Responses to Push Bikes Manifesto, 2012

ACOCKS GREEN Ward

Alan James Ware, Social Democratic Party

  • From Peter Johnson: On behalf of myself & other SDP candidates, I can say that we would not find anything to contentious in your proposed plans to enhance cycling within the city.

ASTON Ward

Ian Colpman, Conservative

  • A bikeable city: I believe this is a good idea, cycling should be promoted as a healthy and viable method of travel across Birmingham and this should be reflected in transport policy. I work in London 1 day per week and although there is still much that can be improved especially in relation to safety, it is a much more "bikeable" city. We should look at where London and other cities have made positve steps and so we can implement similar schemes in Birmingham.
  • BCC should prioritise cycling: Birmingham and the wider West Midlands region needs to have an integrated transport approach considering the needs of cars, bicycles, and public transport such as trains, trams and buses. All aspects should be considered for any new scheme and balanced on a case by case basis. This should take into account the potential for current and future bike use, in particular as some of our major thoroughfares are not bike friendly which can be off putting to cyclists at present. The off road cycle paths highlighted by the excellent TopTube Map are good and extending this network where possible would provide a safe and attractive environment for cyclists, without a detrimental effect on other forms of transport.
  • Residential 20mph: I'm not in favour of introducing 20mph speed limits except where there are specific safety concerns.
  • Develop a network of routes: I think this is a worthy objective, which needs to be taken into consideration along with other improvements to Birminghams transport networks. As stated previously the off road cycle paths provide some good routes and I would like to see improvements to major routes to further encourgage cycling. This would need to be as part of an overall transport strategy so that the needs of everyone travelling within the city can be considered.
  • General: I'm a keen cyclist and regularly commute into the city centre on my bike, or at least I did until my bike was stolen last week.

HODGE HILL Ward

Peter Frank Johnson, Social Democratic Party

  • From Peter Johnson: On behalf of myself & other SDP candidates, I can say that we would not find anything to contentious in your proposed plans to enhance cycling within the city.

LADYWOOD Ward

Kath Hartley, Labour - retiring councillor

General: Pro-cycling (and walking) work via:

  • maximising use of available mainstream pots e.g. WM Local Transport Plan Integrated Transport pot for contra-flow path on Grosvenor St West thus linking Central Ladywood.
  • Deploying locally-controlled funding, NRF and Community Chest to enhance pro-cycling schemes e.g. Chamberlain Gardens - Tesco Five Ways cycle paths (feasibility study)
  • Schemes arising from Section 106 Planning Gain/SRB6/NRF e.g. infilling dangerous subways along Ladywood Middleway and replacing with pedestrian-controlled crossings, cycle path across Icknield Port Rd./Barford Rd./Northbrook St. from Summerfield Park to the canal with realigned crossing opposite the park gate, restored paths along our end of the Harborne Walkway.
  • Various road safety schemes, especially re Safer Travel to Schools schemes, cycle racks at primary schools, fluorescent vests for primary school children etc.
  • Cycling facilities included in criteria when assessing planning applications, especially in City Centre e.g. King Edwards Wharf, Liberty Place.

Matthew Roach, UKIP

  • A bikeable city: I agree that BCC should adopt some form of strap line to promote Birmingham as a bikeable city. I wont pretend to be an expert in marketing so whether or not this is the correct line I can't say however, I wholeheartedly agree with the sentiment.
  • BCC should prioritise cycling: In terms of the city centre (within the ring road) I agree however, not for the whole city of Birmingham - this would be impractical.
  • Residential 20mph: In terms of the city centre (within the ring road) I agree however, not for the whole city of Birmingham - this would be impractical.
  • Develop a network of routes: I agree with this.
  • General: As UKIP candidate for Ladywood, I am very much in favour of increasing the provision for cycling in Birmingham - although not a cyclist myself (I am a motorcyclist!) I see there is a real need for proper, segregated cycle lanes around the city. This, I believe could be achieved quite easily and cheaply however, as usual with the traditional parties, there does not seem any appetite to address this.

MOSELEY & KINGS HEATH Ward

Lisa Trickett, Labour

  • General: The points made are highly pertinent and should form part of what I believe is a key debate for us to have in this City - in terms of where is Birmingham going? What is our future? Do we want a city in which our children feel safe going to school? Do we have the courage and capability to address and tackle the 21st Century Public Health scandal - road safety? Our roads were constructed with a very different usage in mind to current patterns and certainly in the Moseley and Kings Heath ward - the current patterns of usage and road spacing are neither sustainable or safe. We should look again at our transport network and ensure that its form and function are consistent with changing needs and requirements of the City and its people. There are strong economic, social and health arguments behind the concept of encouraging Birmingham to become a bikeable city and I would be keen to explore how the objectives behind the manifesto could be put into practice in the City.

STETCHFORD & YARDLEY NORTH Ward

Robert McKenzie Clark, Conservative

  • Having spoken to a cyclist activist, at some length, the cyclists want meaningful dialogue with Birmingham. Though they have given you the four points the reality is that the solutions are not easy and planning to give a coherent workable approach to promoting cycling as an alternative to cars needs to be undertaken. The aims in the four points though important do not address the real problems. There are already days where cycling is encouraged in Birmingham Center and the Council should assist and monitor views at these events for the participants. The cycle lanes and routes also need to be advertised and increased where possible. The cycle lanes seem to have the most problems with their being integrated for access and egress from them through the existing vehicular traffic. I do agree that Birmingham does need to take the lead and promote cycling, especially for families together, in the city. The health aspects of promoting cycling are also a big part of the benefits cycling would give in this age of obesity.

Joyce Ware, Social Democratic Party

  • From Peter Johnson: On behalf of myself & other SDP candidates, I can say that we would not find anything to contentious in your proposed plans to enhance cycling within the city.

SUTTON NEW HALL Ward

Guy Anthony Roberts, Conservative

  • A bikeable city: BCC should promote bicycles, but not put them as No.1 priority - impractical for the number of travellers.
  • BCC should prioritise cycling: I agree.
  • Residential 20mph: This is already done in a number of areas, where appropriate. We must also consider the needs of the majority of the travelling public.
  • Develop a network of routes: I agree with this, providing the rest of the travelling public can still get about safely and quickly.

WEOLEY Ward

Steve Booton, Labour

  • As a cyclist myself I will have no problem working with you- if I am elected

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