Latest news on our A6 campaign

We have been busy recently – too busy, in fact, to update this blog!  As some of you may have seen in the local press, we have written a letter to County Councillor John Fillis (who has responsibility for transport and highways), with an impressive list of signatories.   Read our Open Letter to John Fillis November 2014 and read the Lancaster Guardian report here.  It sounds as if some of our arguments are getting through.

In a separate development, Dynamo has heard from Mike Kirby, Director of Transport and Environment at the County Council, in response to our recent e-petition.  In it, he states that the Lancaster Highways and Transport master plan is due out early in the New Year and confirms that the County will be looking at installing cycle lanes on the South Road section of the A6.

Hmmm . . . “looking at” is something Dynamo will have be “looking into”.

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Breakdown of cyclist accidents in Lancaster 2009-2013

This is the response that Nick Lakin of the Lancaster Guardian received from the local police in response to his Freedom of Information request about accidents involving cyclists in Lancaster between 2009-2013.

Headline tables are here for ease of use; full details of each collision are in the document linked above.

Total injury RTCs 2009-2013

total number of injury road traffic collisions which involved at least one pedal cycle 01Jan2009 – 31Dec2013

age of injured cyclist

a breakdown by age for the cyclists involved

most frequent RTC streets

street names which feature most frequently as the first street address in the results

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Lancaster Strategic Cycle Network

“We will be consulting early next year on a highways and transport masterplan for Lancaster which will provide the basis for prioritising major improvements to our transport infrastructure in the coming decades, including strategic cycling and walking networks.” (Vali Birang, head of sustainable transport and safety at Lancashire County Council, via Lancaster Guardian)

That’s great, but I just felt it might not take that long… at least the strategic bit of it.  47 mins. so far…

This is a diagrammatic draft of a utility network.

Please do comment and tell me what I’ve left out or got wrong, and any other layers which should be added. Some of the secondary routes are in place, but intermittent and / or of inconsistent quality.  I have not shown marked routes with no cycle provision.

Mapping is Open Cycle Map, so you can see the other existing routes in the background (red: national, blue: local.  Includes all marked routes).

Map of Lancaster Strategic Cycle Network

Lancaster Strategic Cycle Network

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A6 “dangerous” for cyclists and walkers

The Lancaster Guardian has an article today about the dangers of the A6 between junction 33 and the city centre (i.e. exactly that stretch of the road where we are campaigning for cycle lanes).  This draws on a report from the Road Safety Foundation which suggests that it is the worst road in the country for accidents involving cyclists and pedestrians.  We’re onto it.

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Heysham link – letter of support from North Lancashire Bridleways Society

Thank  you to North Lancashire Bridleways Society, who have  written a letter of support for Dynamo’s proposed Heysham-Lancaster off-road route.

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Cycle jumble sale – Saturday 1 November

Lancaster Climate Action is holding a jumble sale – including lots of unused cycle stuff from the sadly defunct Freewheelers – on Saturday 1 November from 12 noon – 3 p.m.  Refreshments and cakes available.

Venue:  the Warehouse Basement (i.e. the Single Step and Whale Tail building), 78 Penny Street, Lancaster LA1 1XN.

Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/327243504121211/

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Reminder: Dynamo AGM tomorrow

  • Come to the review of the old cycling year and help to plan the next at the Dynamo Annual General Meeting, followed by a talk:

    CAMPAIGNING FOR THE HEYSHAM MOSS LINK

    by Paul Stubbins

    7.30 p.m. on Tuesday 28 October 2014

    upstairs at the Gregson, Moor Lane, Lancaster LA1 3PY

    All welcome

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