Delay to the Cycling & Walking Strategy

The County Council’s Cycling & Walking Strategy was due to go to the Council’s Cabinet in May, but this has been delayed.  The current County plan is for it to be presented to Cabinet in June 2018, seeking approval for online publication.  [Sigh.]

The brighter news is that there are plans for a Local Cycling & Walking Infrastructure Plan for Lancaster.  The Department for Transport has published guidance for such plans, so I guess that’s going to be Dynamo’s bedtime reading for a bit.

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Fiona’s cycle-commuting story in the Lancaster Guardian

Fiona is this week’s commuter; her cycle ride is one of the more car-free ones in this series – along the River Lune from Halton to Lancaster railway station.  She has developed an ingenious solution to the problem of how to transport panniers some distance once you have parked your bicycle.

You can read Fiona’s account in this week’s Lancaster Guardian or view a scan of the article here.

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Emily’s cycle-commuting story in the Lancaster Guardian

emily house picThis week’s commuter is Emily who cycles from her narrow boat into Lancaster city centre.  Her recent mooring has been at Tewitfield, so she has options about which route to take.  Whichever one it is, she always finds her ride exhilarating, and it gives her the space to unwind after a day at work.

You can also read about how Emily delivers goods by bicycle in the latest Dynamo newsletter.

Emily’s commuter account is in this week’s Lancaster Guardian, or you can read a scan of the article here.

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Matt’s cycle-commuting story in the Lancaster Guardian

matt penny st 2This week’s cycle-commuter is Matt.  Although he retired 20 years ago, he still commutes from Scorton to Lancaster for shopping and other tasks.  His commute has become more laid-back since he began using a recumbent tricycle, and he varies his route according to the day and time.

You can read Matt’s account in this week’s Lancaster Guardian or view a scan of it here.

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Sustrans shows a bit of interest in the Heysham route

Paul has spoken to the Head of Design & Engineering (North) at Sustrans, who seemed quite interested in the Lancaster-Heysham off-road route.

Don’t get too excited: we have been here before!  But we can hope.

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Kathy’s cycle-commuting story in the Lancaster Guardian

kathyThis week’s cycle-commuter is Kathy, who travels between Bolton-le-Sands and Lancaster along the canal towpath.

The very occasional confrontations and the more frequent soakings are outweighed by the pleasure of wildlife sightings (including kingfishers).  She has a wonderful description of the canal on fine autumn days when it is still: “the brilliant mosaic of coloured leaves floating makes the canal look like stained glass windows”.

You can read Kathy’s account in this week’s Lancaster Guardian or view a scan of the article here.

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“Do you subscribe to ‘Toothbrush Times’?”

A great quote from “Bike Boom” by Carlton Reid (published 2017 by Island Press):

In the Netherlands cycling is so normal as to be almost unworthy of study. “Cycling is just something you do,” a Dutch traffic engineer told a US audience.  “You get on your bike and you ride.  It’s like a toothbrush.  You get up, you brush your teeth.  What’s the big deal?  Do you subscribe to Toothbrush Times?  Join a toothbrush club?”

If only cycling were universally normal here . . .

It would be wonderful if groups like Dynamo were no longer needed – if central government and local authorities were, in effect, the cycle campaigners.  Then they would accommodate cyclists and build cycle infrastructure without a moment’s hesitation . . . rather like the way they accommodate cars and build bypasses.

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