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Question 2 - we asked:

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?

We asked this question in all 17 wards, namely: Abbey, Arbury, Castle, Cherry Hinton, Coleridge, Cottenham, East Chesterton, Girton, Histon & Impington, King's Hedges, Market, Newnham, Petersfield, Queen Edith's, Romsey, Trumpington, West Chesterton.

42 of the 87 candidates (48%) who were asked this question responded as below.

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.

Thomas Dominic BYGOTT
(Conservative Party)

Your position paper on responsible, legal cycling is an excellent document, and I support your campaign for better compliance with traffic rules.

As a Tory, I believe that individuals should take personal responsibility for their own actions. A good cyclist and good citizen should obey the law and, ideally, exceed it in adopting safer practices than are enforced. For example, I usually wear a helmet when riding. Helmets are mandatory in some countries but only advisory in the UK.

I would also like to see a greater emphasis on education. Motorists are at an enormous advantage on the roads when it comes to traffic rules, because they learn the Highway Code as the first stage of learning to drive. As a University City, Cambridge has a lot of young cyclists who haven't yet done a driving test. One way to correct this would be to teach the Highway Code in schools.

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.

Stephen Richard OLIVER
(Conservative Party)

Yes, but this has to go hand in hand with better education. We need to do more to encourage responsible and courteous use of our shared roads and footpaths. The University, colleges and language schools could do much more to ensure that overseas students coming to Cambridge for the first time are familiar with the Highway Code and are encouraged to wear appropriate clothing, use lights, obey traffic signals on the road and respect the needs of pedestrians. I like initiatives that reinforce good behaviour, like forcing cyclists without lights to "buy" lights on the spot, instead of just paying a fine.

James Michael KENNEDY
(Green Party)

Traffic policing must work in tandem with the provision of cycle routes and safe cycle lanes in and around the City. Cycle routes must be provided, and to ensure that these provisions are not mis-used (either by motor vehicles driving in cycle lanes; or by cylists riding on pavements), a police presence of reasonable proportion is required.

Traffic policing in Cambridge should remain a priority, where possible, for the health and safety of Cambridge citizens. Motor drivers become rightfully annoyed when cyclists swerve to avoid pot-holes in the road. I will push for increased resources to ensure that cycle lanes are smooth, relatively free of pot-holes, and to keep a reasonable traffic police presence in the City to allow cyclists, drivers and pedestrians to share the road safely.

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.

Heather Anne MACBETH-HORNETT
(Green Party)

Yes.

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.)

Sarah PEAKE
(Green Party)

Cyclists have a responsibility to cycle safely and should abide by the law – for the benefit of all road users. Irresponsible cyclists should expect to be stopped and fined where this is fair and reasonable. However, it is important that the police are realistic about the relative dangers of irresponsible cyclists as opposed to irresponsible motorists. One night on Sidney Street, I witnessed the police stopping a cyclist who did not have a front light (but who was otherwise riding responsibly), while a car went by at high speed. The policeman continued to lecture the cyclist and did not try to stop the motorist who was posing a significant danger to pedestrians on this very narrow street.

Stephen PEAKE
(Green Party)

Cyclists have a responsibility to cycle safely and should abide by the law – for the benefit of all road users. Irresponsible cyclists should expect to be stopped and fined where this is fair and reasonable. However, it is important that the police are realistic about the relative dangers of irresponsible cyclists as opposed to irresponsible motorists. One night on Sidney Street, my wife witnessed the police stopping a cyclist who did not have a front light (but was otherwise riding responsibly), while a car went by at high speed. The policeman continued to lecture the cyclist and did not try to stop the motorist who was posing a significant danger to pedestrians on this very narrow street.

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.

Peter Harry POPE
(Green Party)

Yes.

Teal RILEY
(Green Party)

To some extent, but perhaps extend more power to PCSOs to educate cyclists.
But there are far bigger issues here regarding cycle lane provision in Cambridge and the local area. Taken as a whole, the situation is muddled with different categories of on-road cycle lanes (solid lines, dashed lines), shared use pavements that end abruptly, cycling bans at certain hours on certain roads that care continually being revised and reviewed. Combined with a cycling population that includes a large number of short term Cambridge residents the laws will be inevitably flouted.

Jack Benjamin TOYE
(Green Party)

I admire the work the police force do around the darker months of the year, i'm sure they help to save quite a few lives by fining the odd cyclist here and there. If your are a cyclist on a busy city road, in the dark, with little protection to save you if you were unfortunate enough to be hit by another vehicle, then a police fine which would lead to you purchasing a set of lights for your bike, is a small price to pay in comparison to losing a limb or a life in an accident.

Brian WESTCOTT
(Green Party)

I certainly support your view here. For example, I have encountered several instances where cars or vans have been parked on pavements so that buggies, wheelchairs and blind pedestrians could not get by safely and yet the police took no action. Sometimes illgally parked vehicles jut out into the road enough to block cycleways and endanger other cyclists when there is no cycleway present.

James Christopher YOUD
(Green Party)

As I have already said I support the police giving over more time to stop bike thefts. In terms of policing of cyclists I believe it is important for both cyclists and pedestrians in particular if cycling is properly policed. Then the few that do brake the law don't make the rest of us look like a load of out-laws.
I think a warning system, three strikes then a fine would be just as effective as fixed fines and with this educating those who consistently offend. No reasonable cyclist should go without lights or cycle or pavements where this is not permitted.

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.

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.

Stuart Edwin NEWBOLD
(Labour & Co-operative)

Absolutely. I would also urge officers to confiscate cycles without lights when they are needed. The owner could collect his/her cycle on presenting cycle lights which he/she agrees to have fitted.

Gerri BIRD
(Labour Party)

I would push for more power to PCSO to fine cyclists.
My big concern is that your cycle campaigned has not mentioned about dual use pavements as I have had may elderly and disabled residents contacting me about being knocked down our pushed out of the way by cyclist, I would like to see this anti social behaviour stopped and for the police to gave out big fines when reported.

Browne Edward Bengt CARLSSON
(Labour Party)

Certainly. I would also like to see the police pay greater attention to cycling offences outside the centre of the city, especially at the start of university terms. As it stands students cycling the wrong way down Trinity Street in the first week of term will be stopped, but instances of dangerous cycling in Romsey are rarely likely to be witnessed by the police. Greater enforcement here would be a positive boon to cyclists, as it would help to ameliorate to some degree the obvious bitterness many motorists and pedestrians have towards cyclists as a whole.

Dan COOPER
(Labour Party)

I would push for more power to PCSO so they can have the ability to deliver on the spot fines and cycle confiscations within there own wards, so the burden can be lifted from the full time police. This would allow the full time police to focus on key prioritised public policing needs as we leave recession.

Len FREEMAN
(Labour Party)

Yes - we all know the dangers that riding without lights causes, and the bad publicity that careless cycling causes. Clearer demarcation between pedestrian/cycling areas may need consideration too.

Kenny LATUNDE-DADA
(Labour Party)

I do agree that increased traffic policing is required to deter and to apprehend errant cyclists.

In the absence of compulsory insurance and licensing, I believe that this is the only means to making the streets and pavements safer for pedestrians, motorists and yes cyclists as well.

Gail Elizabeth MARCHANT-DAISLEY
(Labour Party)

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

Paul Francis MCHUGH
(Labour Party)

Yes, I do (see below).

Mike SARGEANT
(Labour Party)

I think traffic policing should look at all transgressions including by cyclists and motorists. We all need to take into account the needs of others whether it be motorists parking in bus lanes and on cycleways or cyclists ignoring traffic lights or riding without lights. I do not think that this will be resolved just by policing and welcome the Government money for £5 an hour cycle training.

Pam STACEY
(Labour Party)

On my way home last night there was a cyclist without lights who came onto the roundabout and it would have been very easy for me not to have seen him. Did he realise the danger he had created?
Many cyclists using a cycle lane complain about buses getting too close to them when they pass. A lot more could be done to promote better behaviour.

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.

Rod CANTRILL
(Liberal Democrat)

I believe all road users should behave responsibly. As a ward councillor i have supported the decision by West Central Area Committee for the police to focus on traffic policing - not only relating to cyclists who may be offenders but also other road users who may cause accidents for cyclists

Susannah KERR
(Liberal Democrat)

Yes, traffic policing should be a higher priority. Highest priority should go to schemes that encourage all cyclists to have lights and encourage responsible, considerate cycling.

Simon Philip Jonathan KIGHTLEY
(Liberal Democrat)

Through my position as Chair of the West Central Area Committee, I have repeatedly supported calls and pushed for exactly this type of police action and at the most recent of these meetings, opposed a police proposal to ease off on this particular campaign. My pet hate is cyclists going the wrong way round the one way system in town.

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.

Colin Richard ROSENSTIEL
(Liberal Democrat)

Yes, though the highest priority should go to enforcement against offences causing danger to others, for example, the offence of stopping on the approaches to crossings.

Paul SAUNDERS
(Liberal Democrat)

Yes, but with reservations. Joint council/police campaigns to encourage cycle lights in autumn's darker evenings will have their place too: and the outcome may not always be a fine. Police priorities must change in response to circumstances. Further, we should also look to the cause as well as the punishment: are cyclists are on the pavement because the road is obstructed by delivery trucks at peak hours? Is on road cycling provision inadequate? I suspect it is

Edd STONHAM
(Liberal Democrat)

Yes, from talking to people around the villages and the city the perception is that all cyclists ignore the rules of the road. However it is a minority that break the rules so anything we can do to discourage by an increased policing or larger fines would help. However i know that policing in this area is a rather low priority.

Sheila STUART
(Liberal Democrat)

Absolutely and unequivocally. We raise this at Area Committee on a regular basis. I personally come into contact with cyclists using pedestrian-only pavements almost daily, and frequently challenge them myself, with predictable responses. This is also a matter which is raised regularly in my ward's various residents association meetings.

Jean Susan SWANSON
(Liberal Democrat)

Yes within budget and safety constraints. Cycling the wrong way down one way streets is particularly dangerous (though not generally in Queen Edith's)

Damien TUNNACLIFFE
(Liberal Democrat)

Yes

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.

Roman ZNAJEK
(Liberal Democrat)

Yes, but there are many higher police priorities which I would not wish to see downgraded.

Aubrey Malcolm CHAPMAN
(UK Independence Party)

We believe that there are other matters which should have higher police priority than this, but we aim to get more police out of their offices and onto the beat. In places where we have local councillors, we have achieved this already, notably in Ramsey. When police are on the beat, they tend to have a deterrent effect against minor offences such as cycling without lights or on pavements. Having said that, we also believe that the law should be enforced and any police officer observing such an offence should be expected to press charges, something which would be more likely if the police were actually present.

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