Lancashire County Council is proposing to permit cycling in the pedestrian area of Lancaster city centre outside core hours (so, not between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.) for a trial period from November. Good news for people who will be able to legitimately use this route for their daily commute.
This is one of the proposals in a new Experimental Traffic Regulation Order, which will run for 6 months. The fly in the ointment is that upper Church Street (where cycling is currently permitted at all times) comes under this scheme. We will be following this one up with the Council, as Church Street is an important east-west route at the northern end of the city centre.
So, thank you to those 204 people who signed our e-petition and everyone else who supported the change. The tasks now is to demonstrate that the trial period can safely be extended indefinitely. In an ideal world, of course, we wouldn’t have to work so hard to make the case for space for cycling . . . but this is a less-than-perfect world.
Cyclists using the River Lune Millennium Path should soon have a smoother ride on their daily commute. Work is underway to remove the tree roots that have made the stretch between Lady’s Walk and the aqueduct so jolting for the last year or so.
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
Our e-petition on the Lancashire County Council website runs until 24 October, so please sign this if you haven’t already done so.
Our vision is for cycle lanes on both sides of the A6 between Lancaster University and the city centre to make this direct route safer, easier and quicker. Background information can be found on our campaigns page.
We’re also putting out a flyer – specifically but not exclusively to bring the campaign to the attention of new and returning students.
We have been informed by the County Council that the route through the RLI is to be closed from September until July 2015 for building works on the former waterways yard. Currently it is still open, but there are already signs of activity. The alternative route is to follow the canal up the A6 and join the shared-use path there.
We chased the report from the group charged with changes to the pedestrianised city centre, but at the moment it is not yet “in the public domain”. So, no news then.
On the plus side, the cycle stands will be going back very shortly.
Not much to report on this one at the moment. Our e-petition on Lancashire County Council’s website closed with 204 supporters. (This is a good number, bearing in mind that you have to register to vote, unlike, say, change.org. Thanks to Mark for his last-minute campaigning.) The City Centre Traffic Management Stakeholder Group (organised by the County Council) held its last meeting in June and focused on parking options for drivers with disabilities. The question of cyclist access (or non-access) has been put on hold, which doesn’t sound hopeful.
The Stakeholder Group minutes state that there should have been a report to the County Council Cabinet meeting in July, but there’s no sign of that in the online minutes. One to chase.