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6 ways cyclists could be kept safer on Cambridge’s roads

We all know that Cambridge is the country's top cycling city – but bikes are still regularly in..

By admin , in Cambridge , at May 1, 2018

We all know that Cambridge is the country's top cycling city – but bikes are still regularly involved in accidents on the city's roads.

The Cambridge Cycling Campaign (CamCycle) has been asking candidates in the upcoming council elections what they think about improving cycling in Cambridge and nearby.

One of the things they asked about was whether cycling should be made a greater priority for police in the city.

So here's what campaigners and candidates had to say about policing and other ways to keep cyclists safe.

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1. Make traffic policing a greater police priority

A spokeswoman for CamCycle said policing of all road users should be a greater policing priority to keep cyclists and other road users safe.

The spokeswoman said: “Safe use of the roads is a major issue. Our view is that traffic policing, of all groups of road users (cyclists, drivers, etc), should become a greater police priority, and that this should be evidence-based, namely based on the relative levels of danger presented by each such group.”

2. Continue having a visible police presence

Henry Mitson, Conservative candidate in Market ward, said: “In each of these cases, cyclists, pedestrians and other road users are put at risk unnecessarily and a visible and educational police presence is important to prevent these issues from becoming more prevalent.

“I believe the Cambridge police force is doing an excellent job currently and their visible presence in town is making a difference. Naturally, however, I am committed to the further reduction of risks on the road.”

Henry Mitson: "The Cambridge police force is doing an excellent job"

3. Crack down on speeding and parking in cycle lanes

Gareth Bailey, Green candidate for East Chesterton, said: “I agree with this view. My priorities would be policing speed limits and preventing parking in cycle lanes.”

4. Get people informed about the Highway Code

Dan Greef, who is standing for Labour in Queen Ediths, said: “Police cuts have made enforcement difficult, although I know that enforcement hasnt always been strong even before these cuts.

Dan Greef

“I am always frustrated when waiting on my bicycle at a red light and another cyclist passes through. We all have a responsibility to make sure our friends and family are fully informed about the Highway Code.”

Nicky Massey, who is standing for Labour in Abbey, said: “Traffic policing of all road users must be a very important police priority. All users of the road need to follow traffic laws, for example in the case of vehicles overtaking cyclists and what the Highway Code has to say about that.”

Nicky Massey says road users should learn about the Highway Code (Image: David Johnson)

5. Educate cyclists about safety

Castle Lib Dem candidate Cheney Payne said: “I think cyclists in Cambridge often receive an unfair amount of criticism: often the offences committed cause little harm to other road users. However, it is the sheer volume of cyclists we have that magnify these issues. I think the priority actually needs to be educating road users, particularly students, about how to cycle safely, rather than just punishing offences.”

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6. Allocate resources differently

Libertarian candidate Aidan Powlesland said: “I think that asking the police to allocate more resources to the control of road users cannot be justified solely in terms of lives saved whether targeted or not.”

Green candidate Lucas Ruzowitzky said: “I think a better use of funding would be to invest in cycle lanes that run parallel to sidewalks and roads – separating the three user groups. I think spending money on policing is a short term solution, it would be better in the long term to make the investment in this improvement to infrastructure.”

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