Elections

2016 Cambridge City Council Election: East Chesterton

Summary: Elections to Cambridge City Council May 2016
Polling date: Thursday 5th May 2016
Ward:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Margery ABBOTT  (Labour Party)
  • Peter BURKINSHAW  (UK Independence Party)
  • Kevin FRANCIS  (Conservative Party)
  • Jiameng GAO  (Green Party)
  • Shahida RAHMAN  (Liberal Democrat)

Questions for East Chesterton 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?

Margery ABBOTT
(Labour Party)

"Making Space for Cycling" seems to be a good guide for making cycling a safer more efficient way of getting from A to B. I think separating cars. cyclists and pedestrians is a very good idea and could be used in Green End Road, especially for when the station is open and increasing amounts of traffic are expected.

Peter BURKINSHAW
(UK Independence Party)

It's good that you want to avoid mixing cyclists with pedestrians. In East Chesterton we are plagued with cuclists illegally riding on footpaths. Several of our residents have had narrow escapes with cyclists racing past the doors

Kevin FRANCIS
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Jiameng GAO
(Green Party)

As would others, I fully support the programme. The cycling paths in Cambridge has been patchwork at best. Even in Cambridge cycling is often thought of as an after-thought, where cyclists are often relegated to very small parts of the road, and in cases of road expansions, cycle lanes are too often added on, as opposed to being a central part of the infrastructure. So in terms of principles, I would advocate, like many Greens, holistic approaches to incorporate cycling as a core part of the road network, and not to have cycle lanes added on when people have to complain about it, or when accidents happen.

Shahida RAHMAN
(Liberal Democrat)

I fully support the guide. Space for cycles, cars and pedestrians can be applied to the top of Green End Road to allow everyone to have space. We are working towards the ‘Green Up Green End Road Scheme’ to benefit all – with an aim of properly segregated pedestrian paths, cycle paths and parking/road space. As shown on the primary and secondary streets diagram.

# Question 2

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

Margery ABBOTT
(Labour Party)

I would like to see more children walking or cycling to school. If cars were not allowed in the vicinity of schools then it would be a safer environment for children and this might encourage parents to allow children to cycle.

Peter BURKINSHAW
(UK Independence Party)

Give them supervised instruction and tell them the importance of obeying traffic lights and signals

Kevin FRANCIS
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Jiameng GAO
(Green Party)

We need to consider the safety of both children who ride bicycles and those who don't. Considering this aspect, we need to have wider cycle lanes for two reasons: by having wider cycle lanes, both parents and children themselves will feel safer when riding a bike to or from school; secondly, through wider lanes, fewer children will feel the necessity to cycle in pedestrian areas. We need to make sure that there are safe pedestrian crossings on routes to schools, and ensure that we have adequate cycle spaces on the routes to schools too.

Shahida RAHMAN
(Liberal Democrat)

There should be more safer routes for cycling to school. This would encourage more parents to cycle to school with their children.
It can be a dangerous place outside schools for traffic, particularly cyclists. Cars should not be allowed to park very near the school and mounting on kerbs. At the moment, this has proven hard to enforce as well as the 20mph rule; for the former I will push the Cambridge Joint Area committee for more enforcement of yellow lines and a more transparent way of setting where enforcement resource is sent.
I’m very keen to get parking controls in place, around Chesterton Primary School in East Chesterton as well as make the route to that school safer via the Lib Dem project 'Green Up Green End Road' part of the City Deal to redesign Green End Road.
School children are less experienced in being aware of cycling hazards. It is very important for all children to be able to cycle to school safely and conveniently.

# 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?

Margery ABBOTT
(Labour Party)

I have cycled in and around Cambridge for nearly 50 years, including through 3 pregnancies. I don't drive, never have, I have always either walked, cycled or used public transport. Due to medical issues I no longer cycle and I miss it. My children all cycle, while at school they did safer cycling courses, which made me feel more confident of their ability to cycle safely.

Peter BURKINSHAW
(UK Independence Party)

I no longer cycle. Most short journeys are on foot, longer or with packages by car.

Kevin FRANCIS
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Jiameng GAO
(Green Party)

Personally, I only walk or take public transport around Cambridge. I'm greatly aware of the hazards of cyclists encounter around Cambridge. I would be greatly concerned if any of my family members were cycling in Cambridge. The attitude of motorists in Cambridge have towards cyclists, regardless of age, is incredibly dangerous, and often this is caused by the fact that there is inadequate cycling space on the road in the first place.

Shahida RAHMAN
(Liberal Democrat)

Cars parking on the cycle lane. This means we have to manoeuvre to the main road which isn’t safe at all. They feel unsafe doing this. I believe that more action should be taken to stop people parking their cars like this. Cycling in busy traffic can be difficult too. I am particularly concerned when my children bike during these times.
As explained in Question 2, children are less experienced in being aware of cycling hazards.

# Question 4

Secure cycle parking has been fixed in the short term at Cambridge Railway Station but is still a major problem for people travelling to work or to shop in the city centre. Where do you think that additional cycle parking can be provided in the city centre?

Margery ABBOTT
(Labour Party)

I think that more good secure is important as people locking bikes to lamp-posts, street signs etc causes obstructions especially on narrow pavements. Park Street Car Park has good cycle provision, maybe that could be extended, or other car parks etc that have empty space, possibly underground.

Peter BURKINSHAW
(UK Independence Party)

There are many graveyards in the city centre that would make excellent parking space

Kevin FRANCIS
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Jiameng GAO
(Green Party)

It would be good to see more bike storage in areas such as those close to the Northern side of Parker's Piece. While many some spaces are provided very close to King's Parade and Market square, the fact is to get to these spaces requires cyclists to go through very busy roads, on top of large numbers of pedestrians in the city centre, frustrating both groups alike.

Shahida RAHMAN
(Liberal Democrat)

More cycling parking should be made available in multi-storey care parks such as the Lion Yard car park. I believe that this should have been in place by now.
Providing more cycling spaces for employees at local businesses will reduce the number of bikes being parked in public cycle parks.
It is important that extra cycle racks are seen as a benefit to residents, and not regarded as street clutter.

# 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?

Margery ABBOTT
(Labour Party)

The needs of cyclists and pedestrians should be paramount during disruptions caused by construction work.

Peter BURKINSHAW
(UK Independence Party)

When road works are necessary, all road users will suffer restrictions

Kevin FRANCIS
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Jiameng GAO
(Green Party)

We absolutely need to ensure that alternative cycle routes are provided from the very start of planning. If alternative routes are provided for motorists, then alternative routes must be provided for cyclists too. Both groups of people need their respective lanes to get to work, shop, and travel around the city and there is no reason to treat them differently.

Shahida RAHMAN
(Liberal Democrat)

I want the County Council to amend its policy when responding to planning applications: there should be a condition placed on all construction such that no cycle or pedestrian provision can be made worse in the construction period.

# 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?

Margery ABBOTT
(Labour Party)

As I have not ridden any of these types of cycles I can't really comment, although I have spoken to riders of tricycles who have told me that going round corners can be tricky anyway and that it takes a long time to get used to the technique.

Peter BURKINSHAW
(UK Independence Party)

Many roads have too many cars parked on both sides. If parking on the street were restricted, there would be better facilities for all road users.

Kevin FRANCIS
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Jiameng GAO
(Green Party)

For example, the road into Camside currently have double-yellow lines on both sides of the turn, despite the fact that the road is narrow and the corners are covered with foliage. This leaves very little time for anyone turning into Camside to react to any sort of oncoming traffic if a car was parked on the double yellow lines.

Shahida RAHMAN
(Liberal Democrat)

The cut through from the tow path to Fen Road is difficult for non-standard cycles. This was put in place because motorbikes were getting onto the two path, how ever this is likely to be a key access point from the new Chisholm bridge to the Cambridge North station – meaning we need to come up with a new design to allow non-standard cycles to get through.

# Question 7

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?

Margery ABBOTT
(Labour Party)

The junction which I would never have attempted to cycle over is the one by the Catholic Church on Hills Road. Although there have been modifications I think it would benefit from cyclists and pedestrians being separated from cars. The other junction that would also benefit from this is the one where Elizabeth Way joins East Road and Newmarket Road.

Peter BURKINSHAW
(UK Independence Party)

If cyclists kept off footpaths and obeyed traffic lights it would help

Kevin FRANCIS
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Jiameng GAO
(Green Party)

The roundabout between Jesus Lane, Victoria Avenue, Kings Street, etc. would be a place where both cyclists and pedestrians could be protect of vehicle traffic. It is a very large roundabout and the speeds at which vehicles travel down Victoria Avenue poses a serious danger to cyclists going through the roundabout. Another example would be junction going from Clarendon Street to Parkside. The bicycle traffic through the junction is often very confused, with the cycle lane cutting right through pedestrian paths.

Shahida RAHMAN
(Liberal Democrat)

I believe that roundabouts are more dangerous to cyclists than to any other kind of road user. Large roundabouts can be very off-putting to new cyclists and particularly children. Elizabeth Way roundabout could benefit from a redesign and make it safer for cyclists.

# Question 8

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?

Margery ABBOTT
(Labour Party)

This is an issue that many residents in East Chesterton are concerned will arise when the new station opens. There are various options such as yellow lines, residents parking schemes or time restrictions, but residents would need to be consulted about any potential schemes.

Peter BURKINSHAW
(UK Independence Party)

Charge everybody for street parking

Kevin FRANCIS
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Jiameng GAO
(Green Party)

I'd like to see the number of free parking greatly reduced, with more permit parking being issued for residents. We would want the availability of Park and Ride buses to increase through lower and hopefully free fares. Residential streets are hardly convenient places to get to work by foot and there is no reason why free parking in these should be, in any way, encouraged. Not only do they narrow down roads for other motorists and cyclists alike, they would also contribute to the pollution within Cambridge.

Shahida RAHMAN
(Liberal Democrat)

This is a huge concern and problem for residents. Controlled parking may help to reduce the number of cars being parked in the area. We carried out surveys and spoke to residents in St Andrew's Road about parking restrictions. Many cannot park outside their homes during the day.
It is important to reduce traffic congestion in the city by improving cycle routes and by improving bus services.

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.