“Eat, sleep, cycle” book tour event – Tuesday 15 September, Lancaster

Anna Hughes, author of “Eat, Sleep, Cycle: a bike ride around the coast of Britain”, will be in Lancaster on Tuesday 15 September. She will be reading from her book about her 4,000-mile cycle ride at the Robert Gillow, 64 Market Street, Lancaster LA1 1HP at 7.30 p.m.

More about her ride at http://www.summersdale.com/authors/396/anna-hughes/

Free entry.

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Funds for bridge work on shared-use paths

Good news that Lancashire County Council has put funds aside to maintain some of the bridges which are an essential feature of our district’s shared-use paths.  (Anyone remember the long closure of the Crook o’Lune bridge a few years back?)

The bridge at Condor Green will get the works in the 2015/16 financial year.

(One interesting insight from the list of bridges to receive maintenance work is that 4 out of 5 are in the Lancaster district.  Cyclists in other parts of the county might feel that it proves that Lancaster has the best infrastructure.  Great for us, but probably somewhat annoying for them!)

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Update on Lancaster city centre cycling

Lancashire County Council Highway Services have received 2 complaints regarding cyclists using the pedestrian zone at the permitted times (i.e. before 10.00 a.m. and after 5.00 p.m.), but there have been no reported incidents regarding collisions between pedestrians and cyclists since the introduction of the Experimental Traffic Order.  They therefore propose to keep the traffic order as it is and to liaise with the police on active enforcement.

So, good news!

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Sustrans seek volunteers in Lancaster and Morecambe Area

 

Sustrans have vacancies for volunteers in the Lancaster and Morecambe area.  Without the Sustrans routes linking Lancaster, Morecambe, Carnforth, Caton and Glasson Dock, our district would be a great deal less cycle-friendly.

  • VOLUNTEER RANGERS are required to check signage, do some tidying up and cutting back and report major problems to the volunteer co-ordinator.  This involves at checks at least once a month plus attendance at various gatherings.
  • ACTIVE TRAVEL CHAMPIONS are also sought in the Lancaster and Morecambe Bay area to inspire cycling and walking in their local community.

Further details and application forms are all on the Sustrans volunteering page.

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Lack of enforcement of Lancashire’s 20mph speed limits

This week’s Lancaster Guardian reveals that there have been no prosecutions of drivers who exceed the 20mph speed limit which has (supposedly) been in force across Lancashire’s residential areas since 2011.  The police say that cannot afford to buy the necessary cameras.  Meanwhile, Lancashire saw a 14% increase last year in the number of people killed and seriously injured on our roads.

Dynamo was heavily involved in the campaign to get 20mph speed limits introduced, and since then we have written several times to complain of the lack of enforcement.  The limits were originally introduced because Lancashire had one of the worst road casualty rates for children in Britain.

So, one more to follow up.

Aldcliffe Road, Lancaster

Aldcliffe Road, Lancaster

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Let’s all move to Edinburgh!

Spokes, the Lothian cycling campaign which covers Edinburgh, reports in its latest newsletter that Edinburgh City Council is going to get round to spending 10% of its transport budget on cycling.  It’ll happen in small stages – 8% this year, rising to 10% in 2017/18.  Obviously Edinburgh is very different from the region covered by Lancashire County Council, which  includes a large rural area as well as urban spaces – but you can’t help but be envious.

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Dynamo press release on road safety

Dynamo has issued a press release following the publication of Department for Transport figures showing an increase in casualties of all kinds on Lancashire’s roads in 2014 (14% increase in people killed or seriously injured).  We have also written to County Councillor John Fillis expressing our concern that nothing appears to be happening on making the A6 south safer for cyclists and pedestrians.

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