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Question 5 - we asked:

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has said that the government wants half of all journeys in towns and cities to be walked or cycled by 2030. All candidates from major parties for West Midlands Mayor have committed to achieve this. Do you? If so, what do you think would be the most important actions needed to reach this goal in Cambridgeshire's urban areas?

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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)

I want every single resident of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to know their Mayor puts the 3 Cs of compassion, cooperation and community at the heart of every single decision made by the Combined Authority .

With a surgical focus in all areas of policy to deliver value for money and reduce waste , I want to take on the challenge of a Post CoVid , post Brexit economy by harnessing the unique qualities of the area.

This approach needs to be applied to the challenge of the government wanting half of all journeys in towns and cities to be walked or cycled by 2030.

The most important action needed to reach this goal in Cambridgeshire's urban areas is for all those making decisions at local government level and at the Combined authority to recognise the climate emergency and the need to address it as a priority.

If elected , I will be a Mayor who will ensure all members of the Combined authority board are focused on using the expertise in areas of air pollution, cycle and public transport infrastructure, town planning and design , environmental and green policies to deliver the government target by 2030

Aidan VAN DE WEYER
(Liberal Democrat)

Yes. The target of having half of all journeys in urban areas being on foot or on bike is very ambitious, but not unachievable. This is exactly the sort of urgent and ambitious target that will help re-prioritise our actions in a way that helps get us towards zero carbon.

This will only be achieved if we fundamentally shift the balance in favour of cycling and walking (and public transport) so that these modes are more attractive than driving a car in the majority of situations.

This needs changes in a wide range of areas, including; much better standards for cycling and walking infrastructure, with segregation between modes, especially at junctions, being the norm; more secure cycle parking; support for electric bikes; financial disincentives to car driving; reallocation of road space, and exclusion of most cars from city and town centres; changes to road design to slow motor vehicles down; better enforcement of driving laws.

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