Elections – Cambridge Cycling Campaign

Elections

2015 City Council election: Abbey

Summary: 2015 elections to Cambridge City Council
Polling date: Thursday 7th May 2015
Ward:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • David Anthony COWAN  (Conservative Party)
  • Caroline HART  (Labour Party)
  • Monica HONE  (Green Party)
  • Nichola Jayne MARTIN  (Liberal Democrat)

Questions for Abbey ward candidates (8 questions)

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# Question 1

Cambridge Cycling Campaign has created a guide to cycling best-practice called Making Space For Cycling, endorsed by all national cycling organisations. Do you fully support this guide, and if so, what one principle in it do you think could most effectively be applied in your ward?

David Anthony COWAN
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Caroline HART
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Monica HONE
(Green Party)

I fully support the solutions proposed in the guide. I would be particularly keen to see the cycle paths either side of Barnwell Rd improved by raising Barnwell Drive and giving the cycle path priority on the airport side, while similarly raising Rayson Rd to provide priority and continuity for the cylce path on the Whitehill side.
I welcome suggestions from cyclists which would lead to increased safety and get more people out of their cars and onto bikes.

Nichola Jayne MARTIN
(Liberal Democrat)

I'm fully in support of the aims of Making Space for Cycling, especially segregation of space, and making areas more permeable.

Although Cambridge is compact City, I firmly believe that by re-allocation of road space, we should always be able to give cyclists, and therefore pedestrians, protected space from cars.

# Question 2

What measures would you like to see to improve the safety of children getting to school?

David Anthony COWAN
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Caroline HART
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Monica HONE
(Green Party)

At the moment it is cheaper to drive into Cambridge and pay for parking than to buy a family bus ticket. We need a combination of policies which will lead to people choosing alternative forms of transport to the car.

I would like to see a congestion zone around the city of Cambridge, charging cars to enter. I would exempt electric cars, and to encourage carbon neutral vehicles I would be happy for electric cars to be allowed some perks, such as the use of some bus lanes and free parking.

I understand Cambridge is in contract with one bus company and we seem to be powerless to impose any changes. We need to find a solution to this so that we have better and cheaper bus services that people are prepared to use, and that actually get children to their local school. We no longer have a bus link from Thorpe Way to Abbey Meadows, and there is no bus for children from Abbey to any secondary school.

We need to listen to cyclists make routes easier and safer to use.

Nichola Jayne MARTIN
(Liberal Democrat)

Abbey Meadows Primary School is tucked away in an estate that has very wide roads and therefore segregated cycle lanes can easily be put in place. We should work hard with the police to enforce that parking during busy school hours to ensure that cars do not block cycle paths. In addition, the roundabout on Newmarket Road at the junction with Barnwell Road is incredibly tricky for anything less than a confident cyclists.

# Question 3

What experience do you and your family have of cycling? Do you have any different concerns about younger or older family members cycling than you do yourself?

David Anthony COWAN
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Caroline HART
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Monica HONE
(Green Party)

My husband cycles to work every day, and my eldest daughter will be moving on to secondary school in 18 months' time. She will have to cycle and I am naturally nervous for her safety!

Nichola Jayne MARTIN
(Liberal Democrat)

I am the only Cambridge cyclist in my family. But I do fear for less confident cyclists within the city, as even now with over ten years experience in Cambridge traffic, I still have moments of doubt of my safety on the road.

# Question 4

What would you do to improve cycle parking in the city centre?

David Anthony COWAN
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Caroline HART
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Monica HONE
(Green Party)

I certainly agree that Cambridge needs more cycle parking, and I would work hard to provide more cycle parking wherever it is needed.

Nichola Jayne MARTIN
(Liberal Democrat)

Although there is a good amount of cycle parking, there is a lack of secure parking and covered parking in Cambridge.

# Question 5

Recent construction in the city, such as on Abbey Street, Milton Road and at the University Arms have closed routes or removed cycle space. What would you do to ensure that cycle routes remain open and safe as construction grows the city?

David Anthony COWAN
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Caroline HART
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Monica HONE
(Green Party)

Provision for cycling is as important as provision of pavements for pedestrians and road access for vehicles. I find it hard to believe that planning consent has overlooked and even closed cycle routes.

Nichola Jayne MARTIN
(Liberal Democrat)

When construction workers cut into cycle paths, there needs to be a separate, segregated route for cyclists. I'll seek to push the County Council & Utility companies to enforce this as ultimately it is there responsibility in most cases. Merging cyclists in with congested traffic does not ensure safety for either parties.

# Question 6

Cycle routes which are narrow and involves sharp turns and chicanes make routes difficult or impossible for users of tricycles, handcycles and cargo bikes, impairing accessibility for the most vulnerable. Can you think of anywhere in your ward that is difficult to use on a non-standard cycle and what will you do to improve it?

David Anthony COWAN
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Caroline HART
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Monica HONE
(Green Party)

No. But please all you non standard cyclists, let me know...

Nichola Jayne MARTIN
(Liberal Democrat)

The underpass of the Newmarket Road/Elizabeth Road roundabout has sharp corners coming in and out of it. In addition of the these, the ramps does not make it safer. This whole underpass needs rethinking to make it safe and more accessible for cyclists, otherwise they will just stay on the road above - like they do now.

Another example of infrastructure that is badly designed for cyclists is the estate of Fison Road. It is inaccessable for cyclists as there is no safe cycle parking. My own bicycle was vandalised on this estate just a few weeks ago as I was not able to park it safely.

# Question 7

What issues do you think are important in the building of the Chesterton-Abbey bridge?

David Anthony COWAN
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Caroline HART
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Monica HONE
(Green Party)

I think this bridge is going to be a fantastic new link bringing the communities and facilities of Abbey and Chesterton together, and I personally look forward to using it to cross onto the river path to Waterbeach and the Cam Sailing Club!

Nichola Jayne MARTIN
(Liberal Democrat)

This bridge is absolutely vital for Abbey, and must be in place as soon as practicable to ensure easy access to the new rail station over the river. I am keen to ensure that the planning of the bridge is thought through thoroughly, and takes into account all practicalities for the traffic it will take.

To be a success the approaches to the bridge must be wide enough to cope with the volume of cyclists using the route and avoid conflict between cyclists and pedestrians. This means 4-5m wide paths at minimum. Also, the approaches from all directions of traffic must be addressed, including the already heavily congested boardwalk underneath the railway tracks between Ditton Meadows and Stourbridge Common.

# Question 8

How would you improve conditions for people on bikes along Newmarket Road?

David Anthony COWAN
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Caroline HART
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Monica HONE
(Green Party)

I understand that the McDonald's roundabout is particularly dangerous, and I have received one suggestion which is to flatten it and so improve visibility. I would like to hear more views on it before committing to a particular course of action.

Nichola Jayne MARTIN
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate did not enter a response for this question.

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.