Elections

2016 Cambridge City Council Election: Arbury

Summary: Elections to Cambridge City Council May 2016
Polling date: Thursday 5th May 2016
Ward:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Stephen LAWRENCE  (Green Party)
  • James STRACHAN  (Conservative Party)
  • Mike TODD-JONES  (Labour Party)
  • Tim WARD  (Liberal Democrat)

Questions for Arbury ward candidates (7 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?

Stephen LAWRENCE
(Green Party)

Yes - Simple, direct routes (the word "complete" is implied here)

James STRACHAN
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Mike TODD-JONES
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Tim WARD
(Liberal Democrat)

I support the guide in principle, but note that in practice it will sometimes be necessary to seek an appropriate balance between its principles and other conflicting priorities for limited space. There are limited opportunities to apply the principles in Arbury, as there is very little land in the ward that is open for redevelopment. However the principles of the guide can and should be applied whenever road schemes are proposed, for example the Arbury Road scheme, which is probably largely positive for cyclists, and the Histon Road scheme, which has some serious negative aspects.

# Question 2

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

Stephen LAWRENCE
(Green Party)

Practical "ride test" with Council workers and council officers, together with kids and their parents.

James STRACHAN
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Mike TODD-JONES
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Tim WARD
(Liberal Democrat)

The biggest threat to safely getting to school that I'm aware of in Arbury is the plan by the City Deal to prevent right turns by cyclists from Histon Road towards Mayfield school, and I have objected strongly to this proposal. Banning this cycling route would force cyclists to take longer routes or less safe routes, neither of which is an improvement, and might persuade some parents to give up taking their children to school by bicycle and just take the car instead, which is also not going to make things any better.

# 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?

Stephen LAWRENCE
(Green Party)

30 years, and a number of improvements to infrastructure seen, over the years, but my goodness it's been slow!

James STRACHAN
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Mike TODD-JONES
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Tim WARD
(Liberal Democrat)

I and my family routinely cycle both within Cambridge and beyond. There are various hazards, such as the dooring zone on the way down to the Botanic Gardens, the occasional badly trained bus driver, illegally and antisocially parked taxis, and completely oblivious pedestrians stepping out in front of cyclists without looking in the city centre, but these can all be coped with given a modicum of alertness and experience.

# Question 4

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?

Stephen LAWRENCE
(Green Party)

Where these closures are long-tern, alterntive routes have to be inspected and improved by such things as kerb-levelling, temporary shared use orders etc. Ideally, the city is left better as a result, after the original closure has ended.

James STRACHAN
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Mike TODD-JONES
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Tim WARD
(Liberal Democrat)

There is limited scope for redevelopment in Arbury as pretty well all available land is already in use. Nonetheless I would keep a close eye on planning applications and road scheme proposals and make appropriate representations where cycle routes or cycle parking are threatened.

# Question 5

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?

Stephen LAWRENCE
(Green Party)

French's Rd - Bermuda Terrace
French's Rd & footpath to Harvey Goodwin Gdns - both ends.

some parts outside the ward but critical to it:
Jesus Green footbridge - first RH bend at top needs widening.

James STRACHAN
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Mike TODD-JONES
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Tim WARD
(Liberal Democrat)

I have in the past had pram arms removed in Arbury to improve routes for all types of cyclist. I am not aware of any remaining problems that are susceptible to similarly simple solutions, but if made aware of any I would take whatever action was appropriate and practical.

# Question 6

Protected junctions where pedestrian and bicycle traffic are fully separated from motorised traffic have been proposed by Cambridge Cycling Campaign for the Milton Road / Elizabeth Way junction. Which junctions do you think would benefit from this safety improvement within the Cambridge area?

Stephen LAWRENCE
(Green Party)

Miton Rd - Arbury Rd

James STRACHAN
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Mike TODD-JONES
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Tim WARD
(Liberal Democrat)

To choose junctions for safety improvements to benefit pedestrians and cyclists one should start by looking at the evidence, by analysing the accident statistics and types to see which junctions have the worst problems, and then it would be a matter of determine whether a design of this type would be practical and beneficial. This is an exercise best carried out by highway engineers - I do not have any professional expertise in this area and would not like to second-guess the results of such a study.

# Question 7

Residential streets used by commuters to park all day for free increases traffic on already congested roads. This has an impact on cycle safety. It also means that residents of those streets may not be able to park cars outside or even near their own homes during the daytime. How would you solve this problem?

Stephen LAWRENCE
(Green Party)

Charging for car-parking is a pretty cheap of charging commuters. Therefore exsting free parking in residential areas should become charged, but this would mean setting up a residents-parking scheme for all areas.

James STRACHAN
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Mike TODD-JONES
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Tim WARD
(Liberal Democrat)

The area of Arbury that this problem primarily affects is the Stretten Avenue / Harvey Goodwin Avenue / Frenchs Road area. The Arbury Liberal Democrats have surveyed this area a number of times over the years to see whether residents would like a residents parking zone, and usually found about equal numbers strongly in favour and strongly opposed. The County Council will not bring in such a scheme without rather more comprehensive support than that. Further, the parking arrangements in Stretten Avenue in particular are, we're told, deliberately designed to slow down traffic, which is to the benefit of cyclists, and I personally have not found it difficult or unsafe to cycle in this area.

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.