Elections – Cambridge Cycling Campaign

Elections

Local elections (County), May 2013: Gamlingay

Summary: Elections to Cambridgeshire County Council in May 2013.
Polling date: Thursday 2nd May 2013
Division:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Diane Paula BIRNIE  (UK Independence Party)
  • Alison Paula ELCOX  (Conservative Party)
  • Sebastian Gerald Molesworth KINDERSLEY  (Liberal Democrat)
  • Peter John SMITH  (Labour Party)

Questions for Gamlingay division candidates (7 questions)

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# Question 1

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

Diane Paula BIRNIE
(UK Independence Party)

None! Unfortunately because of a disability I am unable to cycle.

Alison Paula ELCOX
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Sebastian Gerald Molesworth KINDERSLEY
(Liberal Democrat)

I don't cycle except for leisure. However, I do travel a great deal both between the 12 parishes I represent and in Cambridge on a daily basis - so I am aware of the issues that cyclists face and - perhaps more importantly - I am aware of the shift to cycling over the past few years. I receive and read the Campaign's newsletter which gives me a good idea of the issues with current and proposed infrastructure as well as the 'live' campaigns - eg for extending routes etc. The Gamlingay division extends from the Trumpington Park and Ride to the Bedfordshire border so the cycling issues faced by people I represent do change the further you get away from the city.

Peter John SMITH
(Labour Party)
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?

Diane Paula BIRNIE
(UK Independence Party)

I would agree with that view, yes.

Alison Paula ELCOX
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Sebastian Gerald Molesworth KINDERSLEY
(Liberal Democrat)

Yes. It should be automatically included in every new development as a matter of course. There is no reason - and should be no excuse - for not doing so. Developers have been allowed to ignore this form of (also pedestrian-friendly) transport infrastructure to a very great extent while spending a huge amount of money on actual road. In addition, the County should oblige proper interconnection and improvements of the links between the new developments with 'old' Cambridge as a matter of course.

Peter John SMITH
(Labour Party)
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?

Diane Paula BIRNIE
(UK Independence Party)

Yes. I would also point out that the problem of cyclists on pavements often comes about
because the cycle ways/paths are often missing or just not wide enough for the cyclist to feel safe, hence they transfer to the pavement. We need a sensible proportion of the road to be given to cyclists, not just a mean dribble of tarmac!

Motorists are just not giving the cycle trackways the room they should. They tend to
cut into the cycle path or drive too close to it for the comfort and safety of the cyclist.

Alison Paula ELCOX
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Sebastian Gerald Molesworth KINDERSLEY
(Liberal Democrat)

I'm not sure. I think there needs to be a societal shift towards more individual roaduser responsibility - for example like with wearing seatbelts. Only the very reckless or stupid driver now drives without wearing a seatbelt. We should be in a position where only very reckless or stupid cyclists don't light up at night (for example) and where only very stupid or reckless drivers think it appropriate to 'bully' other road-users by with aggressive driving (and so on). I'm not sure making this a Police priority will achieve the step-change required in people's attitudes. Happy to be persuaded otherwise, however.

Peter John SMITH
(Labour Party)
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?

Diane Paula BIRNIE
(UK Independence Party)

A good idea from Boris, this time! I would personally support a similar idea in Cambridge.

Alison Paula ELCOX
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Sebastian Gerald Molesworth KINDERSLEY
(Liberal Democrat)

I think I support it for Cambridge and a generous extent of the necklace villages because I think it is only there that the investment will deliver best value for money. I also would highlight the issue of making Cambridge difficult to access or use as a service centre for residents from outside who rely on it for their core needs - health education and so on - bearing in mind that most villages have extremely poor public transport and often extremely dangerous roads to use as a cyclist. But if the right amount of funding could be obtained it would make for an extremely exciting project.

Peter John SMITH
(Labour Party)
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?

Diane Paula BIRNIE
(UK Independence Party)

While we do need to encourage people, especially children, to literally 'get out more' and enjoy exercise and physical pursuits we do need to recognise that it is nowhere near as safe in the 21st century as it used to be when I was young. We need to provide more safe, open spaces and ensure that both children parents can safely negotiate the city streets by cutting down on motor traffic and encouraging the use cycle tracks and pavements.

Alison Paula ELCOX
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Sebastian Gerald Molesworth KINDERSLEY
(Liberal Democrat)

I'm not sure I'm qualified to answer this! The obvious answer - from the Cambridge Cycling Campaign point of view - is to make cycling the safest and most popular transport mode for all rather than just a (growing) few. Just please don't forget that for some people cycling 18 miles into town and back to Gamlingay with two major hills in the way just is not feasible! But it could be from many of the slightly further-out villages with just a little cash and a lot of removing barriers (almost all of them physical).

Peter John SMITH
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# 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?

Diane Paula BIRNIE
(UK Independence Party)

I think many of our villages would benefit from cycle pathways in the same way as they benfitted many years ago from the old bridleways. These made journeys between villages quicker and safer for the horse rider. We need to do the same for the cyclists.
Within the villages themselves, many of the streets are necessarily narrow and even pavements are few. Using a system of one way circular routes for traffic and freeing up some of the roads for cyclists and pedestrians would make the journey to school safer for many children. This would also cut down on the terrible parking problems as mothers drop of children who have perhaps been driven less than half a mile to school!

Alison Paula ELCOX
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Sebastian Gerald Molesworth KINDERSLEY
(Liberal Democrat)

I've been involved in a few Cycling-related campaigns over the past 8 years. For example we campaigned for the University-owned bridge at Barton Road Haslingfield to have a cycle path put alongside it when it was rebuilt last year. Priced at £40k approx neither the County nor the University would touch it despite the fact that it would have opened up a safe route from parishes such as Haslingfield and Barrington thru to the A603 cycleway and then to West Cambridge. A perfect example of a smallish investment reaping huge benefit for years to come. We are also working hard with landowners, Councils and the Parish to get a proper cycle route from Haslingfield thru to Grantchester as part of the Trumpington Meadows development. We have been in talks with Potton and Sandy Town Councils about a link between Gamlingay thru Potton to Sandy station which would be well used by (hardy) commuters (not local to Cambridge but important to us locally!). Very locally indeed we obtained a shared use cycle/footway for the new developments at Station Rd Gamlingay - it all helps! If re-elected I would be looking at a A603 corridor plan similar to that currently in action on the A10 to try and make the road more useful to cyclists (altho it is very popular with time trials).

Peter John SMITH
(Labour 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?

Diane Paula BIRNIE
(UK Independence Party)

I do think the younger generation do need to be taught to cycle responsibly. They must learn to dress safely for cycling and to obey the rules of the road. This should be part of
the school curriculum. In turn the motorist must be made aware of his responsibilities
towards othe road and pavement users.

Alison Paula ELCOX
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Sebastian Gerald Molesworth KINDERSLEY
(Liberal Democrat)

See above. In terms of sustainable transport we are currently working hard on a replacement service for the subsidised bus routes in the area and are looking - with some enthusiasm - at a Demand Responsive Transport system with scheduled services at both ends of the day. Watch this space!

Peter John SMITH
(Labour 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.