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.
Councillor Fillis with Patricia, Cat and Paul as outriders.
Spotted in the Stasi museum in Berlin: it translates roughly as “Where there’s a will there’s a cycleway”.
(From the 1970s environmentalists formed one of the forces of opposition to the East German totalitarian government.)
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.
Has anyone else had problems taking their bikes on the Northern Rail line between Morecambe and Leeds? Only two bikes are allowed per train (even if there’s plenty of room) and you can’t book in advance – so taking a bicycle is hit and miss. Given the infrequent nature of the service, it’s a discouragement to using that line. Read how one cyclist was turned off a train.
And now cyclists are being encouraged to go to the Yorkshire Bicycle show in Leeds for the Tour de France Grand Depart. Great . . . but how do you get yourself and your bicycle there? What’s even worse is that Northern Rail are discouraging cyclists from travelling with their bikes. Are there no guard’s vans that they can dust down for the occasion? Mind you, this is a train operating company that can put on a single-carriage train from Lancaster to Cartmel when the races are on. I’ve never seen so many squashed hats in my life.
What’s the point in celebrating cycling if you have to drive to an event?
City Centre petition now closed bit.ly/cyclecitycentre
Many thanks to all those who signed and encouraged people to sign, this is not an insignificant number, especially given the limited time and resources available.
Any suggestions (or offers!) on how we can make sure that this support is taken into account? Press release? Petition hand-in ride? Party in the streets? Please reply below, or answer the “City Centre Cycle Campaign Continuation Cuestionnaire” on Facebook
At its 7 April meeting the Planning & Highways Regulatory Committee of Lancaster City Council approved an application for student flats on North Road. Included in the officer’s report (paragraph 8, page 33) was the following:
It seems from the minutes (see the City Council’s website) that this was approved. So shall we have a toucan crossing at North Road one of these days?
We have written a letter (.pdf download) to Councillor John Fillis, cabinet member with responsibility for highways and transport at Lancashire County Council, requesting that he allocate any remaining funds (such as that from the aborted Greaves Park proposal) to marking cycle lanes on South Road. We’ll keep you posted as to the outcome.
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