Elections – Cambridge Cycling Campaign

Elections

Local elections (City), May 2014: West Chesterton

Summary: Elections to Cambridge City Council in May 2014.
Polling date: Thursday 22nd May 2014
Ward:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Ysanne Margaret AUSTIN  (Liberal Democrat)
  • Shayne Mary MITCHELL  (Green Party)
  • Mike SARGEANT  (Labour Party)
  • James Andrew STRACHAN  (Conservative Party)

Questions for West Chesterton 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?

Ysanne Margaret AUSTIN
(Liberal Democrat)

Yes I support those schemes. Making our roads safer is a priority. As a cyclist, pedestrian and car user I appreciate we need to respect each other when moving about the city. Where space allows separated areas for each mode of transport is the most effective and clear red cycle lanes make it instantly recognisable. Two dangers to cyclists are when they share space with buses or lorries and when they are in areas where the traffic travels at speed. There are roads in West Chesterton which would benefit from protected space such as, Chesterton Road and Victoria Road and stretches of Milton Road should be improved.

Shayne Mary MITCHELL
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Mike SARGEANT
(Labour Party)

My preference is for high quality standard provision across the city. There are too many different standards which confuses, cyclists, motorists and pedestrians. Gilbert Road layout would be my minimum standard for on road for instance.
Schemes such as that proposed on Hills Road and Huntingdon Road should be supported if they do not disappear into low quality or non existent provision or only feature one side of the road.

James Andrew STRACHAN
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# 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?

Ysanne Margaret AUSTIN
(Liberal Democrat)

I would want to consider streets on a case by case basis. I appreciate the safety and environmental advantages of no cars but am concerned about practical issues which might arise particularly for older people needing to access services, friends and family. It will be interesting to evaluate the effectiveness of the new 20mph speed limits and assessing whether it resolves many of the road problems.

Shayne Mary MITCHELL
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Mike SARGEANT
(Labour Party)

I would like to see motor traffic restrictions expanded in residential streets. Increasing the number of one way streets and reducing the road space for cars to make room for protected cycle routes should become a city wide consideration, subject to getting the detail right.

Labour Councillors will also propose that the county council develop a new ‘City Centre Transport Strategy’ including:
- reviewing the Inner Ring Road
- pressing for City Deal money to be spent on better junctions and investment that increases travel into and around Cambridge by bus, cycle and foot instead of cars, and
- reducing the no of HGVs needing to use the Inner Ring Road.
This is particularly an issue in Victoria Road and Mitcham's Corner.

James Andrew STRACHAN
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 3

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

Ysanne Margaret AUSTIN
(Liberal Democrat)

For childrens' health and well-being all should be encouraged to travel to school by bike or on foot. A coordinated approach is needed between county highways and education. Parents need confidence in safe routes for their children to travel to school. Schools should take responsibility to ensure pupils have the skills to travel safely (encourage bikeability) and cycle storage needs to be available for the secure storage of bikes. To improve safety of school children I would like to see more parking enforcement outside schools particularly at the beginning of each term. Haphazard parking often creates blind spots for those trying to cross a street, or forces children on cycles into the middle of the road to avoid badly parked cars.

Shayne Mary MITCHELL
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Mike SARGEANT
(Labour Party)

We desperately need School Catchment Area and intakes for schools addressing so that people living in the De Freville and other areas do not need to take their children to Milton School or various others in Cambridge - distances of more than 2 miles - not suitable for young children to cycle.

Protected space routes for cyclists should be included on roads leading to schools. The city does have large numbers of children using cycles to get to school and this will increase if safer routes are provided. Closing roads outside schools to motor traffic should also be considered an option (as happens in some countries). This would encourage parents to stop using their vehicles for the “school run” and promote more walking and cycling to school.

James Andrew STRACHAN
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# 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?

Ysanne Margaret AUSTIN
(Liberal Democrat)

Yes, possibly, though it depends on what spaces were proposed to be converted for cycle parking. I would want to look at this on a case by case basis. More cycle parking is needed at particularly busy spots like the station, bus depot, cinema, theatre, and some central areas. Undercover and secure parking would be ideal at the station where bikes are left all day. It seems cyclists often prefer to cycle to the location rather than park and walk. More cycle parking is needed at particularly busy spots like the station, bus depot, market, cinema and theatre. Undercover and secure parking would be ideal at the station where bikes are left all day. It seems cyclists often prefer to cycle to the location rather than park and walk. The Park Street cycle park is undercover, safe and free and often has spaces. Maybe we need a change in cyclists culture and better promotion bike parking locations. Some of the cycle racks are poor design or badly positioned so not used. In some cities attractive and varied bike racks are a feature not just a functional piece of metal. Underground storage could also be considered.

Shayne Mary MITCHELL
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Mike SARGEANT
(Labour Party)

Great that there will be a new 3,000 capacity cycle parking facility at the Rail Station: pity it cannot be built sooner! Labour Councillors have uncovered that the start date is September 2014, with opening we hope in December 2015.

After full consultation with residents and businesses, some car parking spaces may be sacrificed for cycle parking. But parking for disabled must be protected. If there is a trend to restrict motor traffic access to the City, creating car-free, pedestrian and cycle only zones in the city centre, the consequence of this should be more space available for cycle parking.

We are also committed to expanding the secured cycle parking facility under the Grand Arcade, subject to detailed agreement with Grand Arcade and others affected, and to seeking an extra location for a further City Centre cycle park if City Deal funding is available…. Current city centre cycle parking is often full to capacity , a clear sign of unmet demand.
Measures to stop secure cycle parks ‘silting up’ will be needed. They should be used for a day or two, not to leave bikes for a month or more.

James Andrew STRACHAN
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# 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?

Ysanne Margaret AUSTIN
(Liberal Democrat)

In busy areas this would help segregate bikes from pedestrians but it isn't necessary in quieter spots. Cyclists should be encouraged to cycle considerately and not at speed. We need to preserve our green spaces where possible. In most cases improve the quality of the surfaces rather than widening them.

Shayne Mary MITCHELL
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Mike SARGEANT
(Labour Party)

The cycle and pedestrian paths across some of the green spaces in Cambridge are having increasing usage and I support the widening of existing paths where necessary. The paths across Midsummer Common and Jesus Green, for example, need to be widened to make them safer for cyclists and pedestrians and maintained at a high standard.

James Andrew STRACHAN
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# 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?

Ysanne Margaret AUSTIN
(Liberal Democrat)

Yes, I support the scheme. A 20mph speed limit across the city would be safer. It would help if it were extended and all areas agreed to this. A consistent approach would be easier to respect when travelling though adjacent areas. We still have an inconsistency in Victoria Road where a maximum of 30mph remains. I believe this narrow busy street should be 20 mph.

Shayne Mary MITCHELL
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Mike SARGEANT
(Labour Party)

I fully support 20 mph speed limits for residential and specific other streets across the whole city and committed to positive consultation with residents who are supporting this initiative. Enforcement is being addressed in the North Area, and further education is needed. Placing of signs that state “Welcome to Cambridge. You are now entering a 20 mph City” on strategic points on entry roads should be considered along with traffic activated mobile speed indicator signs on particular roads, for example, Gilbert Road which is outside of the scheme. Trialling of average speed enforcement should also be considered for long roads with excessive speed.

James Andrew STRACHAN
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# 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?

Ysanne Margaret AUSTIN
(Liberal Democrat)

The station offers an opportunity to many day-travellers. Many of these travellers will travel by bike or foot. Access routes and parking needs careful planning. Drop offs and taxis as well as bikes should be effectively catered for with an efficient transport network. I support the aim of improving cycle and pedestrian access to the station but as yet I am familiar enough with the proposals to offer specific suggestions.

Shayne Mary MITCHELL
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Mike SARGEANT
(Labour Party)

I agree the area around and access to the station must be made safe for pedestrians and cyclists. The needs of the disabled must also be taken into account. We are concerned that the planned 1,000 cycle parking places will not be sufficient.

James Andrew STRACHAN
(Conservative 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.