Elections

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

Summary: Elections to Cambridge City Council (and South Cambs District Council) in May 2008.
Polling date: Thursday 1st May 2008
Ward:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Tim BICK  (Liberal Democrat)
  • Nick DALE  (Labour Party)
  • Sheila LAWLOR  (Conservative Party)
  • Shayne Mary MITCHELL  (Green Party)

Questions for Market 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?

Tim BICK
(Liberal Democrat)

Important for the City Council to support the bid with the County Council for Cambridge to be designated a Cycling Demonstration City, to win funding and development for cycling facilities.
I am keen for the Council to evaluate a commercially organised, short-trip, roadside cycle rental scheme, of the kind I have seen in Lyon (now in other French cities). The new technology that is now available could make this more viable than when the City tried it in the 90s.

Nick DALE
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Sheila LAWLOR
(Conservative Party)

We need more cycle lanes. Each street should be considered in terms of where space might be used for a safe lane.

Shayne Mary MITCHELL
(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 - over 10% of reported crime. We want to see a formal strategy to get on-street cycle parking provided all around Cambridge, with a target of say, 100-200 spaces per year initially. Do you support this?

Tim BICK
(Liberal Democrat)

I support the objective, subject to practical constraints - in particular space and finance.

Nick DALE
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Sheila LAWLOR
(Conservative Party)

Yes.

Shayne Mary MITCHELL
(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 greater police priority?

Tim BICK
(Liberal Democrat)

Yes.

Nick DALE
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Sheila LAWLOR
(Conservative Party)

I am concerned about cyclists breaking the rules or law and causing danger to others, especially cycling on the pavements, and breaking the law on one way routes and lighting up. I support law enforcement across the system.

Shayne Mary MITCHELL
(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 in and around Cambridge for both safety and environmental reasons. Do you support this objective?

Tim BICK
(Liberal Democrat)

It may well have a part to play. I would need to be satisfied that there would be some means of enforcement

Nick DALE
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Sheila LAWLOR
(Conservative Party)

It's a very good idea to limit speed in Central Cambridge where fast moving heavy vehicles (including buses sometimes) endanger other road users, including cyclists and pedestrians.

Shayne Mary MITCHELL
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 5

Some cyclists have told us they feel unsafe riding alongside the two short stretches of Lensfield Road and East Road where car parking is allowed in spite of the heavy traffic. Such car parking narrows the space available considerably. Do you support removal of this car parking in the interests of improved traffic flow and the safety of cyclists?

Tim BICK
(Liberal Democrat)

I see the point. I think this could be something justifying focused local consultation.

Nick DALE
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Sheila LAWLOR
(Conservative Party)

Each street should be considered on its own terms. In my view, Lensfield Road could accommodate a cycle lane on the wide left hand pavement facing the Trumpington Road roundabout.

Shayne Mary MITCHELL
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 6

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?

Tim BICK
(Liberal Democrat)

This seems a good idea that should be explored. I would welcome the Campaign's view of places where this would be feasible.

Nick DALE
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Sheila LAWLOR
(Conservative Party)

I'm very much in favour of any intiative to improve safety for cyclists.

Shayne Mary MITCHELL
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 7

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?

Tim BICK
(Liberal Democrat)

Investment in alternative means of transport within the city, of which improved cycling facilities is clearly a major one. Facilities for pedestrians and public transport are others.

Nick DALE
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Sheila LAWLOR
(Conservative Party)

I'd like to consult on the implications of the different possibilities.

Shayne Mary MITCHELL
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 8

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

Tim BICK
(Liberal Democrat)

The Campaign seems to be making a very constructive contribution to the city's transport debate and, if elected, I would look out for your views and suggestions.

Nick DALE
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Sheila LAWLOR
(Conservative Party)

I am a cyclists and cycle in the City. My priority is safety. I'd like to see that cyclists and pedestrians are safe to use our Market Ward streets and the right balance is struck.

Shayne Mary MITCHELL
(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.