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Question 1 - we asked:

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

We asked this question in all 14 wards, namely: Abbey, Arbury, Castle, Cherry Hinton, Coleridge, East Chesterton, King's Hedges, Market, Newnham, Petersfield, Queen Edith's, Romsey, Trumpington, West Chesterton.

56 of the 61 candidates (92%) who were asked this question responded as below.

Those candidate(s) which were elected are highlighted.

Eric BARRETT-PAYTON
(Conservative Party)

Not currently cycling but was a keen cyclist many years ago and might take it up again sometime in the future. No family members are involved in cycling at all

Manas DEB
(Conservative Party)

I cycle with my family in weekends and join my child cycling to his school in sunny days. My son has passed level 3 in cycling last year and we send him for cycling courses arranged by his school from time to time. As my child has grown out of his old little bike, I have recently bought him one advanced multi gear cycle with carrier for him to carry school bag safely for his journeys.
Children should be taught about road safety and I have made my child aware of few unsafe cycle paths and he cycles on his own using Hills Road and Queen Edith's Way without much difficulties.

Donald DOUGLAS
(Conservative Party)

I have been cycling for 60 years (but not all the time), have five bikes and have been a member of the Campaign for more than twenty years. I use a hybrid bike for most journeys in and around Cambridge and hardtail XC mountain bikes for off road stuff locally and in remote parts of Scotland. My wife however is not keen on cycling so visits to town and elsewhere with her are by car. I appreciate the cycling facilities in Cambridge as do most of my children and grandchildren.

Mike HARFORD
(Conservative Party)

I do cycle about town. I enjoy seeing families cycling together and exercising as people of all ages. However I am very aware of safety. My wife as a pedestrian and also a good friend have had injuries due to irresponsible cyclists . This area must be addressed . Cyclists with impunity cycle through banned areas. I would have local laws using traffic wardens to fine those whom break the law and endanger others which covers other cyclists and especially those with toddlers aboard.

Tom HARWOOD
(Conservative Party)

I’ve been cycling in Cambridge all my life, it's my main mode of transport both for commuting and for fun. I've experienced the huge improvements in cycle friendliness in our city over the last decade, and would look to champion expanding schemes that have proved so positive for our community over the last few years. As a young person I can provide valuable insight for a fresh generation on Cambridge city council.

Martin KEEGAN
(Conservative Party)

I have never learnt to drive a car, thus I get around by cycle, train, Uber, planes, taxis and buses.

I was seriously injured in an accident on the Chisholm Trail last year when I fell off my own bicycle, and saw Stewart Milne on the ground as the ambulance arrived at the site of the crash that killed him, just a minute or two from where I now live. I can't imagine what it was like for his family.

These incidents have given me an even greater awareness of the importance of cycle safety. Having become able to cycle again a few weeks ago, I am now much more careful about the routes I take.

I live alone; if I had kids, I'd try to ensure they were risk-aware enough to be able to cycle independently, as I did from about the age of seven.

Simon LEE
(Conservative Party)

I have always been a keen cyclist and a member of the CTC and Godric CC over the years, my wife cycles to work at Addenbrookes every day and back home to Romsey.
We don’t have children but obviously would actively encourage them on a bike. I would however feel uneasy about them riding about in Cambridge. I have personally been knocked off my bike by a speeding car that resulted in a stay in hospital and suffered two broken arms and foot due to a speeding cyclist riding into me.

Connor MACDONALD
(Conservative Party)

I can cycle and enjoy going on bike trips regularly, but I do not cycle in the city itself. I find the signage and bike space inadequate, and so I competely understand why this is a major concern. I can imagine these issues are even more difficult for older folk. More needs to be done to make cycling a regular mode of transport for more residents of Newnham Ward and Cambridge generally.

Henry MITSON
(Conservative Party)

I have been cycled in Cambridge during my time as a student. I would say that safety is the key concern in Cambridge and this affects all generations equally. Those not wearing helmets, not cycling with due care and those who ignore one way systems pose a significant threat to other road users and I think we can do more to publicise the risks of cycling without proper care in the City centre.

It is also true to say that when mixed traffic is involved the risks are greater and cycling education, advice to pedestrians and continued education of drivers is necessary to ensure Cambridge’s streets get safer.

Phil SALWAY
(Conservative Party)

I live on my own so I'm the only cyclist in my household.
I'm an experienced cyclist and own several bikes, and enjoy restoring vintage bikes.
A few years ago I rode the amateur Paris-Roubaix and finished without crashing!

I find Cambridge traffic challenging to ride in and imagine it must be difficult for children and older residents.

David SMITH
(Conservative Party)

I have lived in Cambridge since 1981. I have been a car driver and cyclist throughout this time. Most of my city journeys are by bike. I prefer to cycle to work for cost and flexibility reasons and I get the added benefit of daily exercise. My children are grown up now but they did cycle when in Cambridge. My main worry for all is the separation between car and other road users and in relation to bike potholes, which are quite dangerous.

Gareth BAILEY
(Green Party)

Cycling has been my main mode of transport all of my adult life, and our household does not own a car. I have experience as both a recreational cyclist (road and to a lesser extent off-road) and as a cyclist for transport and utility around town.

We do all of our weekly shopping by bike, either using panniers or using our trailer for bigger loads.

I am quite aware of the different needs that different types of cyclists have. Good segregated infrastructure needs to be available for those who are slower or more nervous, but we must also be careful not to remove the rights of other cyclists to use major routes if they feel comfortable to do so.

Fundamentally, I believe that cycling should have a much greater modal share and I'm committed to working towards that goal.

Naomi BENNETT
(Green Party)

We are a small family of three adults . All of us have cycled in the past but none of us cycle regularly now.

We live on a busy main road where we know there have been cycling accidents (including one death) recently.

Bike theft has also been a problem for us.

Jeremy CADDICK
(Green Party)

I cycle around the city several times a week and cycle further afield (e.g. to Ely) for exercise and enjoyment. I am very aware that cycle path provision needs to be suitable for wider cycles than mine - those with three wheels, for example - if we are to promote cycling to those who are older, slower or who have responsibility for children.

Joel CHALFEN
(Green Party)

I cycle most journeys I make myself in the city and also beyond - and in that sense it is a big positive that bicycles are part of the city's culture. I also try to cycle most journeys when travelling with my three young children but with them the decision is much harder: whilst I feel I can navigate the many obstacles to safe-cycling - the amount of traffic; the abrupt ending of cycle routes and shifting between kinds of cycle paths; the inadequacy of many shared pedestrian/cycle paths - these all make family cycling difficult. For new, younger riders, routes like the cycle highway along Hills Road are intimidating and unsafe - but without a comprehensive and complete cycle network around town and beyond, it always feel like you are competing on the one hand with dangerous vehicles and on the other with concerned pedestrians.

Ceri GALLOWAY
(Green Party)

We use bicycles as our main vehicle and combine them with public transport for all journeys including holidays. We have not owned a car for 25 years however since the rerouting of the Citi 7 and reduction in evening and Sunday services in Trumpington we have had to buy a car so my partner to get home from work at night and this has been an expense for our family and reduced our income. We believe effective public transport supports people right to be independence from car use.
We enjoy cycling and feel more in contact with our surroundings and find it is less stressful than driving and we think the reduction in car usage makes it safer for all pedestrians and cyclists including older and younger people. It also helps people who may be dependent on a car for access to the mainstream, such as disabled people to get around and live less stressful lives.
As an older person with a physical disability cycling keeps me fit and active and I prefer to cycle off the road. I find most parents prefer their children to be independent and would like to make sure their routes to school and leisure activities are car free for their own peace of mind.

Virgil IERUBINO
(Green Party)

Cycling is the main way I get around the city. I don't own a car and intend never to do so.

Stephen LAWRENCE
(Green Party)

Cycled since a young lad. Only wasn't able to cycle when I succumbed to a nasty bout of Glandula Fever

Shayne MITCHELL
(Green Party)

I've cycled all my life as my only or mains means of transport. Cambridge originally, London for some years, Italy (Rome far more pleasant and safe to cycle than Cambridge, believe it or not), Cambridge again.

When I lived in northern Italy (Ferrara), the younger members of the family I stayed with, aged ten or so, could easily and safely cycle to their grandmother on the other side of town BY THEMSELVES. Quite impossible here. But it needn't be.

It is an indictment of Cambridge transport policy that a major concern for us in our child's choice of sixth form was the danger or otherwise of getting there by bike (e.g. Impington = intimidating roundabout to cross over motorway).

Sarah NICMANIS
(Green Party)

I have been cycling ever since I arrived here in Cambridge in the summer of 2002 when it was immediately apparent how well-suited the bicycle is to this city compared to others that I have lived in; I wasted no time in buying my first second-hand bicycle from University Cycles on Victoria Road. For nearly sixteen years, it has been my main form of transport getting around Cambridge for work and socialising and I have very much enjoyed this easy, healthy and cheap way of getting around. For this reason, I haven't bought a car and on days where it hasn't been possible to cycle, I take the C2 from Mill Road to my place of work in Chesterton.
My husband has been using a bicycle to get around Cambridge since 1995 when he came here to study. He feels it is a sensible alternative to taking a car into town; he has used his bicycle to commute to work and enjoys the exercise benefits. Unfortunately, he has also experienced the downsides to cycling in Cambridge and has been hospitalised once suffering a broken wrist having been knocked off by a driver on Brookfields Avenue who hadn't seen him on the road despite his high visibility clothing. This street, like many others in Cambridge, would benefit from better street design incorporating separate and dedicated cycling areas, especially considering the decreased visibility on this street due to the large (and lovely!) leafy trees that cast shadows onto this busy road.

Regarding any children we may have in the future, I would like to think they could take to cycling quickly but I would worry for their safety due to the number of improvements that need to be made for cyclists in Cambridge. With safety in mind, I would most likely enroll them on a cycling proficiency course before letting them ride around the streets but this hardly protects them from careless drivers and roads that are not yet cycle-friendly. I do have reservations about using dutch style bikes to transport babies and toddlers as the roads in Coleridge do not lend themselves for these to be safely used.

Caitlin PATTERSON
(Green Party)

I live with my partner on Madras Road. We both cycle as our main form of transport, both for getting to work and for leisure. I'm concerned about our safety cycling as we have both had many near misses when cycling around Cambridge when we could have been injured.

Jenny RICHENS
(Green Party)

My wife and I cycle everywhere (and don't own a car), and while we feel safe cycling (on most roads), I would not feel the same about younger or older family members cycling alone. I find cars and buses do not leave adequate space when overtaking, and younger and older people may not cycle as defensively as myself. There are many places in Cherry Hinton, and across Cambridge where there is not adequate cycle lane provision, and the roads are not very safe to cycle on.

Lucas RUZOWITZKY
(Green Party)

I cycle everywhere, no difference in concern. Cycling should be safe, accessible and enjoyable for everyone.

Mark SLADE
(Green Party)

I grew up in Cambridge, cycled to school or work from when I was ten and spent four years in London where I cycled almost everywhere. This has given me confidence cycling. However, it is a mode of transport that requires a lot of focus and I understand why many are worried to get on their bikes.

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

Dave BAIGENT
(Labour Party)

I am the cyclist in my family. I cycle 'everyday'.
My main concern is that we do not do enough to give cyclists the priority they should have in the city.
I am extremely concerned about safety on Mill Road and I am frequently campaigning to make it safer.
I am also extremely concerned about the attitude of some drivers to cyclists.
It also has to be accepted that some cyclists do cycle faster than other road users may believe is appropriate.
AS A CITY COUNCILLOR I work closely with 'the campaign' to make things happen.

Mike DAVEY
(Labour Party)

We are all keen cyclists in the family (my wife and I have three children aged 10-27) and we use the bike as our main form of transport in and around the City. I have been a supporter of Sustrans for many years and I am committed to making Cambridge a more cycling friendly city. I asked my 10 year old daughter about your questions and what she would like to see to make her cycling experience better, and she said continuing ongoing education at our schools and clearer signage demarking cycling, pedestrian and car routes. Wise words.

Dan GREEF
(Labour Party)

I am a keen cyclist and have much experience long distance cycling across East Anglia, as well as daily to get around Cambridge. When I first moved to Cambridge I was struck how good the cycling provision here is. I have a two year old daughter and am considering buying a Dutch family bike to make the most of the amazing cycle paths within the city and strongly believe these would be a great idea within the streets of Queen Edith's.

Lewis HERBERT
(Labour Party)

We all cycle regularly particularly the teenagers, and I have cycled for the majority of local and city journeys since I came to Cambridge to be the county's first Recycling Officer in 1990.

Clare KING
(Labour Party)

All the family cycle and I expect most children brought up in Cambridge do. Mine are grown up now and walking or cycling is still their main mode of transport. One of mine was recently cycling 8 miles to and then from work outside Cambridge every day until he changed jobs to work in the city. Over the years we've had our fair share of accidents as well - one came off his bike because of a pothole and broke his arm, another had his cheekbone smashed by a cyclist without lights riding into him at speed unfortunately. I've come off as well. The state of the roads and of some cycleways is a real concern because of the lack of maintenance and I'm not always convinced that the hew ones are much better as they seem to deteriorate very quickly.

Nicky MASSEY
(Labour Party)

We love cycling along all the dedicated cycle routes in Cambridge especially, and love going on "adventures" into the countryside by cycling along the guided busway cycle tracks.

I dont drive myself, so I either walk or cycle everywhere, and therefore my two youngest children also cycle. We love cycling and the freedom it gives. My eldest has dyspraxia and therefore has been unable to ride a bike, but his balance is improving and so I have hope that he too will cycle. My husband cycles to work every day along Hills road cycleway.

I do worry when cycling on some roads like parts of Newmarket road, and there is more that needs to be done to protect cyclists. I myself have come off my bike twice due to road traffic, and my husband has been knocked off twice also. This does mean I worry a lot about the safety of my children and worry about them cycling independently.

Russ MCPHERSON
(Labour Party)

We do not own a cycle now - but have both owned them in the past; we tend to walk quite a lot taking the dog with us. I think that the amazing speed of much of the traffic is a huge risk to all cyclist - I am very often quite staggered and saddened by the disreguard shown to vulnarable road users - and yes I belive the very young and older riders could have an issue judging the speed of traffic and could very easily be surprised by the speed a vehicle arrives in their space; young people expect traffic to take care and stop when required - they might be surprised.

Carla MCQUEEN
(Labour Party)

When I first moved to Cambridge I cycled everywhere with my youngest son on a bike seat at the back and my eldest son has always rode his own bike. My youngest son now uses a tricyle (he received great support form outspoken)due to mobility issues. However due to near misses he won’t ride anymore. The cars cause him anxiety due to the close proximity however myself and my eldest son still enjoy cycling particularly in green areas. My main concerns particularly in this branch is dangerous driving around cyclists.

Dan RATCLIFFE
(Labour Party)

Although I am not currently cycling as I have yet to replace my most recently stolen bike our entire family usually cycle most days. When our children started at college we were somewhat concerned about them having to cross through the centre during peak times, but they tend to cross the green spaces to reduce the amount of time on busy roads. Apart from the Hills Rd junction our main concerns these days are about our youngest not properly securing her bike when out with her friends.

Mark READER
(Labour Party)

I cycle to and from Cambridge City every day, except Saturdays and I do most of my work and personal travel by bicycle. And I try to do a 'long cycle journey' one or twice each year. So I have cycled to March, Harlton and to Fowlmere.

Patrick SHEIL
(Labour Party)

My family and i are frequent and (in my case) daily bicycle users. I cycle to and from work every day (up and down Histon Road).

As an undergraduate i would cycle around Cambridge all the time and have done so ever since (despite now being a *very* occasional car user). Both my parents (who are now retired) would cycle to work throughout their careers and they still take regular cycle rides to the local shops and just to keep healthy.

My Mum and Dad are senior citizens, however, and i am concerned for their safety. For although they do observe all guidance and rules around legal and safe cycling, the fact is, cars are still going too fast in built-up areas. Sleeping policeman are not always enough to stop this. National introduction of an option to install 20 mph zone speed cameras would be good.

The world has yet to understand fully the health benefits of cycling: more cycling means reductions in obesity and to the threat of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. This means a lessening of the nation's healthcare bill, aside from the quality-of-life improvements for individuals.

My Dad has often written to the local press to defend the rights of cyclists.

Ann SINNOTT
(Labour Party)

I have a slight impairment at present which means I do not currently cycle, but have done so in the past and will do so in the future. I no longer have young children or older relatives.

Martin SMART
(Labour Party)

Preamble

Memories of my childhood are rather hazy now but I do remember a couple of bikes. I think one of the first was a small bike probably with 14 inch wheels that I bought off my friend Paul Taylor for ten shillings. I seem to remember that transaction as happening at the same time as playing a marble game in the gutter with him but I can’t remember now how the two relate. Perhaps not at all. Anyway, it was a jolly little bike, painted with gold paint and was great fun to cycle around the back lanes and through the puddles.

Some time later I remember having one of those family trips with mum and dad to a bike shop in Stokes Croft in Bristol. My brother didn’t come but having both parents on such a trip raised the stakes considerably. It was an important trip and I knew it. It was probably a Raleigh main dealer and I still remember the smell of the bikes on entering the shop, mostly the combination of the smell of rubber and grease. It was my birthday. I got a Raleigh Hercules Jeep. It was a single speed, with 18 inch frame, 24 x 1 3/8 inch wheels and with white saddle bag as standard, chain guard and calliper brakes in sunset yellow with carmine trim. This magnificent beast served me well for many adventures with friends in Bristol and further afield on day trips out to the Mendips and even, I seem to remember, to the coast, perhaps Clevedon or Portishead.

On moving into my later teens in Bristol, and into my twenties at polytechnic in Plymouth, I didn’t cycle. The following year in London I worked as a cycle courier for a while and learnt to cycle in a way that kept me alive, perhaps ‘offensive cycling’, but anyway taking up space on the road and definitely not staying in the gutter. My orange plastic shoulder bag was super trendy and I liked the lifestyle. However, going into the winter and cycling for a few hours in the rain caused me to reassess the lifestyle after suffering from probably only mild hypothermia, but it didn’t feel nice. I then took to a desk job drawing up lighting plans and so on in an architectural practice near Old Street and took to the Tube for transport from then on.

From there I went to Glasgow for a couple of years as a student at the School of Art and I continued not to cycle. I think this was probably due to a combination of steep hills and carrying portfolios to and fro.

After that, in Southampton, I got a nice secondhand red racing bike. The frame was too big but otherwise it served my needs well. Lots of short journeys around town and a few trips out into the countryside.

Chapter One

When I arrived in Cambridge 25 years ago I brought the red racing bike with me. I enjoyed cycling around and exploring the new city that my partner and I had chosen to move to.

Some time later I swapped my racer for a locally bought butchers bike which I used for shopping at Arjuna and other local shopping trips. Also, when we had twins in 1996 they used to love sitting in the banana box at the front for little trips over Parker's Piece and suchlike. A great bike for carrying all manner of loads! It was unfortunately stolen after a few years but luckily it turned up a week or so later, rather damaged, but I managed to get it renovated and it saw many more years of active service. By then the twins, or rather Anna and Jack, had their own little Raleighs with the all-important baskets for carrying essential teddies and so on.

Later, much later, I traded my butcher's in at a bike shop on King Street so my teenage son could have the second hand but never-the-less super-duper all-singing all-dancing 18 gear off-roader in the window he desired! I missed the butchers bike a bit and he all too soon grew out of his off-roader. However, things move on, and later I bought a second hand garage clear out job lot of bikes for the whole family. This was great fun and included a small-wheeled home-made red tandem in welded square-section steel tubing. All the family, and friends too, enjoyed playing around with it on trips roundabout the local area. It also provided another cycling seat if we had more people that bikes. In that bunch of bikes we also had a Bickerton Portable, a great find. I've since restored it, though it was off the road for a while with a broken peddle, and more recently sold it. There were also smaller bikes which the children used, and abused! The boy so enjoyed his bike that when I went to get it repaired the guy said he'd never seen a bike that was so damaged in so many ways! I seem to remember that at one point he cycled it into a brick wall. Not worth mending apparently, so I had another one made up out of spare bits for him. The girl got hers stolen, never to return, but then, she hadn't locked it up! For my part I got a rather rugged old Raleigh which I re-sprayed, got some repairs done, and finally added a huge trailer which I got for my birthday. I then went off down Mill Road, Snakey Path and over the railway bridge to Bookers wholesale to do large shopping trips, as well as the veg shopping and organic food still at Arjuna, as I did 25 years ago!

With the trailer off I usually cycle on a daily basis to wherever I'm going. Sometimes I used to get the bus, for example to meetings in Papworth for Disability Cambridgeshire, and occasionally I have hired a car if we need on to do things as a family further afield . If it's just me I often use the train but if it's all five of us it usually costs a lot more on the train or coach, and we do have a car now.

Just to say, this has all been rather utilitarian, and we have of course been off on recreational rides. For example, one lovely trip, when the children were younger, was when all five of us cycled up the river, out of town. We had decided to have an 'art trip' and stopped up toward Baits Bite Lock to do some pastel pictures. We were lucky enough to find a woodpecker and all had a lovely time drawing it as we tucked into a picnic lunch. What better thing could you do with a bike than a trip such as this?

This is a long and rambling answer to the question, and in fact I've cut out quite a bit, but that it the nature of a cycling life. The bike, or rather bikes, in our family, have been part of many of the stories of our lives living here together in Cambridge, and I hope will continue to be so in the future.

I have grown up here and lived and worked in Cambridge for a large part of my adult life. Cycling has always been my most often used form of transport.

Chapter 2

The black bike of the previous chapter eventually started to grind to a halt as friction on the bearings got the better of me. As we had recently got the twins new freewheel single-speed bikes from Hackney Cycles and they have been very good but in terms of build quality and usefulness on the flat streets of Cambridge, I then couldn’t resist getting the same one as my son had, a very smart looking one all in black. Very practical, actually. This unfortunately got stolen whilst out canvassing during the run up to an election. I claimed on the insurance and got an even smarter looking one from the same shop, again all in black. The insurance claim was a mistake as with that and other claims the premium went up, a lot. Clearly, the point of insurance is to pay for it but never to actually make a claim. Whilst all this was going on the rest of the family seemed to be upgrading their bikes. My older daughter got a Felt racer, needing something to get her around at uni. My younger daughter got a B’twin racer from Decathlon, a very competitively priced brand, and both giving good service. And my son got a replacement bike the same as mine for uni travel. My partner got a Sparta step-through, very useful for cycling to the train station in longer dresses or coats. Thinking about this, I feel we have come a long way from our early days of bike ownership. I guess our bike experience reflects the very diverse and exciting possibilities open to consumers both online and from shops.

Bringing things up to the present day, I’ll just recount a couple of experiences I had before Christmas. Both happened in December, a particularly busy time on the roads. First, I was cycling back from a meeting to discuss the Greenways project and as I turned into Warkworth Terrace, about half way along, a car came speeding towards me, literally at me, and I had to throw myself to the left to avoid it crashing into me. I was a little hurt but not as bad as it could have been if I hadn’t got out the way. My son said he had seen a speeding car on Warkworth Street earlier so probably the same one. This is right next to the police station of course, and I phoned up to let them know, but nothing came of it. The second occasion was when I was cycling into town to buy Christmas presents. I was going along Regent Street onto St Andrews Street and about to pass through the bus gate outside Mandela House and as I did a Stagecoach bus overtook me and the side of the bus crashed into me causing me to be thrown off my bike. It was quite a serious incident. I lay on the ground for a while and then a couple of medical professionals who happened to be passing administered first aid. I think they said they were nurses. Anyway, I got up OK, and spoke to the bus driver who had stopped. He claimed it was my fault but I was careful not to get into an argument even though it wasn’t as far as I was concerned. We exchanged details, although he didn’t give me his driver number as he should have. As we finished up I asked him if he was OK as I’m sure it must be worrying when you’ve nearly seriously hurt someone or worse. At the time a random individual who witnessed the incident and was so incensed by it that he gave me his phone number if I needed a witness. Unfortunately, Stagecoach never returned my calls for some time, and now, April of the following year, their insurance company is still refusing liability and will not pay the costs of the damage to my bike and helmet and so on. I did not mention the fact that I am a city councillor, and in fact the Lead Councillor for cycling, as I didn’t want to play the ‘councillor card’, but rather be treated like any normal member of the public. It would be interesting to find out under an FOI how many incidents are reported by drivers, how many claims are made, and how many actually get paid. I suspect that the numbers diminish substantially for the three categories as the route to a successful claim seems to be to be very difficult to achieve.

Further to the above, two of my three children have been crashed into by cars and the third constantly reports of problems with cars nearly driving into her, drivers shouting at her, and suchlike whilst trying to negotiate Hills Road on her way to sixth form college. And by the way, she’s a sensible person in all respects.

For my part, I am now much more concerned and less comfortable when using the roads, and at the same time I am very vigilant, looking around me all the time to check for safety. Perhaps these incidents serve a useful purpose in that I have come through them in one piece and perhaps that will continue to be the case, hopefully! Anyway, the point I’m really making here is that we really do need to have as much protected space as possible and segregated cycling routes so that cyclists feel safe because if they don’t then they will not cycle and some of them will end up using cars again instead and we’re back where we started. As they say, ‘every cyclist is a car off the road’. However, in terms of the question and younger cyclists, that is those who don’t drive, then they don’t have that option so we must protect space for them to be able to cycle safely.

Katie THORNBURROW
(Labour Party)

I have lived in Cambridgeshire for over thirty years and have always cycled - when I’ve lived in the City it’s been my main way of getting around. All of my family members cycle regularly and our garage is filled with bikes. I’m obviously concerned about road safety for my children, and myself as I grow older.

Baiju VARKEY
(Labour Party)

Since I moved into Cambridge in 2004, and a student at Anglia Ruskin, I’ve been cycling. While I was studying in Anglia, I was cycling almost full time. Even now I still cycle on most occasions unless it is a family trip. And my 14 year old daughter and 11 year old son used to cycle to school and they enjoy cycling. I am concerned about my children as school times collide with office times. Because of this, there is often a lot of traffic when my children are cycling to and from school. This can be very dangerous and it worries me a lot.

Joshua BLANCHARD LEWIS
(Liberal Democrat)

As someone who works all over Cambridge, and uses facilities across the whole city, I am on my bike most days, and at all hours of the day. I also do some medium distance journeys for leisure, including cycling out to the villages and places like Ely. I admire families who take their children out and teach them to ride on the roads, but there are some places, such as Mill Road, some central areas, and Queen's Road, where I would be very concerned for less confident cyclists. Although my partner is able-bodied, she isn't a confident cyclist, and often talks to me about the areas she finds difficult to ride in.

Sarah BROWN
(Liberal Democrat)

I cycle in Cambridge, as does my partner. Our youngest child (currently 14) cycles to school. He has had a bike stolen because there was insufficient secure parking on site.

Rod CANTRILL
(Liberal Democrat)

All my family cycle. I have to grown up children who when at home get around the city by bike. I cycle when in Cambridge and when commuting to London by train (using a folding bike allows me to cycle in London as well - between the station and work.).

I do have different concerns regarding younger and older people. It is important that cyclists who are less confident (regardless of age) have safe and secure cycle paths to cycle on. Whilst i personally feel safe in Cambridge cycling on the road - in London i only feel safe when cycling on segregated cycle ways. So i recognise what it can be like for cyclists in Cambridge who are less confident and the need for enhanced cycle infrastructure.

Jamie DALZELL
(Liberal Democrat)

I cycle to and from work along Milton Road each day and currently ride a recumbent tricycle. Trikes are bit wider than normal bikes and therefore it has highlighted access issues to me. I also have to be especially cautious around parked vehicles due to my lower field of view.

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

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

Owen DUNN
(Liberal Democrat)

Cycling is my main mode of transport, along with the train for longer journeys. I cycle 30-50 miles a week commuting around Cambridge, mainly on roads, with some use of off-road cycle paths. For large shopping trips and DIY I use a bike trailer.

I also cycle for leisure and do 100-200km rides with Audax UK. (http://www.aukweb.net/)

While I mainly cycle on roads, I'm aware that less confident cyclists and those with disabilities benefit significantly from protected space for cycling. I'm keen to extend the health and environmental benefits of cycling to as many people as possible.

Daniele GIBNEY
(Liberal Democrat)

I grew up in the Netherlands, and so have been cycling from a very early age. I’ve never owned a car, and aside from a period of 1.5 years when I commuted by train, cycling has always been my primary mode of transport. Since moving to Cambridge, I’ve always been lucky enough to work locally and have a pleasant cycle commute. My partner is also a cyclist.
I don’t have either younger or older family members locally, but in general I’m worried about more vulnerable cyclists. That’s not limited to children or older people – several young adults I know are unsure on a bike. I was amazed when I moved to Cambridge to see how often cyclists are required to share road space with buses, and in general are given little protection on busy roads. I know people who are less confident can be put off cycling in such circumstances.

Dan HILKEN
(Liberal Democrat)

My family and I cycle in Cambridge unless it’s not practically feasible or safe. My wife commutes daily by bike from south Trumpington to West Cambridge. My 12-year-old daughter travels daily to Trumpington Community College, activities and friends within Trumpington, and I expect in her teens will venture beyond alone. As a family, we travel together all around Cambridge, including with our dog in my caged basket. My normal transport since a child in Cambridge has been bicycle, including a decade in London and several years in Beijing. My parents, now in their 80s, have been cycling in Cambridge for many decades. I find safer routes for my wife as she did not grow up cycling regularly. I have particular safety concerns about my daughter’s routes — see below, plus, as my daughter’s school is part of the Parkside Federation, she will soon need to cycle between TCC, Parkside and Coleridge, routes which have some dangerous stretches that could be greatly improved.

Anthony MARTINELLI
(Liberal Democrat)

I cycle to work daily from the city centre to Addenbrooke’s. I don’t currently have any family in Cambridge, but I hope that I will in the future - I would want to make sure in particular that young children feel safe cycling on our roads as even I find cycling close to certain large vehicles intimidating on occasion.

Colin MCGERTY
(Liberal Democrat)

My whole family cycle as our main form of transport in Cambridge. My work in IT is varied. Sometimes I work from home, other times I’ll commute to London by bike and train. My wife and children cycle daily to work and school.
Cycling on the road with young children can be scary where cycle paths are not segregated from traffic. Teaching the children awareness of their surroundings on the road was our top priority. Our ten-year-old daughter now cycles independently around the city.

John OAKES
(Liberal Democrat)

I personally cycle 10-15 miles in Cambridge every week, without mishap or discourtesy . Such situations can usually be avoided by careful and considerate cyclists.My children and grandchildren cycle in more dangerous London boroughs.

Cheney PAYNE
(Liberal Democrat)

I have always cycled in Cambridge, since cycling to lectures on the Sidgwick Site as a student 11 years ago. My most intensive year of cycling was when I spent a year cycling from Castle Hill to Cherry Hinton and back twice daily as a language therapist, clocking up around 14 miles a day. I now work in a school in Suffolk so drive to work, but cycle around the town at weekends and during school holidays.

Despite a lot of cycling experience, it is not really something which comes naturally to me and I actually find it really difficult. I have encountered issues caused by faster cyclists overtaking me in areas of heavy traffic, risking themselves and me. It concerns me that cyclists who, like me, are less steady on their wheels are particularly at risk at busy junctions such as the bottom of Castle hill. This would be an issue for older and younger cyclists in many cases, but is of course not limited to these groups. I have particular concerns about people cycling with young children in trailers behind them: at key pinch points with lots of other cyclists passing quickly, these trailers could not be noticed or avoided easily.

Shahida RAHMAN
(Liberal Democrat)

My children cycle a lot (2 of them are adults and 2 are teenagers) My particular concerns are cars parking on the cycle lane. This means they have to manoeuvre to the main road which isn’t safe at all. I believe that more action should be taken to stop people parking on cycle lanes. Cycling in busy traffic can be difficult too.

Nicky SHEPARD
(Liberal Democrat)

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

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

Lindsey TATE
(Liberal Democrat)

Cycling has been my main mode of transport for the whole of the 8 years I have lived in Cambridge. For health reasons, I wasn’t able to cycle for a few months in the autumn. All of my journey times increased substantially and I greatly missed it.

Immediately after returning to cycling, I was very aware of being slower and needing to make a priority of avoiding even a minor accident – much as I’m sure many of us will experience as we get older. At junctions and on routes where the separate cycling provision involves a diversion, I would usually use the road; however, these alternatives were very attractive to me at this time.

I think it’s important that more vulnerable cyclists are not forced to join busy flows of traffic. Cycle routes should include provision to avoid this along their whole length, otherwise we risk one junction rendering a much longer route useless to younger, older or less confident cyclists.

Tim WARD
(Liberal Democrat)

I and my family routinely cycle both within Cambridge and beyond, including daily commuting. There are various hazards, with the worst at the moment being the proliferation of potholes which distract attention that should be spent on situational awareness, along with the perennial illegally and antisocially parked taxis, and completely oblivious pedestrians stepping out in front of cyclists without looking in the city centre. One of which led to a broken wrist (and destroyed bike) in my family since you asked this question last year.

Aidan POWLESLAND
(Libertarian Party)

I moved to Castle Ward in 1990 and from then until 2003 my only vehicular transport was a bicycle. I would not say I was a fanatic for bicycles, but I would say I was almost married to mine. I have a particularly vivid memory of the motorist on Castle Hill who opened her passenger side door to step out of her vehicle onto the road just as I arrived, going at 20 mph, at the spot she opened her door into.

On the subject of the cycling of diverse generations (family members, friends and colleagues or whomsoever) I do not have "concerns" at all. But as to the idea that government policy should be age specific, in any degree, naturally where government intrudes on matters to which age is integral age should be considered. For example, the department of Transport allows £1.6 million per year to prevent a fatality on the roads. I think it would make good sense for them to allow £2.5 million to prevent a fatality among the under 15s (on the grounds their life still lies in full ahead of them and so, in this sense, is more precious) and over 50s (on the grounds their life is getting, all other things being equal, less fun, and so let us to some extent make way out of sympathy as it were) even if it meant allowing only £1.0 million for the rest. The Department of Transport is not an organisation in which Cambridge City has a voice but applying the same principle to measures enacted by the City in respect of the young (or the most elderly) by all means let us be age aware in any specific case. I do not have any such specific case to bring forward so I have explained the nature of the thinking I would apply to any cases that I encountered or did in the future bring to the fore.

Peter BURKINSHAW
(UK Independence Party)

Being placed at risk by cyclists illegally riding on the footpath

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