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Question 6 - we asked:

How would you improve conditions for people on bikes along Mill Road?

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

Debbie AITCHISON
(Green Party)

There is no simple solution for improving the cycling infrastructure along Mill Road. The street is narrow and there is no scope for widening it. Perhaps the solution lies in encouraging through-traffic to use a different route. This could be done by improving the fluidity of the junction from Coldham’s Lane onto Newmarket Road. The main problem is that traffic turning right from Coldham’s Lane onto Newmarket Road has a very limited right turn lane which leads to left-turning traffic being held up unnecessarily. Plus the phasing of the lights is such that only one or two cars can get through the next lights, a few yards further on, before they go red. This often leads to people blocking the junction. As the Renault garage has been vacated, this seems like an excellent opportunity to use some of the space to improve the junction. If that junction is improved then, perhaps, motorised traffic could be directed that way into town, rather than along Mill Road, leaving more room for cyclists on the latter.

Another possibility is to reduce Mill Road to single file motorised traffic at its narrowest parts using traffic lights, whilst allowing cyclists space to pass on either side. This would create a disincentive for non-residential motorists to use Mill Road to access town. However, this would only be effective if coupled with the improvements on Coldham’s Lane to provide a suitable alternative route.

Nichola Jayne MARTIN
(Liberal Democrat)

Kilian Bourke's campaign to resurface Mill Road and to get rid of the central line has been a success for making cycling safer and I will endeavour to carry on his campaign by allocating more, possibly covered, bike racks around Mill Road and its surrounding streets for shoppers and residents. It is important that we keep Mill Road a vibrant and accessible part of Cambridge and making it easier to cycle and park safely will aid.

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.