Elections – Cambridge Cycling Campaign

Elections

Local elections (County), May 2013: Bar Hill

Summary: Elections to Cambridgeshire County Council in May 2013.
Polling date: Thursday 2nd May 2013
Division:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Lord Ian BROUGHALL  (The Official Monster Raving Loony Party)
  • Norman Alexander CROWTHER  (Labour Party)
  • Helene Yvette DAVIES-GREEN  (UK Independence Party)
  • Andy PELLEW  (Liberal Democrat)
  • John Edward REYNOLDS  (Conservative Party)
  • Teal RILEY  (Green Party)

Questions for Bar Hill division candidates (8 questions)

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# Question 1

What experience do you have of cycling in the Cambridgeshire area?

Lord Ian BROUGHALL
(The Official Monster Raving Loony Party)

Cycling has always been "challenging" for me...
I suffer with Multiple Sclerosis and this affects my balance... .. therefore - I fall off....
My Question for YOU is what are YOU doing for all the elderly and disabled in Cambridge
There is a Disability Discrimination Law in place......

Norman Alexander CROWTHER
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Helene Yvette DAVIES-GREEN
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Andy PELLEW
(Liberal Democrat)

I used to been a keen cyclist working on the science park and living just off Northfield Avenue. Unfortunately with a young family I haven't been cycling quite as much since my move to Bar Hill although now that my 2 and 4 year olds have their own bikes I hope to get back out there over the summer!

John Edward REYNOLDS
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Teal RILEY
(Green Party)

I have lived in Cambridge for almost 20 years and I have cycled to work everyday. I also cycle for recreation and in cycle events. My holidays are based around cycling and cycle touring.

# Question 2

Cambridge is seeing massive housing growth, with tens of thousands of new journeys into the city expected daily. Given that building tunnels, knocking down houses, or providing new public transport is very expensive, would you agree that creating very high-quality cycling routes to encourage new people to cycle offers by far the best cost-benefit ratio for transport improvements that facilitate growth of the City and surrounding areas?

Lord Ian BROUGHALL
(The Official Monster Raving Loony Party)

The Monster Raving Loony Party believe that the A14 should be REGRADED as the B14
This would NOT allow lorries to drive on it...
This would ensure that the lorries MUST find another route...
Having eliminated large vehicles - the bicycles could then take over....
OR...., "A Guided CYCLE Way.....

Norman Alexander CROWTHER
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Helene Yvette DAVIES-GREEN
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Andy PELLEW
(Liberal Democrat)

Yes. Ideally where new roads are planning, such as the A14 expansion, dedicated cycle ways on the new local roads will be part of the plan. Making space on existing roads can be difficult but while in the Netherlands recently I was impressed with the idea of rural roads having a single lane for cars with wide cycle ways on both sides separated by dotted lines allow cars to enter the cycle lanes to pass eachother. Maybe an idea for some of our less busy rural roads?

John Edward REYNOLDS
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Teal RILEY
(Green Party)

• South Cambs Greens Greens responded to the South Cambs local plan consultation as follows: "The plan as it stands makes an unquestioning assumption that Cambridgeshire must and will grow economically and that this means attracting more people to live in the area, with a resulting need for additional housing. We reject this. We clearly need a strong and vibrant economy, but look more to a state of 'dynamic equilibrium' - planning jobs, homes and infrastructure for those already in the area, not extra people from outside. We cannot continue indefinitely to build over our countryside, losing both agricultural land and our natural environment as we do so."

# Question 3

Do you support our view that traffic policing, of all groups of road users (cyclists, drivers, etc), should become a greater police priority, and that this should be evidence-based, namely based on the relative levels of danger presented by each such group?

Lord Ian BROUGHALL
(The Official Monster Raving Loony Party)

The Monster Raving Loony Party believe in SELF Policing
In that..... EVERYBODY should be a policeman/woman/child/OAP
Problem solved

Norman Alexander CROWTHER
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Helene Yvette DAVIES-GREEN
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Andy PELLEW
(Liberal Democrat)

The law should be enforced - regardless of who breaks it. I find it difficult to believe that those who break the law while on one form of transport turn into model road users when they switch to another!

John Edward REYNOLDS
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Teal RILEY
(Green Party)

This isn't really a genuine issue. It's largely an issue propagated by the Cambridge Evening News and fuelled by knee-jerk responses. Yes, there are examples of anti social driving and cycling and occasions of cyclists without lights and jumping traffic lights, but these are also commonplace in the 'ideal' cycling cities of Copenhagen, Amsterdam etc.

# Question 4

London’s Mayor has launched plans for proper prioritisation of space for cycling in London, with a 15-mile substantially-segregated route by removing traffic lanes from cars, three ‘mini-Hollands’ and more. Do you and your party support a new London-style bike plan for Cambridgeshire?

Lord Ian BROUGHALL
(The Official Monster Raving Loony Party)

The Monster Raving Loony Party believe that Cambridge has an admirable history
Therefore - a "CAMBRIDGE Style" cycling plan should be INVENTED and NOT copied...
Cambridge has "Best in Class" Colleges and Businesses - so why not inspire THEM ?

Norman Alexander CROWTHER
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Helene Yvette DAVIES-GREEN
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Andy PELLEW
(Liberal Democrat)

I support the development of a plan based on the ideas in London but refined to suit Cambridge.

John Edward REYNOLDS
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Teal RILEY
(Green Party)

Definitely. If it possible in London, then it is possible in Cambridge. Berlin is also a great example where an ambitious plan to reduce dependancy on car use has been a triumph, with almost half of all journeys now made by bicycle within the city. And this was from a starting point of almost no cycling.

# Question 5

The County Council now has responsibility for public heath. As a member of the Council, how would you address such urgent and diverse issues as air quality, obesity, children’s independence, and the negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle?

Lord Ian BROUGHALL
(The Official Monster Raving Loony Party)

The Monster Raving Loony Party believe that ALL bus routes should be cancelled immediately
Petrol Prices should be quadrupled and then doubled twice more..
Then the AFFLUENT would cycle
The POOR would walk.....

Norman Alexander CROWTHER
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Helene Yvette DAVIES-GREEN
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Andy PELLEW
(Liberal Democrat)

Clearly encouraging young people to cycle will not only help with the four issues you've highlighted but also help to reduce congestion outside schools, and traffic volumnes generally.

However there are a great number of health issues which need to be addressed and its not clear to me how these should be prioritied so that the limited amount of money available can be spent in such a way as to have the most impact - If elected I'll be relying on evidence and experts to help me reach an appropriate decision.

John Edward REYNOLDS
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Teal RILEY
(Green Party)

This is the Green Party response from the national manifesto:
• The Green Party believes in a much stronger emphasis on prevention of ill health, via living healthier lives and greater equality. This shows how, unlike other parties, our policies are woven together into a coherent whole.
• We cannot have an effective preventive approach, and thus a long-term-thinking ‘health’ service, unless we encourage healthier eating, more exercise, a lower-stress, slower-living society, a serious reduction in environmental pollutants, and greater access to tranquil countryside.
• And we recognise the connection between mental and physical well-being.
• Better health is not a matter of ever-increasing spending on the NHS. A surer route, which can’t be disrupted by the need to bail out bankers, is to support simple things like good food, less competition and less stress.
• Improve food skills by encouraging schools to involve children in growing, preparing and cooking food.
• Increase the tranquillity of our urban environments, with less litter, less noise, reduced light pollution and more green spaces. Everyone should live within walking distance of natural green space.
• Provide a full half day a week of inviting physical activity for every child, and at least one day a year learning in the natural environment.
• Provide free school meals for all – with locally sourced or fair-trade and (where possible) organic food, and with a vegetarian option. This will encourage healthy eating, combat obesity, improve concentration and end the stigma associated with free school meals. There can be few better ways of spending up to £2bn a year, only a fraction of the amount spent on bonuses in the city.

# Question 6

Cambridge is the cycling capital of the UK. Our city is a better place, healthier, greener and more joyful for it. How do you intend to bring similar levels of cycling to the surrounding villages? What specific improvements would you support?

Lord Ian BROUGHALL
(The Official Monster Raving Loony Party)

As written above......
B14 to be introduced..... etc etc

Norman Alexander CROWTHER
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Helene Yvette DAVIES-GREEN
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Andy PELLEW
(Liberal Democrat)

The absolute key, as far as Bar Hill is concerned, is to make sure that the proposals for "local roads" as part of the A14 project include cycleways into Cambridge - preferably dedicated. While it is possible to cycle down the sides of the A14 it appears to be high-risk.

Other than that a key project i would like to see would be to link Bar Hill, via a dedicated cycle way, to the Park and Ride at Longstanton and beyond that to the cycle way adjacent to the guided busway. Hopefully this will form part of the enhancements for Northstowe.

John Edward REYNOLDS
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Teal RILEY
(Green Party)

Some villages have excellent cycling provision into Cambridge, e.g. Coton, Shelfords and now the villages that lie along the guided busway route, but some of the larger villages/towns within a few miles of the city have relatively poor provision. Particular examples are Girton and Bar Hill which would be a target for improvements. Targeting 10% of the transport spending on improving cycle lanes would be a priority.

# Question 7

Our aspirations for Huntingdon Road are the inclusion of on-road cycle lanes at least 2m wide on both sides, separate from both cars and pedestrians, with priority over sideroads such that cyclists do not have to stop and give way at each side road (a common problem with most cycle tracks in Cambridge). Do you support this aspiration, and should this be part-funded by developers of new housing in the area?

Lord Ian BROUGHALL
(The Official Monster Raving Loony Party)

The Monster Raving Loony Party believe that STUDENTS should be involved more
These imminent academics are always looking for a PLATFORM to protest...
INVOLVE Students, Colleges and Business

Norman Alexander CROWTHER
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Helene Yvette DAVIES-GREEN
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Andy PELLEW
(Liberal Democrat)

I support the aspiration for a cycle way, however I'm not sure that there is 4m of spare space along the length of that road!

If the funding can come from Developers then that would seem to be the best way.

John Edward REYNOLDS
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Teal RILEY
(Green Party)

I completely agree and this should be fully funded by the developers in this instance.

# 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?

Lord Ian BROUGHALL
(The Official Monster Raving Loony Party)

I have a disability scooter... Can YOU please include these vehicles in your programme
My "scooter" is allowed on the road because "it has a rear view mirror"
MANY times I have almost been killed whist riding on A14/A428 etc...
BAN THE BOMB..... and lorries

Norman Alexander CROWTHER
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Helene Yvette DAVIES-GREEN
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Andy PELLEW
(Liberal Democrat)

Looking forward to the Tour de France coming to Cambridge later in the year, hopefully this will get a whole new set of people cycling!

John Edward REYNOLDS
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Teal RILEY
(Green Party)
The candidate did not enter a response for this question.

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.