Below is the text from Peter Ward, who was one of the key people involved in the creation of the Guild Wheel:
FOR YOUR URGENT ATTENTION –
CYCLIST’S, RUNNERS, WALKERS, OTHER VULNERABLE ROAD USERS, ENVIRONMENTALISTS & interested friends
LOBBY – COUNTY HALL to PROTEST about the UNDERMINING of SAFE CYCLING /WALKING PROVISION in LANCASHIRE –
If possible, MAKE THE EFFORT, be at County Hall, Pitt Street (opposite & just South of the railway station) on Thurs May 26th. 12.30 to 1.30 pm – (cyclists perhaps make it part of a bike ride)
– To all cyclists / walkers / environmentalists and interested family & friends. Hope you are fine,
Lancashire County Council is planning to spend over £200 million on costly highway schemes like the Broughton by pass, the Blackpool Road to M55 & Eastway link road and new big roundabouts near Samlesbury and Farington. However, safe provision for cyclists and other vulnerable road users, we state, is often poor and frequently dangerous. In fact we contend that actual and current plans will set back safe cycling provision by over 20 years. This at a time when many local authorities, especially London, Manchester, Salford, etc. are constructing more direct, safer cycleways – often traffic free.
This in a period when deaths and serious injuries to cyclists, in many areas of Lancashire, are up by some 70% since 2005. Also when similar accident to children, in this area are increasing – according to the most recent figures we have available.
At the above lobby we are presenting a letter, about the above situation, and also the petition to “SAVE OUR GUILD WHEEL.” This petition has been signed by over 10,000 people and over 2,000 have taken the trouble to also write in overwhelmingly positive comments. If you and your interested friends have not signed please do so on line –( save our guild wheel at change.org.This popular (100,000 users at the last count) award winning cycle/walkway which took over a decade to build, three years latter is being severely undermined and endangered by 8 planned new junction. For many club members & keen cyclists, walkers & runners these safe routes are the best way to get many more people cycling and other sporting & leisure activities. The GW is used by clubs, groups and individuals to by-pass Preston’s busy streets, and safely access the great countryside on the other side of the City. It is used by cyclists and others who have had bad road traffic accidents & major surgery to get back their health, fitness and confidence back in a relatively safe environment.
On cycle rides, club nights, at cafes, at events a major topic of conversation is about near misses, collisions, injuries and even deaths of riders we know. While many riders will spend hours riding their bikes only a tiny handful take the trouble to campaign to achieve safer cycling. To all concerned about safer cycling, running & walking routes please try to attend this lobby and demonstrate you support for our campaign. Please pass on this message to interested – club mates, friends, family, colleagues by e’mail, social media, etc..
Safe cycling, running & walking. Best wishes, Peter
Peter Ward JP MBE, Chair PGW and Preston Council Cycle Liaison Committee, life member Ribble Valley CRC, former – international cyclist and major to club event organiser