Elections – Cambridge Cycling Campaign

Elections

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

Summary: Elections to Cambridge City Council (and South Cambs District Council) in May 2010.
Polling date: Thursday 6th May 2010
Ward:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Andrew James BOWER  (Conservative Party)
  • Lewis HERBERT  (Labour & Co-operative)
  • Valerie Teresa HOPKINS  (Green Party)
  • Albert Charles WATTS  (UK Independence Party)
  • Thomas Spencer YATES  (Liberal Democrat)

Questions for Coleridge ward candidates (8 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?

Andrew James BOWER
(Conservative Party)

As a victim, like many, of multiple cycle thefts I do support this concept. I think it is particularly relevant to neighbouring wards, such as Petersfield and Romsey around pubs, shops and terraced houses practically fronting the highway and in the city centre. Kingston Street’s cycle parking is an excellent example, albeit insufficient! I am not sure that there are so many places in Coleridge where the take-up would be high enough (except from cycling canvassers) to justify losing very precious parking spaces but would be interested in any suggestions. Another approach would be to use the odd verge for this purpose – if there were sufficient demand.

I would like to see more rigorous enforcement by city council planners of our minimum cycle parking standards for developments.

I support the work of my Conservative colleague Councillor Chris Howell who managed to get cycle theft made a city-wide police priority in January 2010:

http://cherryhintonroad.blogspot.com/2010/01/action-on-cycle-theft-now-priority.html

http://cherryhintonroad.blogspot.com/search/label/Cycle%20parking

Lewis HERBERT
(Labour & Co-operative)

As a Councillor and cyclist I have campaigned for improved secure parking for several years
- raising the appalling problems at the station and in several city, Coleridge and Mill Road locations
- in February 2009, persuading the City Council and through them the police to add cycle theft as a specific citywide policing priority, as reported in the Feb/March 2009 Cycling Campaign newsletter
- pressing key organisations like Hills Road 6th Form College to provide capacity rather than force students off site into insecure locations, and on to sites then preventing others using current provision eg at Cambridge Leisure.

I believe part of the answer is to target expansion at existing secure locations in the city centre, at the station and elsewhere, to create large well recognised sites, and support wider Cycling Campaign site proposals.

There then needs to be a map of secure parking sites where there is capacity, including for visitors, and pressure on the Council re sites need expanding. Major organisations and employers need to provide sites and assist best use of the significant council/Cycle city funding currently available for this.

I support on-street and wider provision in Coleridge and other wards including more wall mounted fittings, and will press for continuing investment until there is adequate provision and the current cycle theft industry is neutralised.

Valerie Teresa HOPKINS
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Albert Charles WATTS
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Thomas Spencer YATES
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# 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)

I do support this view.

I campaigned for proper police enforcement of speeding on problem roads in the area, including holding police officers to account at the council’s East Area Committee. My colleague Chris Howell managed to get police enforcement of speeding made a priority in our area after a year-long campaign. Eventually councillors from the other parties backed our plan instead of opposing it.

One of the advantages of using police to enforce speed limits is that they can also tackle other motoring and cycling offences at the same time.

http://cherryhintonroad.blogspot.com/2009/05/surprise-victory-on-policing-speeding.html

I organised a survey of bicycles on Mill Road over a couple of nights to gauge the extent of the problem of cycling without lights and found that 50% of lights were missing. I achieved some publicity as a result of this survey and consequently found police paying attention to the problem. It is important that policing of cycling is not just confined to a token annual check on Sidney Street.

http://cherryhintonroad.blogspot.com/2009/10/bicycle-lights-on-mill-road.html

http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Home/Half-of-cyclists-snub-law-on-lights.htm

http://cherryhintonroad.blogspot.com/2009/11/police-respond-to-unlit-cyclists-on.html

We should be trying to increase the total amount of policing by cutting out police bureaucracy, doing more patrols individual rather than in pairs and allowing the public to elect no-nonsense police chiefs directly.

Cycle offences such as riding in the dark without lights and using pedestrian-only pavements, which intimidates pedestrians, should be taken more seriously. I think the prevalence of shared-use footpaths as part of a box-ticking culture towards cycling provision has created uncertainty and led many to assume that cycling on footpaths is always permitted.

Lewis HERBERT
(Labour & Co-operative)

Yes, including a focus based on relative safety risks e.g. to tackle cycle lane blocking and dangerous vehicle and occasional bus driver behaviour.

Valerie Teresa HOPKINS
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Albert Charles WATTS
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Thomas Spencer YATES
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# 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?

Andrew James BOWER
(Conservative Party)

I certainly agree that many such streets should not be taken at speeds exceeding 20mph and I am open to the possibility that that should be mandated by speed limits or a home zone. However, I would be wary of a solution that required a sea of street furniture in residential roads. I would disagree with using safety measures to implement social engineering; for example, specifically making driving frustrating in order to encourage walking and cycling. Safety measures need to have the respect of road users so they must only be enacted for safety reasons.

Lewis HERBERT
(Labour & Co-operative)

The county and city councils should jointly investigate how to maximise 20mph local streets, and implement measures to switch the balance of local streets in favour of non-car users, including maximising opportunities for new design in new development.

This also needs to add measures that physically prevent vehicle speeding, to add to enforcement measures.

Valerie Teresa HOPKINS
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Albert Charles WATTS
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Thomas Spencer YATES
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 4

Do you actively support the proposed construction of a 3,000-space cycle park at Cambridge station? What measures do you believe should be taken to ensure that construction starts soon? In the meanwhile what urgent measures should be taken to add to and improve the existing highly unsatisfactory cycle parking provision?

Andrew James BOWER
(Conservative Party)

I do support this much-needed facility.

Meanwhile we need to make sure that the regular unused cycle removal operation is operating optimally, although we should be under no illusions that this would be sufficient to solve the problem.

Lewis HERBERT
(Labour & Co-operative)

I support the 3000 space cycle park but also want measures to prevent people simply leaving bikes at the station unused for a month or more, preventing others using the space that is there now, and wasting capacity that would be created by ths park.

The recently signed CB1 agreement (section 106) is defective as it has sadly allowed the developer to 'rephase' critical elements including this cycle park, putting these essential plans in jeopardy.

If elected I have already arranged a date to meet Network Rail and will press them, the Council and adjacent landowners to ensure that land is released for stopgap provision eg. from the carpark, and campaign for this proper cycle park.

Valerie Teresa HOPKINS
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Albert Charles WATTS
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Thomas Spencer YATES
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 5

Do you actively support the proposal to extend the Rustat Road footway to join the cycle bridge which has been approved by the Traffic Management Area Joint Committee? Will you make efforts to ensure that this is given priority because of the present difficulty caused by pedestrians walking in the cycle lane?

Andrew James BOWER
(Conservative Party)

Conservative Councillor Chris Howell has been actively pursuing this for two years and the scheme is now on the list for the city council’s Environmental Improvements grants. I would push for rapid implementation.

Lewis HERBERT
(Labour & Co-operative)

I have and will support this and other Coleridge ward capacity improvements for both cyclists and pedestrians, and have voted to ensure that adequate funding is reserved for this scheme and for others, including Ashbury Close below.

Valerie Teresa HOPKINS
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Albert Charles WATTS
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Thomas Spencer YATES
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 6

Will you give your active support to the proposal to construct a proper cycle path linking Ashbury Close to Golding Road? This has been approved by the Traffic Management Area Joint Committee and is in our opinion particularly important for schoolchildren.

Andrew James BOWER
(Conservative Party)

I actively support this proposal subject to genuine consultation with the local residents.

Normalising the current practice of many people to cycle through the area would provide an opportunity to make sure that the cycle route was not a menace to pedestrians and residents and what mean that people who stick to the law and don’t currently cycle through the area would not be penalised.

I do think we need to be sure, however, that cutting across the grass would not significantly degrade quality of life in the area and we should consider whether the facility ought alternatively to be adjacent to the pavement.

My Conservative colleague Councillor Chris Howell has been leading the promotion of this scheme for an Environmental Improvements grant from the city council.

Lewis HERBERT
(Labour & Co-operative)

This is a potentially valuable local addition. There needs to be local consultation including re access at each end - Coleridge Road and Radegund Road.The former is a particularly hazardous road for schoolchildren and others to cross with bicycles, so add-ons may be needed if this route is to be fully effective.

Valerie Teresa HOPKINS
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Albert Charles WATTS
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Thomas Spencer YATES
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 7

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.

Andrew James BOWER
(Conservative Party)

I do support the Chisholm Trail and would do what I could to get rail companies and any other relevant bodies to facilitate the scheme.

The Conservative-controlled county council is open to the idea of the trail and Cambridge Conservatives have supported it for many years.

Lewis HERBERT
(Labour & Co-operative)

I support the Chisholm Trail including effective access on and off for local Coleridge residents, which may involve securing extra land to ensure high quality local cycling links.

Valerie Teresa HOPKINS
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Albert Charles WATTS
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Thomas Spencer YATES
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 8

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?

Andrew James BOWER
(Conservative Party)

Cycling has been my primary mode of transport for many years.

I have promoted cycling with lights, defensive cycling, the need to open up what I call value-added cycle paths (not the same as a splash of white paint on the road/pavement) which open up new options for cyclists, adequately sized cycle lanes (many in the city are not) and have campaigned to get speeding vehicles under control.

I oppose road measures that make life more difficult for cyclists, such as road humps. I have been sceptical of the culture in government of painting white lines on the road or sharing pavements and calling that a cycling facility. Cyclists need to feel confident cycling on the main highway, through promotion, law enforcement and training.

Lewis HERBERT
(Labour & Co-operative)

Working with Councillor colleagues, the Cycling Campaign and the wider community, I have

- campaigned for and won a wide range of junction and safety improvements in Coleridge, including the recently added Coleridge/Cherry Hinton Road junction crossings

- worked with the Cycling Campaign to tackle the county council over weak design for pedestrians and cyclists eg at the crossing near Cherry Hinton Road Post Office

- pressed for greater urgency for key plans eg to get currently available money spent to radically improve safety for cyclists using the Radegund Road/Perne Road roundabout

and plan to continue to address such deficiencies in Coleridge ward and beyond if elected.

Valerie Teresa HOPKINS
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Albert Charles WATTS
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Thomas Spencer YATES
(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.