Kendal to Lancaster Towpath Trail survey

Lancaster Canal Regeneration Partnership is currently conducting a trail survey with the aim of providing continuous improved towpath access from Kendal to Lancaster.  You can complete the survey at

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Lancashire Cycling and Walking Strategy now online

More reading to do!  The draft strategy is available online, with consultation open until 26 October. (Sorry for the late notice – we weren’t officially informed.) Go online here or download here.

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Highways and Transport Masterplan for Lancaster district now published

The Lancaster District Highways and Transport Masterplan has now been published.  It is available online or downloadable here.

Dynamo has some reading to do!

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Dynamo AGM – Wednesday 2 November


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Useful government website of cycling tips

I like this government website because it states clearly that a cyclist should ride centrally in narrow lanes. Yes! See for more.


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Big Bike Revival Ride – Friday 21 October evening

An easy social ride starting from the Three Mariners pub in Lancaster at 7.00 p.m. going to Caton for a meal and returning by 10.30 p.m. More details and how to register at

This is organised through Lancaster’s 20s-40s Social Meetup Group.

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Tearing one’s hair out . . .

Not a cycling matter, but . . .

I contacted the Online Fault Reporting System at Lancashire County Council re the traffic lights at the Penny Street Bridge crossings.  The green man only appears if you press the button.  This means that if you get to the crossing a second after cars have stopped at the red light, you can’t just press the button and expect the green man to appear – even though it’s safe to cross.  So what happens – if you’re able-bodied – is that you cross with the red man.  Or – if you’re slower or less confident – you wait unnecessarily.  Not exactly pedestrian-friendly.  I suggested that the green man should be linked to the red lights so that “he” appears automatically.  This is the reply I got:

“Whilst I can appreciate your concerns this junction has been designed to provide a signal on demand only.  . . .  There probably was a very good reason at the time why the design engineer wanted to ensure that the traffic was stationary before allowing the green man to appear. I am sorry that you are delayed but I doubt very much that any changes to the operation will be made in the near future.”

I’m still wondering what the engineer’s “very good reason” could possibly have been!

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