Elections

Local elections, May 2007: King's Hedges

Summary: Elections to Cambridge City Council (and South Cambs District Council) in May 2007.
Polling date: Thursday 3rd May 2007
Ward:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Gerri BIRD  (Labour Party)
  • Michael Hal PITT  (Liberal Democrat)
  • Michelle Elizabeth TEMPEST  (Conservative Party)
  • James Christopher YOUD  (Green Party)

Questions for King's Hedges ward candidates (7 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?

Gerri BIRD
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Michael Hal PITT
(Liberal Democrat)

I think one key thing the council can do to encourage cycle use is work to ensure a reasonable cycling environment. This means pressuring the county to repair the streets and make more sensible bike lane provision.

Another idea I have heard suggested by LibDem colleagues is to offer match-funding grants to businesses or institutions which install secure cycle-parking, perhaps funded from City Council parking fines.

Michelle Elizabeth TEMPEST
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
James Christopher YOUD
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# 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?

Gerri BIRD
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Michael Hal PITT
(Liberal Democrat)

The balance of car and cycle provision does appear to be wrong in some areas. More cycle parking is needed, not just for security but to remove excuses for anti-social cycle parking. Any changes to on street provision will need to be done in partnership with all local residents.

I was pleased to see cycle thefts falling in the city according to police figures.

Michelle Elizabeth TEMPEST
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
James Christopher YOUD
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# 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?

Gerri BIRD
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Michael Hal PITT
(Liberal Democrat)

Yes.

Unfortunately (and obviously) there are many competing demands on police resources which need to be balanced.

Cycling without lights is dangerous to the cyclist and others, and I would support a crackdown and more consistent enforcement. I'd also like to see cars running red lights dealt with more.

Michelle Elizabeth TEMPEST
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
James Christopher YOUD
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# 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?

Gerri BIRD
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Michael Hal PITT
(Liberal Democrat)

I support much wider use of 20mph zones. The link between traffic calming measures and 20 limits should be dropped.

Both Cllr Neale Upstone and I have written to County Councillors asking for support 20mph zones in King's Hedges when requested by residents, and for the change of County policy which would allow these.

Michelle Elizabeth TEMPEST
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
James Christopher YOUD
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 5

Many cycling schemes effectively force cyclists onto the pavement, resulting in an inadequate cycling environment, and in resentment from pedestrians. Do you support our view that the Council's priority should always be to improve the general road environment first, including the provision of cycle lanes at least 1.5 metres (5 feet) wide?

Gerri BIRD
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Michael Hal PITT
(Liberal Democrat)

Both as a pedestrian and cyclist I strongly dislike shared use paths. They are nearly always inappropriate. I am concerned that the proposed changes to the Highway Code may make their use almost compulsory, and I have written to David Howarth on this issue. The policy should favour dedicated cycle ways.

One problem is that in Cambridge we do not always have the space to implement ideal solutions, and have to deal with local constraints. In these cases it is essential that changes are made in partnership with local cyclists and pedestrians.

Michelle Elizabeth TEMPEST
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
James Christopher YOUD
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 6

Some cyclists have told us they feel unsafe riding over the A14 Histon junction, because of crossing the exit roads down onto the A14, and along Histon Rd, because of its narrowness. Do you support measures to improve safety for cyclists in these two areas?

Gerri BIRD
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Michael Hal PITT
(Liberal Democrat)

I must confess to ignorance on this issue, and it appears not to have been raised with Cllr Neale Upstone. If elected I would be happy to discuss this issue with the campaign and see what I can do to help.

Michelle Elizabeth TEMPEST
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
James Christopher YOUD
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 7

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

Gerri BIRD
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Michael Hal PITT
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate did not enter a response for this question.
Michelle Elizabeth TEMPEST
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
James Christopher YOUD
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

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.