Elections – Cambridge Cycling Campaign

Elections

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

Summary: Elections to Cambridge City Council (and South Cambs District Council) in May 2011.
Polling date: Thursday 5th May 2011
Ward:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Andy BLACKHURST  (Liberal Democrat)
  • Ceri Barbara GALLOWAY  (Green Party)
  • John Michael IONIDES  (Conservative Party)
  • Kenny LATUNDE-DADA  (Labour Party)

Questions for Trumpington 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?

Andy BLACKHURST
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Ceri Barbara GALLOWAY
(Green Party)

Cycling Vision 2016 report has many really good points and I would endorse it. I am keen to see the Necklace Village Links that effect cycling for leisure, shopping and work for Trumpington residents and their families. As a village community ourselves we have many links with the surrounding villages. Additionally as the city centre lacks shops that provide fresh and local food we are lucky to be on the south side of the city where there are many local producers and small specialist local shops easily reached by bike.

John Michael IONIDES
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Kenny LATUNDE-DADA
(Labour Party)

I support and heartily back the Cycle Vision 2016. Cambridge is a growing city both in terms of population and infrastructure. As such, a scheme such as the Cycle Vision 2016 which aims at meeting these challenges by improving the lot of cyclists, motor drivers and pedestrians is very welcome. The Chisholm trail proposal is particularly eye-catching as I feel that if such a lengthy unbroken cycle lane can be safely navigated, it will serve to encourage nervous and recently qualified cyclists to take up cycling as an alternative means of commuting.

The traffic improvements and cycle infrastructure advancements that form the heart of the vision will help maintain and indeed cement the status of Cambridge/Cambridgeshire as one of the cycle-friendly cities/counties in Europe

# 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?

Andy BLACKHURST
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Ceri Barbara GALLOWAY
(Green Party)

City Centre offers particularly limited cycle parking space considering the number of cyclists in Cambridge. Examples of places were parking is particularly problematic is at the rear entrance to Lion Yard, which the closest access to the library when carrying heavy cycle bags of shopping or if you wish to shop in Sydney Street. These areas are particularly short of parking places. Sydney St has wide paths with suitable space to increase the number of cycle parking stands, which would benefit all cyclists trying to park in the centre. The station is also another problem area; more parking is needed during the daytime. A 24hr cycle locking facility is required for those wishing to leave bike at the station for a number of days if they are going away for a few days on holiday. If you wish to arrive by bike rather than bus taxi or car before your journey you need to leave a bike secure and be able to return at anytime of the day to pick the cycle on your return. At present it is not possible to pick up a bike from Station Cycles secure facilities after being away unless you are return during the daytime. A consideration to choosing suitable cycle stands in the city so that they offer more support for bikes and easier locking is necessary. All new housing should have secure cycle parking. Developers appear to be unused to the high levels of cycling in Cambridge so require encouragement to provide secure cycle parking in all the new developments to meet resident’s needs. Cambridge Green Councillors are committed to promoting all aspects of safe and secure cycling and recently helped to get cycle stands installed at Cambridge United Ground.

John Michael IONIDES
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Kenny LATUNDE-DADA
(Labour Party)

As a regular cyclist, I am aware of the marked shortage of appropriate and safe cycle parking relative to car parking particularly at the major termini around the city at the Railway and coach stations as well as across the city centre.

If elected as councillor, I aim to campaign enthusiastically on this issue in conjunction with other Labour councillors to bring into fruition the development of cycle parks either incorporated within existing car parks or separate cycle parks in secure, accessible and convenient areas.

Specifically to the Trumpington ward, I believe the semi-covered cycle park at Fenner's Lawn should be the model to be adopted in any future proposed cycle scheme across the city.

# 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?

Andy BLACKHURST
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Ceri Barbara GALLOWAY
(Green Party)

I support the cycle campaigns position on promoting safe behaviour by vehicle drivers and lorries as well as cyclists. We should be setting the same type of standards that are found in Holland where road, pedestrian and cycle traffic are mainly separated. Vulnerable road users being of the road so it is safe for children and vulnerable adults to cycle and cyclists are not concerned about their own safety as many British people are.

John Michael IONIDES
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
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.

# 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?

Andy BLACKHURST
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Ceri Barbara GALLOWAY
(Green Party)

Definitely, but must be enforced.

John Michael IONIDES
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Kenny LATUNDE-DADA
(Labour Party)

I agree with this in principle and will support it subject to a thorough investigation jointly by both the city and county councils as to its viability and feasibility. I also support the efforts of Labour Councillors on this.

# 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?

Andy BLACKHURST
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Ceri Barbara GALLOWAY
(Green Party)

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 is urgent.

John Michael IONIDES
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Kenny LATUNDE-DADA
(Labour Party)

In addition to lending my support to the construction of more adequate cycle parking venues in Trumpington & Newtown and across the city, I am also in favour of increasing cycle and pedestrian access across the city. Thus, I shall be in favour of cycle lanes along the guided busway which will also serve as a more secure route for cyclists currently having to negotiate heavy traffic along the congested alternative routes.

# 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.

Andy BLACKHURST
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Ceri Barbara GALLOWAY
(Green Party)

This is good idea and I would encourage links between exisitng and new cycle paths

John Michael IONIDES
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Kenny LATUNDE-DADA
(Labour Party)

I strongly support any scheme that improves the lot of current cyclists as well as encourages more people to get on their bikes especially at a time where growth in Cambridge will lead to increased challenges to the existing transport network.

# Question 7

Planning permission was recently granted to a five-storey office block on Hills Road, even though the proposed cycle parking was much lower than the Cycle Parking Standards require. What do you think of this decision?

Andy BLACKHURST
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Ceri Barbara GALLOWAY
(Green Party)

This decision is unacceptable

John Michael IONIDES
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Kenny LATUNDE-DADA
(Labour Party)

I think all planning decisions should be made only after proper and early consultation with the interested parties of which Cycle Parking Standards Authority is a key member. For Cambridge to continue to be regarded nationwide as a cycle friendly city, there had to be a drive to maintain the highest standards possible in cycle safety and parking.

# 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?

Andy BLACKHURST
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Ceri Barbara GALLOWAY
(Green Party)

In my ward there are number of cycle related issues that I have raised with city councillors.
1.The guided Busway bridge over the railway to Addenbrookes Hospital is very step and suitable only for cyclists who are fairly fit and this will mean that fewer people will use the path once the permissive path over the railway has been closed and thereforr this path needs to remain open.
2. The Trumpington cycle path to centre of town has a parallel pedestrian path both of which are well used. The County Council are responsible for cutting back the hedge and weeds along pedestrian path. When this is cut back some of the vegetation debris is left on the path. Additionally the city council sweeps the path with a machine that pushes the dust and debris to one side. This means that the pedestrian path gradually becomes narrower. The pedestrians then find it easer to walk on the cycle path because the pedestrian becomes so narrow. Last year I arranged for the city ranger and volunteers to remove the build up of debris to bring the path back to its full width to the neat capping stones. However the debris is already is building up and needs redoing to increase the width it to the full width again. A maintenance regime to keep this path open to it's full width is required that involves the County Council and the City Council to make some joined up thinking. This may seem trivial to some but it has quite a lot of safety implications and if I was voted in as councillor I would try to resolve this as this is a simple thing that could be easily resolved.
3. Currently the junction at Long Road and Trumpington Road is undergoing redesign and these is no crossing for cyclists who wish to cross from the cycle path to Long Road or North Cottages and this means if you prefer to cycle on the cycle path you have to do quite detour to find a safe crossing. Road works should always provide safe crossing for vulnerable cyclists such as children and older people and pedestrians.
4. I would like to see speed reduction for drivers on Long Road and the road to Grantchester to 30 miles per hour.

John Michael IONIDES
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Kenny LATUNDE-DADA
(Labour Party)

My bike is my main means of transport around the city as I cycle daily through the length of the city from Shelford Road where I live to the railway station. As such, I have been well placed to appreciate the challenges facing city cyclists in the realm of safe parking, poorly maintained cycle lanes particularly in icy conditions, and many more.

In the past I have worked with Labour Councillor colleagues on a variety of cycling issues which plague the city.

I have also in the past in conjunction with the Trumpington Residents Association raised the issue of implementing a cycle track alongside the new guided busway development.

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.