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Question 1 - we asked:

What is your personal experience of walking and cycling in your area? What barriers do you think local people face that may prevent them from choosing active travel for everyday journeys?

We asked this question in all 18 wards, namely: Bretton, Central, Dogsthorpe, East, Eye, Thorney & Newborough, Fletton & Stanground, Fletton & Woodston, Gunthorpe, Hampton Vale, Hargate & Hempsted, North, Orton Longueville, Orton Waterville, Park, Paston & Walton, Ravensthorpe, Stanground South, Werrington.

14 of the 75 candidates (19%) who were asked this question responded as below.

Those candidate(s) which were elected are highlighted.

(Conservative Party)

I do not see that the public cannot walk where they wish in my area.

(Conservative Party)

I cycle a lot and mainly for recreation purposes but often to travel to meetings and to the railway station. My biggest issue is that there is a lack of consistency in the cycling infrastructure with some routes being safe and well lit and then other sections on the same routes being poorly maintained and dangerous. This would stop me from cycling with my children or taking the bike trailer for example.

Robert PETCH
(Freedom Alliance)

From personal experience, I have to found that certain routes include underpasses without CCTV which can be daunting to some. Whilst we don't want Big Brother, we do need an element of security. Their is a constant problem of broken glass, certainly around some parts of Dogsthorpe and Bretton too, which can lead to punctures for cyclists and cut paws for dogs. I'd like to see the Council either mounting regular patrols to find and deal with the broken glass, or a scheme to actively encourage the public to report these matters and then a swift response in dealing with them.

(Green Party)

Poor. Lack of signage and maps is the issue. I let local people know of local walking routes. Last week, a lady who has lived here 30 years thanked me for publishing the location of a path that runs down to the river, less than a mile from where she lives. This is the problem. No tourist info, and no local info. People who live outside the city don't know what's here, and people who live in the city don't know what's on their doorstep.

(Green Party)

I don't drive. Never have, never will. Which means that almost all of my local travel is by bus or foot. Very little of it, unfortunately, is by bike. And that is because the local cycle routes don't feel safe, or simply don't exist where I need them. I'm sure this is true of many others in Peterborough too. Hopefully the measures mentioned in my previous answers will help me and others to feel more confident about using bikes in the future.

(Green Party)

I enjoy walking and cycling around my area.
One challenge for many terraced homes in Park ward is there is nowhere secure and convenient to put bicycles. The little arched corridors between Victorian homes have often been poached to add internal space. Secure community lock ups on streets could solve this problem.
Cyclists are not always liked, especially by pedestrians who get taken by surprise or carved up on pavements: cyclists ride on pavements to avoid issues like those I've already mentioned on the roads. The council fails to resolve these uneccessary conflicts.
Many people don't learn to ride a bicycle while they are still at school, and if they do, they don't always learn how to ride safely on the road, or to complete all the levels. This is as important as being able to swim. If only it was necessary to get a cycling qualification before you could learn to drive a car. This problem is being addressed in Peterborough. But on too small and ad hoc a scale.


So a couple of years ago I decided to get rid of the car and revert to cycling everywhere I could. This is to confirm what I knew already but actually I’ve realised that the roads themselves are in a bad state round here and when I have to cycle on roads they are very uneven have quite a few holes of them and dangerous. Some of the pavements and shared cycle roots are pretty bad too and I’ve noticed people who are disabled having problem negotiating these and pavements too.

(Labour & Co-operative)

At the age of 83, l have until now used my car. l hope to get rid of it soon. l would like to get back on my Clude Butler again. My wife and l toured the Continant during the 1970's-1990's Unfortuntly, l am too unsteady now. We were members of the National Cycle Club. Safety of cycle bike when left in City centre

(Labour & Co-operative)

I wont cycle down East-field Rd as i find this really dangerous. I tend to use the cycle paths.
The unsafe Rds in busy areas.
Broken Glass on underpass.
The cost of a good cycle. The risk of these being stolen as we know there is a number of cycle thefts
I look forward to working with you in the future.

Andrew BOND
(Liberal Democrat)

I have often found it rather confusing for someone who is not well informed about cycle and pedestrian routes.

I often do not feel comfortable travelling longer distances as I do not feel safe on major roads which at the moment people are forced to use.

We need better connected cycle and pedestrian routes that people are aware of so they can travel with confidence that they can safely and quickly reach there destinations.

Christian HOGG
(Liberal Democrat)

As previously stated, the current network isnt joined up and leaves cyclists suddenly having to compete with today's larger cars and van on road poorly maintained and too narrow to deal with the traffic on them.

Also there is a shocking lack of proper security measures in place to protect people's cycles when left in the city centre.

Simon KAIL
(Liberal Democrat)

Cycing in Werrington can be a pleasure and many school children make use of the cycle paths connecting the schools paticularly at secondary school level. Travelling further afield is less attractive with links to the city centre and other parts of the city being overgrown or awkward to access, particularly in finding routes over the mainline railway and parkways.
Using the car is often seen as the quickest and safest way to travel, the bus would also be seen as a safer option for travelling to the city centre. Improved cycling infrastructure and easier access for cyclists to the city centre and local centres are key.

(Liberal Democrat)

I do not cycle regularly but have Lib Dem colleagues who do. I have outlined some of the concerns in answer to previous questions.

(Liberal Democrat)

Every journey I make in Bretton and Peterborough is by bicycle, or occasionally (mostly to the countryside) by bus.
There are obstructive “chicane” barriers in many places on cycle and walking routes in Bretton and throughout urban Peterborough. They all need to be removed and cycling and walking given priority over motor vehicles in most locations. This is entirely safe and in accordance with national design guidance.
But the most serious “off-put” for most people wanting to cycle in Peterborough is their feeling unsafe among traffic.
Continuous traffic-free cycle routes would transform people’s travel choices in Peterborough!

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