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Question 4 - we asked:
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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3 of the 4 candidates (75%) who were asked this question responded as below.
Those candidate(s) which were elected are highlighted.
I can't think of any street that would not benefit from the addition of cycle parking points. The aim here is to make bike journeys from A to B convenient, and that means that point B needs a place to park, wherever it is. Of course, we can prioritise, simply by auditing where we find bikes tied to railings most often.
I welcome the street cycling project to de-clutter pedestrian areas and improve cycle parking facilities. The news that Camcyle are consulting residents and applying for funding is brilliant. There are lots of places where improvements can be made. Small urban design interventions will generally lift the quality of the public realm in Petersfield. I'd fully encourage it starting with key pedestrian routes such as Mill Road; by looking at private forecourts, public highways, public and private amenity areas as well as existing car parking spaces.
Mill Road and the streets around pubs all suffer from a lack of cycle parking, as do the areas around the station. The very first time I was elected as a councillor was partially on the basis of a campaign for better cycle parking provision, and my views have not changed.
I want to consult with local residents on more cycle parking around pubs. One might expect some hostility on the grounds of reduction of car parking spaces, but I think there is also benefit to be gained in reducing the liklehood that bikes are left on pavements.
Camcycle is a non-partisan body. All candidates are given an equal opportunity to submit their views. Information published by Camcycle (Cambridge Cycling Campaign), The Bike Depot, 140 Cowley Road, Cambridge, CB4 0DL.