Elections – Cambridge Cycling Campaign

Elections

Elections to Cambridgeshire County Council 2017: Newnham

Summary: Elections to Cambridgeshire County Council, May 2017
Polling date: Thursday 4th May 2017
Division:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Julius CARRINGTON  (Conservative Party)
  • Joe DALE  (Labour Party)
  • Lucy NETHSINGHA  (Liberal Democrat)
  • Mark SLADE  (Green Party)

Questions for Newnham 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?

Julius CARRINGTON
(Conservative Party)

Okay update from last year; Dad now 83 has managed to survive 2016 and still on is racer. Mum has thrown in towel and "gifted" her bike to Mrs C, who by the way has still failed to pass family cycling boot camp. DS has however graduated camp as of last year and is happily cycle to school - having taken a week off work to test run routes with him. Turned to Outspoken who took DD in hand and after just a hour last summer in a car park off Cowley Road returned to us a cyclist - which is frankly witchcraft. Finally we are resisting teaching 4 year old as family agree it will end in tears - speeds he currently reaches on his balance bike are horrifying.

Joe DALE
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Lucy NETHSINGHA
(Liberal Democrat)

I have been cycling in Cambridge for 10 years, first with two young children in a trailer, the children are now all keen and independent cyclists.

Mark SLADE
(Green Party)

I grew up in Cambridge, cycled to school or work from when I was ten and have never owned a car. I spent four years in London where I cycled almost everywhere. This has given me confidence cycling. However, it is a mode of transport that requires a lot of focus.

Between pot holes, unaware drivers, pedestrians stepping out, parked cars on cycle ways, incessant red lights and poor weather conditions, a lapse in concentration could cause accident and injury. It also seems that roads and paths are ever more crowded causing frustration between all users and more likelihood of accidents occurring as it requires just one person to lapse for an accident to occur.

I do not imagine it a pleasant experience for younger or older cycles and understand that it makes many people nervous.

# 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?

Julius CARRINGTON
(Conservative Party)

Separate and safe cycling - parents are just too scared to let children cycle. I would encourage schools to devise "school routes" with parent and pupils and encourage as many kids as possible to use the same one(s) It would build confidence for both the kids and the parents to see safety in numbers. We need more quiet routes away from motor traffic (and pedestrians) for young and old.

Joe DALE
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Lucy NETHSINGHA
(Liberal Democrat)

Insufficient space for cyclists which is separated from both cars and pedestrians.

Mark SLADE
(Green Party)

The main challenges stem from the sheer volume of traffic, particularly on Queens Road, Madingley Road, Fens Causeway and Barton Road and on-street parking in the Croft area where the streets are particularly narrow and there is a surprising amount of traffic for an enclosed residential area.

These both create a sense of danger when cycling and we need to push for properly segregated cycling lanes that link these ‘ring’ roads around Newnham. Introducing residential parking in the Croft area would reduce parked cars and traffic associated with non-residents searching for a place.

# 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?

Julius CARRINGTON
(Conservative Party)

Greenways are welcome but is isn't enough not even close. Just because Cambridge has the highest number of journeys by bike does not make us a cycling city. I want to see the development of an underground with the City Deal refocussed on transforming the additional road capacity for cycling and walking. To be clear not tickling round the edges I want to see a fundamental change in the street-scape. City Deal in partnership with other councils could introduce cycling routes to link the county - colour coded for distance and difficulty and use as tourist attraction. In 5 years time would love to see a 3 Church Challenge Kings to Peterborough to Ely.

Joe DALE
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Lucy NETHSINGHA
(Liberal Democrat)

Chisholm Trial is excellent, I am very worried about the possible implications of proposals for the A428 on provision on Madingley Road, and will fight hard to maintain and improve cycle facilities in this area.

Mark SLADE
(Green Party)

I support the Chisholm Trail and the investment in the new Greenways cycle routes into villages and areas surrounding Cambridge City. I like and support the idea of the Workforce Parking Levy as a way of reducing commuter traffic into the city, it will raise significant money to invest in new public transport infrastructure also which could benefit the city.

I would like to see protected cycle ways from the park and ride sites into the city centre which I don't think has been explored. Also more protected, safe cycle storage at park and ride sites which would mean people could get to the sites by car or other means and travel from there into the city by bike.

As a party we have a strategic vision for transport across the region which includes many more ideas, you can read this here;

https://cambridge.greenparty.org.uk/site/Cambridge/files/Transport_Policy_2017.pdf

# 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?

Julius CARRINGTON
(Conservative Party)

see Q4 and Q1 - DS has strict instructions to stay away from Fen Causeway and Trumpington Road junction. We need to "rebalance" every junction to take into account all users starting with the most dangerous. The fact that we even have to ask this question tells you we are not a cycling city.

Joe DALE
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Lucy NETHSINGHA
(Liberal Democrat)

Barton Road to Grantchester Street, near Lammas Land, and Sidgewick Avenue to Silver Street are both very dangerous. The double roundabout between Fen Causeway and Trumpington Road is also bad.

Mark SLADE
(Green Party)

The cross traffic right turn onto Silver Street from Queens Road / cross traffic left turn onto Sidgewick Avenue from Queens Road is particularly nerve-racking and dangerous for a cyclist.

I suspect - although would seek consultation – that the solution lies in 20mph speed limit, introduction of signalised junctions and new, visible lane markings to aid cyclists.

I am also in favour of exploring the idea of a coach park outside of the city boundaries with an electric shuttle service into the centre, to reduce the number of coaches in the area.

# 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?

Julius CARRINGTON
(Conservative Party)

The #CambridgeMetro stations will mean we will have many more opportunities for covered parking. Ambitious underground cycle parks would mean we can protect the historic core and significantly increase bike users.

Joe DALE
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Lucy NETHSINGHA
(Liberal Democrat)

It would be good to increase cycle capacity at the Grande Arcade, even if it means reducing the car parking area a bit.

Mark SLADE
(Green Party)

There is a clear need for greater cycle parking provision. The Cambridge Green Party is keen to see car parking space turned over to cycling parking as a way of encouraging travel by bike and reducing the incentives to commute by car into the overcrowded and polluted city centre. This could include the Grafton multi-storey for example or on-street bars replacing a car space.

# 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?

Julius CARRINGTON
(Conservative Party)

Boris Johnson took a kicking from motorist and media when he laid out his cycling plans for London to boost commuting by bike. London commuter journeys by bike will soon overtake those by car. We need brave and ambitious leaders to stand up and say WE ARE A CYCLING CITY FIRST and truly embed that into the DNA of the city. City Deal board have the opportunity. Oh and we should have introduced a Boris bike scheme here like London and Paris - these other schemes will end in tears.

Joe DALE
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Lucy NETHSINGHA
(Liberal Democrat)

All of those could be useful, as would improving the facilities for cyclists at the park and ride sites, and making park and cycle something which is positively encouraged, rather than discouraged as it has been by the parking charges.

Mark SLADE
(Green Party)

As mentioned, I support the Greenways proposal and the Chisolm Trail. The introduction of a Park n Cycle scheme has much merit too; given the effectiveness of Park n Ride. It is also important that we work with local businesses to encourage them to provide proper facilities for their staff who cycle i.e. secure cycle parking, changing rooms and puncture repair kits. This has been a key part of the Cambridge Assessment Triangle development and can be spread.

# Question 7

On Thoday Street, two blocks of eight on-street cycle parking spaces have been created by replacing a car parking place each. Is this something you would like to see more of in your ward? If so, where would you consider it?

Julius CARRINGTON
(Conservative Party)

I think this will happen organically in discussion with residents I would like to see every street give up two car spaces for bikes including cargo.

Joe DALE
(Labour Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Lucy NETHSINGHA
(Liberal Democrat)

Perhaps, it has been discussed, but there isn't huge pressure for it at present.

Mark SLADE
(Green Party)

100 % : this is an excellent idea which encourages cycling. One thing that is missing in Newnham is space for locking your bike securely near the shops on Grantchester Street and at the Red Lion Pub. This scheme could resolve that problem.

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.