Elections

Local elections (City/SouthCambs), May 2011: East Chesterton

Summary: Elections to Cambridge City Council (and South Cambs District Council) in May 2011.
Polling date: Thursday 5th May 2011
Ward:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Gerri BIRD  (Labour Party)
  • Clare Frances BLAIR  (Liberal Democrat)
  • Peter BURKINSHAW  (UK Independence Party)
  • Kevin Andre FRANCIS  (Conservative Party)
  • Peter Harry POPE  (Green Party)

Questions for East Chesterton ward candidates (8 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?

Gerri BIRD
(Labour Party)

I support the aims and objectives of the Cycling Vision 2016. In particular I find most interesting the proposal to enhance the cycle network that already exists in the city and broaden its scope and potential. Having a “joined-up” and inter-linked route between the three main employment centres of Cambridge would help to encourage more people to leave their car at home and travel to work by bike.
I also back the ideas in relation to promoting the greater safety of cyclists and more and secure parking for cycles.I agree that the question about cycle space at the rail station needs to be tackled. improving our transport infrastructure by making travel into the city easier (not to mention greener) could also provide a potential boost to the local economy.

Clare Frances BLAIR
(Liberal Democrat)

I think that Cycling Vision 2016 is an excellent document which offers a good structure for improvements for cycling around the City and beyond. It is very important to see cycling in the context of an overall transport strategy for Cambridge and to ensure that there is a real alternative to the car for commuters, residents and students.

If I had to pick one it would be the Chisholm Trail, but more generally it would be junction improvements, good cycle lanes, reducing traffic speed of cars and enhancing cycle parking wherever possible.

Peter BURKINSHAW
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Kevin Andre FRANCIS
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Peter Harry POPE
(Green Party)

Cycling Vision 2016 is an excellent initiative. In East Chesterton I believe that the whole ward could be 20mph and as well as a purely local improvement that could create attractive routes from Arbury and King'sHedges to the Riverside Bridge.

# 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?

Gerri BIRD
(Labour Party)

In Cambridge there are a number of good locations for cycle parking. But there are not enough. This is reflected in the cycle theft figures. The city council needs to improve the number of secure cycle parking facilities to mitigate the rise in cycle theft. Matters are not helped by reducing the city council part-time cycle staff to just one, But the rail station should be the main priority.

Clare Frances BLAIR
(Liberal Democrat)

There are a few locations in East Chesterton where better cycle parking is needed - the High St shops being a good example, although I am already in discussion with Tesco about improving that but generally there is good space in residential areas for bike storage in the curtilage of most houses. New cycle parking at the Vie development has also just been installed, and improvements made at the Haling Way/Penny Ferry, but I think it will be important to continue to find opportunities to improve cycle parking, encouraging less use of the car for school journeys or some of the travel to work plans for businesses in East Chesterton. New builds also need to have good and secure bike parking facilities and to learn from mistakes - for example experience from the Vie was used creating in the Residential Cycle Parking Guide for developers.

Peter BURKINSHAW
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Kevin Andre FRANCIS
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Peter Harry POPE
(Green Party)

Bikes are awkward things to park because handlebars are wide. Public facilities should be laid out radially, with a groove in the pavement so that a bike can be easily reversed into the circle. The centre could be used for advertising so that sponsorship can support the funding.
The requirement for cycle parking to be closer to entrances than car parking is highly desirable. How many times have I visited premises and been unable to spot the cycle facilities?

# 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?

Gerri BIRD
(Labour Party)

Enforcement of by-laws, ensuring that our roads, cycleways and pavements are sensibly and safely used and that users are aware of their rights and responsibilities. I also agree that coming up with practical solutions that could help to stop incidents, Better signage, improved infrastructure and even simple things like the repainting of lines on cycle lanes can help avoid incidents occurring in the first place, saving police time and money.

Clare Frances BLAIR
(Liberal Democrat)

Yes, though there is also a role for educating and helping cyclists of all ages become more responsible.

Peter BURKINSHAW
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Kevin Andre FRANCIS
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Peter Harry POPE
(Green Party)

Yes. The issue of cyclists without lights is especially distressing as it brings the cycling movement into disrepute.

# 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?

Gerri BIRD
(Labour Party)

I do and the speed of traffic on Fen Road, Green End Road, Nuffield Road and Union Land has come up as an issue in canvassing. I support the need for 20 mph limits on residential roads and areas near schools.

Clare Frances BLAIR
(Liberal Democrat)

I think it is important to seek local views for specific streets but the principle of 20 mph is one I support.

Peter BURKINSHAW
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Kevin Andre FRANCIS
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Peter Harry POPE
(Green Party)

Absolutely. It is applicable to the whole of East Chesterton.

# 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.

Gerri BIRD
(Labour Party)

Yes! I would, the condition/quality of cycle lanes is a problem and need looking at urgently.

Clare Frances BLAIR
(Liberal Democrat)

Yes

Peter BURKINSHAW
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Kevin Andre FRANCIS
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Peter Harry POPE
(Green Party)

Brilliant.

# Question 6

Will you support the construction of a cut-through for pedestrians and cyclists from Nuffield Rd to Cowley Park either on about 15m of land adjacent to allotments or from Nuffield Close through to the offices of Red Gate Software?

Gerri BIRD
(Labour Party)

The work done by the Cambridge Cycling Campaign in speaking up for cyclists and its suggestions for improving the Cambridge cycling experience, e.g. the Chisholm Trail. I do drive as I'm a wheelchair user and it's easier for me, but if I could cycle I would.

Clare Frances BLAIR
(Liberal Democrat)

I think the suggestion is worth exploring, yes.

Peter BURKINSHAW
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Kevin Andre FRANCIS
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Peter Harry POPE
(Green Party)

Brilliant.

# Question 7

There is no usable infrastructure supporting less confident cyclists along Arbury Road, Union Lane and Church Street, but very many pinch points and parked cars. Recent proposals were opposed by Cambridge Cycling Campaign, as they risked harming cyclists interests without providing a continuous, safe route along Arbury Road and Union Lane. Do you support a cycle route from Orchard Park to Riverside Bridge and if so, what infrastructure measures do you propose to encourage cyclists of different levels of ability and confidence here?

Gerri BIRD
(Labour Party)

I think this work should be done and I would be asking the county council to look at it again.

Clare Frances BLAIR
(Liberal Democrat)

Yes I agree this is a key route for cyclists from north of the city, and also a route for many pupils cycling to school. Both Arbury Road and Union Lane are narrow and heavily used by cars - a reduction in speed of traffic would be important in enhancing safety.

Peter BURKINSHAW
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Kevin Andre FRANCIS
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Peter Harry POPE
(Green Party)

The route from Orchard Park to Riverside Bridge is immensely important. As I am not an expert I can not propose infrastructure measures but the adoption of a 20mph limit in Union Lane would help.

# 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 recent past?

Gerri BIRD
(Labour Party)

I would like to see it law that all cyclist have bells on there cycles to warn people they are coming as some people walking on the dual pathways could be partly sighted or elderly, also wheelchairs users need to know, for me this is a big safety issue. I also think they should have 3rd party insurance.

Clare Frances BLAIR
(Liberal Democrat)

Cycling is an important aspect of my role at the City Council as Executive Councillor for Climate Change and Growth. The need to put good transport infrastructure into place in new developments, ranging from cycle parking to on and off road cycling, is hugely important in ensuring these are high quality sustainable developments. I chair the Cycling and Walking Steering Group, am on the County/City Traffic Area Joint Committee and, as the Lead Member for Cambridge City on joint authority committees or groups such as the Joint Transport Forum and Joint Planning and Transport Lead Member Group have played a key role in shaping and supporting bids into funding mechanisms such as the Local Sustainable Transport Fund or bids for EU money. It will be very important to continue to promote cycling as a critical part of an emerging Cambridge Area Transport Strategy and to work in partnership wherever possible with the Cycling Campaign on a range of issues from policy creation to implementation.

Peter BURKINSHAW
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Kevin Andre FRANCIS
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Peter Harry POPE
(Green Party)

I have been cycling in Cambridge for over 30 years and the main hazard I encounter is from broken bottles on cycleways.
I am a supporter of the Slower Speeds Initiative and try to press the case for 20mph limits at every opportunity.

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.