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Question 4 - we asked:

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Road Safety Partnership (now the Vision Zero Partnership) aimed to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries to cyclists by 40% between 2015 and 2020, but it actually rose 2% during that time. Too many people are being hurt on our roads.

What do you think would most improve safety for people walking, cycling, using mobility aids and riding horses on the roads in your area? Which routes and junctions need the most urgent improvement?

We asked this question in these 17 wards: 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.

13 of the 70 candidates (19%) who were asked this question responded as below.

Those candidate(s) which were elected are highlighted.

(Conservative Party)

We should restrict road speeds to 20mh in all built up areas

(Conservative Party)

I'm particularly concerned about the condition of Oundle Road. This is a primary route in to the city with a painted cycle lane and the condition of the road surface is terrible. There needs to be improved separation between cars and cycles and a much better surface. I regularly have to swerve out of the painted cycle lane to avoid potholes or debris and due to the narrow carriageway this can be very dangerous. In many cases improving safety does not have to be hugely expensive but just well thought through for example different surface treatment and colours or just better maintenance.

Robert PETCH
(Freedom Alliance)

I'd need to see the stats and locations to make an informed judgement on which junctions and routes need addressing. I would however like to see an initiative to encourage more riders to wear helmets. It would also be useful for the Council to ensure that all pathways have suitable lowered kerbside areas so that those using mobility scooters have an easier journey.

(Green Party)

See answer 1

(Green Party)

We should introduce 20mph speed limits wherever possible, and work with the police to ensure enforcement of these new limits. Campaign for major investment to create fully interconnected, segregated & protected cycling infrastructure. Encourage reduction in car use by supporting development of car sharing and bike/scooter hire. Promote online and home working where possible.

Education for cyclists and drivers is essential to improve safety where cars and bikes/pedestrians etc come together.

(Green Party)

The single most important thing in Peterborough is a city wide 20mph speed limit. Extremely high speeds on roads which have been cleared of parking (initially for those bike lanes, which initially were better and highlighted in green) now make those roads seem dangerous, especially for very young road users. Pedestrians don't need this oppressive and bullying behaviour by motorised vehicle drivers and nor do cyclists. I would like the police to have the resources to address appalling driving behaviours and to encourage children to be able to use the roads independently earlier.


I think the police service should have some targets and keeping death off the roads should be one of them. This should focus the police service on employing traffic cops and doing more to reduce road accidents. Obviously design is important and working with the highways authority to manage out dangerous junction et cetera should carry on where possible.

(Labour & Co-operative)

Stop the development's of HMO's housing in Older areas of the city which cause heavy roadside parking . Parking on a Wednesday ln Woodston block any traffic movement when bin day collection take place

(Labour & Co-operative)

East Field Rd Padholme Rd. Not sure what can been due to on road parking.
Discussion with the cycle groups to see what can be done as they have expertise where i dont. So happy for guidance and help with the negotiation with council officers.

Andrew BOND
(Liberal Democrat)

I would like to see the adoption of 20 mph speed limits around residential areas. I also believe a more connected system of pedestrian and cycle routes would help.

In my local area of Gunthorpe I would like to see improvements along Fulbridge road and Gunthorpe road. I often see cyclist being forced to ride on paths as the road just is not safe for people to ride on with confidence.

Christian HOGG
(Liberal Democrat)

Car usage has grown hugely over the last decade, and the number of large vans has also increased substantially. A street by street review needs to be done to better meet the needs of all road users. We need to look at whether some roads should be changed to one way, what roads need double yellow lines to help with visablity, also due to increased vehicle movements and problems with speeding cars a review of suitable locations for additional pedestrian crossing is sorely needed. I would also like to see a review on residential areas where it would be more appropriate to reduce the speed limit to 20mph as has been achieved elsewhere. Specific examples for the above would be a pedestrian crossing on Coneygree Road nr Kingfisher Court. 20mph zones for older narrower roads such as Glebe Road.

(Liberal Democrat)

Council policy for years has been to prioritise the interests of cyclists and pedestrians over that of car drivers but in practice they have done the opposite. In the new town areas there are segregated cycleways which are safer for cyclists but many are poorly lit and maintained. Traffic signals which give priority to cyclists would help in areas where they need to mix with traffic. But generally reducing car and commercial vehicle traffic in busy areas like the city centre is one of the key answers. Make cycling the norm, rather than the exception, in these areas.

(Liberal Democrat)

Within Bretton, and throughout urban Peterborough I would campaign to give walking and cycling the priority over motor vehicles where a cycle route crosses a residential or local distributor road. City Council policy is already to give walking and cycling top priority in the “road user hierarchy”, which has been accepted nationally and is totally accepted in mainland Europe. It’s time Peterborough implemented its promises.
In rural Peterborough road speed limits should be reduced in many locations to make non-motor journeys safe.

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