Lancashire County Council is the highways authority for our district. They are the ones who decide what (if anything) the budget is for cycling infrastructure, what gets built, what gets maintained, etc.
On Thursday 6 May you have the opportunity to vote for your local county councillor – one of more than 80 who make up the county council. Before casting your vote, why not get in touch with the candidates to ask them about active travel measures that matter to you? It may seem like a drop in the ocean, but by doing so you are raising the profile of cycling and encouraging the candidate – possibly for the first time ever – to give it and active travel/sustainable transport some thought.
It does require some detective work to find the contact details for all candidates. Often there are only addresses, but you may be able to contact some through the website of the local political party they belong to.
A full list of candidates is available on the Lancashire County Council website.
Websites for local political parties should be able to pass on your queries to candidates:
- Conservatives in Morecambe and in ??Lancaster (can anyone help here?!)
- Labour in Lancaster and in Morecambe
- Lib Dems
Queries you may have:
- Building an off-road route between Heysham and Salt Ayre
- Supporting 20mph speed limits throughout Lancaster (a measure which Lancaster City Council supports but can’t implement without the approval of County) – see item 24 of the hyperlinked document
- Maintenance of cycle infrastructure
- State of shared-use paths
- Cyclist safety
- and anything else that comes to mind.