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Question 1 - we asked:

Cambridge Cycling Campaign has created a guide to cycling best-practice called Making Space For Cycling, endorsed by all national cycling organisations. Do you fully support this guide, and if so, what one principle in it do you think could most effectively be applied in your ward?

We asked this question:

2 of the 5 candidates (40%) who were asked this question responded as below.

Debbie AITCHISON
(Green Party)

Yes, I fully support this guide. It is in everybody’s interests to have a proper cycling infrastructure in place. Having cyclists sharing space with motorists is dangerous for cyclists, puts many people off cycling and is irritating to drivers. Dangerous roads lead to cyclists using footpaths which are often not wide enough to accommodate both pedestrians and cyclists, even when the path is designated as shared use such as on Brooks Road. This causes friction between cyclists and pedestrians. Further friction is caused by cars drifting into cycle lanes, a common phenomenon on Coldham’s Lane, and obstructions on shared foot/cycle paths, such as wheelie bins and parked cars. This is a recipe for disaster and results in much anger on the streets between cyclists, motorists and pedestrians.

In Romsey, I think that the principle of permeability in streets for pedestrian and cycle traffic is something that could be improved, with more two-way access for cyclists on one-way streets. I also love Dutch roundabouts and think the principles should be applied to the huge roundabout next to Sainsbury on Coldham’s Lane. The “improvement” to the roundabout next to Coleridge school is poorly designed, evidenced by the fact few cyclists use the system. It is extremely important that cyclists are involved in the planning process.

Nichola Jayne MARTIN
(Liberal Democrat)

I fully support this guide without question. Cities like Cambridge thrive on cycling and this is something we should endeavour to lead by example by making our cyclists as safe as possible on the roads. In a lot of Cambridge streets where cyclists share the road with car drivers, it can be dangerous for both parties. Making separate space for cyclists would be beneficial for all.

In Romsey this can be achieved by using a variety of measures as laid out in Making Space for Cycling. Point-closures and cut-throughs being one that allows cyclists to avoid the busier roads and junctions, for example.

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