Reading the manifestos of the candidates for the position of Police and Crime Commissioner, it can be difficult to distinguish between them. All candidates want to reduce crime, build better links with communities and support victims. We’ve picked out some of the key issues which might interest cyclists and help you weigh up who to vote for. We’re also considering their responses to our PCC Space for Cycling Manifesto where we set out the key questions they need to answer about cycling. Remember that Cycling UK (used to be CTC) is plugging away nationally on the issue of Road Justice and has a “Vote Bike 2016” tool. Sort of like a more basic version of our Space for Cycling website for Bristol Council elections(!)

http://www.cyclinguk.org/blog/duncandollimore/tell-pcc-candidates-road-crime-real-crime

Name Party Manifesto – rel. facts and policies Assoc. Mayoral and Party Policies
Kerry Baker Labour Has not supplied a response to the Space for Cycling PCC manifesto.

Works as a barrister and stresses his independence. He comments that he has “experience of the inadequate investigations criticised by others” which might help when we continue to raise concerns as to Avon and Somerset Police Force’s poor record in prosecuting dangerous drivers.

Many vulnerable road users have welcomed the introduction of more regulated parking and civilised speed limits. The Labour Party however has said it will stop the “unwanted” expansion of RPZs and review existing schemes.
Chris Britton Green Fully supports the Space for Cycling PCC manifesto and would aim to reduce the number of traffic fatalities and serious injuries across Bristol. If elected he would want to have regular meetings with cycling groups.

His own manifesto concentrates on the causes of crime, although road traffic crime is not specifically mentioned.

The Green Party’s manifesto includes the aim of promoting active travel and offering alternatives to the car. They would like to see a low emission zone across the city centre and an Integrated Transport Authority to improve cooperation with neighbouring authorities. Very detailed response from their mayoral candidate on the BCyC Space for Cycling website.
Paul Crossley Liberal Has not supplied a response to the Space for Cycling PCC manifesto.

Wants to improve detection rates and provide closure for victims. Would introduce restorative justice

 

Better bus services and oyster card “not everyone can cycle”. Park and ride at end of M32. New railway stations. Have branded RPZs “costly, confusing and controversial” and promise a complete review, listening to local peoples’ voices. Their mayoral candidate points out the need for the enforcement of 20 mph speed limits. Some of their council candidates have advocated cutting back on the hours of operation of bus lanes.
Mark Weston Conservative Responded to BCyC manifesto saying asks re allocation of road space, spending and congestion charging neither “realistic” nor “a sensible solution”. Does not accept link between deaths and injuries and 20 mph and its enforcement “would not be a priority”. Highlights support for victims of crime. Review all 20 mph zones – only keeping them “where needed”. Build more railway stations. Review bus lanes – motorists “will no longer have to sit next to empty bus lanes”. Introduce a Bristol “oyster” type card. Deliver a dedicated cycle network.
Kevin Phillips Independent No contact e mail address provided with election literature. Ex. A & S police officer. Would put victims first. Wants to reinstate bobbies on the beat.
Sue Mountstevens Independent Achievements include “ Road Safety: more investment in education and enforcement resulting in fewer KSIs” – has been one of her priorities. One of the first authorities to offer speed awareness courses for those caught breaking 20 mph. “Regarding collision data, I believed it had been resolved” which is news to us as the Bristol Road Justice Group still has major concerns about the police’s recording, investigation and prosecution of road traffic crime.
Aaron Foot UKIP Has not supplied a response to the Space for Cycling PCC manifesto. Review of 20 mph and RPZs – full consultation with residents and local businesses with a view to alter, reduce or remove. Want to cut down on pollution.