Elections – Cambridge Cycling Campaign

Elections

Local elections (County), May 2013: Coleridge

Summary: Elections to Cambridgeshire County Council in May 2013.
Polling date: Thursday 2nd May 2013
Division:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Sam BARKER  (Conservative Party)
  • Shaun Peter ESGATE  (Green Party)
  • Bill KAMINSKI  (UK Independence Party)
  • Noel KAVANAGH  (Labour Party)
  • Thomas Spencer YATES  (Liberal Democrat)

Questions for Coleridge division candidates (10 questions)

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# Question 1

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

Sam BARKER
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Shaun Peter ESGATE
(Green Party)

I cycle in Cambridge almost daily and have done so for many years.

Bill KAMINSKI
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Noel KAVANAGH
(Labour Party)

I am a very keen cyclist using my bike for transport in Cambridge. I also cycle to keep healthy, am interested in cycling as a sport and train regularly in Cambridgeshire and beyond. I have participated in sportives and long distance rides for charity.

Thomas Spencer YATES
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# 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?

Sam BARKER
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Shaun Peter ESGATE
(Green Party)

Nothing is that simple but I would agree with that.

Bill KAMINSKI
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Noel KAVANAGH
(Labour Party)

When transport infrastructure is being planned it should include continuous, high quality cycle routes, with solar lighting on routes outside the city, to encourage people to cycle from their homes to work, to school and for leisure. The routes should be complemented by good public transport networks and provision for pedestrians. There should also be more places designated as secure areas for people to park their cycles when routes are being planned.

Thomas Spencer YATES
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# 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?

Sam BARKER
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Shaun Peter ESGATE
(Green Party)

Increased traffic policing of dangerous road users in the city could be effective if enough resources could be diverted for finely targeted actions. The dangerous incidents which have been highlighted in the press over recent months are usually over in seconds and unless they result in injury need to be witnessed by police officers for any action to follow.

Bill KAMINSKI
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Noel KAVANAGH
(Labour Party)

The enforcement of traffic laws by the police should become a higher priority as part of a strategy to make travel by cyclists, pedestrians and motorists safer. Police action to modify poor behaviour by some road users needs to be part of broader, on going campaigns to increase understanding between the different user groups.

Thomas Spencer YATES
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# 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?

Sam BARKER
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Shaun Peter ESGATE
(Green Party)

I can't say that I know enough to comment.

Bill KAMINSKI
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Noel KAVANAGH
(Labour Party)

I and the Labour Party fully support following the example of the cycle plan initiatives in Holland and would like to see similar radical schemes in Cambridgeshire.

Thomas Spencer YATES
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# 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?

Sam BARKER
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Shaun Peter ESGATE
(Green Party)

This question is a bit broad but Green Party policies address these issues and consider them to be primary concerns.

Bill KAMINSKI
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Noel KAVANAGH
(Labour Party)

The County Council can have a vital role in encouraging people to be healthier by creating safer cycle and walking routes to schools. There should also be programmes that teach primary age children to cycle safely

Air quality in central areas can be improved by encouraging people to walk, cycle or use public transport rather than relying on their cars.

Thomas Spencer YATES
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 6

Do you believe that Dutch-quality cycle provision, with cycle tracks that are separate both from pedestrians and motor traffic and that have priority over side roads, should a) be included within all new traffic schemes and b) be considered and consulted on for all modifications to existing schemes?

Sam BARKER
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Shaun Peter ESGATE
(Green Party)

I think these provisions and any others that purport to increase road safety should always be considered. Practical limitations governed by the physical layout of city roads mean however that a great amount of thought and debate is needed to achieve this. Lateral thinking required.

Bill KAMINSKI
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Noel KAVANAGH
(Labour Party)

Yes, this would be a superb advance for the benefit of cyclists and other road users. There will be great difficulty in achieving it in some areas, given road layouts and the constraints of some very narrow Cambridge roads. If 20 mph is applied across the City there will also need to be some re-engineering of roads to make it work.

Thomas Spencer YATES
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 7

There are many places in Cambridge where existing infrastructure actively contributes to conflicts between different modes of transport (for example, cycle paths that give way at every crossing). Would you support the principle that cycling infrastructure should have the same level of importance as the general road environment, even if this means some reduction in car capacity?

Sam BARKER
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Shaun Peter ESGATE
(Green Party)

Cycling infrastructure in Cambridge should definitely have equal consideration in county policy although it is not possible to generalise. A reduction in car capacity in response to a localised safety issue should never be dismissed.

Bill KAMINSKI
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Noel KAVANAGH
(Labour Party)

Cyclists and pedestrians should be given priority, even if it means a reduction in car capacity.

Thomas Spencer YATES
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 8

Do you agree that 20mph should become the norm for local streets in Cambridge and surrounding villages? Do you support this on all roads, all roads except major roads, or not at all?

Sam BARKER
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Shaun Peter ESGATE
(Green Party)

I support this for most city roads. Blanket restrictions like this produce improvements in casualty statistics but 20mph zones are not always appropriate.

Bill KAMINSKI
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Noel KAVANAGH
(Labour Party)

Yes, agree following consultation with residents. A 20 mph limit requires a major shift in driver behaviour which can only happen if it is accompanied by education, a significant programme of road re- engineering and signage and, importantly, effective police enforcement, particularly in the early stages of implementation. It needs the City and County Councils to work together and substantial money invested. It is also important to work with bus companies to ensure that bus services are not adversely affected.
Shopping areas on main county roads to be 20mph with appropriate re-engineering.

Thomas Spencer YATES
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 9

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

Sam BARKER
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Shaun Peter ESGATE
(Green Party)

Yes I support this. The existing routes going north out of the city in particular are the most hazardous and the Chisholm trail if completed would get a lot of use and support from cyclists.

Bill KAMINSKI
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Noel KAVANAGH
(Labour Party)

Yes, I support "The Chisholm Trail" as do City and County Labour Groups.

This cycle and pedestrian route from the new rail station to Addenbrooks would provide a real alternative to the car . It will be very important to identify and address any concerns and ensure that environmentally sensitive areas such as Stourbridge Common, Ditton Meadows and the Leper Chapel are recognised and protected. The Trail needs a clear plan and staged implementation which can go out for full consultation with local communities as well as businesses and likely users.

Thomas Spencer YATES
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 10

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?

Sam BARKER
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Shaun Peter ESGATE
(Green Party)

Cycling in Cambridge is a hazardous exercise; cyclists recognise this and make their way through the city trying to minimise their risk. The routes they choose sometimes brings them into conflict with pedestrians and motor vehicles, properly considered traffic policy can reduce these conflicts by delivering safer journeys for all road users.

Bill KAMINSKI
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Noel KAVANAGH
(Labour Party)

I fully support the aims and work of The Cycling Campaign. However, on the matter of cycle safety, although I do not believe the wearing of cycle helmets should be compulsory, I think people, particularly children, should be advised to wear them because they can prevent serious injury not just in collisions with cars but in bike to bike, bike to pedestrian, bike to animal and falling off accidents.

Thomas Spencer YATES
(Liberal Democrat)
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.