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Question 9 - we asked:

Do you support further on-street cycle parking as recently installed in Thoday Street?

We asked this question:

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

Debbie AITCHISON
(Green Party)

Yes. Cycle parking shortages are a huge problem in Cambridge; particularly in areas like Mill Road where there are many pubs, shops and restaurants. If cycling is to be encouraged, then safe and convenient cycle-parking is a necessity. They need to be well spaced. When I have a basket on the front of my bike and a child seat on the back, some of the existing on-street parking spaces are too narrow for me to be able to negotiate my bike in and then get myself alongside so that I can lock the bike to the stand.

We should also consider improving the existing cycle-parking in front of the Co-Op. The bars are twice the length of regular bike racks and people often misuse them or take up two potential spaces with one bike. They really should be replaced with two regular racks to maximise the efficient use of space.

Nichola Jayne MARTIN
(Liberal Democrat)

I support the recent on-street cycle parking on Thoday Street. I understand from working with Kilian that it was a long drawn out process but I believe that on a streets like Thoday, where houses do not have a front garden to park their bikes safely, residents needed a space to lock their bikes within sight of their front doors and not block the pavement by locking to a drainpipe or a lamp post.

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.