Lancaster City Council, though the County Council, is putting in place an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (ETRO) from next month – details here. Amongst other measures, it will limit delivery times in the pedestrianised area to before 10 a.m. and after 5 p.m.
Dynamo has pressed for many years for cycling to be permitted in all parts of the pedestrianised area – at least outside these core hours. This would provide a useful and stress-free cross-city route for cycle commuters during the rush hours, when the on-road cycle lanes are under pressure from drivers in a hurry. Cycling is already permitted at all times on Church Street and the southern end of Penny Street.
Dynamo’s objection to the ETRO is here.
You can make your own comments by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, quoting reference numbers LSG4/5.49419/RH3 or LSG4/5.49420. Alternatively, write to the County Secretary and Solicitor, Lancashire County Council, PO Box 78, County Hall, Preston PR1 8XJ.
- Sue H’s comment to the County Council:
I want to comment on the ETRO which is about to come into force in Lancaster City Centre.
It is bizarre and rather stupid to allow large vans and trucks into the pedestrian zone and yet to maintain a ban on bicycles! The vehicles cause far more danger, noise, pollution and blockages (it really is quite nasty around 10am when there are lots of deliveries).
In order to reduce danger for cyclists on the busy roads in rush hour, and to promote cycling by providing safe short-cuts, cycling should surely be permitted, at least for the hours in which deliveries are permitted.
Countries that are not stuck in the 20th century allow pedestrians and cyclists to mix without any problems! Perhaps we can catch up with them here in Lancaster.