Elections

Local elections (City/SouthCambs), May 2008: Abbey

Summary: Elections to Cambridge City Council (and South Cambs District Council) in May 2008.
Polling date: Thursday 1st May 2008
Ward:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Andrew James BOWER  (Conservative Party)
  • John Ernest DURRANT  (Labour Party)
  • Callie LEROUX  (Liberal Democrat)
  • Margaret Elizabeth WRIGHT  (Green Party)

Questions for Abbey ward candidates (8 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?

Andrew James BOWER
(Conservative Party)

I am pleased that the cycling campaign is helping the council to put together a guide for planners seeking to create cycle parking facilities, as these are currently inadequate across the city.

One of the best ways to promote cycling in the city would be to allow cyclists to feel welcome on the carriageway and not constrained to cycle-specific facilities. Cycle lanes and paths need to be improved so that they are of adequate width, have a good surface and do not stop and start constantly.

John Ernest DURRANT
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Callie LEROUX
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Margaret Elizabeth WRIGHT
(Green Party)

Reduction of motorised traffic. Separation of cycle routes on road. New routes off road routes. As per GLA..incentives to cycle by transport advisers with travel plans etc.

# Question 2

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

Andrew James BOWER
(Conservative Party)

Cyclists must know that there is a will to enforce laws relating to cycling in order to increase levels of compliance. Cycling without lights, on pedestrian-only pavements and through red lights is not only directly dangerous but contributes towards a perception among other road users that cyclists ignore the law; this is in no-one's interests.

However, there are many other important calls upon policing resources and it is right that residents should be able to select their own policing priorities. Conservatives propose the introduction of directly elected police commissioners to aid accountability. We also support the chief constable's call to the Government for funding for Cambridgeshire's police to reflect growth in the area.

John Ernest DURRANT
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Callie LEROUX
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Margaret Elizabeth WRIGHT
(Green Party)

Yes

# Question 3

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?

Andrew James BOWER
(Conservative Party)

Yes, in principle.

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.

John Ernest DURRANT
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Callie LEROUX
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Margaret Elizabeth WRIGHT
(Green Party)

Yes.

# Question 4

We are seeking a trial of a new type of cycle provision in the city - 'hybrid cycle lanes', as used in Holland and Germany. These are 2-3m wide, on-road but with a degree of separation from other vehicles. They combine the best aspects of both off-road and on-road cycle lanes but without the downsides of both. The picture on our website illustrates the concept. What do you feel about this idea, and is there anywhere in your ward where you think these could be tried?

Andrew James BOWER
(Conservative Party)

This type of cycle lane would be a significant improvement over the often inadequate cycle lanes found in Cambridge (often worse than nothing) and would also be better than shared-use cycle/bus lanes, which can be intimidating for cyclists and can encourage unsafe overtaking by buses, or shared-use cycle/pedestrian paths which are intimidating for pedestrians and both dangerous and impeding to cyclists. It would also allow cycling speeds to be increased.

It is difficult, however, to see where this form of cycle facility could be used on Cambridge's narrow roads without taking away vital road space from buses and other motor vehicles, particularly given the levels of growth planned for the Cambridge fringes. I would be interested to know of any specific locations that the campaign had in mind for Cambridge and its area.

John Ernest DURRANT
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Callie LEROUX
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Margaret Elizabeth WRIGHT
(Green Party)

I've tripped on these in Brussels and in Rotterdam..because I wasn't used to them. I found them quite dangerous as a pedestrian. If these were introduced in Cambridge there would have to be plenty of education about this change in road space. I think they would be a great improvement for cyclists with the above proviso.

# Question 5

If the County Council's proposed Congestion Charge goes ahead, it is likely that the free, up-front money that would be received from the government to support prior improvements to public transport and cycling would be of the order of some £100m a year for four years. This is roughly ten times the amount the County currently receives for transport. If the scheme goes ahead, what would be your priorities for use of this up-front money?

Andrew James BOWER
(Conservative Party)

Cycle parking facilities across the city are inadequate and in residential areas often non-existent. I would support a massively increased volume of (good quality) cycle parking provision throughout the city.

Other priorities would be the improvement of the road surfaces that cyclists have to use, the widening of cycle lanes to recommended widths, completing gaps in cycle lanes, removing dangerous cycle lanes that cannot be made safe and removing the street furniture that slows down cyclists and fosters aggression towards cyclists.

John Ernest DURRANT
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Callie LEROUX
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Margaret Elizabeth WRIGHT
(Green Party)

I'd hav e to be sure that this promise would be kept and the funding hypothecated for better conditions for pedestrians, cyclists and bus/public transport users.
priorities;1. pedestrian safety measures 2. cycling improvements.3. public transport

# Question 6

Some 47,500 new dwellings are to be built around Cambridge in the next ten years, increasing the population by perhaps 125,000 people. Although a Congestion Charge with half-a-billion pounds of up-front government money is proposed as a key means to deal with this, what would your suggestions be for reducing car usage and encouraging cycling in the new developments?

Andrew James BOWER
(Conservative Party)

The positive approach of useful cycle paths crossing through developments and the avoidance of sharp bends and street furniture would aid cyclists in new developments, along with a decent supply of cycle parking.

Car use would be reduced if provision for cycling and public transport were excellent.

John Ernest DURRANT
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Callie LEROUX
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Margaret Elizabeth WRIGHT
(Green Party)

Green Planning...so that fewer journeys had to be made;the provision of leisure/shopping/educational/work within easy reach. Car-free developments.Cycling routes(fast and slow) so commuting to work and slower cycling both possible on dual use fast/slow routes.

# Question 7

What support have you given for cycling and walking, or sustainable transport more generally, in the past?

Andrew James BOWER
(Conservative Party)

I have advocated improved cycle parking and an approach to provision for cyclists that reflects the real needs of cyclists and not just the assumptions of traffic planners that lead to the wrong kinds of cycle lanes and cycle paths.

John Ernest DURRANT
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Callie LEROUX
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Margaret Elizabeth WRIGHT
(Green Party)

I don't own a car/drive. Have to live on good public transport/cycle routes. This is a conscious decision. I think it is fundamental.User of rail transport. As lead Green candidate in Eastern Region set example by rarely using private car throughout region-wide campaign. Have pressed for better cycle-on-train provision. Member of CCCapmpaign for several years (check it!) In close touch through European Green Party with local and national Green elected politicians who are introducing sustainable tranport initiatives. Changes in funding crucial so more money released to local level. Moter-way building should stop. Stress needs to be on local roads.

# Question 8

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

Andrew James BOWER
(Conservative Party)

Conservatives welcome the extra cycling opportunities presented by the Guided Bus, with pedestrian and cycle facilities running alongside the busway.

It sometimes seems that planning for cyclists does not reflect the real needs of cyclists and Conservatives in Cambridge would seek to change that.

John Ernest DURRANT
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Callie LEROUX
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Margaret Elizabeth WRIGHT
(Green Party)

I think Cambridge needs to stress the inclusiveness of cycling (for everyone)

Congratulations on your objection ot the non-opening of teh Grand Arcade cycle park (vivited it and found it grim/unsafe. I would not be prepared to use it.
Cycle theft is no joke.I'm not sure that finding lost bikes if being given enough priority. If cars were stolen at this rate it would be CENews headlines! But those of us who rely on bikes find it just as bad.Extra comment...my first effort went down at the end..so am submitting without checking in case this is repeated!

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.