Elections

Local elections (City/SouthCambs), May 2011: Abbey

Summary: Elections to Cambridge City Council (and South Cambs District Council) in May 2011.
Polling date: Thursday 5th May 2011
Ward:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Christopher John BROWN  (Liberal Democrat)
  • Caroline HART  (Labour Party)
  • Brett Mark HUGHES  (Green Party)
  • Craig Andrew THOMAS  (Conservative Party)

Questions for Abbey ward candidates (6 questions)

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# Question 1

Our new Cycling Vision 2016 report, available on our website and as featured in the local media recently, outlines a range of proposals for increasing the rate of cycling in the area. Do you give Cycling Vision 2016 your backing, and what are you most keen to see implemented?

Christopher John BROWN
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Caroline HART
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Brett Mark HUGHES
(Green Party)

The Cycling Vision 2016 is an excellent document which unpacks a number of important things for the Cambridge cyclist. I think the most important aspect which I would support is the completion of the Chisholm Trail. If Cambridge is to be a showcase cycle city it needs a coherent and integrated plan for lane standards, traffic flow and accessibility. The Chisholm Trail is an integral part of such a vision and remarkably practical. Secondarily I would like the see the dedication of raised cycle lanes, such as Newmarket Road and East Road, where it is possible. The condition of existing cycle lanes is horrid and the red surface churned up by cars and heavy vehicles makes some stretches less safe than the road. Daily cycling along Newmarket Road is a often a nightmare and has included many a close call with a bus due to the uneven surface.

Craig Andrew THOMAS
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 2

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.
Caroline HART
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Brett Mark HUGHES
(Green Party)

Having had two bikes stolen in the city centre in 2 years, I am very keen to see extra cycle parking at the expense of on-street parking. It is obvious that as the population increases, there will be even less space for cars in the future and a positive way of encouraging more cycle use, which is sustainable, healthier and fairer, is to provide adequate cycle parking. I would encourage the continuation of the police initiatives to curb cycle theft. I would also actively campaign for some sensible management of the cycle parking at the Railway station which is appalling.

Craig Andrew THOMAS
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 3

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.
Caroline HART
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Brett Mark HUGHES
(Green Party)

Yes I do, but I would emphasise that the lack of a city-wide cycle plan of any consequence, by council has directly lead to the competition for limited resources (space) by cycles, cars, buses and pedestrians. I see this as part of an even wider deficit that I would actively campaign for, such as education.

Craig Andrew THOMAS
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 4

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.
Caroline HART
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Brett Mark HUGHES
(Green Party)

Yes, unreservedly.

Craig Andrew THOMAS
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# 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? More details are in our Cycling Vision 2016 document. 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.
Caroline HART
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Brett Mark HUGHES
(Green Party)

Yes, as indicated above, a Network of high quality cycling super-highways is the only sensible vision for the future of Cambridge Transport. It is much cheaper, easier to maintain, kinder to the environment and healthier for people. ... And overdue!

Craig Andrew THOMAS
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# 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 recent past?

Christopher John BROWN
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Caroline HART
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Brett Mark HUGHES
(Green Party)

I am a member of the Cambridge Cycling Campaign and though I own a car, I have made it a personal goal to cycle every day from home to work near the Botanic Gardens, so I live these problems every day. One resident (a woman who is 80) recently commented that she would cycle still, if it didn't feel like you were taking your life in your hands. I think we should be prepared to experiment with different models and styles of cycle ways that make it not only safer but more pleasurable and therefore desirable, but that needs a real commitment from council.

Craig Andrew THOMAS
(Conservative 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.