Elections

Elections to Cambridgeshire County Council 2017: Waterbeach

Summary: Elections to Cambridgeshire County Council, May 2017
Polling date: Thursday 4th May 2017
Division:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Anna BRADNAM  (Liberal Democrat)
  • Eleanor CRANE  (Green Party)
  • George WALKER  (Conservative Party)
  • Gareth WRIGHT  (Labour Party)

Questions for Waterbeach 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?

Anna BRADNAM
(Liberal Democrat)

I have cycled since I was a child, when the Cycling Proficiency Test was order of the day. I don’t have children of my own but I’m pleased to see the children in my village undertaking well-managed, on-road cycle training, which I presume is for the National Standard. I firmly believe that encouraging and training a child to ride a bike is of real importance to their development: children who rides bikes can travel independently and have the freedom to choose their activities accordingly, they learn to read maps and navigate - and cycling encourages resourcefulness and confidence.

Eleanor CRANE
(Green Party)

I and my partner are regular cyclists, using our bikes for short distance trips (up to about 5 miles) into Cambridge and between villages, usually several times per week. We do not have any children and our older family members live outside the area and do not cycle.

George WALKER
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Gareth WRIGHT
(Labour Party)

I commute by cycle from Waterbeach to Addenbrookes hospital. I am also a keen recreational cyclist and have taken part in the Ride London 100 in 2 of the last three years. My wife also commutes along this route.

# 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?

Anna BRADNAM
(Liberal Democrat)

I used to cycle to work across Cambridge and, despite a full set of lights at night as well as reflective jacket, waistcoat, wrist and armbands, I had several close shaves with cars. Car headlights are so bright, that I think they dazzle drivers, who then cannot see the much smaller bicycle lights, however good they are. Separating vehicles from cyclists and pedestrians, wherever possible, must be the answer. Provision of plentiful (covered) bike racks and secure bike parking are essential to encourage bike use.

I applaud the work of YouCanBikeToo, who enable people of all abilities to cycle, either alone or accompanied, at Milton Country Park. Being able to cycle boosts and restores personal confidence and give opportunities for companionship, as well being great fun.

Eleanor CRANE
(Green Party)

There are lots of positives for cyclists in our area: we have cycle lanes along many roads, infrastructure such as the Jane Coston Bridge between Milton and Cambridge, green routes such as the tow path from Waterbeach into the City Centre, and living in a flat part of the world does make it easier too! This is reflected in the high rate of cycling in this area. However, many people (especially less confident cyclists) are put off by having to negotiate busy roads for part of their route. Where there are cycle lanes these are often just lines painted on the road with no protection from traffic, or shared pavement space with pedestrians. A proper joined up network of safe cycle routes would enable even more people to cycle. Cycle routes need to be designed in consultation with cyclists and other road users.

George WALKER
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Gareth WRIGHT
(Labour Party)

Waterbeach isn't particularly well served in terms of cycling infrastructure. There is a cycle path alongside the river into Cambridge but this is narrow and bumpy making it unsuitable for road bikes. Walkers and rowing coaches offer an additional hazard. The other route into town is a narrow path adjacent to the A10, not a pleasant route. Elsewhere there are no options to the north, south or east of the village. The current proposals for the new development in the village dont offer much hope for any improvement.

# 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?

Anna BRADNAM
(Liberal Democrat)

I support Camcycle’s proposals for separation of vehicle lanes from cycle lanes, especially with trees and planting, as well as wherever possible, the separation of cyclists and pedestrians. I also support a minimum widths for uni- and bi-directional cycle lanes of 2.5 and 4.0 m respectively (wherever possible) on the assumption that if well-designed, they will be well-used.

Eleanor CRANE
(Green Party)

The City Deal is an opportunity to create a modern, sustainable transport system for the City of Cambridge. Unfortunately, too many of its proposals so far have shown a lack of vision and have been unwelcome to local communities. Roads and streets are people’s homes and not transport ‘corridors’, and valued green spaces should not be sacrificed in the name of meeting 'strategic objectives'. The local Green Party has developed its own transport vision for Cambridgeshire (https://cambridge.greenparty.org.uk/site/Cambridge/files/Transport_Policy_2017.pdf) which I fully support. Proposals include:
- A range of measures to improve air quality. This is an important issue for cyclists as we can face particularly high exposure to air pollution. Measures include: require bus operators to provide the most modern, clean buses; introduce low emissions zones in urban areas and press for charges on diesel and high polluting vehicles.
- Push for more projects such as the Chisholm Trail and the ‘Greenways’ cycle routes scheme. Create safer protected cycle routes that keep cyclists away from heavy traffic as much as possible, as well as aiming to give cyclists priority and make junctions safer.
- Create city-wide networks for single-journey cycle hire. These would offer bikes of a good standard, equipped with all needed for safe journeys.
- Introduce better facilities for cyclists at Park-and-Rides, rail stations, bus stops and other transport hubs. These would include secure and dry bicycle storage for those who cycle to the site and also provide access to public cycle hire schemes for those who wish to cycle into Cambridge having arrived by another mode of transport.

George WALKER
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Gareth WRIGHT
(Labour Party)

The plans for greenways offer hope for the future. In Waterbeach these would provide additional, safe routes into Cambridge as well as connections to Cottenham and Lode.

# 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?

Anna BRADNAM
(Liberal Democrat)

I would like to see the junction of Milton Road and Kings Hedges Road, at the Golden Hind made safer for cyclists. I feel vehicles and bikes should have different routes through and around this junction – as suggested in the ‘Do Optimum’ proposal from the Milton Road LLF.

Eleanor CRANE
(Green Party)

If elected to the County Council I would consult with residents to identify areas of concern. These are some that spring to mind from my own experience:
- Crossing the A10 from Milton towards Impington or Landbeach currently involves either a narrow pedestrian bridge or walking across the road itself. A cycle bridge or improved crossing places could be explored as possible solutions.
- Cars parked on the roads in Waterbeach village, especially around the station, create conflict between cyclists and drivers trying to navigate what is effectively a single lane road. Options should be explored in consultation with local residents and users of the station to reduce on-road parking.
- The opening of the new Cambridge North railway station creates a need and an opportunity to improve cycle links in this whole area. Once the station is opened monitoring should be carried out to assess which routes and junctions are most in need of improvement to accommodate new patterns of travel.

George WALKER
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Gareth WRIGHT
(Labour Party)

The Car Dyke Road/A10 junction is a major issue, cyclist on the path adjacent to the A10 are often faced with cars on the pavement undertaking other vehicles

# 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?

Anna BRADNAM
(Liberal Democrat)

Where possible I would like to see cycles routes into Cambridge planned as a priority, with vehicles directed ‘around the outside’, as I experienced in Hannover many years ago. In Milton we benefit from the Jane Coston Bridge, providing a direct link over the A14, which is extremely well-used at lunchtime as well as at the beginning and end of the working day. I’d like to see the Roman Road of Akeman Street sympathetically adopted as a rural cycle route from Waterbeach and Landbeach into Cambridge. Equally, I’d like to see a wide, safe cycle route alongside the whole length of the B1047 through Clayhithe, Horningsea and Fen Ditton into Cambridge. Within the limitations of the existing road infrastructure in Cambridge, I think Camcycle do excellent work in identifying safe, quiet routes through the City.

Eleanor CRANE
(Green Party)

I think different measures will be appropriate in different places. Projects to improve cycle routes need to be developed in close consultation with all affected parties (including residents and all types of road users), and based on the best available evidence of safety and impacts on traffic and the local environment.

George WALKER
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Gareth WRIGHT
(Labour Party)

Greenways is the main option for this area, a new bridge over the River Cam is also being considered.

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.