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Question 1 - we asked:

Sustrans’s manifesto for the regional elections includes the following asks:
- Ask 1: Commit to increasing funding and delivery of ambitious walking and cycling schemes;
- Ask 2: Make 20-minute neighbourhoods a central principle in local planning, transport, health and economic policy;
- Ask 3: Ensure policy and investment in walking, cycling and public transport prioritises people who are disadvantaged or marginalised;
- Ask 4: Take immediate action to make local transport zero-carbon, improve air quality and create low-carbon jobs.
Will you support this manifesto? How will you put cycling, walking and sustainable transport at the heart of plans to make Cambridgeshire and Peterborough healthier, fairer and better places?

We asked this question:

2 of the 3 candidates (67%) who were asked this question responded as below.

Those candidate(s) which were elected are highlighted.

Nik JOHNSON
(Labour Party)

The Sustrans manifesto is an ambitious document and throws down the gauntlet and a real challenge to those in local government to rise to the challenge of the Climate emergency . It has my support in its objectives and I would like to see it adopted by the Greater Cambridgeshire Combined Authority .

I propose the recovery of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough's communities has to be led with principles of world class public health at the heart of all that we do. I will invite local leaders in Public Health and Environmental specialists to sit as part of the Executive Board where they will advocate and shape local Combined Authority policy to deliver integrated sustainable, transport systems promoting freedom without pollution and promote working, education and skills opportunities in a digital era for all. Cycling will have a high profile as part of these plans.

Aidan VAN DE WEYER
(Liberal Democrat)

The Sustrans manifesto is excellent.

I will significantly increase the investment in walking and cycling schemes and I will report the amounts invested into each transport mode.

The 20-minute neighbourhood is an excellent approach to planning new developments and to considering how to improve existing places. The new SCDC/Cambridge City Local Plan is already starting to consider how to use this concept, though it won’t work in all situations. As this ask suggests, 20-minute neighbourhoods support a range of public policy objectives, so I will work with all relevant bodies to build in the concept to our planning.

The recent BikeLife survey showed that, even in Cambridge, cycling rates are are not equal across income levels. We need to consider more carefully opportunities to address inequalities when making investments, and look at how the needs of disadvantaged and marginalised communities and individuals might differ.

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