Isle of Man – proposed change to presumed liability?

A link to an article in the Isle of Man Today which makes it possible – given a fair wind and with fingers crossed – that one day the presumption of liability in the event of car-cycle crash would rest with the motorist to prove that s/he had left sufficient passing space.

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Update on planning applications

  • Planning application 15/01282/OUT for up to 14 dwellings on New Quay Road, Lancaster, has been withdrawn.  The City Council’s case officer recommended refusal on the grounds of flood risk.  A new application 16/00090/OUT has been submitted, and Dynamo has objected again on the same grounds as before – i.e. that driveways will open straight onto the shared-use path and cars will probably (based on what is happening further along the Quay) use the path as overspill parking.
  • Planning application 15/01342/OUT for up to 125 dwellings on Ashton Road has received the thumbs-down for the time being from the County Council’s highway people.  However, it has not been withdrawn.
  • Planning application 15/01156/FUL for 32 houses on Lancaster Road, Overton – the case officer has recommended refusal on flood risk grounds.

While the results may be the ones that Dynamo wishes for, it is slightly depressing that our arguments in the first and third cases above were ignored.

The Ashton Road application will be an interesting one to follow.

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Article on removing white lines from roads

An interesting article in today’s Guardian by Simon Jenkins in favour of removing many road markings. Not sure about removing cycle lanes – I fancy Sir Simon doesn’t cycle much!

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Save the Preston Guild Wheel

The 21-mile circular Preston Guild Wheel route is under threat from new developments and road building, only 3 years after completion.  Download the flyer here to read more.

What you can do:

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Clearing the Preston Guild Wheel after floods . . . but threats remain

Paul was one of the volunteers who helped to clear the Guild Wheel path at the weekend.  Part of the 21-mile greenway was blocked by debris following the flooding of the River Ribble, and Ribble Valley Cycle Club put out a call for helpers.  Read the Lancashire Evening Post report here.  Thank you to all the volunteers for getting this great route open again.

Unfortunately, however, the Guild Wheel is also under threat from new developments on its northern edge and from the Broughton bypass plans.  More details on page 6 of the notes of the last meeting of the Lancashire Cycle Liaison group.

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Minor victories . . .

Dynamo pointed out to Lancashire County Council that a full skip had been blocking the cycle lane at the southern end of Chapel Street, Lancaster, for a couple of weeks.  Four days later the skip was gone.  Coincidence?  We think not!

For future reference, you can report faults online on the County Council’s “Report IT” website.

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Preston Guild Wheel calendar available

A 2016 calendar with views from the Preston Guild Wheel is available from the Lancashire Evening Post, Barton Grange garden centre, and museums and cycle shops in Preston.

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