Elections

Local elections (City/SouthCambs), May 2010: Abbey

Summary: Elections to Cambridge City Council (and South Cambs District Council) in May 2010.
Polling date: Thursday 6th May 2010
Ward:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Christopher John BROWN  (Liberal Democrat)
  • Lara Jane HILLMAN  (Conservative Party)
  • George Bernard OWERS  (Labour & Co-operative)
  • Adam POGONOWSKI  (Green Party)

Questions for Abbey ward candidates (6 questions)

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# Question 1

There is a major shortage of cycle parking all around the city. Cycle theft is over 10% of all reported crime in the County. Do you have any suggestions for locations for cycle parking? Would you be willing to see a very small proportion of on-street car parking being replaced by on-street cycle parking in your ward? How will you work towards a situation where every resident and every worker in every ward can keep a bike safe?

Christopher John BROWN
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Lara Jane HILLMAN
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
George Bernard OWERS
(Labour & Co-operative)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Adam POGONOWSKI
(Green Party)

My suggestion would have been to convert on-street car parking spaces into bike spaces in each ward, particularly in the Romsey and Petersfield areas, where one-way, narrow streets are prevalent. The city centre likewise needs more cycle provision - there is still a massive shortage. The station, it goes without saying, is problematic, and there needs to be conversion of car-parking spaces into cycle-parking spaces. As for Abbey Ward, the Green Party has helped secure provision for cycle spaces at Cambridge United, though work will begin post-season. Most residents have gardens and sheds, so on-street parking for bikes is not quite the problem it is in say, Romsey.

# 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?

Christopher John BROWN
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Lara Jane HILLMAN
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
George Bernard OWERS
(Labour & Co-operative)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Adam POGONOWSKI
(Green Party)

Yes, to an extent. There are more pressing matters for the police to be dealing with, but equally, cycling with no lights is a danger. Perhaps stopping such cyclists and making them purchase lights for a price above RRP would act as a better solution to the problem rather than a £40 fine. The terrible events of Jesus Green with the hit-and-run when the cyclist had no lights highlights the dangers inherent in so cycling.

# Question 3

We believe that 20mph should be the norm for local streets in residential areas (as distinct from main connecting roads). 20mph would: greatly encourage walking and cycling; improve the quality of life in an area for residents; and would not delay car journeys significantly (because only the start/end of a journey would be affected). Do you agree that 20mph should become the norm for local streets in Cambridge and surrounding villages?

Christopher John BROWN
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Lara Jane HILLMAN
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
George Bernard OWERS
(Labour & Co-operative)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Adam POGONOWSKI
(Green Party)

Absolutely, and this is Green Party policy nationally too. It is certainly something I will argue for, as it also fosters better community relations and interaction.

# Question 4

Do you support rescinding the part-time ban on cycling in Fitzroy Street and Burleigh Street?

Christopher John BROWN
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Lara Jane HILLMAN
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
George Bernard OWERS
(Labour & Co-operative)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Adam POGONOWSKI
(Green Party)

Yes, but the creation of a separate cycle lane away from shop entrances, demarcated with white lines and perhaps a cobbled division, would ensure smoother walking for pedestrians and cycling.

# Question 5

Do you support our proposal for ‘The Chisholm Trail’, a cycling super-highway that would run roughly along the railway, joining up the Science Park to Addenbrookes? This high-profile scheme would cut journey times, give people a genuine, realistic alternative to car use and help the city cope with the population increase which will take place in the coming years.

Christopher John BROWN
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Lara Jane HILLMAN
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
George Bernard OWERS
(Labour & Co-operative)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Adam POGONOWSKI
(Green Party)

Yes. I would also like to see the cycle lane along the guided busway route constructed properly so that cyclists can use it (people have told me that many bikes use the currently unused busway). I would also support other such cycling highways linking Cambridgeshire's villages, and possibly such highways that run to other destinations outside of the County.

# Question 6

Do you have any other general cycling-related comments or points? And what support have you given for cycling and walking, or sustainable transport more generally, in the past?

Christopher John BROWN
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Lara Jane HILLMAN
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
George Bernard OWERS
(Labour & Co-operative)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Adam POGONOWSKI
(Green Party)

I am a member of the Cycling Campaign, was a 'Without Portfolio' Committee Member for a few months, cycle everywhere I go, and support renationalised railways, nationalised bus services and electric automobiles. To move to a low-carbon economy, the onus should not be on individuals to sacrifice things without any alternatives available, so renationalisation of public transport, making things cheaper and faster is the best way forward. A 20mph limit throughout all of Cambridge too, would likewise encourage greater cycling.

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.