Elections

Local elections, May 2007: Queen Edith's

Summary: Elections to Cambridge City Council (and South Cambs District Council) in May 2007.
Polling date: Thursday 3rd May 2007
Ward:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Donald Fisher DOUGLAS  (Conservative Party)
  • Len FREEMAN  (Labour Party)
  • Martin Ian LAWSON  (Green Party)
  • Viki SANDERS  (Liberal Democrat)

Questions for Queen Edith's 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?

Donald Fisher DOUGLAS
(Conservative Party)

Ensuring there is sufficient transport infrastructure for all types of road users to accompany new developments is one of our key planning priorities. We would work with the County Council and undertake a complete audit of cycle lane routes – identifying gaps in provision, underused lanes and dangerous pathways. Signage of city cycle routes can be confusing and poorly maintained. This needs to be improved.

The recent East Cambridge Transport strategy identifies a number of possible improvements to existing cycle infrastructure at relatively low cost, for example upgrading the Tins path. This could be done regardless of the unwanted plans for developing the airport site.

Len FREEMAN
(Labour Party)

It could be worth thinking of targeting car drivers, eg leaflets in car parks, benefits of cycling, etc. Park and bike scheme ? Also it would be helpful if the council paid more attention to the state of the road close to the kerb, as this is where broken glass, potholes etc tend to occur - making it more dangerous for cyclists.

Martin Ian LAWSON
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Viki SANDERS
(Liberal Democrat)
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?

Donald Fisher DOUGLAS
(Conservative Party)

Yes, I couldn't agree more and get fed up searchingfor secure parking for my expensive bike. We will review the whole question of parking, both for cars and cycles, and work with our colleagues at the county council to do this. One of our priorities is to ensure provision for secure storage of bicycles is included in proposed railway redevelopment programmes. We also need to put pressure on the Station to sort out the disgusting litter in the bike park and to provide further spaces now.

Len FREEMAN
(Labour Party)

Yes - to encourage cycling it is crucial that there are convenient, secure places to park bikes.

Martin Ian LAWSON
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Viki SANDERS
(Liberal Democrat)
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?

Donald Fisher DOUGLAS
(Conservative Party)

Yes, I agree that irresponsible cycling should be the subject of greater use of police resources. However enforcement of the law should be a matter of course and not just a ‘priority’.

Len FREEMAN
(Labour Party)

probably - but I'm not sure that this should be a high priority.

Martin Ian LAWSON
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Viki SANDERS
(Liberal Democrat)
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?

Donald Fisher DOUGLAS
(Conservative Party)

Yes, we will ask for a review of all speed limits on roads; taking into account the provision of cycle lanes, use of the road by cyclists and the accident rate.

Len FREEMAN
(Labour Party)

Yes - the safer roads become, the more likely that people will use bikes.

Martin Ian LAWSON
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Viki SANDERS
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 5

Cambridge Cycling Campaign is promoting a new route for pedestrians and cyclists called the 'Chisholm Trail', alongside the railway, joining up many journey destinations between Addenbrooke's to the south and the Science Park to the north. This would make many journeys much quicker. Do you support this in principle, and would you like more information?

Donald Fisher DOUGLAS
(Conservative Party)

Yes, in principle: and you may recall that I called for a cycle track beside the railway in the Southern part of the City in 1998.

We will encourage the continued development of off-road cycle routes, particularly towpaths along waterways and former railways, to create safe, traffic-free cycling routes.

Len FREEMAN
(Labour Party)

Definitely support

Martin Ian LAWSON
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Viki SANDERS
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 6

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

Donald Fisher DOUGLAS
(Conservative Party)

We will ask the government to remove rigid Whitehall targets for the introduction of new cycle lanes and allow us the discretion to spend money on cycling as we determine – such as providing better information on existing cycle routes and the proper promotion of cycling training in schools.

We welcome the extra cycling opportunities presented by the Guided Bus.

Pedestrians and cyclists can expect new facilities, with a new bridleway and cycle route running alongside the Busway route. We hope that the Cambridge Cycling campaign will join us in supporting the Guided Bus.

Len FREEMAN
(Labour Party)

More education of car drivers would be helpful, eg to encourage them to drive away from the kerb, more towards the middle of the road. In many roads (eg Mill Road), there is no overtaking, so cars may as well drive close to the centre: there is no point in "kerb hugging".

Martin Ian LAWSON
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Viki SANDERS
(Liberal Democrat)
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.