Before you vote …

This article was published in 2009, in Newsletter 84.

… see what the candidates think about cycling

www.camcycle.org.uk/elections

For the third year running, we have run our survey of what candidates in the local elections think about cycling issues. The elections for the County Council take place a few days after publication of this Newsletter, so by the time you read this, candidates should have submitted a range of views.

You can view their responses on the Campaign’s website at www.camcycle.org.uk/elections. (As ever, we are happy to print copies of pages on our website for members without internet access – just give us a ring and let us know which ward you are in.) We will print a summary of what the candidates think in the next Newsletter.

We requested suggestions for questions from members on the e-mail list, and these have all been used in the survey.

Questions this year cover the following topics (and a few other local issues):

  • Cycle parking, and the need for on-street residential cycle parking, sometimes at the expense of a few car parking spaces
  • The need for greater resources for traffic policing, including of cyclists without lights or using pavements
  • 20 mph speed limits for local streets
  • Views on the congestion charge, and what candidates think £500m should be spent on, if it goes ahead
  • Hills Road bridge changes, to give over a lane’s worth of space to cyclists
  • Making Mill Road more walking and cycling-friendly
  • Disallowing parking on Gilbert Road, a major route for cycling, particularly by school children
  • Cycling into the city from Histon.

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Cambridge Cycling Campaign is a non-partisan body, and all candidates have been given an equal opportunity to submit their views.

Martin Lucas-Smith