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Question 4 - we asked:

Many rural roads are now hostile environments for people walking and cycling. What steps would you take to make sure there is a network of welcoming, safe and accessible infrastructure for people walking and cycling across the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough region? As an example, the A10 bypassing Waterbeach is known to be a dangerous road with its narrow pavements and it was the site of a terrible crash killing a 5-month-old-baby. What would you do to ensure that people walking and cycling are safer in this location as well as other similar ones?

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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 tragedy as described in the question is a sobering reminder of how vulnerable pedestrians and cyclists can be in a world where the motor vehicle has priority status.

I think I can only do justice to this question by stating unequivocally that I am fully supportive of the Louis Thorold Foundation and its vision to reduce infant pedestrian road deaths through the promotion and advancement of road safety, associated emergency response, care and rehabilitative treatment through the funding of research.

Aidan VAN DE WEYER
(Liberal Democrat)

For the last 8 years, I have been involved in the A10 Corridor Cycling Campaign, which focusses on the A10 from Cambridge to Royston. It has been a long, slow effort, but we did get some decent quality paths alongside or near the A10. These are now very well used and appreciated. The case for investment in infrastructure like this elsewhere is now very clear. The appetite for cycling in rural areas is only going to grow, especially as electric bikes become more common. But demand will always be held back by the unattractiveness of sharing country roads with fast motor vehicles.

As Mayor, I would develop a robust plan to create a network of good quality and attractive routes for walking and cycling, so that investments from various sources can be prioritised and coordinated. Tackling well-used areas where safety is a particular concern, like the A10 near Waterbeach, is very urgent. I would work to get speed limits down and then get them enforced. I would increase the amount of capital investment from the Combined Authority into walking and cycling.

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