parts of the City where provision is fragmented and the number of hazards is too great because of the conflict created by different types of road use. Full segregation is the ideal and where this is not possible, alternative quieter routes like the Chisholm Trail should be developed, utilising railway sidings and other exiting corridors.

Stuart HILPERT
(Labour Party)

I would absolutely support safer and more direct cycling routes into Cambridge. The current cycling route from Bar Hill to Cambridge is two miles longer than going to the same destination by car - as camcycle notes the commuting figures are very low from Bar Hill and this is probably a big reason for that. The Greenways proposal does not seem to address this issue though?

It is the poor surfaces (path and road) and fast traffic, as well as the long and indirect route to the city centre which needs addressing. Perhaps something which could be integrated into the nearby Northstowe development?

Linda JONES
(Labour Party)

There is no single initiative to boost cycle commuting but City Deal and other cycling infrastructure proposals can help. Bristol has done quite a bit to boost cycling through Travel Planning work and Cambridge should be trying this, because shifting household beliefs and behaviours is part of the solution. As a public health expert, there is also the health angle to highlight: growing concerns about air pollution and its pernicious effect on children and older people's lungs needs to be linked to car use and to how cycling can help reverse this .

Noel KAVANAGH
(Labour Party)

I fully support the Greenways proposals not just for enabling more cyclists to access the City but for linking surrounding settlements to each other and to work places and education sites with quality cycling routes free of traffic.
Complete the southern A10 cycleway into the city, making it safer and clearly signposted.
Build a quality cycleway from the Waterbeach new development to the City.
Encourage Network Rail and rail operators to have more secure cycle parking at stations along the rail routes to Cambridge.
Build segregated cycle routes where ever possible with staggered time, cyclists go first, traffic signals at junctions, (like at Chesterton Lane/ Castle Street junction and the Catholic Church junction)
Also expand two way cycling on one way streets, where appropriate.
Improve cycle route signage to show most direct, convenient routes.
There is a very specific need at the Central Rail Station to create a convenient, direct route for cyclists travelling from Devonshire Road to the southern part of the Guided Busway route: currently the taxi rank blocks the way, an example of developers not heeding the needs of cyclists.

Elisa MESCHINI
(Labour Party)

I definitely support the Greenways proposals, which would enable quality cycling routes free of traffic not only for people coming into the city but for people travelling between locations in the city. When looking at long distance cycling facilities, segregation is crucial for safety.

Other ideas to explore would include a safer A10 cycleway into the city and a cycleway out towards Waterbeach.

Safe and capacious cycle parking at the new Cambridge North station will hopefully alleviate commuter cycle parking problems in the North of the city. Cycle parking at the new Cambridge North station will need to be monitored carefully to ensure it is sufficient in the first couple of years after the station opens.

Cyclists in the North of the city suffer from the lack of safe cycle parking facilities along the Busway and this is something that I would definitely like to work with Stagecoach on.

Mike NETTLETON
(Labour Party)

Fully support the Greenways. My other priority would be to widen/duplicate the cycle/footpath from Great Shelford into Addenbrookes and introduce decent lighting.

Adam POUNDS
(Labour Party)

I like the idea of the Greenways as long as they have minimal impact on the environment. It would be great to see far less cars on the road. Cycling along such routes would also mean that the cyclist would be in a safer environment and be able to enjoy the countryside. They would be much quicker and they would also be away from direct pollution.

Jackie SCOTT
(Labour Party)

Using the old railway track to Linton would be relatively easy in the near term. New bridges will be required longer term.

Jocelynne SCUTT
(Labour Party)

I support the Greenways proposals as providing cycling routes that are free of motor traffic, so creating safe space or cyclists. This is an important initiative for improving cyclist access to Cambridge City and linking centres outside the city.
A resident recently raised with me the issue of cycling out of the City toward Waterbeach - as he works there rather than in the city. His point was that most attention is being paid to cycling into the city and moving commuters into the city by means other than motorcars. I endorse his concern and look towards plans for a quality cycleway promoting movement out of the city as well as into it.
The inclusion of secure cycle parking at Cambridge Station is important and this must be replicated at Cambridge North and both stations need to improve and extend their parking for cycles, so as to encourage commuters to travel to stations by cycle rather than by car.
I support segregated cycle routes where these are possible and where dual use cycling./pedestrian traffic is provided for, there must be adequate, clear markings and signs to ensure that both cyclists and pedestrians are well aware that each has an entitlement to use of the pathway.

Katie THORNBURROW
(Labour Party)

All of these ideas have merit, but we can afford to take a more radical approach too - for example, if there was secure cycle storage at Park and Ride sites along with showers then people from villages might be encouraged to cycle in, shower and then take the bus into the city centre. We don’t necessarily want more bikes just in Cambridge - we want a solution for the whole County and indeed the country.

Sue WHITNEY
(Labour Party)

The City Deal Greenway will help alleviate some of the problems outlined above for cycling community.

Gareth WRIGHT
(Labour Party)

Greenways is the main option for this area, a new bridge over the River Cam is also being considered.

Donald ADEY
(Liberal Democrat)

Yes, support.

Philip ALLEN
(Liberal Democrat)

As mentioned above, I have seen the usefulness of greenways and of paths that make use of former railways. The A603 is a busy main road – here, cyclists would benefit from dedicated bridges to cross over.

Mark ARGENT
(Liberal Democrat)

In the Bar Hill division this would be a cycle way from Bar Hill — perhaps done by upgrading footpaths from Lolworth to Bar Hill to Dry Drayton and on to Cambridge.

I am also thinking about a cycle route from Welbrooke Way to Thornton Way, and the potential for extending this to provide an alternative to cycling along the Huntingdon Rd

Emma BATES
(Liberal Democrat)

High-quality, safe, well-lit and well-signposted cycle routes are vital in boosting cycle commuting into Cambridge, and assuming that they meet these requirement, I support the City Deal Greenways proposals for this reason.

However, this is not the be-all and end-all of boosting cycle commuting. For instance, cyclists need to have a place to store their bikes once they arrive at their workplaces. Suitable facilities, such as showers, can also contribute; some employers have showers but no place to store wet towels, which can act as an invisible impediment to cycling. Encouraging employers to work with their staff in finding ways to encourage cycling is important.

Anna BRADNAM
(Liberal Democrat)

Where possible I would like to see cycles routes into Cambridge planned as a priority, with vehicles directed ‘around the outside’, as I experienced in Hannover many years ago. In Milton we benefit from the Jane Coston Bridge, providing a direct link over the A14, which is extremely well-used at lunchtime as well as at the beginning and end of the working day. I’d like to see the Roman Road of Akeman Street sympathetically adopted as a rural cycle route from Waterbeach and Landbeach into Cambridge. Equally, I’d like to see a wide, safe cycle route alongside the whole length of the B1047 through Clayhithe, Horningsea and Fen Ditton into Cambridge. Within the limitations of the existing road infrastructure in Cambridge, I think Camcycle do excellent work in identifying safe, quiet routes through the City.

Simon COOPER
(Liberal Democrat)

I support the Greenways proposals, and the Chisholm Trail. The importance of medium-distance cycle routes to help solve the congestion problems that plague the city cannot be overstated, but such cycle routes will only be used if they're safe, lit, smooth, go where people want to travel, and clearly signposted throughout.

Jamie DALZELL
(Liberal Democrat)

With recent news regarding local pollution levels and worsening congestion issues; I am keen to support the principles of Greenways proposal, with better cycling connections for orbital villages offering many benefits.

However, the success of this ambitious project will depend upon the quality of routes and, in particular, safety and avoidance of conflict with pedestrians and drivers.

Peter FANE
(Liberal Democrat)

I have already, on behalf of Great Shelford parish council, called on City Deal to support the Greenway already agreed in principle with Sustrans along the former third line and reconnecting through the Wedd's site to the old Haverhill line via Sawston.
Importantly, this would by-pass the unsafe pinch point at Bridge Foot Cottage on the cycle track from Stapleford and Sawston, making it safer for students at Sawston Village College.

Neil GOUGH
(Liberal Democrat)

It is quite simple for residents in our villages. Cycling just needs to be made safer along the key routes. . That has to be addressed, otherwise the consequence will be a vicious circle of ever increasing car traffic that further deters cycling through exacerbating the risks.

Nichola HARRISON
(Liberal Democrat)

I support the provision of new, segregated cycleways and/or on-road cycle lanes wherever possible.

Peter HEDGES
(Liberal Democrat)

Ideally there should be a dedicated, off road, cycle route but this must be balanced against the wider environmental impacts of the route

David JENKINS
(Liberal Democrat)

It's fundamental that cycle routes be continuous (ie not 95% safe, the rest unsafe) and (reasonably) direct so any opportunity as outlines should be explored.

Sebastian KINDERSLEY
(Liberal Democrat)

Very happy with all of those suggestions. Howevere, this is what I wrote about the Greenways project for my Parish Councils: "The Cambridge City Deal has come in for a lot of criticism not least because it has not really given much thought to how ‘non-motorised’ users could better access Cambridge from the surrounding villages. In order to deflect some of this criticism the Executive has dreamed up the “Greenways” project, which is an idea to create a network of 12 routes radial routes like the spokes of a wheel. “Non-motorised users” covers cyclists, pedestrians, those in wheel-chairs and horse-riders. The communications keep stressing this project is currently only at the concept stage – and they aren’t kidding.

No routes have been set in stone, some may not go ahead at all, others may be changed considerably, and the surfaces and signage need to be considered carefully. “Please consider this as just the very early stages of a 5+ year project” we are urged. Furthermore, because the project has to date only been at the concept stage, it has to date been too early to consult with local communities, Parish Councils, residents, local interest groups etc. But, over the next two years, that process will start.

The exact project plan is still being worked on, but may stretch from now to 2021. As if this wasn’t all wishy-washy enough it is also too early to assess the total project cost, but it might be in the region of £10m+, and there is no clear idea where any of this might come from although there is an expectation that the City Deal’s Tranche 2 money (for 2020–2024) will pay for most of it.

Now this is an admirable idea. We’re all for it. But why does it have to take second place to - for example – Cambourne West already paying c£9m S106 monies into a Cambourne Busway which has no general agreement and no route? Why is it such an obvious poor second place in the City Deal’s mind? And why is everything so very uncertain with lovely aspirations and airy-fairy plans that might or might not happen?

Many villages have been crying out for better cycle routes to the City for years, and for better walking and equestrian routes. Many villagers want to cycle to work, study or leisure activities, and this project will enable them to do so, and encourage more as well. That will take some cars off the roads and aid congestion for those people who still wish to drive, and help buses as well. The health and pollution benefits are obvious. And yet – maybe some time in the future…..why not now? "

Cecilia LISZKA
(Liberal Democrat)

For many people, commuting by bike is made difficult simply by the distances that people have to cover. Often, a lack of facilities at their destination is a key disincentive: inadequate parking; poor or lacking shower and changing facilities; and a requirement in many circumstances for smart business attire. Then there is the safety issue.

For those for whom a one-way trip of ~6 miles is enough, integrated transport has to improve, so that people can split their journey in an easy and quick way. Bike storage at strategic places along primary routes into the city, and closer working with public transport operators, would help to facilitate this. Similarly, engaging with some of the largest employers to provide or share facilities would go a long way to making the option of cycling to work more comfortable for many.

In terms of safety and improved infrastructure, I think ideas like the City Deal Greenways proposal and the Chisholm Trail are what we need, and I support the ambition of Camcycle to enhance standards before approval. I would also like the opportunity to discuss these ideas further with Camcyle, the council, and road safety and design experts so my position is fully informed, especially on areas I cycle infrequently.

Ian MANNING
(Liberal Democrat)

The City Deal Greenways idea I support, but I have serious doubts about how well the implementation will be done, based one the current Labour/Conservative administration current projects.

Bikes being allowed onto trains is a key thing, especially with the new train station –t hey should be allowed at peak times, with extra space allocated to allow this.

I fully support the Chisholm Trail and Vice Chair its liaison forum.

Where possible, road space should be reallocated to allow wide, fully segregated, cycle lanes.

Peter MCDONALD
(Liberal Democrat)

Yes agree the use of old railway routes makes great sense.

Brian MILNES
(Liberal Democrat)

I am very keen on enabling multi-modal transport as a way of reducing congestion in the City and on its approaches.
For many of us who live further away in the "satellite" villages, cycling the whole journey into Cambridge may not be feasible, but adding cycling as an option at either end (or both) would be a big assist.
I see the Chinese Cycle company Ofo have just launched a trial of their service in Cambridge, and adding capacity and availability of Cycle Parking and rental at the Park and Rides would be beneficial.

Lucy NETHSINGHA
(Liberal Democrat)

All of those could be useful, as would improving the facilities for cyclists at the park and ride sites, and making park and cycle something which is positively encouraged, rather than discouraged as it has been by the parking charges.

Paul SAGAR
(Liberal Democrat)

I think that the City Deal Greenways are really good idea, and absolutely the sort of thing we should be encouraging. The enormous success of the cycle lanes alongside the guided busway likewise show that we should definitely be thinking about making use of old railway alignments. New bridges over main roads and motorway slipways are of course what all cyclists dream of, but those are expensive and would likely be possible only in specific areas of very high demand - but where that's the case, it should certainly be considered (just think of how great the bridge over the A14 at Milton is!) Basically, I am in favour of anything that can be proven to boost cycle commuting, other things being equal!

Peter SANDFORD
(Liberal Democrat)

From my perspective in the western commuter villages, the proposed light rail line should include a parallel cycle path, as mentioned above. We then need to ensure the satellite villages have safe, continuous paths to the main stations. This would allow safe cycle commuting from Cambourne, Papworth, Bourn and Hardwick into Cambridge.
My perception is that the cycle paths linking Swavesey and Over to the guided busway cycle path are relatively safe and well maintained. I am, of course, willing to listen to residents if this is not the case.

Nicky SHEPARD
(Liberal Democrat)

I live in the City, so I could be wrong, but I think what cycle commuters coming in from further afield want are direct routes into town which are away from busy roads and have a good surface to cycle on. With the number of punctures I get on some of the dreadful cycle paths in Abbey, if my commute was four or five miles longer I think I’d be very nervous of being stranded far from home or work.

I would support the reuse of old railway lines and with the new Cambridge North Station and proposed Chisholm Trail bridge, I wonder if a widened and resurfaced Cam tow path has a role to play also.

Members of the public have also mentioned that they'd like a way to bring bikes on the longer distance buses, to allow people to cycle on to their destinations once they reach stops in the city. I would like to see this explored further.

Amanda TAYLOR
(Liberal Democrat)

More liaison with employers to work towards becoming cycle-friendly employers, provide secure cycle parking, changing facilities and other support for cycling.
Better signage of existing cycling infrastructure: for example, on the Guided Busway

Susan VAN DE VEN
(Liberal Democrat)

Foxton-Cambridge rail line should have cycle track alongside, providing the development of a true cycle network of options. This would feed directly to Cambridge Biomedical campus and relieve pressure on A10 path, which will become increasingly busy. Foxton Crossing bypass with bridge or underpass for continuous journey. Bassingbourn to Melbourn via Ashwell Stret is an obvious choice for Greenways, as is end of Bridge Street Whaddon to connect to Kneesworth Rd/Chestnut Lane stretch, though national speed limit and blind bends there need thought.

John WILLIAMS
(Liberal Democrat)

All of these plus upgrading of existing shared paths - for example along Cambridge Road and a safe route through Fulbourn village to the Wilbrahams.

Adrian DENT
(UK Independence Party)

Anything to take vulnerable cyclists off the Highways

Helene GREEN
(UK Independence Party)
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