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Question 7 - we asked:

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?

We asked this question in these 5 wards: Arbury, Castle, East Chesterton, King's Hedges, West Chesterton.

20 of the 25 candidates (80%) who were asked this question responded as below.

Those candidate(s) which were elected are highlighted.

Mike HARFORD
(Conservative Party)

I agree with your campaign. Anything that keeps cyclists and pedestrians away from motorists is preferable especially in Cambridge.

Tom HARWOOD
(Conservative Party)

Updating Elisabeth Way Bridge safety features would be high on my list of causes to champion.

Gareth BAILEY
(Green Party)

The roundabout at the junction between Elizabeth way and Chesterton Road/High Street is difficult to navigate for all but the most experienced cyclists and would be an excellent candidate for such improvements.

Stephen LAWRENCE
(Green Party)

North Mere Way roundabout, and the route to Roxburgh Rd

Shayne MITCHELL
(Green Party)

All of them!

Roundabouts are particularly problematic and scary. Better replaced by traffic lights.

Interestingly (and counter-intuitively), it wouldn't necessarily "impede traffic flow". I am ancient enough to recall the roundabout which used to be at the junction by Parkside Swimming Pool. Because so many cyclists and pedestrians had been injured, it was replaced by traffic lights. Intriguingly, it actually got quicker and easier to use the junction - there was much LESS of a queue! (I lived near there, and used it every day before and after.)

Lucas RUZOWITZKY
(Green Party)

All junctions.

Clare KING
(Labour Party)

I'd like to see both the Mitchams Corner SPD and the Eastern Gate SPD actually implemented which would tackle two of the major problem areas. A lot of the principles for better cycling and pedestrian infrastructure are also good placemaking but too often the County Highways focuses solely on engineering solutions about how to get vehicles through 'efficiently' instead.

Carla MCQUEEN
(Labour Party)

Safety is my main concern. I am mostly worried that vehicle traffic will not recognise the need to give way to bicycles in the arrangement proposed. I am also worried about Elizabeth way when cyclists have to use the foot path for fear of being hit by vehicles. Therefore I believe Elizabeth way Rd leading upto the garage on the left needs improvement and consideration.

Mark READER
(Labour Party)

- Warwick / Gilbert Road
- Carisbrooke / Histon Road
- Windsor / Histon Road
- Victoria / Huntingdon Road

Patrick SHEIL
(Labour Party)

The junction connecting Huntingdon Road, Histon Road, Victoria Road and Castle Street is one which needs attention, and one where full separation might work well. There are a number of problems here. Traffic lights do not give pedestrians enough time to cross the road. Cars go into lanes not corresponding to their destination. Cyclists and pedestrians are suffering as a result. We need a cycle light that goes green allowing cyclists to move ahead of cars for those first crucial seconds (as in the new arrangement at the bottom of Castle Hill). What currently happens is that both start to move at the same time with one or the other having to improvise if there is a sudden change of direction. This can lead to accidents.

However, the good news is that County Officers are now looking at just this kind of scheme, for that very junction. This was discussed with help of diagrams in our most recent Local Liaison Forum (LLF).

Also, we are improving safety along Arbury Road by removing mini-roundabouts and going for raised junction tables.

Martin SMART
(Labour Party)

Potentially lots, but I look forward to seeing how these ones on Milton Road and Histon Road do first. The Milton Road scheme is in my ward and I have attended many and various resident meetings with regard to that. I have at times expressed some doubts about the proposals for Milton Road so I am particularly interested in how this scheme turns out. My concerns are many and varied but in terms of this aspect I have mostly safety concerns. I am worried that vehicular traffic will not recognise the need to give way to bicycles in the arrangement proposed. I am very much aware that I am not a traffic engineer so do not presume to know what is best. I just aim to bring a common sense approach to the table, and feel duty-bound to say what I think even if it goes against resident views, especially when safety an issue.

Baiju VARKEY
(Labour Party)

I believe that the new junction layouts propose an exciting future method of arranging priorities for pedestrians and bicycles and motorised traffic. However, I believe that it would be sensible to wait to see how the proposed junctions work out in practice before adopting this arrangement for other junctions across the city.

Jamie DALZELL
(Liberal Democrat)

As a regular cyclist on the road, I am keen to ‘Do Optimum’ proposals for Milton Road and as a Councillor I would work hard to continue to support residents in the ongoing tug-of-war between the resident-led plans and the original GCP corridors.

It would also be great to see such principles extended further across Cambridge to further improve the cycle network. Mitcham’s Corner (discussed later) could be improved significantly for cyclists, and I would be keen to explore options to better protect cyclists along Elizabeth way, especially on roundabouts. Currently the additional width encourages high speeds from motor vehicles, when instead it could be used to provide greater protection for cyclists.

Owen DUNN
(Liberal Democrat)

The roundabout at the junction of Chesterton Road and Elizabeth Way also needs to be made easier for cyclists and pedestrians to cross.

Daniele GIBNEY
(Liberal Democrat)

These are interesting proposals, and the video makes very clear how the separation of cycle traffic improves flow. I felt very uncomfortable watching the video illustrating the original proposal - it clearly does nothing to help the existing conflicts between motorised and cycle traffic coming from the north - I feel nervous going straight on at that point.
Mitcham’s Corner is an obvious junction that needs to be redeveloped in a way that gives cyclists and pedestrians a safe, clear route. The existing development framework explains the current issues for cyclists and pedestrians clearly, but the guidance could be firmer on how non-motorised traffic can be better served. There needs to be a clear north-south through route for cyclists, as well as straightforward options for turning onto Chesterton Road or Victoria Road heading west when coming from the north - I take that route fairly regularly. The Elizabeth Way / Chesterton Road roundabout is also very uncomfortable for cyclists in most directions. A bit further afield for me, the Sainsbury’s roundabout on Coldham’s Lane is a nightmare.

Cheney PAYNE
(Liberal Democrat)

The junction where Lady Margaret Road joins Madingley Road is hugely dangerous for all users, as cyclists need to cross Madingley Road to reach the cycle path which is integrated with the pedestrian route. Cyclists turning left or right immediately join lanes of heavy traffic without any kind of cycle lane, meaning many cyclists cycle on the pavement. This all happens in the middle of a complex series of hazards for motorists, and just before a zebra crossing. This is a classic example of where all road users are placed in conflict, so any means of separating users would improve the safety of this junction.

Shahida RAHMAN
(Liberal Democrat)

The roundabout at the junction of Chesterton Road and Elizabeth Way also needs improvements and a redesign to be made easier for cyclists and pedestrians to cross.

Tim WARD
(Liberal Democrat)

Whilst it would be of value to many cyclists, I would not like "fully separated" to be compulsory - for example in the proposed "improved" version of the Milton Road / Elizabeth Way junction I would probably go straight on along Milton Road westwards in the main carriageway rather than be held up on the segregated cycle path, and the animation fails to demonstrate such behaviour and thus might give an overestimate of motor vehicle speed and thus capacity. Cambridge Cycling Campaign has in the past been supportive of "confident cyclists" who use their right to use the main carriageway as well as those who prefer segregated facilities, and I hope they will continue to be so. As always, the right balance must be struck.

One thing I would seek to do is carry out an audit of controlled junctions which don't have advance stop boxes for cyclists, and find out why they don't, and campaign to add them where it is physically and legally possible (even if it might reduce junction capacity for motor vehicles). A relatively straightforward improvement for segregated movement for cyclists, albeit not segregated road space, might then be to add more "cyclists go first" phases to some of the traffic lights.

Aidan POWLESLAND
(Libertarian Party)

I propose to answer this under separate cover in the event I am elected. I would not like to comment on so specific a matter without having attended to it adequately. I have examined the proposals but found the information inadequate, mostly because of absence of consideration of costs (in the widest sense) to put forward a position on the basis of what I know so far.

Peter BURKINSHAW
(UK Independence Party)

Pedestrians are already separated from motorised vehicles. No other measures should be necessary

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