Dynamo has written to the nine candidates for our two local constituencies (five for Morecambe and Lunesdale, four for Lancaster and Fleetwood) to ask them for their views on the future of cycling. In particular, we have asked about the following:
- Cycling UK’s “Space for Cycling” campaign, which aims for a full network of high quality, cycle-friendly routes plus a minimum of 5-10% of the local transport budget;
- their thoughts on “Cycling and the Justice System” published by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Cycling;
- their thoughts on strict liability for cyclists and pedestrians.
You can read our full letter here. We will publish any responses we receive.
The County Council has approved plans for a contra-flow cycle lane and zebra crossing on South Road, Morecambe. Details here.
Dynamo has received a reply from the Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport in response to our e-petition for cyclist and pedestrian safety on the A6 south. It’s more a list of reasons why things haven’t been done, but it is heartening to hear that they are working with the Road Safety Foundation.
Dynamo requested numbers and details of cyclist accidents in our district between 2014 and 2016 from Lancashire Constabulary and got a speedy response. We received both a letter and a summary of the collisions set out in a spreadsheet.
Headline figures are that there were:
- 38 collisions involving at least one pedal cycle in 2014
- 29 in 2015
- 17 in 2016.
Death and injuries of all types are lowest in 2016, which is good news.
The worst roads for cyclist collisions are:
- Scotforth Road (10 over the period)
- Greaves Road (5)
- Owen Road (5)
- Slyne Road (4)
- Bowerham Road (3)
- Torrisholme Road (3)
Dynamo has updated its November 2016 response to Lancashire County Council’s draft Cycling and Walking Strategy. You can read the document here.
Basically: what will they do to curb car use, and how do they intend to get children walking and cycling to school and elsewhere?
Lancashire County Council is the highways authority for our district, and they are the ones who decide on cycle infrastructure and safety. With the local elections on Thursday 4 May, here is a suggestion. When candidates for the County Council elections come knocking on your door to ask for your vote, ask them these questions:
- Will you lobby for a dedicated council officer to support cycling and walking to school for children?
- Will you lobby for a road safety officer with a special brief to make main roads such as the A6 less dangerous for pedestrians and cyclists?
- Will you lobby for an increase to the dedicated cycling budget?
- Are you willing to hold council officers to account to implement these necessary safety improvements in Lancaster district?
Dynamo has written to the Lancaster Guardian suggesting that their readers ask the same questions.
The local Sustrans group is organising a maintenance day on Wednesday 26 April from 9.30 a.m. – 1.30 p.m. on the Glasson path Meet at the Café d’Lune, Condor Green, armed with any basic equipment you use in your garden (spade, long brush, wheelbarrow, secateurs). More on a public Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/831242133695911/