Ben’s cycle-commuting story in the Lancaster Guardian

Ben cycle commuteBen is this week’s cycle-commuter.  As a child, he enjoyed the freedom that cycling gave him, lost it for a bit, then rediscovered it in his twenties.

You can read his account in the Lancaster Guardian or the scanned document here.

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Clean-up of shared-use paths

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Lancaster-Morecambe greenway near Carlisle Bridge

Lancaster City Council have recently cleaned and restored the widths of the shared-use paths which they maintain.

Unfortunately – from a cycling and walking perspective – the canal towpath doesn’t come under their umbrella!

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Vicarage Fields, Lancaster

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Bus Rapid Transit Scheme

Dick attended a stakeholder workshop on 16 February, organised by Atkins, to discuss the County Council’s plans for a Bus Rapid Transit scheme.  (Not sure how this links in with the stakeholder workshop in June 2016 when Jacobs looked at a Lancaster Rapid Transit scheme.)  However, Dynamo was on the invitation list and – if only to safeguard the Morecambe-Lancaster greenway – felt it was necessary to attend.

Lancashire County Council may be waking up to the idea that if/when 3,500 new homes are built around the A6 south – Bailrigg Garden Village as this urban sprawl is euphemistically called – a rapid transit system and a cycle superhighway are the best way of avoiding gridlock and asphyxiation.

Dynamo proposed extra park and ride/cycle sites at the southern entrance to Lancaster, possibly around Galgate, as the ideal, and pointed out that dedicated cycle routes and rapid bus lanes are complementary rather than an either/or option.

We were assured that using the Lancaster-Morecambe greenway for a bus route is now definitely off the agenda.

However, there were some dissenting voices from quite senior council officers who think that removing the traffic lights around the one-way system or building more Lune bridges will solve all the city’s traffic congestion.  Most of the saner ideas came from younger people, so let’s hope they win the day.

And quite how this all squares with the proposal for a 786-space underground car park on the Canal Corridor which the City Council will need to promote in order to keep its finances afloat remains to be seen. 

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Richard’s cycle-commuting story in the Lancaster Guardian

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis week’s commuter is Richard, who cycles to Heysham power station along the prom, no matter how windy.  The views are always worth the effort.

Note that he rides a bike with an eight-speed hub gear and a belt drive for easy maintenance.

You can read about Richard’s commute in this week’s Lancaster Guardian or view a scan of it here.

 

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Ian’s cycle-commuting story in the Lancaster Guardian

ian dewar 1This week’s cycle-commuter is Rev Ian Dewar – currently Chaplain at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary, but once upon a time a paperboy at Swarbrick’s in Prospect Street.  He dreams of Lancaster becoming more like Copenhagen (albeit with less snow).

Ian is currently organising the second “The Lost Art of Living” health festival in Lancaster in September, which will include cycling for health and pleasure.

You can read about Ian in the Lancaster Guardian or view a scan of the article here.

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Reply from County Councillor Keith Iddon re Lancaster city centre safety

Dynamo has finally received a reply from County Councillor Keith Iddon (Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport at Lancashire County Council) – you can read his letter here.

Our reason for writing was concern about cyclist safety in Lancaster city centre – in particular around the Pointer roundabout/South Road and the area around Damside Street.  The County has made a bid to the Department for Transport for funding for the Pointer roundabout, but it’s noticeable that there is no mention there of really useful measures like cycle lanes on South Road.

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Anna’s cycle-commuting story in the Lancaster Guardian

anna's picThis week’s commuter is Anna, who swapped her breathless walk to the railway station for a ride to the railway station . . . and gets an extra 18 minutes in bed!

You can read about her ride in this week’s Lancaster Guardian or the scanned article here.

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