Elections – Cambridge Cycling Campaign

Elections

Local elections (County), May 2013: Fulbourn

Summary: Elections to Cambridgeshire County Council in May 2013.
Polling date: Thursday 2nd May 2013
Division:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Nick CLARKE  (Conservative Party)
  • June Patricia FORD  (Labour Party)
  • David SMITH  (Green Party)
  • John George WILLIAMS  (Liberal Democrat)

Questions for Fulbourn division candidates (11 questions)

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# Question 1

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

Nick CLARKE
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
June Patricia FORD
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
David SMITH
(Green Party)

I live in Meldreth and invariably use my cycle for local trips, shopping etc. I use the station here and travel with my cycle to Cambridge and then use it for transport around the city.

John George WILLIAMS
(Liberal Democrat)

Only for leisure, mainly off road.

# 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?

Nick CLARKE
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
June Patricia FORD
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
David SMITH
(Green Party)

Absolutely: I agree completely. The car should be seen as a highly-undesirable method of transport in and around the city of Cambridge and high quality cycle routes should be a top priority

John George WILLIAMS
(Liberal Democrat)

Not every one can or wants to cycle so to be inclusive you must take into account all forms of transport in planning new developments. Certainly cycling should always be part of the mix, including separate cycle lines, secure cycling facilities and changing and showers for cyclists in commercial developments wherever possible.

# 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?

Nick CLARKE
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
June Patricia FORD
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
David SMITH
(Green Party)

I agree that policing should be evidence-based and that traffic policing should be a higher priority.

John George WILLIAMS
(Liberal Democrat)

Yes.

# 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?

Nick CLARKE
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
June Patricia FORD
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
David SMITH
(Green Party)

There should be consultation with local people and groups, to arrive at a sensible plan which aims to encourage increased use of the cycle as a 'routine' method of transport. Such a plan should include incentives to leave the car at home and travel by cycle instead. A Cambridge-style bike plan would be great !

John George WILLIAMS
(Liberal Democrat)

I think, certainly an adapted version for urban situations in our towns such as Cambridge, Ely, March, Wisbech etc., but you can't simply transpose this scheme to trans urban and rural situations.

# 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?

Nick CLARKE
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
June Patricia FORD
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
David SMITH
(Green Party)

This is a very big question, and demands more space than is available here. One of the best routes to good health is regular exercise, embedded in a child from an early age. There should be real incentives to encourage children to cycle to school (perhaps in groups, with an adult 'minder' ) and, by punitive parking charges and other disincentives, to persuade adults to make the cycle their first choice for all local journeys and to leave the car at home.

John George WILLIAMS
(Liberal Democrat)

The well being agencies are there to give advice and support - you make the environment safe and encourage healthy lifestyles through peer pressure. But the conventional methods of exercise may not be the answer in a very different world to that of even 10 years ago.

# Question 6

Which should have greater priority: safety of people cycling, or flow of motor vehicles, e.g. at junctions like the Catholic Church junction?

Nick CLARKE
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
June Patricia FORD
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
David SMITH
(Green Party)

Safety of people cycling: no question. If the traffic problems become intolerable maybe people will realise that travelling by car is just not a viable or sensible option.

John George WILLIAMS
(Liberal Democrat)

All road users should be treated equally including pedestrians and those using public transport. Clearly at the moment that is not the case with drivers of private vehicles having an advantage. But cyclists must also take responsibility for sharing the highway, particularly with regard to pedestrians.

# Question 7

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

Nick CLARKE
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
June Patricia FORD
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
David SMITH
(Green Party)

Yes, I believe that they should.

John George WILLIAMS
(Liberal Democrat)

I have always been an admirer of the Dutch system of segegation. Unfortunately highway standards in the UK have always been poor and there needs to be legistlation to support planning on this.

# Question 8

Do you support major development of the A14? What do you consider the effects on Cambridge would be if or when this were done? What measures would you support to ameliorate negative effects on cyclists of any traffic increases in Cambridge that this might cause (estimates have been made of a 30% increase)?

Nick CLARKE
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
June Patricia FORD
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
David SMITH
(Green Party)

No, I do not support major development of the A14. This would improve traffic flow for a while, but would then encourage more vehicles to use the road and we would be back where we started. The only sensible long-term solution is to put much of the freight currectly on the road back on the railway. Re-nationalisation of the railways, followed by massive investment in new and improved routes, would create new jobs and move towards a more sustainabe transport system. It would also dramatically reduce CO2 emissions and improve road safety and air quality.

If the A14 were to be improved I cannot see that this would have a significant effect on Cambridge city.

John George WILLIAMS
(Liberal Democrat)

No. Most of the capacity issue is down to HCV traffic most of which should be on the railway and poor driving (HCVs account for over 22% of traffic movements on the A14 and a quarter are travelling through Cambridgeshire between the container ports/RoRo ferries). At peak times there should be variable speed control and the banning of HCVs overtaking.

# Question 9

What would your aspirations be for the County and its Cycling Champion to achieve in the next four-year Cabinet?

Nick CLARKE
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
June Patricia FORD
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
David SMITH
(Green Party)

Improved cycle routes and much higher priority given to cyclists and their needs.

John George WILLIAMS
(Liberal Democrat)

Start joined up thinking and develop radial cycle routes into Cambridge, with safe cycling routes to them from the surrounding villages.

# Question 10

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?

Nick CLARKE
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
June Patricia FORD
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
David SMITH
(Green Party)

The County Council and district councils should actively promote cycling, by organising training courses for those who would like to cycle, but are apprehensive.
South Cambs. District Council has an excellent initiative - Sustainable Parish Energy Partnership (SPEP) - which shows people how to reduce their fossil fuel use in many aspect of their lives. Transport is now becoming part of this and sustainable transport/ cycling exhibitions are planned.

John George WILLIAMS
(Liberal Democrat)

Working with parish councils introduce 20 mph limits in village centres, safe cycle routes to local amenities and ban the largest HCVs from rural roads. Fund activities to promote cycling locally.

# Question 11

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?

Nick CLARKE
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
June Patricia FORD
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
David SMITH
(Green Party)

I am a member of a local SPEP and we plan to hold a sustainable transport day during 2013.
I regularly contribute articles to our village magazine on sustainability issues.

John George WILLIAMS
(Liberal Democrat)

I'm behind our parish council pushing for a segegated cycle way along Cambridge Road between Cherry Hnton and Fulbourn. We're looking to the Ida Darwin housing development to deliver S106 money for safe cycling routes in the village. I've been much involved with improving public transport including conducting a public transport survey which led to the introduction of a direct regular bus service between Fulbourn and the City and working with parish councils to introduce an alternative service with Newmarket following the withdrawal of the previous one due to county council cuts.

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.