Elections – Cambridge Cycling Campaign

Elections

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

Summary: Elections to Cambridge City Council (and South Cambs District Council) in May 2010.
Polling date: Thursday 6th May 2010
Ward:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Ian Charles KIDMAN  (Labour & Co-operative)
  • Stephen Roger LAWRENCE  (Green Party)
  • Ali MEFTAH  (Conservative Party)
  • Timothy Derek WARD  (Liberal Democrat)

Questions for Arbury ward candidates (5 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?

Ian Charles KIDMAN
(Labour & Co-operative)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Stephen Roger LAWRENCE
(Green Party)

a) Locations for cycle=parking: Upper deck above current lot on Station Rd by station. Would provide cover to spaces below.
b) on street - support
c) mount a campaign to target all landlords-property managers-tenants for all the rented accomodation.

Ali MEFTAH
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Timothy Derek WARD
(Liberal Democrat)

I have no suggestions to make personally for additional cycle parking in Arbury, as there is adequate provision in the places where I park my bike. I would be happy to take up suggestions from others, who will have different travel patterns and different places they want to park. I am not aware of any demand in Arbury to replace car parking spaces by cycle parking provision (but see also my answer to question 5).

Arbury does have significant quantities of housing that were developed before the current planning standards which require adequate cycle parking to be provided. I support requirements for adequate cycle parking standards when they go through the Environment Committee, which I chair, but I have no magic wand to wave to provided adequate cycle parking for the blocks of flats that were designed before the current rules came into force.

# 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?

Ian Charles KIDMAN
(Labour & Co-operative)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Stephen Roger LAWRENCE
(Green Party)

Periodic blitzes OK - as long as these can be shown to improve relationship between vehicle users and cyclists, ie "seen to be doing something". Perhaps get the local radio station involved. Allow ordinary car-drivers to suggest particular locations/times.

Ali MEFTAH
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Timothy Derek WARD
(Liberal Democrat)

Yes.

Provided, of course, that this does not result in things which are even more important police priorities being dropped.

# 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?

Ian Charles KIDMAN
(Labour & Co-operative)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Stephen Roger LAWRENCE
(Green Party)

20ph - agreed. Needs to include something to satisfy car-users - ie they will actually have to learn how to drive at 20mph. It's not easy. Perhaps get the radio station involved in a test to see how (little) this might affect end-to-end car journey times.

Ali MEFTAH
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Timothy Derek WARD
(Liberal Democrat)

I agree in respect of Cambridge.

I do not have adequate knowledge of conditions in the surrounding villages to be able to comment; this question might be better asked of the councillors for the villages.

# Question 4

Gilbert Road currently includes cycle lanes that motorists can legally park in. This means that cyclists, including some of the many hundreds of children in nearby schools, have to dodge in and out of the traffic stream, which is dangerous and unpleasant. Given that Huntingdon Road has cyclist-only cycle lanes yet is a similar situation in terms of parking in front gardens, do you support the removal of on-street parking on Gilbert Road?

Ian Charles KIDMAN
(Labour & Co-operative)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Stephen Roger LAWRENCE
(Green Party)

Yes

Ali MEFTAH
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Timothy Derek WARD
(Liberal Democrat)

The consultation that the county council carried out over Gilbert Road is particularly interesting as it is one of the first ones in which they are deliberately seeking to consult much more widely than just the householders affected. This is an approach which I have been encouraging them to take over the years - whilst it is easy to identify householders affected by a change to road layout it is harder to identify road users who are not local residents, but that's not a reason not to try.

I support improving the current situation on Gilbert Road, where the current non-mandatory cycle lanes are well into chocolate fireguard territory.

I recognise that all practical improvement schemes proposed to date will involve reducing or removing on-street parking.

I do not support in complete detail any of the schemes being proposed at present by the county council, but not because of parking issues.

# Question 5

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?

Ian Charles KIDMAN
(Labour & Co-operative)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Stephen Roger LAWRENCE
(Green Party)

Just to get the situation at the station improved with a temporary solution, before the much-delayed "grand plan" of cb1

Ali MEFTAH
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Timothy Derek WARD
(Liberal Democrat)

Over the ten years I've been on the council I have supported cycling and walking in various ways on many occasions, from planning policy development (in my role as chair of the Environment Committee and member of the Development Plan Steering Group) through the various other levels down to getting individual dropped kerbs implemented for the benefit of cyclists (in my role as ward councillor).

Recently, just as an example, as a city council representative on the Joint Transport Forum (which is a joint City / County / South Cambs body) I have given it as my view that the city council

- does not hold every single car parking space sacred, and would be prepared to consider losing parking spaces where the advantage to cyclists would outweigh the loss to motorists

- does not necessarily hold every single tree sacred (although in general of course I am a keen supporter of trees in the city), for example where removing one awkwardly placed tree might make it possible to redesign a road junction for considerable advantage to cyclists

and these statements of mine have been taken seriously by county transport officers who develop transport policy for Cambridge.

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.