Elections

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

Summary: Elections to Cambridge City Council (and South Cambs District Council) in May 2011.
Polling date: Thursday 5th May 2011
Ward:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Alexandra COLLIS  (Green Party)
  • Oliver HOLBROOK  (Labour Party)
  • Andrea Curti REINER  (Liberal Democrat)
  • Jeremy WALLER  (Conservative Party)

Questions for Market ward candidates (10 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?

Alexandra COLLIS
(Green Party)

I give Cycling Vision 2016 my total support. From canvassing in the city I know that people are genuinely concerned about this issue. I would like to see some of the corridor improvements implemented, especially on areas such as East Road that are so heavily congested, and major work to improve the safety of junctions such as Mitcham's Corner.

Oliver HOLBROOK
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Andrea Curti REINER
(Liberal Democrat)

I am a member of the Cambridge Cycling Campaign. Yes, I give the Cycling Vision 2016 my backing. I am particularly keen to see the completion of the Chisholm Trail. I think such a grand cycling plan for Cambridge is a real inspiration and would do a lot to promoting cycling in the city.

Jeremy WALLER
(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?

Alexandra COLLIS
(Green Party)

I would certainly encourage the replacement of on-street car parking with locations for cycle parking. This is a particularly crucial issue in Market Ward which suffers from a particularly high rate of cycle theft. Parking spaces available to cyclists in the ward are often insecure, with the wrong kind of stands. Green Councillors have worked in other areas of the city to introduce extra cycle parking - for example, at Abbey Stadium - but we need to do more. Work needs to be done on cycle parking up near the railway station in particular to encourage people away from relying on their cars.

Oliver HOLBROOK
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Andrea Curti REINER
(Liberal Democrat)

A good location for cycle parking would be Christ’s Lane. It seems to be wide enough to accommodate cycle racks and it would be a convenient location.

Another location would be Fisher Square. I would like to see if the cycle racks there could be reinstated.

In principle, I would be willing to see a very small proportion of on-street car parking being replaced by on-street cycle parking, however I feel this has to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Car parking in Kite, for example, is already at a premium and so would not be a suitable place for such a plan.

Jeremy WALLER
(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?

Alexandra COLLIS
(Green Party)

Absolutely. Cycling needs to be safe for everyone.

Oliver HOLBROOK
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
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.

Jeremy WALLER
(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?

Alexandra COLLIS
(Green Party)

Anything which encourages walking and cycling can only be beneficial. A 20 mph limit would encourage safer road use, but must be enforced consistently in order to get the message through.

Oliver HOLBROOK
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Andrea Curti REINER
(Liberal Democrat)

Most of Market Ward already benefits from the 20 mph speed limit in the city centre, which I fully support. Residents who have attended the West Central Area Committees will know that I have also requested greater enforcement of the new speed limit, especially along Maids Causeway. The new 20 mph speed limit has worked very well for the city centre.

Jeremy WALLER
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 5

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?

Alexandra COLLIS
(Green Party)

Absolutely. This is something I have also heard from voters in the city, and have experienced myself as I cycle down East Road daily. The congestion in both these areas is particularly bad, and the areas can be highly dangerous at peak times.

Oliver HOLBROOK
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Andrea Curti REINER
(Liberal Democrat)

Yes, in principle, although I do not think parking is the only problem with East Road/Lensfield Road. I agree that cycling on Lensfield Road and East Road is extremely unpleasant and after a close call last year I have not cycled there since.

Jeremy WALLER
(Conservative 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?

Alexandra COLLIS
(Green Party)

I support rescinding the part-time ban. However, there is currently a safety issue on Burleigh Street due to the works being carried out, and we need also to consider pedestrians in the area. There is currently little room to accommodate cyclists and I feel it is becoming dangerous.

Oliver HOLBROOK
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Andrea Curti REINER
(Liberal Democrat)

No. The ban operates at peak times, 10 am – 4 pm. Fitzroy and Burleigh Streets are full of pedestrians at peak times, including the elderly, disabled, children and parents and carers with baby buggies. Fitzroy and Burleigh Streets have no pavement to separate pedestrians from cyclists, and I don’t think they would be safe for pedestrians if they were open for cycling as well during peak times.

Jeremy WALLER
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 7

We would like to see the Pembroke Street / Mill Lane route becoming the default priority direction at its junction with Trumpington Street. This would enable the high pedestrian and cycle flows to be catered for better. Do you support this idea?

Alexandra COLLIS
(Green Party)

Yes, I fully support this idea.

Oliver HOLBROOK
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Andrea Curti REINER
(Liberal Democrat)

This question identifies a problem area in traffic flow that I know well, as I cycle through there 4 days a week with my children in a trailer. I agree it is a highly dangerous intersection. However I would not support changing the priority there, because Trumpington Road is an important outlet to reduce the flow of traffic at peak times. In the morning rush hour the bollards in Silver Street are opened for eastbound (southbound) travel, and in the afternoons the bollards are opened for westbound (northbound) travel. Changing the priority for Mill Lane/Pembroke Street would eliminate the benefits of opening the bollards and result in paralysing congestion along Queen’s Road/Fen Causeway.

Jeremy WALLER
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 8

The Grand Arcade should have had over 500 spaces by planning condition, but only 230 public spaces were provided, and these are now regularly full. What do you propose to do about this if elected?

Alexandra COLLIS
(Green Party)

If elected I would push for the original commitment to the full 500 spaces to be met, with the introduction of additional spaces elsewhere. I would support the reintroduction of some (limited) spaces in areas such as Fishers Square.

Oliver HOLBROOK
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Andrea Curti REINER
(Liberal Democrat)

At this point I think it unlikely that the owners of Grand Arcade would be willing to make more cycle parking available, therefore alternative locations must be found. Fisher Square, as noted above, should be considered.

Jeremy WALLER
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 9

Do you agree that cycle parking should be provided along Christ's Lane (formalising current practice) and near the bus station?

Alexandra COLLIS
(Green Party)

Yes. Cycle theft is rife in this area, and more needs to be done to encourage people to cycle. Providing secure parking spaces will go a long way towards this.

Oliver HOLBROOK
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Andrea Curti REINER
(Liberal Democrat)

YES. This seems an obvious place for cycle parking.

Jeremy WALLER
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 10

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?

Alexandra COLLIS
(Green Party)

One of the crucial issues facing a city like Cambridge is the need to make road space safer for bikes. I would push for policies to reduce road traffic.

As a member of the Cambridge Green Party, I am dismayed at the loss of funding to Cycle England. Forward funding is unclear, meaning that projects and officers' jobs are at risk. I also believe that improvements in teaching children to cycle responsibly are needed, in order to encourage future generations of cyclists, with school lessons in cycling that follow the Dutch and Danish models.

Oliver HOLBROOK
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Andrea Curti REINER
(Liberal Democrat)

I am a member of the Cambridge Cycling Campaign and strongly support the promotion of cycling in Cambridge. Cycling is my main means of transport in the city and my children will shortly be taking up the habit as well, as soon as they outgrow the trailer.

Thank you

Jeremy WALLER
(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.