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Question 3 - we asked:

What experience do you and your family have of cycling? Do you have any different concerns about younger or older family members cycling than you do yourself?

We asked this question:

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

Debbie AITCHISON
(Green Party)

My husband and I have three bicycles between us and our 6 year-old son has a Tomcat Special Needs Tricycle, the back of which can be converted into a trailer on one of our bikes. When I was working in London I used to cycle to the station, take my folding bicycle on the train, cycle from King’s Cross to my place of work in Mayfair and repeat the journey home in the afternoon. My husband cycles to work. We are not yet at the stage where we can all cycle together as our son really needs to have someone holding the parent brake in case he decides to steer himself into danger. There are issues when towing him as his trailer/trike is quite wide and some of the cycle lanes on the roads are not wide enough. I would like to see wider protected cycle ways where we might be better able to allow our son a little more autonomy when on his tricycle.

Nichola Jayne MARTIN
(Liberal Democrat)

Living in Cambridge, I have found it unnecessary to own a car and rely on my bike every day to get myself about. With regards to my family, my sister and brother-in-law actively take part in bicycle races. I do have concerns for cyclists on the road and appreciate attempts to make it safer for them getting around. Simple changes like traffic lights that give cyclists a head start at major junctions, like the crossroads of Hills Road and Lensfield Road and at Castle Hill. Examples like these can be brought across all over the city. We could have one on the crossroads of Mill Road and Coleridge Road, for example, to make it safer for cyclists.

Camcycle is a non-partisan body. All candidates are given an equal opportunity to submit their views. Information published by Camcycle (Cambridge Cycling Campaign), The Bike Depot, 140 Cowley Road, Cambridge, CB4 0DL.