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Question 3 - we asked:

In June 2021, the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority agreed to act on the Independent Commission on Climate’s recommendation to reduce car miles driven in the region by 15% by 2030.

Suggested actions needed to achieve this goal include installing safe cycle routes from new developments, working with employers to increase uptake in sustainable options for commuting, improving existing cycle infrastructure and encouraging the use of e-bikes. What changes do you think are needed to help people in your area reduce car mileage?

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.

Marco CERESTE
(Conservative Party)

Car sharing, working from home where possible. E Bikes available in all strategic points

Michael SAMWAYS
(Conservative Party)

I think we need to introduce measures to discourage people choosing the cars as the first option to come in to the City Centre. For families with children this is not always easy but I think giving people a better range of choices is by far the best option. I would like to see car free days introduced in our city so people can see how easy it could be to get around without so many cars.

Robert PETCH
(Freedom Alliance)

Making cycle routes safer is the main one as whilst many routes are fine in the summer months, they are not all so well lit in the winter months. The E bikes, I think they don't really appeal to many people, but could perhaps be used by local civil service and Council workers to use on local journeys, as it would make full use of them and even encourage members of the public to give them a try, when they see them in use. A scheme where large local employers
are encouraged to dip into their large profits and reward their workers, for care sharing, cycling and using public transport would be great.

Julie HOWELL
(Green Party)

See answer 1, although I would add that Peterborough is designed to be car-centric. You only have to look at Orton Northgate to see what a disaster the council has made of active travel there. Most people drive and most households have multiple cars (though not mine!). This is down to two things: planning policy; failure to migrate people to active travel choices effectively. I don't see it changing without a sea change in attitude on the part of the council.

Stuart MIDDLETON
(Green Party)

In the Green Party we would prioritise pedestrians wherever possible, including always following best practice on accessibility. We’d create Low Traffic Neighbourhoods and School Streets where appropriate, making it safer for children to travel to school whilst also creating health benefits for those same children. We’d work with the Combined Authority on franchising the bus service, which should then be subsidised through a workplace parking levy. A franchised bus service should be cheaper, more in tune with the needs of local people, and use a fleet of electric and hybrid vehicles. We’d explore the feasibility of a light rail scheme, like many other urban areas across the country. We’d campaign for major investment to create fully interconnected, segregated & protected cycling infrastructure, ensuring that all new routes are designed to maximise the accessibility and inclusion of people with disabilities and long term conditions. We’d further encourage a reduction in car use by supporting the development of car sharing schemes and bike & scooter hire. And we’d promote online and home working where possible.

All of this should be done alongside local communities to ensure that transport solutions improve quality of life for local residents, work for everyone and protect our local environment.

Fiona RADIC
(Green Party)

Safe cycle parking in the city centre. Too often CCTV fails to catch bike thieves.
Lower speeds & more considerate driver behaviours.
The council to listen seriously and attentively to & to be more receptive to expert advice.
The legal status of e-bikes needs sorting out. It is an illogical and counter productive mess at the moment.

Ed MURPHY
(Independent)

The combined authorities suggestions are good but it does have a awful reputation for delivery. As I’ve said before initially making the current cycle roots more inviting by keeping them clean and safe and maintaining them properly will go a long way to encouraging their use. New cycle roots and hard routes and link roots would also enhance all this and we would be able to change the culture. In Ravensthorpe a 20 mph speed limit will also change the culture and encourage more people to walk and cycle and perhaps use the buses. Haven’t the combined authority let us down there we could’ve had a publicly controlled bus service operating by now. Through direct provision or franchising.

Alan DOWSON
(Labour & Co-operative)
The candidate did not enter a response for this question.
Sam HEMRAJ
(Labour & Co-operative)

Engorgement for cyclist to us the cycle path from Salisbury into the the city centre.
Reducing the cycle to work scheme as that can be really expensive.
Looking at a voluntary service that will re do up bikes and sell these on for low costs.

Andrew BOND
(Liberal Democrat)

I would like to see an improvement in our local roads to improve the safety of cyclists so more people feel confident in cycling longer distances. As well as seeing a more comprehensive and joined up cycle and pedestrian routes. While increasing the awareness of local residents in what routes and options are available so they are less reliant on motor vehicles when it comes to travelling to and from our city centre.

Christian HOGG
(Liberal Democrat)

Whilst large parts of the city's cycle route network are very good (if a little uncared for) the largest problem is that it isnt complete and that cyclists need a more comprehensive joined up network that cover most routes across and around the city

Simon KAIL
(Liberal Democrat)

Cycling has to be made an easier option than driving a car for short journeys. Improve cycle infrastructure to make this the most convenient, lowest cost and safest option. Promote cycling as part of health and wellbeing campaigns.

Jade SEAGER
(Liberal Democrat)

As mentioned before, more cycling provision in the older parts of the city like Fletton and Stanground and linking up existing cycleways to provide safer routes for cyclists through the city. Getting employers and schools to develop travel plans is a good idea but they need to be monitored and enforced, not left to sit on shelves gathering dust.

Rohan WILSON
(Liberal Democrat)

Give our main walking and cycling routes as smooth a surface as on roads, and eliminate a few blind corners. Make motor vehicles give way to walking and cycling at crossings on existing cycle routes.
Ensure that in the planning process for new developments walking and cycling routes are planned ahead of vehicle routes, and are shorter. Ensure that there is cycle parking in the most convenient places at the entrances to homes, shops and other public buildings. People who have chosen to drive to a location would then see that the cycling alternative would be easy for them.

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