Elections

Peterborough City Council elections, May 2022: Park

Summary: Elections to Peterborough Council, May 2022
Polling date: Thursday 5th May 2022
Ward:
Candidates
(by surname):
  • Shazia BASHIR  (Conservative Party)
  • Ian HARDMAN  (Liberal Democrat)
  • Sue MORRIS  (Reform UK)
  • Fiona RADIC  (Green Party)
  • Mohammed SABIR  (Labour & Co-operative)

Questions for Park ward candidates (7 questions)

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# Question 1

There have been very few improvements for cyclists in Peterborough in recent years, and much of the existing cycle network dating from the 60s and 70s is falling apart. What will you do to change this?

Shazia BASHIR
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Ian HARDMAN
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Sue MORRIS
(Reform UK)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Fiona RADIC
(Green Party)

The painted lines purporting to provide a cycle lane break at junctions (eg upper section of Dogsthorpe Road) and reduce to about a foot from the pavement (same stretch of road). Where lanes fail to meet current standards they should be removed altogether. I have seen a beautiful cycle route design for a genuinely safe cycle route along Fulbridge Road, St Pauls Road, Dogsthorpe Road and Park Road. I would support this if elected. It is worth doing because so many school students on this route deserve and would respond positively to a safe cycle route to school. (Kings, Queens Drive, TDA, All Saints and St Georges (school & pool). Nursery schools and care homes would also benefit.

Mohammed SABIR
(Labour & Co-operative)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 2

Peterborough city centre is changing, with the Embankment, Fletton Quays, the Market, and Queensgate all developing – but there is still no legal cycle route through the heart of the city. What will you do to change this and help people of all ages and abilities travel safely across Peterborough?

Shazia BASHIR
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Ian HARDMAN
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Sue MORRIS
(Reform UK)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Fiona RADIC
(Green Party)

I have campaigned for years for Bridge Street to be open to cyclists at all times. There is no alternative route which makes any more sense.

Mohammed SABIR
(Labour & Co-operative)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 3

Between 2019-2021, Peterborough Cycle Forum worked with the City Council on ideas for the Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP). Despite the Cycle Forum’s keenness to continue with this, it was stopped from meeting in May 2021 and work on the LCWIP seems to have stalled. How would you work to build strong links with local groups and communities to improve cycling?

Shazia BASHIR
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Ian HARDMAN
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Sue MORRIS
(Reform UK)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Fiona RADIC
(Green Party)

I am a long standing memer of PCF. The council has excellent policies in place. What it lacks is the ability to listen to good advice and to put its top quality policies into practice during its detailed planning and decision making. I think that the fundamental problem is the political make up of the council, with people who really prefer the combustion engine seeming usually to get their way. I suspect that the planning department needs more resources: it needs a bit more power to its elbow, for when councillors prefer dogged irrationality (eg. decision to remove the very successful trial Covid cycle lane over Crescent Bridge.)

Mohammed SABIR
(Labour & Co-operative)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 4

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Road Safety Partnership (now the Vision Zero Partnership) aimed to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries to cyclists by 40% between 2015 and 2020, but it actually rose 2% during that time. Too many people are being hurt on our roads.

What do you think would most improve safety for people walking, cycling, using mobility aids and riding horses on the roads in your area? Which routes and junctions need the most urgent improvement?

Shazia BASHIR
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Ian HARDMAN
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Sue MORRIS
(Reform UK)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Fiona RADIC
(Green Party)

The single most important thing in Peterborough is a city wide 20mph speed limit. Extremely high speeds on roads which have been cleared of parking (initially for those bike lanes, which initially were better and highlighted in green) now make those roads seem dangerous, especially for very young road users. Pedestrians don't need this oppressive and bullying behaviour by motorised vehicle drivers and nor do cyclists. I would like the police to have the resources to address appalling driving behaviours and to encourage children to be able to use the roads independently earlier.

Mohammed SABIR
(Labour & Co-operative)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 5

In June 2021, the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority agreed to act on the Independent Commission on Climate’s recommendation to reduce car miles driven in the region by 15% by 2030.

Suggested actions needed to achieve this goal include installing safe cycle routes from new developments, working with employers to increase uptake in sustainable options for commuting, improving existing cycle infrastructure and encouraging the use of e-bikes. What changes do you think are needed to help people in your area reduce car mileage?

Shazia BASHIR
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Ian HARDMAN
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Sue MORRIS
(Reform UK)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Fiona RADIC
(Green Party)

Safe cycle parking in the city centre. Too often CCTV fails to catch bike thieves.
Lower speeds & more considerate driver behaviours.
The council to listen seriously and attentively to & to be more receptive to expert advice.
The legal status of e-bikes needs sorting out. It is an illogical and counter productive mess at the moment.

Mohammed SABIR
(Labour & Co-operative)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 6

National charity Cycling UK's manifesto for English elections includes the following asks:

1: Create safe space for cycling: put the delivery of a connected network of routes at the heart of transport and development plans;

2: Improve delivery: ensure schemes meet the government’s cycle design standards laid out in LTN 1/20 and the Gear Change policy;

3: Make neighbourhoods more attractive for cycling & people: for example, by making 20mph the default for residential and shopping streets, and increasing secure cycle parking;

4: Enable rural & urban communities to cycle: integrate cycling and walking with public transport, make cycle training available for all and improve access to local green space.

Will you support this manifesto? What policies would you champion in your area to increase levels of walking and cycling?

Shazia BASHIR
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Ian HARDMAN
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Sue MORRIS
(Reform UK)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Fiona RADIC
(Green Party)

I would support this manifesto. I think that to the north and to the west of Peterborough provision of connections is not too bad. And there is substantial cycling input to planning. I am much more concerned about connections eastward: I don't know a single cyclist who is happy to cycle along the A47, and there are not obvious alternative routes. I am staggered that the need to dual the A47 is pretty much taken for granted. I don't think any case has been made. While the need for a cycle route along it is not.

Mohammed SABIR
(Labour & Co-operative)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

# Question 7

What is your personal experience of walking and cycling in your area? What barriers do you think local people face that may prevent them from choosing active travel for everyday journeys?

Shazia BASHIR
(Conservative Party)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Ian HARDMAN
(Liberal Democrat)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Sue MORRIS
(Reform UK)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.
Fiona RADIC
(Green Party)

I enjoy walking and cycling around my area.
One challenge for many terraced homes in Park ward is there is nowhere secure and convenient to put bicycles. The little arched corridors between Victorian homes have often been poached to add internal space. Secure community lock ups on streets could solve this problem.
Cyclists are not always liked, especially by pedestrians who get taken by surprise or carved up on pavements: cyclists ride on pavements to avoid issues like those I've already mentioned on the roads. The council fails to resolve these uneccessary conflicts.
Many people don't learn to ride a bicycle while they are still at school, and if they do, they don't always learn how to ride safely on the road, or to complete all the levels. This is as important as being able to swim. If only it was necessary to get a cycling qualification before you could learn to drive a car. This problem is being addressed in Peterborough. But on too small and ad hoc a scale.

Mohammed SABIR
(Labour & Co-operative)
The candidate has not responded to the survey.

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.