Vintage by the Sea cycle ride in Morecambe – Saturday 6 September

Sustrans are sponsoring a Vintage Bike Ride by the Sea along Morecambe promenade on Saturday 6 September at 12 noon.  Registration from 11.30 a.m. by the Lifeboat Station.  Dust down your classic racers and sit-up-and-beg bikes – prizes for Best in Show.

This is part of  Morecambe’s Vintage by the Sea Festival 6-7 September.


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City centre cycle race – Wednesday 6 August at 6.30 p.m.

The third Lancaster city centre cycle race around Dalton Square takes place on Wednesday 6 August from 6.30 p.m. on closed roads.

The programme is:

6.30 p.m.    Lancaster youth grand prix

7.10 p.m.     Dalton Square cobbled classic for amateur cyclists

8.00 p.m.    Lancaster city centre criterium

all organised by Lancaster Cycling Club

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Heysham Moss Link: CTC briefing

Paul has been co-ordinating with Cherry Allan, Campaigns and Policy Information Co-ordinator at CTC to write up this case study of the Heysham Moss Link petition and campaign progress.

It’s another excuse to publicise the success, so please do share it!  You can point people here or direct, or to facebook, it is on the Dynamo page and on the Lancaster Cycle Forum.

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Preston Guild Wheel

We tried out the Preston Guild Wheel last week – a 21-mile circular greenway around the outskirts of Preston, starting from Avenham Park (great cafe) just south of the railway station, and taking in, among other sites, the old Preston docks, the River Ribble, a bypass or two, a couple of canals and Brockholes nature reserve (another great cafe).  Mostly on traffic-free routes or quiet lanes, and with just the one big hill in Boilton Wood (hence our decision to go clockwise).  Everything is well signposted and offers a more interesting perspective on Preston if, like me, you only know the bit between the railway station and the listed bus station.  Find out more on Lancashire County Council’s website.  Much of the impetus to create the route came from volunteers . . . is there any lesson for us here?

River Ribble

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A6 South Road – “field trip”

Last Friday Dynamo met County Councillor John Fillis, who has cabinet responsibility for highways and transport, to show him what cycling along the A6 south of Lancaster is like.  We made the case for cycle lanes on both sides of the A6 on South Road.  (It’s a start!)  On the west side, in particular, this would avoid the problem for cyclists of being stuck behind a queue of traffic with no room to move down the inside.

South Road

Councillor Fillis with Patricia, Cat and Paul as outriders.

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Cycling as a truly revolutionary activity

Spotted in the Stasi museum in Berlin: it translates roughly as “Where there’s a will there’s a cycleway”.

Where there's a will . . .

(From the 1970s environmentalists formed one of the forces of opposition to the East German totalitarian government.)

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Heysham-Lancaster route – petition closes

A grand total of 2,412 signatures – hundreds online, but the vast majority of signatures were on the paper petition.  So all that time spent outside explaining our idea and the route to people was worth it!  Thank you to everyone who signed it – and to everyone who spread the word and got family, friends and colleagues to sign it.

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