Elections – Cambridge Cycling Campaign

Elections

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

Summary: Elections to Cambridge City Council (and South Cambs District Council) in May 2010.
Polling date: Thursday 6th May 2010
Ward:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Kevin Wayne BLENCOWE  (Labour & Co-operative)
  • Sarah Elizabeth BROWN  (Liberal Democrat)
  • Joshua William Shubra HORDERN  (Conservative Party)
  • Gail Elizabeth MARCHANT-DAISLEY  (Labour Party)
  • Shapour MEFTAH  (Conservative Party)
  • Shayne MITCHELL  (Green Party)
  • Andrea Curti REINER  (Liberal Democrat)
  • Hywel SEDGWICK-JELL  (Green Party)

Questions for Petersfield ward candidates (9 questions)

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# Question 1

In most terraced streets of Petersfield and Romsey, the public realm is dominated by parked cars. No space is made available for cycle parking, trees, and other amenities that would enhance the area. Car parking is squeezed into every available remaining space, yet there is a total absence of secure cycle parking. This inequity is one cause of the high levels of cycle theft in Cambridge. Would you support the introduction of on-street cycle parking racks on most such streets, even if it would mean the removal of one parking space on the street?

Kevin Wayne BLENCOWE
(Labour & Co-operative)

Yes I would support on-street cycle parking racks in suitable locations in Petersfield subject to consultation with neighbouring residents. If we are to further encourage people to cycle and cut carbon emissions by using their vehicles less then this seems a sensible step.

Sarah Elizabeth BROWN
(Liberal Democrat)

In principle I am supportive of schemes like this to increase on-street cycle parking, in locations where it is practical. I intend to work with Petersfield county councillor, Nichola Harrison to explore options for secure, on-street cycle parking.

Joshua William Shubra HORDERN
(Conservative Party)

Yes - I would support such a move. There are excellent reasons for this whether one is a pedestrian, cyclist or car-driver. Unfortunately it is often necessary for cyclists to use parts of the pavement to park and secure their bikes. If there were better on-street storage provision this would assist pedestrians who would encounter fewer obstructions on the pavement. There is also the risk of bikes being pushed over and onto the street which is a potential hazard for car-drivers. As a cyclist myself I am always concerned about bike security and so the provision of these racks would be very welcome. Any decision should of course be taken in consultation with local residents who are understandably concerned about the difficulty of finding on-street car-parking.

Gail Elizabeth MARCHANT-DAISLEY
(Labour Party)

Yes, in consultation with residents. This is already underway in some streets in Petersfield.

Shapour MEFTAH
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Shayne MITCHELL
(Green Party)

Yes. Why stop at one?
Legitimised pavement parking in Romsey makes for horrendous problems for those with pushchairs, prams, wheelchairs etc. In general, the pavements can be literally impassable.

Andrea Curti REINER
(Liberal Democrat)

Yes, especially around pubs and shops and other places of interest. Cycling is my primary means of transport around Cambridge and I often struggle to find parking for my bicycle. However I think this is only a first step. There is another problem, which is that cycles parked on the pavement block access for those in wheelchairs or with buggies. Ideally any cycle plan should tackle both of these issues.

Hywel SEDGWICK-JELL
(Green Party)
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?

Kevin Wayne BLENCOWE
(Labour & Co-operative)

Yes I do as the issue is one of responsibility as a citizen where the safety of yourself and others needs due consideration. In the city as a whole this should surely be a constant priority not just for 2 weeks in October or when a fuss is made.

Sarah Elizabeth BROWN
(Liberal Democrat)

I am concerned at incidents of poor road use in Petersfield by many road users, with residential streets often used as rat runs (e.g. between Mill Road and Hills Road). I support the introduction of lower speed limits for some parts of the ward, including Mill Road, in the interests of safety for cyclists, pedestrians and other motorists. I do support greater policing of poor road behaviour, but I would wish to ensure that the police are properly trained in the correct application of the relevant laws, as I am aware there have been incidents in the past where laws may have been incorrectly applied.

Joshua William Shubra HORDERN
(Conservative Party)

Cycling without lights or due regard to pedestrians are hazards which should indeed be more carefully policed. This policing work must be done in a time and paperwork efficient manner. A time effective way of doing so would involve coordination with the policing of speed limits.

Gail Elizabeth MARCHANT-DAISLEY
(Labour Party)

Yes, it would make things safer for responsible cyclists and pedestrians alike.

Shapour MEFTAH
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Shayne MITCHELL
(Green Party)

Yes. Provided that equal, or greater, priority is given to dangerous + intimidating driving, + driving with inadequate lights. (I see endless cars with faulty or not-working lights.)

Andrea Curti REINER
(Liberal Democrat)

Yes. I agree with the position paper that you have posted, that enforcement of traffic policing of cyclists should go hand in hand with better policing of motorists.

Hywel SEDGWICK-JELL
(Green Party)
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?

Kevin Wayne BLENCOWE
(Labour & Co-operative)

Yes I do. I fully supported Mill Road having a 20mph limit and argue that logically all the side street feeder roads should be the same. Perhaps the whole of Petersfield could be a 20mph zone in the future if the residents support it.

Sarah Elizabeth BROWN
(Liberal Democrat)

Yes. See also previous answer.

Joshua William Shubra HORDERN
(Conservative Party)

While I agree that many Cambridge streets should only be used by motorists at 20mph I would not agree that this should be a blanket policy. One of the possible risks of such a policy would be to create antagonism between car-users and cyclists. Better awareness of cyclists by motorists and more responsible cycling would be a major contribution to safety on our streets.

Gail Elizabeth MARCHANT-DAISLEY
(Labour Party)

In the city yes, this is already something that I have been talking about to residents with a view to advocating if elected.

Shapour MEFTAH
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Shayne MITCHELL
(Green Party)

Yes. I would also support a 20mph limit on main connecting roads in the town, which currently are intimidating, noisy + unpleasant, + divide communities.

Andrea Curti REINER
(Liberal Democrat)

Yes, for Cambridge. I cannot speak to the surrounding villages.

Hywel SEDGWICK-JELL
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 4

Some cyclists have told us they feel unsafe riding along 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?

Kevin Wayne BLENCOWE
(Labour & Co-operative)

East Road should be a clearway so I would support the removal of car parking where it is allowed now - there is a public car park behind the shops after all. In principle I would support the removal of car parking on Lensfield Road though am not as familiar with who are are using these spaces and why.

Sarah Elizabeth BROWN
(Liberal Democrat)

I would wish to examine the specifics of each situation closely before coming to a decision on these particular areas, taking into account the views of the different road users and any relevant research and information undertaken by, e.g. council officers. I am not opposed to such measures in principle, especially where safety is an issue.

Joshua William Shubra HORDERN
(Conservative Party)
The candidate did not enter a response for this question.
Gail Elizabeth MARCHANT-DAISLEY
(Labour Party)

Yes, it is clearly unsafe and there are alternatives for motorists.

Shapour MEFTAH
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Shayne MITCHELL
(Green Party)

Yes.

Andrea Curti REINER
(Liberal Democrat)

Yes, in principle, although I do not think parking is the only problem with East Road/Lensfield Road. I wholeheartedly agree that cycling on Lensfield Road and East Road is a gripping experience; just last week an aggressive truck driver passed me and cut me off as I cycled along Lensfield Road almost causing an accident. As a mother of two I resolved never to cycle on those roads again, because the risk is too high. But this is not a good solution to the problem. Our roads should be open to cyclists without fear of serious injury. Improvements need to be made.

Hywel SEDGWICK-JELL
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 5

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?

Kevin Wayne BLENCOWE
(Labour & Co-operative)

Yes it is one of the few good points about the plan to develop the station area. A modern purpose-built secure cycle park here is a no-brainer. It should also have been allowed space to expand which is not covered in the plan. The recent agreement to allow later phasing of it and to allow the developer out of paying for it is a mistake - the agreed plans should have insisted on it being built from the start.

Sarah Elizabeth BROWN
(Liberal Democrat)

I do. Furthermore, I have been involved in campaigning for interim measures to make more cycle parking available at the station in the shorter term, and have been in discussion with National Express, as well as the Cycling Campaign to this effect.

Joshua William Shubra HORDERN
(Conservative Party)

The number of abandoned cycles at the station highlights the responsibility of cyclists to take responsibility for removing unwanted bikes. That said, there is a desperate need for better cycle parking at the station and I would look carefully at any affordable plans to meet this need.

Gail Elizabeth MARCHANT-DAISLEY
(Labour Party)

Yes, it is clearly necessary and long overdue. It is necessary to maintain pressure on the developers and the executive to prevent this sliding down the list of priorities a the developers seek to cherry pick the most profitable parts of the development to deal with first. In the interim, the station manager should be encouraged to undertake a regular cull of abandoned bikes to ensure that the existing limited space is fully utilised and talks need to take place with network rail to see what unused space could be temporarily used.

Shapour MEFTAH
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Shayne MITCHELL
(Green Party)

Yes. Replace some car parking spaces with bike racks. Clean + tidy up bike rack area. Provide covered bike parking. Ensure bike parking is close to station (i.e. has priority over car parking).

Andrea Curti REINER
(Liberal Democrat)

Yes, I support construction of a new cycle park at the station. If elected I would work make this a top priority. I use the station cycle park at least once a week and I am always amazed that no matter how early I arrive, the park is always full. My impression is that there are a number of cycles that have been parked there for months, if not years. I think these cycles should be tagged and then removed.

Hywel SEDGWICK-JELL
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 6

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

Kevin Wayne BLENCOWE
(Labour & Co-operative)

If someone can come up with a sensible design solution for cycling along these streets at peak times then yes. Clearly the street is a lot busier now since Primark opened so public safety is the key. I'll be interested to see the views of the public on the matter first.

Sarah Elizabeth BROWN
(Liberal Democrat)

Yes

Joshua William Shubra HORDERN
(Conservative Party)
The candidate did not enter a response for this question.
Gail Elizabeth MARCHANT-DAISLEY
(Labour Party)

Yes, subject to a scheme being implemented that meets the needs of cyclists and pedestrians and allows both groups to use the space in safety.

Shapour MEFTAH
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Shayne MITCHELL
(Green Party)

No. Because - unfortunately - there is not yet a culture of cycling carefully, slowly + considerately where space is shared with others on foot, unlike my experience in other European countries. I know from experience (disability, small child) how frightening over-fast, over-close cycling can be.

Andrea Curti REINER
(Liberal Democrat)

No. These areas are full of pedestrians at peak times, including the elderly, disabled and carers with baby buggies. I don’t think Fitzroy and Burleigh Streets would be safe for those pedestrians if they were open for cycling as well during peak times. I am happy to be educated on this issue if you think I am wrong here. However I have read the attached article and I am not convinced. The other routes mentioned are roads with pavement on both sides, which divides the pedestrians from cyclists. I agree with the CCC that a ban in those streets was not a good idea. However Fitzroy and Burleigh Streets have no such division, pedestrians fill the area at peak times, and therefore cycling mixed with pedestrians would be unsafe for all.

Hywel SEDGWICK-JELL
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 7

Two-way cycling in one-way streets produces increased cycling safety and convenience, because it allows cyclists to avoid longer routes on busier roads. This is the norm in many European cities. Following the success of allowing two-way cycling using clear ‘No Entry Except Cycles’ signs in Petersfield, would you support opening all the streets in your ward to two-way cycling?

Kevin Wayne BLENCOWE
(Labour & Co-operative)

The introduction of two-way cycling in some streets of Petersfield where it's only oneway for vehicles has been democratically agreed. Certainly the clear 'No Entry Except Cycles' signs have made a huge difference in terms of driver behaviour and therefore improved the safety of cyclists. I believe further proposals have to be judged on their merits and be subject to consultation with the residents of the streets suggested though clearly the use of the new signs will help alleviate some of the safety concerns.

Sarah Elizabeth BROWN
(Liberal Democrat)

Yes

Joshua William Shubra HORDERN
(Conservative Party)

Each street would have to be examined in consultation with local residents in order to achieve an equitable outcome. However, as a beneficiary of two-way cycling, I can see the great attractiveness of such a measure. Any such change should be brought about slowly and with maximum information in order to ensure safety for all parties.

Gail Elizabeth MARCHANT-DAISLEY
(Labour Party)

The trial has worked very well indeed in Mawson Road, for example, and I know that we are trying to get it extended. I am unclear that there is enough data to move immediately to all streets, but I think that should be the goal, and we should in the first instance push for a significantly extended trial area.

Shapour MEFTAH
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Shayne MITCHELL
(Green Party)

In principle yes, but some streets might require consideration (given present careless + often antagonistic attitude too many drivers have to cycles).

Andrea Curti REINER
(Liberal Democrat)

Yes. Such a change would reflect what many cyclists already do without compromising safety.

Hywel SEDGWICK-JELL
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 8

What do you think should be done, in addition to the measures already approved, to improve the poor walking and cycling environment on Mill Road?

Kevin Wayne BLENCOWE
(Labour & Co-operative)

I would like to see the pavements repaired and in many parts replaced because they are a disgrace. Clearly the junctions where high accident levels are evidenced need practical solutions. I believe the use of distinct road materials at these points should be considered.

Sarah Elizabeth BROWN
(Liberal Democrat)

Mill Road is currently the subject of some attention in this area, and together with county councillor Nichola Harrison I am keen to examine proposals to improve the street environment. I am concerned about pavement clutter, traffic levels and queueing traffic which is present on Mill Road during much of the day. The limited space available complicates the situation, but I believe there are other European cities which have managed to make progress with shared-space type arrangements. I am concerned that any changes should take into consideration users with particular needs, however, such as blind and partially sighted people. I welcome the input of the Cycling Campaign on this issue - the more ideas we can examine for improving the Mill Road environment, the better.

Joshua William Shubra HORDERN
(Conservative Party)

Again, many of the issues which are faced by cyclists like myself on Mill Road could be averted by better awareness by motorists of the needs of cyclists. I welcome many of the approved measures.

Gail Elizabeth MARCHANT-DAISLEY
(Labour Party)

Reduce the speed limit; improve the surfaces; examine crossing options (eg at Kingston Street junction, Tenison Road), look at practicability of loading time restrictions in consultation with retailers.

Shapour MEFTAH
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Shayne MITCHELL
(Green Party)

Mill Road bridge one-way (traffic lights) and cycle lanes. Enforce ban on pavement parking. Reduce street furniture + clutter. Benches, especially at bus stops.

Andrea Curti REINER
(Liberal Democrat)

Mill Road is indeed a dangerous run in the middle of our city. There is no question it is unpleasant for all users – cyclists, pedestrians and motorists. Reducing speed limits and enforcing those speed limits with speed bumps would help improve Mill Road for walking and cycling (and I believe motorists as well, because the traffic would be calmer).

Hywel SEDGWICK-JELL
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 9

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?

Kevin Wayne BLENCOWE
(Labour & Co-operative)

Years ago when I chaired the City Council's Planning Committee a resident of Old Chesterton Michael Bond suggested keeping a strip of land on the old Philips/Simoco site as a potential route for a new cycle and pedestrian bridge over the Cam. As Chair I hope I played my small part in supporting this idea and am therefore partly responsible for the fine well designed new bridge we see today linking Chesterton to Riverside. I've never owned a car personally and either use the bus, cycle or walk when I'm about in the city though I do accept lifts from others occasionally.

Sarah Elizabeth BROWN
(Liberal Democrat)

As a local campaigner I actively support improved cycling facilities at the railway station, and am in support of measures already taken in Petersfield with contraflow cycling and increased on-street parking. As someone who frequently travels around Cambridge on foot or by bicycle myself, I'm aware that the urban environment often fails to serve some users well, and some facilities in Cambridge certainly have scope for improvement. I believe that with the volume of cycling we have in Cambridge, we should be pushing for world class cycle facilities, and I think there remains much work to be done in this area.

Joshua William Shubra HORDERN
(Conservative Party)

I am committed to supporting greater use of bicycles in Cambridge and to promoting cycle-awareness among all car-users.

Gail Elizabeth MARCHANT-DAISLEY
(Labour Party)

No previous involvement in local issues or politics, but it seems clear that it is both necessary and desirable for the various interest groups to seek to work together, respecting each other's position and priorities, to improve accessibility and safety for cyclists and pedestrians.

Shapour MEFTAH
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Shayne MITCHELL
(Green Party)

- Change timings of pelican crossings so they favour those crossing the road, not traffic flow.
- Increase time given to cross road.
- More zebra crossings.
- Proper flush drop kerbs (not the current 1/2 - 1 inch bump).
- Stop insisting that all photos of cyclists in council leaflets wear helmets.
- More + better cycle parking all over town.
- Signposting of back routes, short cuts, alleys, etc. (Currently seldom marked, + thus not known about by most people.) E.g. Norfolk St. entrance to Mill Road Cemetery (+ a green route to Mill Road) is all but invisible.

Support:
Long-standing member of Cambridge Cycling Campaign + (previously) London Cycling Campaign.
Cyclist, bus + train passenger + walker for nearly all journeys, locally + further afield.

Andrea Curti REINER
(Liberal Democrat)

I strongly support improving the conditions for cyclists in Cambridge. As a mother of two, I want to improve our roads so that my children can safely cycle through the city, enjoying cycling as I have my whole life. I believe that supporting public transport, enforcing traffic rules for motorists and cyclists alike, and reducing speed limits are all excellent ways to improve Cambridge for cyclists. We are a world class cycling city and I think by addressing the major flashpoints and rat runs that still exist, we can only improve our standing.

Hywel SEDGWICK-JELL
(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.