Elections – Cambridge Cycling Campaign

Elections

Elections to Cambridgeshire County Council 2017: Castle

Summary: Elections to Cambridgeshire County Council, May 2017
Polling date: Thursday 4th May 2017
Division:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Gareth BAILEY  (Green Party)
  • John HIPKIN  (Independent)
  • Edward MACNAGHTEN  (Conservative Party)
  • Claire RICHARDS  (Labour Party)
  • Paul SAGAR  (Liberal Democrat)

Questions for Castle division candidates (7 questions)

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# Question 1

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 for yourself?

Gareth BAILEY
(Green Party)

We are a cycling household, both myself and my partner cycle daily and we do not own a car. We do all our regular shopping by bike mostly using panniers, but we also own a trailer to move larger items.

I have been a cyclist for the past 20 years and feel fortunate to have had cycling proficiency training at a young age, giving me confidence on the roads. I would like to see all school children taking bikeability courses as I believe these courses can enhance a persons safety on the road dramatically.

Recently however, I have struggled with a few sport related injuries that have changed my experience of cycling I've had to cycle much slower and this has allowed me to see cycling from a new perspective - a much scarier experience - and one I would work hard to change. I believe that segregated and traffic free routes are the key to growing the number of daily cyclist by making cycling as accessible as possible for people of different age groups and abilities.

I would work hard to improve cycling infrastructure in Cambridge.

John HIPKIN
(Independent)

We cycle every day to school (including a Circe Helios tandem), work and general local visits. It is important that vunerable cyclists feel secure in segregated cycle ways, such as those on the Huntingdon Road, which Castle Independents helped to secure.

Edward MACNAGHTEN
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Claire RICHARDS
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Paul SAGAR
(Liberal Democrat)

I'm a keen cyclist, who owns three bikes! I have a fixed gear Quella that I use for getting around town, a carbon-framed Dolan that I ride around the county (and beyond) in the summer months, and a Specialized rockhopper x-country mountain bike (that I don't get to use as much as I'd like, given the local geography!)

So, I cycle a lot! Obviously, therefore, cycling is important to me, and although I think it's great that Cambridge is a city with a huge number of cyclists, there are definitely safety issues here due to the high volume of congestion in the city. I don't have younger or older family members in the city, but if I did, I would certainly worry a lot more about them going out riding, especially at peak times in busy areas.

# Question 2

What challenges do people face in your area that prevent them from cycling, especially children and those using cycling as a mobility aid, and how will you address them?

Gareth BAILEY
(Green Party)
The candidate did not enter a response for this question.
John HIPKIN
(Independent)

On road cycling, especially along the Histon Road poses real hazards since there is no demarcated cycle way and parked cars place cyclists in vunerable positions on the highway with mixes of buses, lorries, vans, taxis etc.

Edward MACNAGHTEN
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Claire RICHARDS
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Paul SAGAR
(Liberal Democrat)

I think a big challenge for a lot of people is feeling intimidated when they go out on a bike. Especially at rush hour, Cambridge streets can be clogged up, and drivers can often act very aggressively towards cyclists. Unfortunately, there is also a small minority of bad cyclists, whose selfish riding (skipping lights, swerving in front of cars, etc) serves to antagonise drivers, and create an ongoing bad relationship.

There are no easy solutions here, but I think what we really need is to create a city whose infrastructure is as cycle friendly as possible. Dedicated cycle lanes, clear stopping areas at lights for bikes, staggered lights, and improved junction lay-outs, will help make cycling feel safer, and will encourage more responsible cycling. Over time, I would hope that by making it clear that the roads are for bikes just as much as they are for cars, this can help change attitudes and reduce tension between cyclists and motorists. In turn, this should make it much easier for younger, and less agile, cyclists to feel confident to venture out on two wheels.

# Question 3

Which aspects of current City Deal proposals do you support, and what additional measures which have not been officially proposed do you think should be explored?

Gareth BAILEY
(Green Party)
The candidate did not enter a response for this question.
John HIPKIN
(Independent)

Castle Independents support all proposals to install designated secure cycle paths, particularly on main roads.

Edward MACNAGHTEN
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Claire RICHARDS
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Paul SAGAR
(Liberal Democrat)

I am very much in favour of the City Deal's aim of reducing congestion in Cambridge, and of course fully support plans to help encourage people to cycle instead of drive. I am worried, however, about proposals to widen carriageways for the use of buses, or building dedicated bus lanes, if that means the removal of many trees (as on Milton Road), or the creation of potentially dangerous situations where cycle lanes, or even just cyclists on roads, have to deal with two streams of traffic - ordinary cars but also buses moving in different flows.

Overall i support the City Deal's plan to reduce emissions in Cambridge, but the Liberal Democrats worry that their thinking on this is too long-term, when we need action sooner. One thing we have pressed for is a national scrappage scheme to assist people in getting rid of older, more polluting vehicles - but law regarding this needs to be implemented at national level, and the conservative government as so far been unwilling to act.

# Question 4

Which junctions in your area need to be improved to increase safety for people cycling, and how what can be done to fix them?

Gareth BAILEY
(Green Party)
The candidate did not enter a response for this question.
John HIPKIN
(Independent)

Junction between Huntingdon/Victoria/Histon Roads and Castle Hill.
The Do-Optimum proposals from the Histon Rd LLF seem to Castle Inds extremely sensible.Th

Edward MACNAGHTEN
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Claire RICHARDS
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Paul SAGAR
(Liberal Democrat)

In Castle, we have particular issues relating to 1) the terrible lay-out of the junction at Mitcham's Corner, which is often dangerous for cyclists, as is also 2) the junction where Histon Road leaves Huntingdon Road, 3) as well as the unhelpful one-way system between Madingley Road and Castle Street (past Lucy Cavendish College), which works fine for cars but is poorly designed for cyclists and encourages people to go the wrong way and dodge traffic.

Regarding area 1) see my answer to Q.7 below. For 2), I'd like to see a rebuild of the junction to better protect cyclists including staggered lights but also a system to separate cyclists from traffic. As for 3), I think we should have a contra-flow system for bikes (as is used in other parts of the city, e.g. on Bateman Street or St Philips' Road), so that whilst cars continue in the one-way system, cyclists can move in the direction that is natural for them.

# Question 5

With Park Street due for demolition, and Grand Arcade cycle park frequently beyond capacity, where do you think a third covered city centre cycle park should be located? What other additional actions do you propose to increase cycle parking capacity on our city centre streets?

Gareth BAILEY
(Green Party)
The candidate did not enter a response for this question.
John HIPKIN
(Independent)

The Guildhall basement area could be adapted for a huge increase in cycle storage.

Edward MACNAGHTEN
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Claire RICHARDS
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Paul SAGAR
(Liberal Democrat)

Firstly I think that the Grand Arcade cycle park has proved a great success, and that the new station cycle park shows just how important and successful a properly thought out cycle park can be.

Where exactly a third park should go is a complex question that can't be decided in advance, but it seems to me there is great merit in the idea of using the Post Office Terrace, as Camcycle have suggested, and that needs to be looked into very seriously.

# Question 6

What measures would you support to boost cycle commuting into Cambridge? For instance, the City Deal Greenways proposal, reuse of old railway alignments, or new bridges over main roads?

Gareth BAILEY
(Green Party)
The candidate did not enter a response for this question.
John HIPKIN
(Independent)

Castle Inds would support all of these schemes and ask for the Darwin Green cycle corridor which would link Girton with Impington, King's Hedges and the NW Cambridge site.

Edward MACNAGHTEN
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Claire RICHARDS
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Paul SAGAR
(Liberal Democrat)

I think that the City Deal Greenways are really good idea, and absolutely the sort of thing we should be encouraging. The enormous success of the cycle lanes alongside the guided busway likewise show that we should definitely be thinking about making use of old railway alignments. New bridges over main roads and motorway slipways are of course what all cyclists dream of, but those are expensive and would likely be possible only in specific areas of very high demand - but where that's the case, it should certainly be considered (just think of how great the bridge over the A14 at Milton is!) Basically, I am in favour of anything that can be proven to boost cycle commuting, other things being equal!

# Question 7

What improvements for cycling would you like to see at Mitcham's Corner?

Gareth BAILEY
(Green Party)
The candidate did not enter a response for this question.
John HIPKIN
(Independent)

As part of the redesign of this junction Castle Inds would wish to explore the possibility of a connecting road between Victoria Ave and Milton Rd with designated cycleways

Edward MACNAGHTEN
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Claire RICHARDS
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Paul SAGAR
(Liberal Democrat)

As I cycle *and drive* around Mitcham's Corner on a regular basis, I'm very familiar with the problems that it causes. Although I'd have to look into it carefully before making a final decision, I think there is great plausibility in CamCycle's suggestion that replacing the gyratory system with a signalised one would make life better for cyclists (and in turn, the motorists who have to look out for them!) Certainly, the present system is a mess and we must surely be able to do better for all.

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.