Elections – Cambridge Cycling Campaign

Elections

Local elections (City/SouthCambs), May 2011: West 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):
  • Stephen Martin LINTOTT  (Green Party)
  • Mike SARGEANT  (Labour Party)
  • Damien TUNNACLIFFE  (Liberal Democrat)
  • Robert Quentin YEATMAN  (Conservative Party)

Questions for West Chesterton ward candidates (7 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?

Stephen Martin LINTOTT
(Green Party)

Yes I feel it is a really useful document
Whilst difficult to choose the items I am most keen to see implement I probably would choose junctions improvements Followed by the Chisholm Trail

Mike SARGEANT
(Labour Party)

I support the transforamtion of cycling in Cambridge so that cycling is easy and safe.

Damien TUNNACLIFFE
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Robert Quentin YEATMAN
(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?

Stephen Martin LINTOTT
(Green Party)

I would happily see some on road parking replaced by cycle parking
Parts of Mitcham Corner particularly if your suggested ideas for the rerouting of the roads around Mitcham Corner was implemented

Mike SARGEANT
(Labour Party)

Cycle parking needs to be available where cyclists begin and end their journeys. I am not sure that limited use of on street parking will meet this need in West Chesterton. I do endorse the provision of a much higher level of cycle parking and certainly in central Cambridge, it needs to be doubled!

Damien TUNNACLIFFE
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Robert Quentin YEATMAN
(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?

Stephen Martin LINTOTT
(Green Party)

Very mixed views as the police have so many priorities

Mike SARGEANT
(Labour Party)

There are many needs to improve the policing of cycling. My biggest concern is adult cyclists who ignore traffic lights and other traffic junction regulations. This sets a very bad example to younger cyclists and puts them at risk.

Damien TUNNACLIFFE
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Robert Quentin YEATMAN
(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?

Stephen Martin LINTOTT
(Green Party)

Yes

Mike SARGEANT
(Labour Party)

I agree that 20mph should be the speed limit in Cambridge.

Damien TUNNACLIFFE
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Robert Quentin YEATMAN
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 5

Do you agree that the new cycle lanes and parking ban in Gilbert Road has considerably improved safety for the very many children who use this route?

Stephen Martin LINTOTT
(Green Party)

Yes

Mike SARGEANT
(Labour Party)

I think this is a big step forward, but we need to address the illegal parking in Milton Road Bus Lane and outside Staples. We also need to address the less than cycle friendly nature of Mitcham's Corner and full cycelway provision on Chesterton Road.

Damien TUNNACLIFFE
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Robert Quentin YEATMAN
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 6

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?

Stephen Martin LINTOTT
(Green Party)

I would support a cycle route from Orchard Park to Riverside Bridge, I would need to take advice about what infrastructure measures would be needed

Mike SARGEANT
(Labour Party)

This is a difficult situation. A possible better route is along King's Hedges Road and Green End Road, but again there are difficult areas. If elected, I would sit down with all interests to improve cycling provision North of the River.

Damien TUNNACLIFFE
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Robert Quentin YEATMAN
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 7

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?

Stephen Martin LINTOTT
(Green Party)

I cycle to and fro to work in Fulbourn, I was knocked off my bike by a car at the beginning of this whilst returning from work and dislocated my shoulder. I am a member of Sustrans and have been a cycling ranger in the past. I have undertaken the London to Cambridge bike ride in the last 2 years and I am helping to organise a cycle ride in Bury St Edmunds for the Alzheimer's Society on July 3rd 2011.

Mike SARGEANT
(Labour Party)

Improved cycling provision is vital for the people of Cambridge. This has to be delivered by improved policing of current provisions and new cycle lanes which change the prioritisation of cyclists over motorists.

I have currently been working with Chesterton Community College and Coach Companies to ensure that Coaches do not park for more than 10 minutes in Gilbert Road while picking up passengers including for School Trips..

Damien TUNNACLIFFE
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Robert Quentin YEATMAN
(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.