Elections – Cambridge Cycling Campaign

Elections

Local elections (County), May 2013: Whittlesey North

Summary: Elections to Cambridgeshire County Council in May 2013.
Polling date: Thursday 2nd May 2013
Division:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Martin John CURTIS  (Conservative Party)
  • Colin GALE  (Labour Party)
  • Maria GOLDSPINK  (English Democrats)
  • John Richard REDDING  (UK Independence Party)

Questions for Whittlesey North division candidates (11 questions)

Jump to question:  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11 

# Question 1

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

Martin John CURTIS
(Conservative Party)

I have cycled throughout the County, I prefer cycling on cycling trails and my most regularly used route is the route from Whittlesey to Peterborough (a fabulous example of a cycle route that is separate from traffic. But I have cycled in Cambridge and its surroundings and have completed events such as the London to Cambridge Bike Ride.

Colin GALE
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Maria GOLDSPINK
(English Democrats)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
John Richard REDDING
(UK Independence 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?

Martin John CURTIS
(Conservative Party)

Cycling is part of the solution, and an important part, but investment in public transport is also important. The two have to be in balance. There is already plenty being done to promote cycling and it is already considerably safer to cycle than many would believe. Of course high quality cycle routes are important, but the question is loaded towards the Cambridge City and its surrounds and we have to think way beyond this. E question leans towards an anti-motoring and roads stance. We need to have debates about mobility and make sure that cycling is embedded into the thinking around how people move about - that is the Dutch method.

Colin GALE
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Maria GOLDSPINK
(English Democrats)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
John Richard REDDING
(UK Independence 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?

Martin John CURTIS
(Conservative Party)

I believe in local people setting priorities such as this, which the police do. The question appears very loaded in the way it has been couched, inferring that the police should focus on catching motorists who misbehave towards cyclists rather than dangerous cyclists and those tht cycle without lights. Of course, where motorists who act inappropriately towards cyclists should be prosecuted, but the truth is I see cyclists breaking the law every day I am in Cambridge. If we want to improve and change the negative attitudes many have towards cycling we need to sort that problem out. I am all too aware that Cabridge Cycling Campaign have done great work on this, but this question leans towards a different stance.

Colin GALE
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Maria GOLDSPINK
(English Democrats)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
John Richard REDDING
(UK Independence 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?

Martin John CURTIS
(Conservative Party)

We are already drawing up strategic plans for Cambridgeshire. I think many of Boris' ideas for London are worthy of consideration for places like Cambridge and Ely and there are places where I would like to try mini-Hollands. But we have to remember that the County as a whole is very different to London and we need to look for different solutions for the rest of the County - but, without doubt we must be hugely ambitious for Cambridgeshire. One of the difficulties with this is that National cycling funding seems to be focussed on City and City Deal areas.

Colin GALE
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Maria GOLDSPINK
(English Democrats)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
John Richard REDDING
(UK Independence 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?

Martin John CURTIS
(Conservative Party)

The Council have cycling as a key legacy project post Olympics, cycling has to be a key part of developing a healthy lifestyle, but we need to focus on other benefits of cycling too, such as what a great family activity it is.

Colin GALE
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Maria GOLDSPINK
(English Democrats)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
John Richard REDDING
(UK Independence Party)
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?

Martin John CURTIS
(Conservative Party)

Broadly yes. But where and if this cannot be achieved it should not be used as a stick to beat people with. Certainly we would save money in the long term if separation can be achieved for new schemes. I repeat the point that the important point is that cycling should always be an inherent part of the mobility debate for new developments. I would also like to see more buses around the County offering facilities to carry bikes.

Colin GALE
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Maria GOLDSPINK
(English Democrats)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
John Richard REDDING
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# 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?

Martin John CURTIS
(Conservative Party)

Wherever possible and practical, yes. But equally as important is to use S106 to improve existing junctions that will see more cyclists use them as a result of new developments

Colin GALE
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Maria GOLDSPINK
(English Democrats)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
John Richard REDDING
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 8

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

Martin John CURTIS
(Conservative Party)

We need to see cycling develop across the whole county, to see the Olympics legacy programme developing. My aspiration was always to see Cambridgeshire develop a reputation as the number one cycling County in the curry. That means seeing the spread of Cambridge's cycling reputation in our market Towns, to see us developing cycling linkages between market Towns and the development of a cycling tourism infrastructure, including a long distance cycle route through the County. Of course, cycling safety should be in the middle of this. What the cycling champion must not be is some on Ethan rolls over at the whim of the various cycling groups in the county. He should listen, should be informed by them, but not dictated. There should be healthy challenge between the two.

Colin GALE
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Maria GOLDSPINK
(English Democrats)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
John Richard REDDING
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 9

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

Martin John CURTIS
(Conservative Party)

This question is very unfortunate in the way it is loaded and by its briefness, ignores important factors at that junction. Cambridge is a City that has great public transport and bus services - and it was concern about the impact on those that was a large part of the reason why the Catholic Church junction could not be delivered in exactly the way that the cycling campaign wanted. We should not ignore the role public transport has on mobility because that too would have an impact on mobility in the county and would force people into cars - which would make Cambridge even more dangerous for cyclists. I am confident that the work done on that junction will improve safety, especially if we can deliver the advanced go lights for cyclists, which I have spoken to Ministers about.

Colin GALE
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Maria GOLDSPINK
(English Democrats)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
John Richard REDDING
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 10

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.

Martin John CURTIS
(Conservative Party)

The Chisholm trail has huge potential, so the answer is an absolute yes. Now let's find the funding!

Colin GALE
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Maria GOLDSPINK
(English Democrats)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
John Richard REDDING
(UK Independence Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# 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?

Martin John CURTIS
(Conservative Party)

I try to live a healthy lifestyle as a (slow) runner and a cyclists. I have had extensive private debates about the benefits of cycling for motorists with colleagues and will always do so. I will always promote the benefits of cycling and do my bit to promote it - but as part of a wider debate about the importance of mobility.

Colin GALE
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Maria GOLDSPINK
(English Democrats)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
John Richard REDDING
(UK Independence 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.