Cycleways asked candidates in the forthcoming County Council elections what their policies would be for cycling. Here are the answers from those that replied:

We have received thirteen responses to our questionnaire – 4 LibDem, 4 Green, 2 Conservative and 2 Labour and one from Alison Insley who is standing for the District Council by-election in Kenilworth, St. Johns. You can see the individual responses below.

Perhaps not surprisingly the Green Party is most ambitious and coordinated in their proposals. They propose to increase spending on cycling to £10m per year for the next four years, this being funded by not spending a similar amount on the A46 link road. They also propose doubling the size of the cycling design team to give them capacity to deliver various specific proposals.

All respondents believe that encouraging children to cycle to school to be important, though they vary in their approaches some just advocating training while others also want ‘school streets’ to be set up provide safer conditions.

Many respondents mention the importance of getting K2L finished to a good standard and connected into what cycle network there is.

Some of the respondents are existing Councillors seeking re-election and would like to remind you of their contribution to improving cycling in the past.

As well as individual response we also received a general statement for the Warwick District Liberal Democrats. Please read these responses and make up your mind.

A general statement from the Liberal Democrats in Warwick District

As a party we are very keen on facilities being improved for cyclists – we want to see modal shift away from car usage towards public transport, cycling and walking.

 We were represented on the cycling strategy working group at WCC and are keen to see its proposals taken forward.

 The fact that K2l is finally happening is good news – first raised by a Lib Dem Cllr 35 years ago – we need to speed up the delivery of these schemes, using developer contributions CIL etc to provide good quality cycle routes etc. It is much easier to see routes being built in new developments rather than trying to add them in later.

 Safe and secure cycle parking needs to be provided in town centres and at travel interchanges.

 Children need to be given access to cycling proficiency courses, preferably at low or no cost, and close to where they live / go to school.

 

Adrian Marsh - Liberal Democrats 

Kenilworth St John’s

 

Kenilworth would benefit from more investment to allow people to cycle safely. In our town a key issue is safe cycle routes from the west side of the town to the new secondary school being built on the east side.

Schools should actively encourage pupils (and parents) to choose cycling as a way of travelling to school. Some schools have rates of cycling as low as 4% whilst other have rates up to 25%.

Schools would need to provide more secure bike parking close to school buildings. There may also be the need for changing and locker facilities.

Dedicated bike education and training will give students of all age groups the skills and confidence to cycle safely. This provision should be secured for all primary schools including catching up those children who have missed out during the pandemic.

I would also advocate that the County Council works with local organisations to ensure that all young people have access to a bicycle -regardless of their circumstances.

 

Luke Shortland - Conservative

Leamington Milverton.

 

Good evening!

My name's Luke, and I'm the Conservative Party candidate for Leamington Milverton. Thanks so much for putting forward these questions - cycling is an important issue in itself of course, but more generally I think it's great when community groups engage in the democratic process like this! Please find my answers below.

What will you do to make cycling to school and college safe and enjoyable?

I agree that the benefits - to children especially - of cycling to school are huge. The Council already runs cycling proficiency courses, and these are great, but I think we should do more to encourage uptake. That way, younger children will feel more confident riding a bike, and teenagers will be able to safely ride independently on our roads. We could also look at providing people with free safety equipment to help them be seen on dark winter evenings. We are blessed with lots of flat, cyclable roads, but in the mornings, it's often the case that high levels of traffic make cycling unsafe - particularly busier roads like Rugby Road, or school roads like Guys Cliffe Avenue. On these roads, we should look at creating or improving cycle lanes, or even creating a dedicated path if possible.

How will you support and encourage safe cycling for all?

As I said in my previous answer, the larger roads can be a real problem, and I think that it's important to create dedicated segregated cycle lanes where we can. It's important to add here that this isn't some proxy war against motorists. I do want more people to take up cycling because of the benefit to mental and physical health, as well as the environment. But improved cycling infrastructure benefits drivers and pedestrians too, because it helps take traffic off the roads, and makes collisions less likely! As the saying goes, "build it, and they will come". We should also make information or classes available for people of all ages to learn basic bicycle maintenance. I can't believe I was never taught how to fix a puncture!

Will you commit to working to develop a continuous network of segregated cycle infrastructure in major towns?

I will commit to supporting this if I am voted in! One of the areas we should look to improve is the area around Leamington Spa Station (such as the A452). It's not in the Milverton division, but lots of Milverton residents obviously use this station for commuting. Improving cycling infrastructure in our towns will help improve the "first and last mile" of journeys taken on the train. But we also need to ensure that there is good infrastructure between towns, too, so those who want to cycle longer distances can. It's fantastic that the Council are providing funding for the Kenilworth to Leamington Cycleway, as well as the Emscote Road Cycle Path. It's essential that we get these built, so people can cycle safely between Leamington, Kenilworth and Warwick.

What will be your first action to improve conditions for cycling in the County?

The Parade is just outside of my ward, but it would almost certainly be one of the first issues that I would be looking at, because its pedestrianisation is due to 'expire' in June. I will therefore ask the residents of Milverton what exactly they think should be done with it! Personally, I believe that it has been a largely successful project, although it could perhaps change to being pedestrianised in sections, to allow traffic to 'cross' at one or two points. Whatever residents choose, I believe a dedicated cycling path would be beneficial. Just the other day, I saw a comment on a local online forum from somebody who was worried about being 'run down' by cyclists. I don't think it's right to pit cyclists against pedestrians. We can make the Parade a beautiful and welcoming space for everybody!

Do you support the Government's vision for cycling, and their aspiration to spend £10 per person per year on cycling provision?

Yes, I do. I didn't start cycling regularly until I used the "Boris Bikes" at Warwick University. But as soon as I did, I started noticing the benefits to my mental and physical health. A quick five minute cycle to my lecture every morning really made a difference - and it helps that Leamington is a smaller town with lots to do in a short bikeable distance. It's important that we make sure that any funding is spread fairly though - we don't want to watch big cities get lots of new cycle paths whilst we get very little. I think the Government's recent focus on towns is promising, so we should stay 'alert' to make sure that our town and our wider county get their fair shares of funding.

What will be your priority for transport?

I've spent the other questions talking about specific areas in Leamington and Warwickshire, but on a more general scale, I think it's really prudent that we work with Coventry Council, as well as Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands. Warwickshire is unique in that it almost surrounds Coventry, and I know that lots of us regularly visit Coventry or Birmingham - whether it's for work, leisure, or education. Our transport system therefore needs to be as cohesive as possible with the neighbouring authorities. Cycle paths shouldn't end arbitrarily at borough borders. And the same goes for other transport like buses and trains. On another note, it's great to see that "Boris Bikes" are being introduced across the West Midlands - being able to hop off a train and cycle the rest of your journey without having to wait for the bus will be really beneficial. I would say on the other hand that I am more cautious about "e-scooters." Where implemented, we should make sure that they are very clearly segregated, because they offer high speeds coupled with low protection.

And finally, as I said earlier, improving cycling infrastructure really isn't a 'battle' against motorists, or pedestrians, or indeed people who use public transport. I do want to see more people on bikes, because of the fantastic benefits to our health and environment. But all forms of transport are ultimately useful for different types of journey. And we need to have a system that works for everybody!

I hope this answers your questions - and of course if you like my answers, then I would very much appreciate your support on the 6th May!

Neale Murphy - Conservative

Warwick West

 

Good Evening,

Here is my response to your survey.

Making cycling safe and fun for children going to school, and enjoyable for families and young people.

Firstly marking current cycle routes very clearly so both cyclists and pedestrians can know the areas for all to use the routes. Re-direct routes through parks and safe areas to make it safer all round and visually more pleasing. Make it easy to lock up cycles in towns. 

Support and encourage cycling. Examples of ward participation.

As a town councillor improved cycle routes through St Marys Land and access to town safely with new routes and lighting - through planning and grants.

Search for sites for midland cycle scheme. Supported District and county projects.

As District - became member of clean air Warwick to listen too, and help the development of schemes such as park and stride, re directed routes through St Nicholas park so fit for the future. Asked for new developments to provide cycle racks for children to park bikes and get picked up if needed safely. Put forward plans and ideas for comprehensive safe routes throughout the district, worked with schools to ask what is required to encourage pupils to cycle. While  on planning cycle routes within the new country park and joining up with current and new schemes. Made sure developments made provision for cyclists. Applied for funding and got funding for a spine road in the new housing estate on Europa way

Will I commit to develop a continuous network of segregated infrastructure in major towns.

Yes.  We are currently going forward with a number of new schemes with good quality safe cycle ways and working on road infrastructure in our towns to be more cycle and pedestrian friendly, to review all major routes within the district,  to encourage all types of cycling including off road, and hopefully can add to the county proposals if elected.

First action if elected.

Put together maps of safe cycle ways in the area, to put in information centres welcome packs to new families, and schools also the county web page. 

Make sure cycle routes are well marked out.

Do I support government vision and aspiration to spend £10 per head.

Yes

What will your priority for transport.

Work with schools, Police and residents to reduce traffic at pick up and drop off.

Make it safe and accessible for all to cycle, and walk. Encourage buses to make it affordable and reliable and cheaper than other forms of transport to get them out of cars. Sign posting and clean and well lit routes from train stations.

Neale Murphy 

Candidate Warwick West

Alison Insley - Liberal Democrat

 

What will you do to make cycling to schools and colleges safe and enjoyable for children, young people and families? Kenilworth needs a lot more investment in cycling facilities, which encourages more people to cycle rather than use cars. Safety is paramount, so safer cycle routes to schools need to be considered.

Work needs to be done with schools, encouraging children, young people and families to cycle. Schools should have secure bike storage and a place to change if required.

Bikeability and cycling proficiency courses should be available for all age groups to give them confidence, skills, knowledge and understanding of cycling and cycling safety, maybe even basic cycle maintenance.

 Pre loved bikes should be made available for families that can’t afford to buy new.

How will you support and encourage safe cycling for all? Please, provide specific examples of what you would do in your ward. Engage with cyclists and cycling groups to discuss future initiatives.

 Promote K2L and work with the council to extend it further, including looking at the route to Warwick through Leek Wootton.

 Make the bridge from Farmer Ward Road to Clarke’s Avenue dual use, allowing cyclists and pedestrians’ safe use. 

 

Support the speed reduction on Warwick Road and extend it to neighbouring roads.

Will you commit to working to develop a continuous network of segregated cycle infrastructure in major towns? The cycling infrastructure needs to facilitate and encourage commuting by bicycle, so funding needs to be made available for the building of safe routes between all major towns.
What will be your first action to improve conditions for cycling in the County? Make the bridge from Farmer Ward Road to Clarke’s Avenue dual use, allowing cyclists and pedestrians’ safe use. 
Do you support the Government’s vision for cycling and their aspiration to spend £10 per head per year on cycling provision?  Yes I do support the initiative.
What will be your priority for transport? Warwickshire needs a fully integrated transport strategy which promotes active travel and a reduction in car use. Investment in a safer and extensive cycling network, the use of public transport and especially the train station in Kenilworth.

John Holland - Labour - Elected 
Warwickshire County Council - Warwick West

 

 

What will you do to make cycling to schools and colleges safe and enjoyable for children, young people and families? 20mph speed limit near schools and on key rcycle outes.

Cycle lane network increased.

Secure cycle storage.

 

How will you support and encourage safe cycling for all? Please, provide specific examples of what you would do in your ward. Implement cycle infrastructure design guide. Complete missing link across Cape Road, Warwick to link already built cycle routes.
Will you commit to working to develop a continuous network of segregated cycle infrastructure in major towns? Yes.

We need a vision developed by cyclists.

Then we need detailed schemes to implement the vision.

What will be your first action to improve conditions for cycling in the County? Restart cycle forum to get cyclists in the lead.

Complete missing link across Cape Rd.

20mph near St Mary Immaculate School.

Strategy for 20mph to be extended in Warwick.

Do you support the Government’s vision for cycling and their aspiration to spend £10 per head per year on cycling provision?  Yes.

I particularly support the Infrastructure Design Guide.

What will be your priority for transport?

 

 

 

 

 

The County Council used to have a hierarchy of walking, cycling, public transport, cars.  We need to get back to that.

 

Botha air quality and healthy lifestyles ambitions lead to encouraging and supporting cycling.

Kathleen Gorman

 

What will you do to make cycling to schools and colleges safe and enjoyable for children, young people and families? Invest £10m per year in cycling and walking infrastructure in Warwickshire, to make up for chronic under investment for decades. Many of the planned routes would serve schools. This would be redirected from road schemes like the c.£40m A46 link road and Bermuda Bridge in Nuneaton.

Routes to school must be upgraded to Gear change standards and 100% complete – not just finishing at difficult sections.

 

Cycle routes must be given priority over side roads.

 

Extend the Bikeability scheme. 

How will you support and encourage safe cycling for all? Please, provide specific examples of what you would do in your ward Myton Road – priority for cyclists across side roads and looking at ways to improve the section by Brittain lane (where the segregation switches sides)

Segregated cycle route on the Stratford Road

 

Ensure the Emscote Road cycle route is built to Gear Change standards

 

Will you commit to working to develop a continuous network of segregated cycle infrastructure in major towns? Yes. Thanks to Green party pressure over several years there now is a prioritised and costed lists of schemes, but we need to make sure they are built to Gear Change Standards.
What will be your first action to improve conditions for cycling in the County? Committing to £10m per year for walking and cycling for each of the 4 years. This has been in our proposed budget for each of the last 2 years.

 

At least double the cycling design team so that we have the capacity to deliver (cost £100k per year). Fund it by scrapping the A46 Link Road.

 

We will also update Warwickshire’s modelling and policy for developers. Using evidence based modelling (like the propensity to cycle tool) to plan for reduction of motor vehicle journeys by providing good cycling and walking routes. At the moment developers are still allowed to say they will build bigger roads to take more cars and cycle routes are seen as an add on to do at the end of a development. 

Do you support the Government’s vision for cycling and their aspiration to spend £10 per head per year on cycling provision? This would be £5.6m per year in Warwickshire. This isn’t enough to provide genuinely safe cycling so we will invest £10m per year in walking and cycling.
What will be your priority for transport?

 

 

 

 

 

Invest £10m per year in walking and cycling infrastructure and revolutionise transport planning policy. This will take vehicles off the road for short journeys which account for at least 40% of journeys in Warwick District.

Will Roberts - Green - Elected
Warwickshire County Council - Leamington Willes

 

What will you do to make cycling to schools and colleges safe and enjoyable for children, young people and families? ·      Invest £10m per year in cycling infrastructure in Warwickshire, to make up for chronic under investment for decades. Many of the planned routes would serve schools.

·      Routes to school must be upgraded to Gear change standards and 100% finished – not just leaving a difficult junction. - Cycle routes must be given priority over side roads to make them safer for children.

·      Extend the bikeability scheme to make sure all children are included.

How will you support and encourage safe cycling for all? Please, provide specific examples of what you would do in your ward. ·      Whilst my ward (Willes) hosts one of the busiest roads in and out of Leamington which also links Sydenham to the town centre and the railway station. It lacks safe cycle lanes to the town centre / railway station. I would be seeking to introduce segregated cycle lanes, linking Sydenham and other areas of the ward to the town centre, railway station and cycle route 41. 

·      Seek to limit the speed to 20mph in neighbourhood zones making cycling safer and enjoyable. 

·      Access to Newbold Comyn via the Radford Road carpark is restrictive to bike users, I would look to make it more accessible.

·      Push for more secure bike racks across Leamington     

 

Will you commit to working to develop a continuous network of segregated cycle infrastructure in major towns? Yes, we need to rethink how we travel prioritising active travel methods which must include segregated cycle infrastructure and built to Gear Change Standards.

 

What will be your first          action to improve conditions for cycling in the County? Committing to £10m per year for each of the 4 years. This has been the Green proposed budget for each of the last 2 years. At least double the cycling design team so that we have the capacity to deliver. (cost £100k per year) Scrap the outdated A46 Link Road to fund it.

 

 We will also update Warwickshire’s modelling and policy for developers. Using evidence based modelling (like the propensity to cycle tool) to plan for reduction of motor vehicle journeys by providing good cycling and walking routes. At the moment developers are still allowed to say they will build bigger roads to take more cars and cycle routes are seen as an add on to do at the end of a development.

Do you support the Government’s vision for cycling and their aspiration to spend £10 per head per year on cycling provision?  It is a good starting point, but this would be £5.6m per year in Warwickshire. Given the woeful under investment for decades this isn’t enough to give people the genuine option of cycling safe, so we will do almost double that and invest £10m per year.

 

What will be your priority for transport?

 

 

 

 

 

Providing cycle and walking routes for short journeys through £10m per year infrastructure investment and revolutionising transport planning policy. This will take vehicles off the road for short journeys which account for at least 40% journeys in Warwick District.

Nicola Davies - Lib Dem
Leamington Clarendon

 

What will you do to make cycling to schools and colleges safe and enjoyable for children, young people and families? I will continue to work with St Pauls and St Peters School to make routes to school safer for children walking, scooting and cycling. I support cycle safety sessions and am keen that young people develop the confidence to cycle on a daily basis. 
How will you support and encourage safe cycling for all? Please, provide specific examples of what you would do in your ward. I am working with the Highways Dept to ensure that K2L continues safely through Clarendon into the town centre. Kenilworth Road and other surrounding roads are busy fast roads that offer little secure road space to cyclists. The route from Emscote Road into Leamington requires careful design to make travel to and from Warwick safer.
Will you commit to working to develop a continuous network of segregated cycle infrastructure in major towns? Yes and am already doing so. As a county councillor for the past 8 years I have pressed repeatedly for K2L to be funded, speaking at Cabinet meetings in support and now that funding is secured will scrutinise the delivery of the scheme to ensure it keeps to time.
What will be your first action to improve conditions for cycling in the County? The delivery of K2L and integrated routes that lead cyclists safely into the centre of town with secure bike storage in well lit locations.
Do you support the Government’s vision for cycling and their aspiration to spend £10 per head per year on cycling provision? Yes.
What will be your priority for transport?

 

 

 

 

 

Encouraging people to walk, cycle and use buses rather than drive whenever possible. Making cycling safer is key. As a cyclist and a parent of boys who cycle I want to see other road users betters educated to drive safely around bikes.

 

The County needs to give the cycling strategy a higher priority and investment.

 

 

Bill Gifford - Lib Dem - Elected
Warwickshire County Council  - Leamington Milverton

 

 

What will you do to make cycling to schools and colleges safe and enjoyable for children, young people and families?                                                                 I will continue to push for better crossings of major roads.  WE need to improve the east west routes in Milverton to get you no people safely to schools especially to North Leamington 
How will you support and encourage safe cycling for all? Please, provide specific examples of what you would do in your ward. Firstly, try and cut down on unnecessary car use, so the streets are safer for cyclists.  
Will you commit to working to develop a continuous network of segregated cycle infrastructure in major towns? Yes, and I was heavily involved in getting the County Council to support K2L
What will be your first action to improve conditions for cycling in the County? Working with the County Council to make sure that K2L works well right into town
Do you support the Government’s vision for cycling and their aspiration to spend £10 per head per year on cycling provision? Yes, of course but I am saddened that they are still spending so much more on car provision.
What will be your priority for transport?

 

 

 

 

 

Generally, encourage people to walk, cycle and use buses rather than drive everywhere.

I would like to see the Council’s strategy for cycling given greater priority.  It is good piece of work but will need the finance in due course.

Jonathan Chilvers - Green - Elected
Warwickshire County Council - Leamington Brunswick

 

 

What will you do to make cycling to schools and colleges safe and enjoyable for children, young people and families? -       Invest £10m per year in cycling infrastructure in Warwickshire, to make up for chronic under investment for decades. Many of the planned routes would serve schools.

This would be redirected from dinosaur road schemes like the c.£40m A46 link road and Bermuda Bridge in Nuneaton. 

- Routes to school must be upgraded to Gear change standards and 100% finished – not just leaving a difficult junction. 

- Cycle  routes must be given priority over side roads to make them safer for children.

Extend the bikeability scheme.  

 

 

How will you support and encourage safe cycling for all? Please, provide specific examples of what you would do in your ward. See above about the £10m pr year investment building complete routes to Gear Change standard. In my ward (Brunswick)

-       Upgrade existing Tachbrook Roadroute including priority over side roads. I have been pushing the Council to do this for some years and am starting to make progress.

-       Upgrade Queensway similarly– a very busy route for Myton School students

-       I’m pushing to create a route for walking and cyclists from High Street by station, through current advertising, under railway bridges through Bath Place to the Parish church, avoiding the difficult Bath St / High Street junction and the pollution – a much nicer route!

-       Widen the walking / cycling route between the railway line and Redland Rec – a key route for Campion school

-       Pilot neighbourhood zones in quiet areas which will reduce car speeds and make cycling more enjoyable.

-       Push to have other parts of the programme delivered – e.g. St. Helen’s / Prospect Road.

 

Will you commit to working to develop a continuous network of segregated cycle infrastructure in major towns? Yes. Thanks to Green party pressure over several years there now is a prioritised and costed lists of schemes, but we need to make sure they are built to Gear Change Standards.
What will be your first action to improve conditions for cycling in the County? Committing to £10m per year for each of the 4 years. This has been in our proposed budget for each of the last 2 years.

At least double the cycling design team so that we have the capacity to deliver. (cost £100k per year)

Scrap the outdated A46 Link Road to fund it.

 

We will also update Warwickshire’s modelling and policy for developers. Using evidence based modelling (like the propensity to cycle tool) to plan for reduction of motor vehicle journeys by providing good cycling and walking routes. At the moment developers are still allowed to say they will build bigger roads to take more cars and cycle routes are seen as an add on to do at the end of a development.  

Do you support the Government’s vision for cycling and their aspiration to spend £10 per head per year on cycling provision?  This would be £5.6m per year in Warwickshire. Given the woeful under investment for decades this isn’t enough to give people the genuine option of cycling safe, so we will do almost double that and invest £10m per year. 
What will be your priority for transport?

 

 

 

 

 

Providing cycle and walking routes for short journeys through £10m per year infrastructure investment and revolutionising transport planning policy. 

This will take vehicles off the road for short journeys which account for at least 40% journeys in Warwick District. 

Ignaty Dyakov-Richmond - the Green Party,
Leamington Clarendon

 

 

What will you do to make cycling to schools and colleges safe and enjoyable for children, young people and families? ·       I believe in school streets (temporary road closure to most traffic around school start and end times), which have been implemented around many schools in London. We can do the same here in Royal Leamington Spa and other towns.

 

·       Our towns should become 20mph zones.

 

·       I want to see cycle training promoted more pro-actively in schools, after-school clubs etc.

 

·       We also need more bike buses, where groups can join together to cycle to schools in convoys.

 

·       Last but not the least, according to the Budget proposed by the Green Party, I’ll push for investing £10m per year (redirected from road schemes like the c.£40m A46 link road and Bermuda Bridge in Nuneaton.) in cycling infrastructure in Warwickshire, to make up for chronic underinvestment of the past few decades. Many of the planned routes would serve schools.

How will you support and encourage safe cycling for all? Please, provide specific examples of what you would do in your ward. I will work on providing Gear change standard uninterrupted and segregated route from Victoria Park to the Parade (and up to Christchurch Gardens) and to Newbold Comyn.

 

Also, school streets with temporary limits on traffic to allow children to cycle to schools.

 

I want to increase the number of bike racks on and around the Parade, near schools, on all car parks (private and Council ones), near shops and cafes(working with owners/managers). I will continue lobbying for the increase of bike racks in Spencer Yard development.

Will you commit to working to develop a continuous network of segregated cycle infrastructure in major towns? Yes, it is going to be one of my top priorities if I am elected. We should reconsider how we use our roads and make pedestrians and cyclists priority users.
What will be your first action to improve conditions for cycling in the County? I want to ensure that everyone in the Council understands that cycling as a means of transport is only possible if we have safe roads and uninterrupted cycling routes all over our town. 
Do you support the Government’s vision for cycling and their aspiration to spend £10 per head per year on cycling provision?  £10 per resident is a good starting point, however my goal will be to work to the aforementioned Green Party proposed Budget of £10mn per year for cycling, which is twice the amount mentioned in the question.

 

On top of this, we should really work in partnership with businesses and advise them on ways they can promote cycling to work.

What will be your priority for transport?

 

 

 

 

 

1.     Encourage people to walk and cycle if their journeys are under 2 miles long (these account to almost 40% of all journeys in Warwick District!) – this will solve a lot of various issues, not least the pressure on NHS (warding off lifestyle diseases).

2.     Use public transport for longer journeys.

3.     Engage in car sharing, if cars are necessary.

4.     To make roads safe, I will work on establishing 20mph speed limits in our towns, same way it is done in London.

Kelly Box

 

 

What will you do to make cycling to schools and colleges safe and enjoyable for children, young people and families? I think bike safety talks and lessons would greatly help within schools and be a positive learning experience. A review of the cycle lanes and speed limits would help. 
How will you support and encourage safe cycling for all? Please, provide specific examples of what you would do in your ward. Reviewing the roads and see if cycle lanes can be inhibited as well as. Get school talking about cycling safety with the pupils
Will you commit to working to develop a continuous network of segregated cycle infrastructure in major towns? I believe this is a very important point and I will work hard on it.
What will be your first action to improve conditions for cycling in the County? A review of the road speed limits and all cycle paths will have to be undertaken. Positive cycle talks in schools would be so beneficial.
Do you support the Government’s vision for cycling and their aspiration to spend £10 per head per year on cycling provision?  I think it’s a great idea and I’m sure that there are areas that can be tailored for our specific rural area.
What will be your priority for transport? As the ward is quite rural, the speed limits should be reviewed for everyone’s safety. Bus links will also be reviewed to the most remote areas, and cycling proficiency should be introduced into schools where it doesn’t already exist.

Sarah Boad - Liberal Democrats - Elected 
Warwickshire County Council - Leamington North 

 

 

What will you do to make cycling to schools and colleges safe and enjoyable for children, young people and families? Increase the provision of safe cycling routes – I am keen to introduce cycle lanes where possible eg down the Cubbington Road to join up with the cycle way up Lillington Road to NLS. There also needs to be greater provision of cycle proficiency training done via schools.
How will you support and encourage safe cycling for all? Please, provide specific examples of what you would do in your ward. Many residents in Lillington would like to cycle into the town centre, or to other towns, so routes need to join up. There need be safe routes to join up with K2L from Lillington. I have put in a dropped kerb into Kier Close to help cyclists get into the town centre more safely. 
Will you commit to working to develop a continuous network of segregated cycle infrastructure in major towns? I have been campaigning for K2L for over 20 years so it is fantastic to see it going ahead. The proposed improvements to the Leamington to Warwick cycle are welcome. Better signage of cycle routes is needed.
What will be your first action to improve conditions for cycling in the County? Getting the 2018 cycling strategy previously agreed by all parties up the agenda.
Do you support the Government’s vision for cycling and their aspiration to spend £10 per head per year on cycling provision?  Yes – would be good to see the government passing money down to LA’s to spend.
What will be your priority for transport?

 

 

 

 

 

Ensuring that the bus network survives and that the buses are powered in a better way eg electric, hydrogen powered. Then encourage residents to use the buses which will help get cars off the road which then become safer for cyclists. Better cycle parking is needed in the town centre and other destinations.