Elections

Elections to Cambridgeshire County Council 2017: Hardwick

Summary: Elections to Cambridgeshire County Council, May 2017
Polling date: Thursday 4th May 2017
Division:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Philip ALLEN  (Liberal Democrat)
  • Norman CROWTHER  (Labour Party)
  • Anna GOMORI-WOODCOCK  (Green Party)
  • Lina JOSEPH  (Conservative Party)

Questions for Hardwick division candidates (5 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?

Philip ALLEN
(Liberal Democrat)

I enjoy cycling and prefer it as a healthy, zero-fuel-cost travel option for journeys where distances and available time for travel allow. I do also enjoy cycling longer distances. I once cycled with a friend to Cornwall and back – I didn't know what cycling up proper hills was really like until we hit Dartmoor!

A couple of years ago, I wanted to cycle with my son around different parts of the country but, given his age, I needed to find routes that would be safe. We researched off-road cycle routes on the National Cycle Network and then planned our 'Tour of England' to include stages each day on greenways or other off-road paths such as the Bristol & Bath Railway Path, the Tissington Trail in the Peak District, and into North Wales on the Chester Millennium Greenway. We even printed yellow, green and polka dot jerseys for the various tour leaders. The following year, we all went as a family.

My children cycle to school but I am far happier with them using off-road cycle paths than mixing in busy traffic. As someone who was twice knocked unconscious falling off a bike as a child (back in the days before we wore helmets), I am aware how exposed cyclists are.

Norman CROWTHER
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Anna GOMORI-WOODCOCK
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Lina JOSEPH
(Conservative Party)

We all enjoy cycling, my youngest one is just starting to ride a balance bike. Gabriel, my oldest, cycles almost every day to school.

I do. I wouldn't take my children on a cycle ride on the main road without any barriers between us and the traffic.

# 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?

Philip ALLEN
(Liberal Democrat)

Across Hardwick division, there is very little in the way of cycle path provision (for example, there is a shared-use cycle path on the pavement between Comberton and Barton and there is a stop/start cycle path along St Neots Road into and through Hardwick). It is an issue that has come up on the doorstep lately, especially with parents in other villages whose children either attend Comberton Village College or would at an older age.

I would welcome the advice and input of Camcycle and any other interested parties on how cost-effective provision of high-quality cycle paths can be achieved. It is a healthy, sustainable form of transport and as such deserves to be prioritised in transport planning and investment.

Norman CROWTHER
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Anna GOMORI-WOODCOCK
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Lina JOSEPH
(Conservative Party)

In my village as like in many other rural areas we don't have off-road cycle ways. I am sure, like me, other parents feel apprehensive about taking small children on the road, next to vehicles.

Most families with young children would only cycle to school but not longer distances.

I completely support my parish, Haslingfield, which has already been trying to develop a cycle route, however, there has been quite a bit of opposition from some residents.

Commuters do have off road access to cross farm land and are able to reach Cambridge in a short period of time and safely. This has been very positive and residents have this option. Unfortunately, not something families can use.

I believe we need to do as much as we can to promote healthy living and reduce traffic in and around main cities.

# 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?

Philip ALLEN
(Liberal Democrat)

The inclusion of greenways is an important step. I have seen the value of these elsewhere, provided they are sufficiently wide to enable commuting at speeds that would be unreasonable on more confined, congested paths. I would be keen to see the inclusion of paths connecting the radial routes and again this has been a specific point raised by residents.

Norman CROWTHER
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Anna GOMORI-WOODCOCK
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Lina JOSEPH
(Conservative Party)

Currently there aren't any cycle route proposals for my division. I would like to see all the villages who are relatively close to Cambridge to be connected by introducing the right infrastructure. This will help reduce congestion and pollution.

The Western Orbital has included a cycle route from Barton but ignoring the rest of the villages. This project should be working with parish councils and assessing their residents needs.

At the moment I am not very excited about City Deal proposals. I would like to see innovation and cutting edge projects. You see many other countries in Europe and across the world coming up with incredible projects and solutions to their transport issues but this is not happening here.

# 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?

Philip ALLEN
(Liberal Democrat)

Cycle paths with signs requiring cyclists to dismount at regular intervals, such as on St Neots Road at the junction with Long Road and at other points, discourage cycling and seem to treat it as a potential inconvenience to drivers. A cycle path could keep priority at this junction with a secondary road, with signage instead warning drivers to give way and a raised road surface to keep the cycle path at the same height.

Norman CROWTHER
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Anna GOMORI-WOODCOCK
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Lina JOSEPH
(Conservative Party)

Our Village College is based in Comberton and we could improve some junctions for all the students and staff who cycle to and from home.

Hardwick has an on-road cycle lane. The size of this lane could potentially be increased and allow space between cars and cycles. I would like to see more barriers between vehicles and cycle lanes so that cyclists are protected from traffic.

In Caldecote cyclist also tend to either go on the road or share the footpath with pedestrians. If there was sufficient space, ideally, I would add a lane next to pedestrians away from the traffic.

# Question 5

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?

Philip ALLEN
(Liberal Democrat)

As mentioned above, I have seen the usefulness of greenways and of paths that make use of former railways. The A603 is a busy main road – here, cyclists would benefit from dedicated bridges to cross over.

Norman CROWTHER
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Anna GOMORI-WOODCOCK
(Green Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Lina JOSEPH
(Conservative Party)

The Greenways proposal could make a huge impact on boosting cycle commuting into Cambridge. I very much like this idea as long as the City Deal works with your organisation and others in order to achieve the best result.

Reusing old railway alignments could also work as long as the routes are what residents require.

We have so many examples from across Europe about how to achieve successful cycle commuting that we have no excuse to not achieve similar results.

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.