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Question 1 - we asked:

There is a lot of political support for cycling locally. However, funding is inconsistent. As an MP, what would you do to ensure that money is available to meet the capital expenditure ambitions of councils and ensure that cycle facilities are maintained?

We asked this question in these 3 constituencies: , Cambridge, South Cambridgeshire.

5 of the 11 candidates (45%) who were asked this question responded as below.

Those candidate(s) which were elected are highlighted.

Jeremy CADDICK
(Green Party)

Yes, Greens would earmark £2.5 billion per year for cycling and walking infrastructure, and encourage local councils to be as ambitious as possible in facilitating cycling.

Daniel ZEICHNER
(Labour Party)

Labour is making a huge promise on cycling - with funding of £50 per head per annum, a £200 grant to purchase e-bikes, and funding diverted from vehicle excise duty. This is potentially transformational, both in environmental and transport terms, and is the kind of radical shift people have been looking for, with the potential to move us to the much admired European models such as Freiburg. As a shadow transport minister for two years, and now an officer of the All Party Cycling Group, fighting for resources for cycling and walking is a key part of my work. The recent report of the Transport Select Committee, of which I am a member, highlights some of the challenges. I welcomed the Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy and pay tribute to my predecessor Julian Huppert for the work he did in working on the campaign for £10 per head spending. However, the CWIS took a very long time to emerge and in my view was too vague: ok on strategy, weak on investment. The Government are already missing their own unambitious targets. Of the £1.2bn supposedly allocated over 5 years, only a quarter is actually ring-fenced, so the headline figure is misleading. Labour has been committed to at least the £10 per head figure, and is now promising massively more. On capital expenditure, I have signed Cycling UK’s pledge to lift spending to 10% within 5 years. While capital spending is important, revenue matters too, and one of my main criticisms of the current Government approach is that it is too bid-driven, leading to a constant stop-start approach which wastes resources and expertise. Labour will boost revenue spending immediately, as capital schemes are designed across the country.

Rod CANTRILL
(Liberal Democrat)

Nationally I want as a minimum 10% of the transport budget to be spent on promoting walking and cycling, which represents a five-fold increase in expenditure on building and maintaining cycling infrastructure such as dedicated cycle lanes. As a Liberal Democrat I believe in devolving as much decision making and spending power to the lowest level practical so that councils are empowered to fix things in their community. I have seen, when I was the City Council's cycle champion, the effectiveness of this approach here in Cambridge.

Ian SOLLOM
(Liberal Democrat)

The demand for good quality segregated cycleways across the constituency is huge. The issue gets raised in even the smallest remote villages and not just in the urban areas. So many people in South Cambridgeshire are used to cycling as a normal part of their daily routine, and we know there is much more pent-up demand. As a member of GCP Joint Assembly, I have been involved in the development of capital investment in cycleways, like the Greenways and the improvements around Addenbrooke’s, and I believe we can go much further, both in terms of length of track and quality.
While we have a good amount of capital investment at the moment, we have suffered from uncertainty of capital funding in the past, and we also have very little idea about how to maintain all the cycleways that we are building.
When elected, I will make it a priority to meet relevant transport ministers and DfT civil servants to discuss how to ensure continuity of capital funding, how to increase the amounts invested, how to raise standards and how to get protected maintenance revenues.

Keith GARRETT
(Rebooting Democracy)

The people of Cambridge should be making the decisions that affect the way they live. Talking to people around Cambridge I find there is a consensus on the way forward for the transport infrastructure.

My aim is for our funding priorities to be set using deliberation and random selection. Random selection and stratification give us a representative cross section of the people affected. Deliberative processes enable sensible small group discussions away from ideological debates. Evidence would be presented from experts and stakeholders. People given time and evidence make sensible long term decisions. There are various forms but one of the most popular recently is called a Citizens' Assembly (although people don't need to be citizens - it's just a generic world wide term).

This is true democracy and allows for the people to make informed community decisions based on evidence. This takes us away from political and lobbied decision making.

It is interesting that the question is framed as the 'ambitions of the councils'. The ambitions should be directly ours with the effect that we are all working together towards them.

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