New road markings on the A6

As has been documented, the A6 south of Lancaster is a particularly dangerous stretch of road for cyclists and pedestrians.  A large proportion of cyclist casualties in the past 5 years have occurred outside the BP garage near the Boot & Shoe, resulting from motorists turning into the garage forecourt across the path of cyclists.  Lancashire County Council have amended the road markings so that the entrance is kept clear and cyclists are urged to slow down.

Time will tell how if this has an impact.  Feel free to leave a comment below so that we can share experiences of the new markings.

Road markings by BP garage on the A6 by the Boot & Shoe (looking south).

Road markings by BP garage on the A6 by the Boot & Shoe (looking south).

(Between 2010 and 2014 there were 29 cycle casualties – i.e. ones that were reported to the police – on the A6 between the Pointer roundabout and Lancaster University entrance.  Nine of them took place here.)


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Dynamo is a cycling group, established in 1994, to work with official bodies, other cycling organisations and interested individuals to promote cycling as a safe, enjoyable and healthy means of transport.
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8 Responses to New road markings on the A6

  1. Steve says:

    The implication of this seems to be that cyclists should slow down and give way to turning vehicles. The next time that there’s an accident here the blame will be put onto the cyclist.

  2. Stephen Dickinson says:

    I used to cycle past this spot regularly and I found that the bigest problem was frequently caused by cars queueing back onto the A6 while waiting to get in to the the filling station.

  3. Richard says:

    I’m glad something is being done. I do think though that the “slow” sign for the cyclist is rather “late”. If a cyclist is travelling fast, they will have little time to slow down when they see the sign, perhaps. Maybe an additional slow sign a bit earlier?. Just a thought.

  4. Re the position of the “slow” sign – there are a couple of others painted on the cycle lane before you get to this point. Sorry that the photo doesn’t show them

  5. shrimps55 says:

    The signs are having very little impact as far as I know.

  6. Sarah McGowan says:

    I regularly cycle along here & until Dynamo pointed the “slow” signs out, I hadn’t noticed them. Must be going too fast.

  7. Claire Duplock says:

    I went down to look at these marking just before the last committee meeting. As I was examining the poor state of the red lane markings on the south-bound side a motorist turning left into the filling station cut off a cyclist travelling south. The quick reactions of the cyclist meant that a collision was avoided, he shook his head and continued on his way. The motorist continued into the filling station blissfully unaware of the incident.

  8. mjh333 says:

    This is a start but much more needs to be done. Some care users just cut you up deliberately I talking pointer roundabout, I have one drive admit this and told me the cycle path ends so I should learn my place on the road and he cut e up to teach me a lesson and if questioned that how about he gets out and shows me another way. I think we need to educate as well.

    I think part of the pavement on this stretch should be made into a separate cycle lane, this would resolve a lot of problems!

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