Elections – Cambridge Cycling Campaign

Elections

Local elections (City/SouthCambs), May 2012: Trumpington

Summary: Elections to Cambridge City Council (and South Cambs District Council) in May 2012.
Polling date: Thursday 3rd May 2012
Ward:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Salah AL BANDER  (Liberal Democrat)
  • Ceri Barbara GALLOWAY  (Green Party)
  • Kenny LATUNDE-DADA  (Labour Party)
  • Shapour MEFTAH  (Conservative Party)

Questions for Trumpington ward candidates (8 questions)

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# Question 1

Do you support our proposal for 'The Chisholm Trail', a cycling and walking route 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.

Salah AL BANDER
(Liberal Democrat)

First, a Declaration of Interests: I am a keen cyclist, I do not have a car, I am the Cycling Champion for Cambridge, I am member of the Cycling and Pedestrians Steering Group, and I am a member of the Cambridge Cycling Campaign.

I am very aware of the conflicts that frequently happen between different road and pavement users. I should like to see many more separated routes for cyclists. I have seen many improvements yet too many cycle lanes come to an abrupt end, too many are in conflict with pedestrians or motorists. For all these reasons I am very much interested to ensure the community safety and improve sensibleness of cyclists in and into the city. The Trail proposal would be a critical and appreciated added value to the work that has already taken place to improve cycle and pedestrian routes in Cambridge. I am supporting the Busway-Hills Road Bridge link and Long Road Cycle Lanes campaign and joining a petition to light the Guided Bus cycleway.

Ceri Barbara GALLOWAY
(Green Party)

I have long been interested in seeing a link between the guided bus way cycle paths from Trumpington to Cambridge Railway Station and beyond to North Chesterton Station and to where cyclists could pick up the continuation of the guided bus way cycle track to St Ives. I have proposed this a number of times in local forums during discussions about local development of the area.

There is land still in the hands of the railway companies between Cambridge Station and the proposed North Chesterton station would offer an opportunity for this link to be made.

So, yes I'm in favour of this proposal and also support the cycle campaigns is in the aim to have numerous exits and entrances from the proposed track to give access to local colleges, businesses and homes.

Kenny LATUNDE-DADA
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Shapour MEFTAH
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 2

Would you reinstate the full-time Cycling Officer position, or even expand this to two full-time posts? This post has been crucial in the past for scrutinising new developments for cycling-related issues, as well as developing work to promote responsible cycling.

Salah AL BANDER
(Liberal Democrat)

There has been no capacity reduction to the provided service - what happened was that part of the work previously done by someone with the job title "Cycling and Walking Officer" is now done in a different Dept. During the debate of the restructuring of services it was assured that there is the same level of resource within the Council in comparison to the position before the restructure. Moreover, the new project team has the capacity to pick up all of the project work that the 2 part time Cycling and Walking Officers would otherwise have undertaken. I will, indeed, keep an eye on implementation and how this new arrangement will make the job be done more efficiently and effectively. The Council has a clear policy on cycle parking standards. As far as I know planning Officers are still after the re-structuring consulting the “Cycle and Walking Officer” on issues they need specialist input. Indeed, the new arrangements allow a wider range of promotional activity than took place previously.

Ceri Barbara GALLOWAY
(Green Party)

I think that a full-time cycle officer on the Cambridge City Council is essential to actively promote the needs of current and future the cyclists in Cambridge. Due to the many new planning developments in the city there will be many new initiatives on the horizon that require careful guidance and thorough planning. This officer not only needs to promote cycling in Cambridge for current residents but also make sure that all future initiatives are appropriately resourced and that there are sensible links between the new developments and the cities facilities and the outlaying districts. We need to see an increase in cycling because once we have so many more people living in Cambridge our roads will become even more grid locked and this will impact essential goods and services. Cutting the full time post to a half time is post has been short sighted we could do with more resources in this particular department not less. A second officer would certainly be bonus and assist in making sure that plans are fully scrutinised and understood by councillors. I have experience in other fields within the council were posts have been devolved to other individuals with related posts normally means that they struggle to cover essential actions.

Kenny LATUNDE-DADA
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Shapour MEFTAH
(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?

Salah AL BANDER
(Liberal Democrat)

I believe law execution should be at the top of the list. I know that the South Area Committee have insisted on this being a police priority. This is particularly critical during summer time (tourists, language students, summer schools …etc). I supported this in any discussions and in any level as a Cycling Champion, a member of the Cycling and Pedestrians Steering Group or as a Ward councillor. I have no doubt those efforts must be joined by moves to educate and raise awareness of road safety, including tourists and day visitors. I will repeat again what I said 4 years ago; as a cyclist and Arabic speaker, I would be prepared to help with this.

Ceri Barbara GALLOWAY
(Green Party)

Policing of bad behaviour from drivers of cars, taxis, buses and lorries and cyclists should be in proportion to their use of the public spaces. The focus on cyclist’s bad behaviour often does not represent the actual risk cyclist’s offer to other road users and pedestrians. Cyclists certainly should act safety while cycling e.g. they must have lights on at night and where there is joint use of road, paths and tracks they must take consideration of other users in slowing speed to very low levels or stopping if need be when there are vulnerable pedestrians around e.g. elderly, children and dogs. However the safety of cyclists should be part of National Strategy as it is in Holland where cyclists are provided with off road dedicated lanes separate from pedestrians. At present there is often a muddled approach by City and the County council to provision with mixed use of pathways and short stretches of cycle paths that do not link up or cycle paths on the road under policed when blocked by drivers. While the occasional use of police time to highlight bad behaviour of cyclist can help to focus minds I do not support greater police resources focusing on cyclist behaviours only. I‘d like to see better policies in provision of dedicated cycle paths that favour use of cycles over other private vehicles as long-term solution to reducing bad behaviour.

Kenny LATUNDE-DADA
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Shapour MEFTAH
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 4

The City is currently conducting a consultation on taxi licensing. This Campaign strongly supports the proposal that complaints should be taken into account in determining if a driver is a fit and proper person to hold a taxi license. We prefer Option 1 in the consultation as this allows evidence of both offences and complaints to be taken together. We also suggest that complaints and offences should be considered over three and five year periods, as well as over one year (which is the proposal in the consultation), as this makes it far easier to set trigger levels that are likely to catch the (few) rogue taxi drivers without jeopardising the others. What is your view?

Salah AL BANDER
(Liberal Democrat)

I will endorse without hesitation Option 1. The 3 and 5 year consideration as well as the annual one will make it, indeed, easier to ensure the safety of the community.

Ceri Barbara GALLOWAY
(Green Party)

I fully support Option 1 with respect of the consultation by Cambridge City council Taxi on their taxi licensing regulations
1. Allocation of penalty points must be backed by a record of complaints and offences and must be considered over 3-5 years.
2. I'd like to see offenders required to do additional training in respect of approaching and passing cyclists and stopping at junctions with reinforcement training after first penalty were a complaint by a cyclist takes place.
3. Those drivers with repeat offences should be penalised and removed from the register.

Kenny LATUNDE-DADA
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Shapour MEFTAH
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 5

The Department for Transport has now authorised the use of a clear 'No entry except cycles' sign, in recognition of the clear safety benefits of allowing two-way cycling, which means shorter cycle journeys and fewer junctions. There are a small number of streets left in Cambridge which anomalously do not allow two-way cycling. Will you support proposals for two-way cycling in Panton Street, Brookside (southern section), Union Road, Coronation Street and Norwich Street?

Salah AL BANDER
(Liberal Democrat)

As I said 4 years ago I am aware of problems when I cycle along these roads, I recognise that narrow streets are a common problem in Cambridge, and the needs of residents and businesses mean there are no easy answers. I would consider Arbury Road, for example, is much more risky because of motorists parking and some of them opening their doors in front of cyclists without much care. I have seen this happen, and I cycle very carefully there.

Ceri Barbara GALLOWAY
(Green Party)

I fully agree that clear signage is important on contra-flow cycle paths and would like to see further contra-flow cycle paths in many of CCC's suggested areas. I understand that some of Cambridge’s streets are very narrow and that road islands have made some cycle paths more difficult to navigate. However some careful planning might make some of these areas safer to navigate if some planning time was dedicated this and users consulted. I would suggested Panton Street turning from Lensfield Road could be made safe with careful signage and clear cycle path delineation at the entry. Other areas not mentioned might be a contra flow between Park Street and Bridge St leading to St John Street. Though careful consideration would need to be taken due to buses turning from Bridge Street. Parking would need to be moved from the right side and one side of the road used to create cycle access and on the other a dedicated pedestrian path as pedestrian use is low in that section of the street and I’m not sure a path on both sides of the road is required.

Kenny LATUNDE-DADA
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Shapour MEFTAH
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 6

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?

Salah AL BANDER
(Liberal Democrat)

Yes, indeed.

Ceri Barbara GALLOWAY
(Green Party)

Early construction of pedestrian and cyclist from the guided bus way maintenance track through the new development to Clarendon Road that leads in the direction of Brooklands Avenue, and to the Coe Fen cycleway would be of great benefit reducing cycling times to these areas beyond. I would be personally benefit as I work one day a week in Accordia off Clarendon road. It strikes me a temporary measure could be negotiated with Cambridge University Press to have their gate be open during work hours for cyclists and pedestrians to pass through the site. However it would mean cyclists would have to get of their bikes to walk the short distance to the road through the site as the path has a second use as it leads to the smoker’s shelter.

Kenny LATUNDE-DADA
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Shapour MEFTAH
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 7

What are your aspirations for the major new developments in your area? Do you agree that Dutch-quality cycle provision, separate from pedestrians, is a standard to which the City should generally be holding developers to?

Salah AL BANDER
(Liberal Democrat)

Yes, indeed. The issue can also be deliberated positively on the merit of each case in the light of the new Local Plan. At the same time I am firm supporter of any practicable alternatives in order to balance many competing matters in search for better standards for new developments.

Ceri Barbara GALLOWAY
(Green Party)

In the new developments I would like to support a Dutch style approach to cycling to planning with dedicated cycle paths and separate pedestrian pathways. I have cycled long distances in Holland a number of times and the majority of the cycle tracks I have used were on dedicated cycle paths away for motorised traffic and pedestrians as well. In fact the times my partner and I accidentally walked onto a cycle path cyclists told us in no uncertain terms to get onto the pedestrian path. The cycling campaigns preference for on-road cycling with wider cycle paths would be a second preference. I would only want to support those in areas where dedicated cycle paths within new developments meet old build areas and full width cycle path cannot be sited due to lack of space. However in this case where possible there should be provision of dedicated cycle paths away from the motorised traffic and road use for motorised traffic could narrowed if need be. Many people quote cycling on the roads as the main reason for not using a bike. They feel threatened by traffic and afraid to cycle feeling it is just too unsafe and these people say they prefer dedicated cycle paths especially those with have children and these people would be no longer provided for with CCC preferred option of on road cycling.

I understand there are cyclists who prefer to cycle faster and do not like cycle paths however they are not the majority in my experience and while their needs for on road cycling is supported by CCC other needs will not be supported with this policy so I would like to see a revision of this policy to include dedicated cycle paths as a main policy with particular reference to school runs and main routes to and across town.

Kenny LATUNDE-DADA
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Shapour MEFTAH
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# 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?

Salah AL BANDER
(Liberal Democrat)

I am very compassionate of having 3 thousand more cycle parking spaces at Cambridge railway station; and significant increase of cycle parking provision throughout Cambridge. For the last 4 years I have supported investment for many schemes useful for cyclists, and supported the 20mph fund. Moreover, I argued for better pedestrian safety measures, and improvement of the street surfaces.

I do not own a car and have never driven a car in my life. This is a conscious decision. I depend entirely on my feet, public transport, and my cycle to get around. Although I was knocked off my bike many years ago, I refused to change my ways, and now use an electrically-assisted bike. At the same time, I am not advocating anti-car position because I can see the necessity of cars for many people. However, If I am re-elected I will continue my support for campaigns towards the reduction of car usage in Cambridge.

I believe commitments to better bus services, safer routes to schools, home zones and segregated cycle routes are all described in all planning applications for the growth areas. Yet, we will need to continue our vigilance to make it happens.

Ceri Barbara GALLOWAY
(Green Party)

I would like to see an increase cycling in Cambridge to stop an increase in the gridlock around the city as people move into the new developments and to make it easier and safer for people to cycle and to reduce their carbon footprint. I feel a greater emphasis on cycling at national and local level is essential to provide for this before we have to do it as necessity. I have contributed to many of the consultations in the new development and actively seek opinions from local people about cycling their cycling preferences.

Kenny LATUNDE-DADA
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Shapour MEFTAH
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

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