Elections – Cambridge Cycling Campaign

Elections

Local elections (City/SouthCambs), May 2011: Queen Edith's

Summary: Elections to Cambridge City Council (and South Cambs District Council) in May 2011.
Polling date: Thursday 5th May 2011
Ward:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Sue BIRTLES  (Labour Party)
  • Vince MARINO  (Conservative Party)
  • George Gregory PIPPAS  (Liberal Democrat)
  • Brian WESTCOTT  (Green Party)

Questions for Queen Edith's 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?

Sue BIRTLES
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Vince MARINO
(Conservative Party)

I am very keen on cycling and cycling vision 2016 i give it my full backing,i am most keen to see implemented a system that works well with safety ,cycling , pedestrians, and motoring

George Gregory PIPPAS
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Brian WESTCOTT
(Green Party)

I haven't read Cycling Vision 2016, largely because I didn't know it existed. However, cycling is a fairly green activity as the only carbon dioxide generated is in the manufacture of bikes but none in the activity of cycling itself. So I support cycling on environmental grounds. And if Cycling Vision 2016 makes cycling safer in Cambridge then I support it for that reason as well.

# 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?

Sue BIRTLES
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Vince MARINO
(Conservative Party)

The problem of efficient anti theft cycle parking has for many years been a necessity for cambridge, i have worked closely with previous conservative councillors on a solution including a parking system with identy tags ,the main location would have t be the railway station or close by as this seems to have the largest build up of bikes in one area.
I would like to work closely with any group on a solution.

George Gregory PIPPAS
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Brian WESTCOTT
(Green Party)

I have received no suggestions from residents in Queen Edith's for locations for cycle parking. I'm certainly in favour of using a fraction of on-street car parking space to establish metal structures to which cycles can be locked. I would do my best to educate the Queen Edith's population in comparing car ownership and use with cycle ownership and use in terms of resources of energy and materials as well as efficient land use.

# 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?

Sue BIRTLES
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Vince MARINO
(Conservative Party)

I think a policy to safer cycling should start at the roots ,it may be a good idea to start with profficiency tests installing safety and care awareness for cyclists,then we cxould progress if needed to fines and speeding restrictions.
We should also look further ahead of how cycling traffic will increase ,as this will be the case ,should we be looking at making cycle lanes seperate to paths and roads with raised kerbs for safety

George Gregory PIPPAS
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Brian WESTCOTT
(Green Party)

Yes, and I would include cycling the wrong way doen one-way streets and cycling through traffic lights showing red as cyclists doing both have narrowly missed me as a pedestrian.

# 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?

Sue BIRTLES
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Vince MARINO
(Conservative Party)

If you are talking about cars then i would only agree with a 20 mph restriction if traffic problem was resolved ,i feel poeple will still use cars this will result in an increase in traffic and polution ,there would need to be close consultation with the city council on how this was going to be resolved . As Cambridge grows so will the traffic problem ,we may need to look at a single one way traffic system.

George Gregory PIPPAS
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Brian WESTCOTT
(Green Party)

This is Green Party policy and has vbeen implemented in some residentiakl streets in places with a substantial proportion of Green Party councillors such as, I believe, in Norwich, Brighton and Oxford.

# Question 5

Will you actively support the early construction of pedestrian and cyclist access to the guided busway maintenance track especially through the new development at the end of Clarendon Road and through the Cambridge University Press site?

Sue BIRTLES
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Vince MARINO
(Conservative Party)

I would we need to make use of the busway track wherever we can ,this would make good use and uplift any cyclist of open country feeling .
I would like the cycleway on hills rd bridge relooked ,if we are going to increase cycling then we need to look at safety aspect closely , i see hills rd bridge needs looking at again.

George Gregory PIPPAS
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Brian WESTCOTT
(Green Party)

Yes, without doubt.

# Question 6

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.

Sue BIRTLES
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Vince MARINO
(Conservative Party)

I agree with this route as beneficial to all ,i would like to emphasise as well as motororists that speeding restrictions should be made for both.

George Gregory PIPPAS
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Brian WESTCOTT
(Green Party)

I certainly support the creation of such a trail, whether or not it's called'The Chisholm Trail' because it would be a safer and envronmentally friendlier way to travel between these places than any form of motorised transport.

# Question 7

Do you support enabling cyclist access from Red Cross Lane to Addenbrookes (Robinson Way)? Currently there is a locked gate and pedestrian access only, even though this route would mean cyclists could avoid the busy Addenbrookes Hills Road roundabout.

Sue BIRTLES
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Vince MARINO
(Conservative Party)

As long as landlords consented using private property would uplift any usage for cycling of unused and private roads

George Gregory PIPPAS
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Brian WESTCOTT
(Green Party)

Yes, for sure.

# 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?

Sue BIRTLES
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Vince MARINO
(Conservative Party)

I would like to point how important to have an even balance contenting Motorists, Cyclists and pedestrians. If we work together on a safe solution then we and environment will benefit.I would like to see controlls on cyclists as some speed unacceptably along paths without consideration this needs consideration with an increase in cycling ,let us set a standard for other cities to follow and make cambridge roads the safest and reenest.

George Gregory PIPPAS
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Brian WESTCOTT
(Green Party)

Apart from a period of six month's duration in the early 1970s, I have never owned a car. A huge majorty of my Cambridge journeys have been on foot. I am now planning to buy another bike even though I have written off four bikes in the past in traffic accidents (only one of which was my fault). I am therefore greatly supportive of any attempt to make cycling more available to Cambridge people and would probably join your campaign provided that it fulfils this expectation.

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.