Campaign for new bike racks in Cambridge
Residents of a Cambridge street have backed a campaign to replace car bays with bike racks.
The majority of people living in Thoday Street were found to be 61 per cent in favour of the switch, with over 100 respondents taking part in the research.
Councillor Kilian Bourke, who represents the area, explained that only 36 per cent of those who took part in the poll were against the introduction of the bike racks.
He told Cambridge News that he supports the plan because "cycle parking is particularly difficult on Thoday Street because of its design", as well as "because a clear majority are in favour and almost half of those with cars supported going ahead with it".
The councillor also pointed out that "we need to promote cycling for all sorts of reasons like health, the environment, and reducing congestion".
Simon Nuttall, the campaign's events officer, added that more bike racks in the area will help to reduce reliance on cars to get around.
Last October, Cambridge was among the UK cities – along with Leeds, Manchester, Bristol, Birmingham – where a new government cycle safety initiative was being launched.