Natty cycles the Way of the Roses

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Last October Natty, aged 6, cycled the Way of the Roses.  Here he tells the tale in his own words.

Once we went on a bicycle ride called the Way of the Roses.  It takes 4 days.  At the end of our ride it was so rainy we were soaked.  There was lots of hills.

Olly came with us he is 25.  There is something called the worm showers website and wot it is where people who love cycling let other people come to their home.  But the second night we slept in a holiday hotel thing. It tuck 4 days it was Morecambe to Bridlington bay. At the end I went to Annettes house.  At Annettes house I had the best bath on the ride.

Olly has a GoPro.  A GoPro takes pictures and puts it into videos and we are going to show my class.  Olly loves climbing and he shows me wen we were home.  I was very proud of myself.  On the way back I went on the train back to Morecambe.  On the way home I had •••sherbet dippers! also Tim Jarvis bought the sherbet dippers.

On the first day I slept in Settle. On the second day we slept in Bishop Monkton.

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Latest on Caton Road alternative cycle route

Work is certainly progressing on Caton Road: the posts in the middle of the pavement (see previous entry) have disappeared over the last week


and the new toucan crossing near Lake Enterprise Park has flown in.


It’s all happening very quickly; lampposts were practically being felled in front of our roaming reporter’s eyes. Things may be a little behind schedule, but – at this rate – not by much.

The alternative route can’t be as direct, safe or pleasant as the Millennium path, and we all look forward to it re-opening next year. However Dynamo feels that it was worth arguing for a better alternative to what was originally on offer, so thanks to those councillors and officers who worked on improving it. The new infrastructure will be of lasting benefit to cyclists and walkers on Caton Road, even after the reconfigured Millennium path re-opens.

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Caton Road alternative cycle route works

A quick look today at what work is being done on Caton Road so that cyclists do not have to use the carriageway while the Millennium Path is closed (which is scheduled to happen very soon).

The new stretch of shared-use path south of the Holiday Inn has been completed (see photo); the pelican crossing outside Diamond Resorts has not been changed to a toucan (photo); and there are still hazards to negotiate on the shared-use path such as bus shelters and 4 posts in a line (photo).  The latter may be unavoidable – in the sense that they can’t be moved, not that cyclists can’t manoeuvre round them! – but we must wait and see.

No sign yet of the staggered toucan crossing outside Lake Enterprise Park.  Did we dream it?  (See Inset B below.)

Watch this space for further updates.


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Canal Quarter consultation now open


Lancaster City Council has published its draft Strategic Regeneration Framework, which is the overview for the future development of the area between the canal, Bulk Street and St Leonard’s Gate.  Consultation is open until Monday 10 February, and there will be public drop-in events* for you to view the proposals and documents.  All details are on the City Council’s website.

At Dynamo’s first glance (there’ll be a second!), cycling is catered for: there are routes through the quarter (map on page 25) and upbeat text about active and sustainable transport (page 28).  There will be one or two multi-storey car parks to replace the spaces that will be lost around Edward Street (page 35), so any modal shift to sustainable transport will be very gradual at best.

Pages 47-48 deal specifically with roads through the site – 5.5m carriageway width to cater for two-way traffic with no designated cycle lanes.

Dynamo will consider further and respond to the City Council.


* As follows:

  • Thursday 9 January  –  12 noon – 4pm  –  St Nicholas Arcade
  • Saturday 11 January  –  10.30am – 1.30pm  –  St Nicholas Arcade
  • Wednesday 15 January  –  1pm – 4pm  –  Gregson Centre
  • Saturday 18 January  –  1pm – 4pm  –  Marketgate Shopping Centre
  • Tuesday 21 January  –  3pm – 7pm  –  The Storey
  • Thursday 30 January  –  12 noon – 4pm  –  Lancaster City Museum
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Objection to planning application for 9 detached houses on green fields in Aldcliffe

81641FD0-E492-4641-A6F3-2026863F7903Dynamo has objected to the planning application for 9 detached dwellings in the village of Aldcliffe – reference 19/01460 – as follows:

Dynamo objects to this planning application on the grounds that:

1.   it does not offer a safe, sustainable cycle route between the development and the canal towpath (National Planning Policy Framework paragraph 108);

2.   it worsens conditions for cyclists on Aldcliffe Road (contrary to NPPF para 84: “ensure that development . . does not have an unacceptable impact on local roads”)

3.   there are no facilities in the village itself, so Aldcliffe is NOT amongst the villages identified in the Local Plan as suitable for sustainable development.

Nine detached houses, similar to the ones recently built at the top of Aldcliffe Hall Drive (Planning Support Statement para 5.5), will have at least 2 cars per house, if not more. This will lead to more traffic on Aldcliffe Road, which is – via the canal towpath – part of an official cycle route between Fairfield and Lancaster University.

Aldcliffe Road is practically single-track along part of its length because of on-street parking, and adding yet more traffic is a bad move. Moreover, there will soon be a new Aldi supermarket on Aldcliffe Road, and the City Council should consider how much extra traffic this is likely to generate along the whole length of the road if it becomes a rat run from south Lancaster to Aldi.

The developer brushes aside considerations of safe and convenient access for cyclists and pedestrians: cyclists are expected to use the road made busier by this development, and it seems that pedestrians are expected to squash themselves against the hedges. (Highway Access Proposals para 1.6: “There are no formal footways alongside the Aldcliffe Road carriageway but pedestrians have been observed to share the carriageway within the village and then connect to the canal towpath which provides a direct, traffic-free link.”). This contravenes paragraph 110 of the NPPF: “. . . applications for development should: a) give priority first to pedestrian and cycle movements, both within the scheme and with neighbouring areas”.

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Ask your election candidates to support cycling

(Apologies for not mentioning this earlier.)

Cycling UK is asking all cyclists to contact their parliamentary candidates to see if they will support an increase in investment in cycling and walking to at least 5% of transport spending next year, rising to at least 10% within five years.

Find out how to do this on the Cycling UK website at  All you need to do is enter your postcode and then follow the simple instructions.

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Reporting road faults to Lancashire County Council


China Street, Lancaster – spot the cycle lane

A reminder that you can report road faults – potholes, faded road markings, etc. – to Lancashire County Council’s Report It website.  It is easy to use, and you can upload up to 5 photographs.  Alternatively, you can telephone 0300 1236780.

Dick has had a mini-blitz on worn-out road markings and advanced stop lines and will be keeping an eye on progress.

You can add your own spots around the district and also see where other people have reported faults.

Don’t expect miracles: the red textureflex (which in parts of the city centre is practically archaeological) is expensive and the County Council doesn’t have much of a budget.  But they must surely have plenty of white paint to refresh worn-out road markings.

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