Elections

List of questions

Here is a list of all the questions (across all wards) we have asked for this election:

  1. What experience do you and your family have of cycling? Do you have any different concerns about younger or older family members cycling than you do yourself?
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  2. A key aim of our organisation is enabling more people to cycle, by the provision of protected space for cycling away from traffic, not shared with pedestrians, thus reducing traffic and providing transport choice. This best-practice is outlined in our guide, Making Space For Cycling, endorsed by all national cycling organisations. Do you support these principles, and if so, where could they most effectively be applied in your ward?
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  3. Safe use of the roads is a major issue. Our view is that traffic policing, of all groups of road users (cyclists, drivers, etc.), should become a greater police priority, and that this should be evidence-based, namely based on the relative levels of danger presented by each such group. What are your thoughts, and where would your priorities be?
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  4. We are keen to see more children being able to cycle safely to school independently. Ideas from our members to assist this include protected space for cycling, parking/pickup bans 200m of schools, cycle parking. What measures would you suggest?
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  5. Our volunteers spend a lot of time scrutinising planning applications for failures such as lack of secure cycle parking, poor access, failure to fund nearby improvements to make the roads safer, and so on. Many of these things get let through by officers and Councillors in clear contravention of the Local Plan. The lack of a full-time cycling officer makes this situation even worse. What are your main concerns about the planning system, and how would you seek to make improvements?
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  6. Cycle routes which are narrow and involve sharp turns and chicanes make routes difficult or impossible for users of adapted cycles, tricycles, handcycles, cargo cycles and cycles with trailers, impairing accessibility for the most vulnerable. Can you think of anywhere in your ward where it is difficult to use a non-standard cycle and what would you do to improve it?
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  7. Protected junctions where walking and cycling traffic are fully separated from motorised traffic have been proposed by Cambridge Cycling Campaign for junctions being rebuilt by the Milton and Histon Road GCP projects. Which junctions do you think would benefit from similar safety improvements within the Cambridge area?
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  8. Between Ditton Meadows and Coldham's Lane is a cycle route that runs along Wadloes Road and Barnwell Road, parts of which date back to the 1930s. However, it is in bad shape, with a crumbling surface, and is repeatedly interrupted by driveways and side roads. And then the Newmarket Road roundabout completely disconnects both halves of the route, leaving people with no decent and safe option to get across. How would you propose to fix the problems and create a safe walking and cycling route along this north-south axis?
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  9. The Eastern Gate SPD proposals include a very welcome proposal to remove the unfriendly 1970s roundabout joining Newmarket Road with East Road. It was intended to be funded by developments in the area. However, despite the many new buildings, this is not happening because the Councils have still not undertaken a proper study providing more finalised plans. How will you move this forward?
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  10. Cycle parking is needed near the Co-op / Derby Stores. Would you push for this, even if it means removing or moving a car parking space or two?
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  11. How will you work with the GCP to improve walking and cycling proposals in their Histon Road scheme, in particular with regard to children cycling to school at the Mayfield Primary School, crossing Histon Road near Carisbrooke Road, and within the narrow section of road from Aldi south to the junction with Victoria Road?
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  12. How would you improve cycling on Carlton Way?
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  13. There is a new route to Eddington via Storey's Way, but this road suffers from rat-running between Madingley and Huntingdon Roads, and an awkward pinch point which makes access to the new cycle path difficult. What would you suggest to improve this situation?
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  14. How would you improve the cycle route between Mill End Road and the High Street?
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  15. What would you do about speeding drivers on Coleridge Road?
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  16. Davy Road is narrowed by parked cars and is often used for rat-running by speeding drivers, despite the presence of children at the Recreation Ground and the number of people cycling to and from the Station Cycle Bridge. How would you improve cycling conditions along Davy Road by the Recreation Ground?
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  17. Plans for a safe and protected cycleway on Nuffield Road have been prevented due to local concerns about parking and a nearby wall. During school-run time the pavement is often covered with badly-parked cars and there are lorries rolling up and down the road. Many parents are afraid to let their children cycle to school in such conditions. What specific measures would you seek to provide safe cycling conditions for the children at the Shirley Community School?
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  18. The new cycle lanes on Green End Road permit parking in them, completely undermining their purpose. How would you improve the safety of residents and the many other people who cycle along Green End Road?
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  19. Union Lane is an important cycle route connection between East Chesterton and the rest of the city. However, it is narrowed by parked cars, and some drivers tend to speed and aggressively overtake people cycling here. Also the pavements are tiny and often obstructed by parked cars and overgrown hedges. How do you propose to calm traffic and make conditions safer for walking and cycling on this street?
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  20. What will you do about pavement parking in King's Hedges, for example, on the roads off Northfield Avenue?
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  21. How would you improve permeability and accessibility for walking and cycling through King’s Hedges, especially with regard to the inaccessible barriers that block access to larger cycles such as tricycles, cargo cycles and adapted cycles for disability?
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  22. Cycle theft is regularly set as a police priority at the West Central Area Committee meetings. What sort of measures would you plan to put forward to tackle this?
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  23. Secure cycle parking has been fixed in the short term at Cambridge Railway Station but is still a major problem for people travelling to work or to shop in the city centre. Where do you think that additional cycle parking can be provided in the city centre?
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  24. The Grange Road / Barton Road junction is busy with cars and people walking and cycling during peak hours. It is also a messy design that leaves people walking and cycling with very little support to cross the mouth of the junction. How would you propose to seek changes that improve safety and priority for walking and cycling here?
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  25. Mill Road is one of the premier high streets in the country. It is also an important cycle route since it crosses the railway. But it is also covered with badly-parked cars and plagued by speeding motorists who disregard the safety of people walking and cycling. During the Mill Road Winter Fair we get a glimpse of an alternative Mill Road, one that provides an amazing public space that people can really enjoy. For the rest of the year, how would you like to see Mill Road improved so that it can be a better place for people living there, shopping and visiting?
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  26. All-day free parking by commuters on residential streets increases traffic on already congested roads. This has an impact on cycle safety. Many times cars are parked on pavements or across dropped kerbs, making access difficult for people with disabilities or pushing prams. How would you solve this problem?
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  27. Overtaking on Mill Road Bridge is highly dangerous and scary for many people who cycle, from parents with children to very experienced people. The police response so far has been extremely limited. Instead, we would like to see high-profile, concerted action resulting in prosecutions. What are your views?
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  28. Norfolk Street is a scene of complete chaos at school run time, with an unsafe environment for children walking and cycling. Would you support exploration of measures such as a parking ban of 200m around schools?
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  29. Providing secure places to park bicycles is a simple and effective way to encourage cycling by making people on bikes feel welcome. In some areas of Cambridge residents have got used to all the spare street space being allocated to the storage of motor vehicles and very little for bikes. The result has been badly-parked bikes cluttering hallways, clinging to drainpipes and other street furniture. Our Street Cycle Parking project aims to tackle this. Which streets do you think would benefit from on-street cycle parking, and what would you do to implement this?
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  30. Increasingly, commuter cars are being parked in Queen Edith’s on verges and pavements, including shared-use paths. In many cases, the remaining gap is too narrow, forcing some users (e.g. wheelchair users, or various kinds of child-carrying cycles such as cargo bikes, or adapted cycles such as tricycles) onto the roadway. This is dangerous, but as the behaviour goes unchallenged it becomes more widespread. What do you think of this behaviour, and, if you think it should be stopped, what practical steps would you take to do so?
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  31. A junction with the Busway at Hobson Avenue was recently created. Traffic lights have been installed that give priority to the very low-traffic Hobson Avenue over the Busway. The hundreds of people walking and cycling per hour along the Busway path are now expected to press a button and wait up to 30 seconds for a green man to cross a sideroad. This seems to us the wrong priority. Would you seek to rectify this situation, so that the priority is restored to walking, cycling and public transport on the Busway?
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  32. The eastern section of Arbury Road near Milton Road is narrow, filled with parked cars creating a cycle safety hazard, and speeding traffic far above the 20mph limit. How would you propose to create safe cycling conditions along this part of Arbury Road, for instance by extending the new cycle lanes?
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  33. The Greater Cambridge Partnership plans for Milton Road will create protected cycle lanes, however Mitcham's Corner is not currently within scope. The current gyratory system is dominated by vehicles and remains a barrier for safe cycling and walking. How would you like to see this area redeveloped?
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  34. What would you do to improve the Newtown area, which is currently difficult to cycle in because of the many one-way streets and short-cutting by some drivers? Would you support the development of a comprehensive plan to improve the area?
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