Elections

Local elections, May 2007: Castle

Summary: Elections to Cambridge City Council (and South Cambs District Council) in May 2007.
Polling date: Thursday 3rd May 2007
Ward:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Margery Betty ABBOTT  (Labour Party)
  • Stephen Roger LAWRENCE  (Green Party)
  • Edward Alexander MACNAGHTEN  (Conservative Party)
  • Tania ZMURA  (Liberal Democrat)

Questions for Castle ward candidates (6 questions)

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# Question 1

Cycling offers a huge opportunity to reduce motor traffic and free up road space. Do you have any suggestions for additional cycling promotion activities that the Council could do?

Margery Betty ABBOTT
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Stephen Roger LAWRENCE
(Green Party)

Folding bikes on Buses and Trains for people with longer commutes (I think there is some existing scheme of grants towards purchasing folding bikes)

Edward Alexander MACNAGHTEN
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Tania ZMURA
(Liberal Democrat)

The council could help and advice to businesses & organisations to install secure cycle-parking ie Bill Gates Building cycle park at Madingley Road.

# Question 2

Cambridge suffers from a huge shortage of on-street public cycle parking, and a staggeringly high rate of cycle theft - 10% of reported crime. We want to see a formal strategy to get on-street cycle parking provided around Cambridge, with a target of say, 100-200 spaces per year initially. Do you support this?

Margery Betty ABBOTT
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Stephen Roger LAWRENCE
(Green Party)

In general, support. But Careful about too _much_ street furniture. Although outside St Catz an example of good practice - clearing the pavement of bikes. I think there is a difference between 'security' and 'stands' - what about the posibility of 'loops' to secure bikes to? Are they effective?

Edward Alexander MACNAGHTEN
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Tania ZMURA
(Liberal Democrat)

More secure cycle parking facilites like at the Round Church - it is excellent! could be introduced at the other car parks and park & ride already provide some facilities. More publicity about registering bicycle against theft.

# Question 3

Do you support our view that traffic policing (including fining of cyclists without lights or using pedestrian-only pavements) should become a police priority?

Margery Betty ABBOTT
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Stephen Roger LAWRENCE
(Green Party)

Lights: month-long blitz I think has been suggested -good - with a proportion of the fine going towards purchase of lights

Pavements: not so sure. Complex psychological issue, (perceived) safety, etc. Survey where pavement riding occurs, and ask why? - maybe desirable in this location? What groups are riding? kids? Amnesty during school movement times? (pavement riding linked to people without lights)

Edward Alexander MACNAGHTEN
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Tania ZMURA
(Liberal Democrat)

Yes! Riding illegaly on pavements; wrong way down one way streets (by the way permitted on the continent for cyclists); through red lights should be enforced very strictly; it is very dangerous for all concerned.

# Question 4

Following the remarkable success of 20 mph zones in Hull, we wish to see many more 20 mph zones around Cambridge for both safety and environmental reasons. Do you support this objective?

Margery Betty ABBOTT
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Stephen Roger LAWRENCE
(Green Party)

Yes. Need some help from car manufacturers to make it possible to drive at 20mph, and to be able to see your speedo and keep your eyes on the road. Hope we can do 20mph zones without always having to have humps etc. And why not 25mph zones? (in US, speed limit signs are regularly to nearest 5mph)

Edward Alexander MACNAGHTEN
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Tania ZMURA
(Liberal Democrat)

I don't have no knowledge to be able to comment on this at present, I believe the most important thing is to provide safe cycle lanes i.e. Trumpington Road is excellent. Anyhow drivers do not stick to 30 or 40mph in Cambridge so it will need lots of educating and enforcement.

# Question 5

Advanced Stop Lines (ASLs), a red area for cyclists in front of a traffic light, improve cycle safety by improving visibility of cyclists at junctions. Do you support the presumption that new junctions should include ASLs, and that existing ones should be upgraded and always coloured?

Margery Betty ABBOTT
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Stephen Roger LAWRENCE
(Green Party)

Yes to all

Edward Alexander MACNAGHTEN
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Tania ZMURA
(Liberal Democrat)

Yes very much so.

# Question 6

Do you have any other general cycling-related comments or points?

Margery Betty ABBOTT
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Stephen Roger LAWRENCE
(Green Party)

a) Trikes, cycle-trailers - are they compatible with cycle-paths/chicanes etc - some are like assault courses to get round (staggered barriers etc)

b) issue of e-bikes on shared cycle-paths (eg Parkers piece, midsummer common etc) - some (more elderly?) people will have elected to buy these e-bikes on basis that full infrastructure can be used. I'd like to see this happen if it can be made possible. Complex!

c) MORE BIKE STANDS AT RAILWAY STATION - SOME SORT OF INTERIM MEASURE NOW PLEASE - before whatever comprehensive redevelopment plan finally gets the go-ahead... in 2012...2017...

Edward Alexander MACNAGHTEN
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Tania ZMURA
(Liberal Democrat)

I believe it is vital to make cycling much safer to enable children to get to school and reduce the amount of cars - the difference on the roads out of term is staggering.

Camcycle is a non-partisan body. All candidates are given an equal opportunity to submit their views. Information published by Camcycle (Cambridge Cycling Campaign), The Bike Depot, 140 Cowley Road, Cambridge, CB4 0DL.