Update on A6 campaign

Paul and Dick had a meeting with County Councillor John Fillis in January to talk about what could be done to improve cyclist and pedestrian safety on the A6 between the Pointer roundabout and Galgate.  Is there any funding left in the Local Sustainable Transport Fund for safety measures?  (Answer: don’t hold your breath.  Showers at White Cross appear to be more of a priority.)  Councillor Fillis is currently awaiting costings from county officers.

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Update on cycling in Lancaster city centre

Feedback from the meeting on 28 January (see below) was generally positive about cycling before 10 a.m. and after 5 p.m.  The world has not been knocked off its axis by this innovation, and Patricia put in a plea for the change to be made permanent.

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New signage for cyclists in Lancaster city centre

Finally spotted – one of the new signs in Lancaster city centre indicating when cyclists should not cycle through the pedestrianised centre.  (Church Street and the southern end of Penny Street are cycleable at all times.)

Cyclists dismount 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Cyclists dismount 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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Sustrans seeking volunteers for Morecambe Bay Cycle Way

Sustrans are looking for local volunteers to help with the development of the Morecambe Bay cycle way.  Tasks like cutting back vegetation, maintaining the route and raising awareness of it need people to do them.  Slightly further afield, Sustrans are also organising two action days – on Thursday 10 and Wednesday 11 February – at Greenodd roundabout near Levens to cut back overgrown shrubbery.

Further details from Abigail Pound at Sustrans – telephone 0161 923 6050/07818523227 or email abigail.pound@sustrans.org.uk.

Greenodd Action Days 10-11 Feb 2015

Volunteer flyer

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Let us know if you cycle in Lancaster’s pedestrianised centre

Patricia is attending a meeting on Wednesday 28 January of the Experimental Traffic Regulation Order Stakeholder Group.  (Remember, folks – we go to these things so that you don’t have to!)  This will be looking at how the trial period of (amongst other things) permitting cycling in Lancaster’s pedestrianised centre between 5.00 p.m. and 10.00 a.m. is going.

So – does anyone have any experiences or comments about the change to cycling regulations?  Do you now cycle through the centre on your commute to work?  How do you find it?  Any suggestions for improvements?  Email dynamocycle@btinternet.com with your views by Tuesday 27 January.


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Dynamo’s response to Slyne Road, Skerton, local safety scheme

Lancashire County Council proposes building a pedestrian refuge on Slyne Road at Skerton as a road safety scheme.  Pedestrian refuges are tricky from a cyclist’s perspective.  On the one hand they create a pinch point where motorists may be tempted to overtake with limited space to do so; on the other, they are a benefit to pedestrians wishing to cross the road.   This is Dynamo’s response.

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What about a “park and cycle” facility at the new M6 junction?

Paul has been in correspondence with the Senior Engineer at the County Council re the Heysham to M6 link road, with particular reference to the park and ride facility (i.e. big car park) at the new junction 34.  The intention is that people will park at the junction then catch a bus along Caton Road and beyond to their destinations.

Paul’s question to the County Council is:  As well as a bus service from junction 34, why not also provide a “park and cycle” facility?  With secure (VERY SECURE) bicycle parking and a “slip lane” from the car park to the Millennium path, a rush-hour commuter could park her/his car and cycle the 3 or 4 km to Lancaster city centre faster than the bus and get some exercise and fresh air at the same time.

A similar scheme is in operation in Cambridge.

Is it possible that the County  Council and the contractors have not yet thought about this scheme?

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