Survey reveals residents’ sympathy for cyclists

Rachel Balmer 15 February 2014

A recent survey by Cambridgeshire County Council has shown that residents want the balance on the road to be tipped away from cars, giving more priority to cyclists and public transport.

75% of people said that they would like to see more space given to buses, cyclists and pedestrians in the centre of Cambridge. 62% want to see a restriction in car movements in order to speed up journeys by public transport and by bike. The survey was conducted as part of the Council’s twenty year transport strategy.

A spokesperson for the Cambridge Cycling Campaign told the Cambridge News that the only way to avoid gridlock in the city would be through “the provision of dedicated and convenient 2.5m-wide cycle tracks not shared with pedestrians or vehicles.” 

Providing cyclists with more space on the road could not only encourage more new residents to cycle, but make travelling by bike safer, especially in light of recent fatal accidents involving cyclists on roads, such as the death of sixth-former Beth McDermott in December 2013.

First-year student Holly Battye suggested: “Although there is a cycle path most of the way, the drivers simply have no regard for cyclists. Buses and cars often pull over without looking. I think what needs to change is drivers’ attitudes.”