Lancashire County Council is proposing to permit cycling in the pedestrian area of Lancaster city centre outside core hours (so, not between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.) for a trial period from November. Good news for people who will be able to legitimately use this route for their daily commute.
This is one of the proposals in a new Experimental Traffic Regulation Order, which will run for 6 months. The fly in the ointment is that upper Church Street (where cycling is currently permitted at all times) comes under this scheme. We will be following this one up with the Council, as Church Street is an important east-west route at the northern end of the city centre. [Update: Lancashire County Council has assured us that cycling on Church Street and the southern end of Penny Street will continue to be permitted as at present.]
So, thank you to those 204 people who signed our e-petition and everyone else who supported the change. The tasks now is to demonstrate that the trial period can safely be extended indefinitely. In an ideal world, of course, we wouldn’t have to work so hard to make the case for space for cycling . . . but this is a less-than-perfect world.