Elections – Cambridge Cycling Campaign

Elections

Local elections (City), May 2014: Arbury

Summary: Elections to Cambridge City Council in May 2014.
Polling date: Thursday 22nd May 2014
Ward:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Stephen Roger LAWRENCE  (Green Party)
  • James MOTTRAM  (Conservative Party)
  • Charlotte PERRY  (Labour Party)
  • Tim WARD  (Liberal Democrat)

Questions for Arbury ward candidates (7 questions)

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# Question 1

Protected Space on main roads: The County Council have recently consulted on creating protected space on Hills Road and Huntingdon Road. Do you support these schemes? Are there roads in your ward or elsewhere that you would like to see protected space on?

Stephen Roger LAWRENCE
(Green Party)

Yes - I'd like to see extra bike lanes on Chesterton Lane and Victoria Avenue bridge - particularly on left-hand bends, which are very difficult for other road-users to judge safely, (cars frequently pass too close, unknowingly)

James MOTTRAM
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Charlotte PERRY
(Labour Party)

Protected space for cyclists is valuable in terms of preventing accidents and encouraging more people to cycle on the road. Huntingdon Road and Hills Road have space for these schemes and so I fully support them.

Tim WARD
(Liberal Democrat)

In principle I support schemes which allocate limited road space to sustainable modes first (so walking and cycling first, then public transport, and finally the private car) where this can be done in a suitably balanced manner. I support the Hills Road and Huntingdon Road schemes but do not yet have a view on the details of the particular options, preferring to await the analysis of the consultation responses.

# Question 2

Remove through motor traffic: Most motor traffic cannot go through the city centre. In residential areas, some streets are closed to motor vehicles at certain points. Do you support this idea, and would you like to see it more widely used?

Stephen Roger LAWRENCE
(Green Party)

Yes, I suppose Carlyle Rd is a case in point - but one has to be careful and selective.

James MOTTRAM
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Charlotte PERRY
(Labour Party)

I would certainly like to encourage a review of the traffic in residential streets that takes into account the views of residents and cyclists. I believe that a clear strategy on traffic and rationalising junctions between main roads and residential streets would also be of great benefit to cyclists.

Tim WARD
(Liberal Democrat)

I support removing through motor traffic where this has the support of local residents and is not simply going to shift problems onto other people nearby, particular if in shifting problems they’re made worse.

# Question 3

Safe routes to schools: What measures would you like to see to improve the safety of children getting to school?

Stephen Roger LAWRENCE
(Green Party)

Get adults involved with schools to cycle the routes themselves at the relevant times?

James MOTTRAM
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Charlotte PERRY
(Labour Party)

Protected space for cyclists will benefit school children and adult cyclists equally and encourage more children to cycle. Encouraging parents to avoid using their cars on the school run would also help both the safety of children and the residents near schools by preventing unsafe traffic build up in the mornings and late afternoons.

Tim WARD
(Liberal Democrat)

Improving cycling routes to schools is a win for everyone – parents feel that it’s safer to let their children cycle to school, so they don’t feel the need to drive them, so traffic and congestion is reduced, resulting in a better road environment for those who still want to drive as well as those who are cycling.

As with question 1 it’s a case of making best and most appropriate use of limited road space. The County Council usually say the right things in this regard, but that’s not always what they deliver on the street – I’ve seen them implement measures which appear to be designed to actually encourage people to drive children to school.

# Question 4

Cycle-friendly town centres: Cycle parking is at a premium in Cambridge city centre. Although the City Council are putting in more, it is unlikely to be enough. Would you support converting some car parking to cycle parking, and do you have any further suggestions?

Stephen Roger LAWRENCE
(Green Party)

Yes

James MOTTRAM
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Charlotte PERRY
(Labour Party)

The amount of cycle parking in the city will soon increase when a 3000 capacity bike park is opened at the railway station. In the city centre both car parking and cycle parking are at a premium and it is important that disabled people and businesses are not disadvantaged by changes made to parking, so a new cycle park at the grand arcade would have the benefit of allowing car space to remain whilst allowing more space for bikes. Increased measures, if sensitively managed, to prevent public cycle parks becoming dumping grounds for unwanted bikes or used for very long periods of time so that others cannot park there would be a good thing for those who wish to travel into the city centre by bike.

Tim WARD
(Liberal Democrat)

My project to put an additional 600 on street bicycle parking spaces into the city centre, which is currently being implemented, already does replace some car parking spaces with bicycle parking spaces, and my project to expand the Grand Arcade bike park will do more of the same.

I think we need to wait until these two projects have been completed to see what remaining un-met demand there is in the city centre, and whether problems arise such as the parking spaces silting up with long term bicycle storage rather than being used for short term visitors to the city centre.

Outside the city centre, I have watched with some bemusement the efforts of councillors to provide a tiny number of bike parking spaces, at the cost of an even tinier number of car parking spaces. Whilst I do not in principle like the idea of area committees being dictated to by the centre, and would not seek to do so, if I retain my current position after the election I plan, when funding allows (which it will sooner or later for a one-off capital project), to put in place cash and a policy framework to enable area committees to put in large numbers of bike parking spaces as a matter of routine, rather than having to agonise over each handful of spaces as a special case.

# Question 5

Cycle routes in green spaces: The commons and greens provide well-used pleasant cycle routes through the city. Would you support some widening of the paths, undertaken sensitively, to reduce conflict between pedestrians and cyclists?

Stephen Roger LAWRENCE
(Green Party)

Definitely

James MOTTRAM
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Charlotte PERRY
(Labour Party)

The widening and marking of existing paths will soon become necessary in some areas, and I fully support doing so where it is undertaken in a sensitive manner.

Tim WARD
(Liberal Democrat)

Yes.

# Question 6

20mph speed limits: Public consultation has brought 20mph zones to the North area of the city. The consultation for the East area also received general public support. Do you support the scheme? Do you support extending it to rest of Cambridge, i.e. South and West/Central? If so, what measures would you like to see to help encourage compliance?

Stephen Roger LAWRENCE
(Green Party)

Yes. Compliance - just needs a few drivers to stick to the limit and others are obliged to follow. Perhap use some of the in-car boxes that people use for reducing their insurance premiums.

James MOTTRAM
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Charlotte PERRY
(Labour Party)

I support extending the 20 MPH routes where they can be enforced effectively. However I believe that on main roads protected space and safer junctions for cyclists are the priority as cars can still kill at 20 mph and protected space allows cyclists to travel with more confidence. Where 20 mph limits are in place they should be clearly signed and speed cameras used where appropriate to enforce the limit.

Tim WARD
(Liberal Democrat)

The city-wide 20mph project was my idea and I have led the project, so clearly I do support implementing it across the city, in accordance with the views of local residents as expressed through the consultation process.

The police have been tasked by the North Area Committee with giving priority to 20mph enforcement, of course within available resource and having regard to other priorities, and it is open to other area committees to act similarly, should they so wish, as the scheme is rolled out.

# Question 7

The only cycle access to the new Science Park Station from the west will be the cycleway along the busway. For Cowley Road, the most direct route from the Science Park entrance or from the village of Milton has only a substandard shared-use pavement planned. For the latter, cyclists will have to move across the path of left-turning lorries in order to enter the station; the same is on the access from East Chesterton through Nuffield Road. Do you support our aim to make the area around the new station and the Science Park more permeable and safer for walking and cycling? Do you have any specific suggestions?

Stephen Roger LAWRENCE
(Green Party)

Cycling is always a major form on access to railway stations, despite trafic models that assume the contrary... No specific suggestions, however.

James MOTTRAM
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Charlotte PERRY
(Labour Party)

I fully support this measure, as it has been successfully implemented in other parts of the city.

Tim WARD
(Liberal Democrat)

Yes, I do support this aim.

I note that the Cyling Campaign is working with local Liberal Democrat councillor Ian Manning and others to develop detailed proposals for the area, and I hear that there are indications that the county council is beginning to listen to these voices, and I hope that any reasonable output from this process will be implemented.

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.