The Lancaster Cycle Forum is an occasional meeting of local cycling groups (Dynamo, CTC, Sustrans, local councillors) with the County’s Senior Cycling Officer, Alasdair Simpson. We raise issues and concerns and Alasdair keeps us up to date. The agenda plus minutes of the previous meeting are attached.
Wednesday’s meeting touched on the following:
- The final version of the Transport Masterplan is due out in March 2016. Dynamo will seek a meeting with the Masterplan’s mastermind, Marcus Hudson, well before then.
- Enforcement of 20mph speed limits isn’t happening. It’s a police matter, although there may be an opportunity for community involvement. One to chase up.
- The “lining and signing” on the A6 discussed at an earlier meeting is still due to be in place before Christmas “weather permitting” . . .
- We looked at current planning applications – notably for 125 houses on Ashton Road (poor access, with rat-run horrors in store) and for 14 houses on St George’s Quay with 14 drives opening direct onto the shared-use path (so, no one will park on the path then).
- Update on possible cycle routes around the ever-expanding Moor Hospital development.
- Concern that there is no barrier at all on the coastal path between Aldcliffe Hall Lane and St George’s Quay. Tyre tracks show quite clearly that cars are using this route.
- News that there will be a short stretch of cycle contra-flow on the short leg of Blades Street to Dallas Road to link to the new development.
- The railway crossing in Morecambe will be enlarged early next year to cope with the increased cycle traffic generated by the Way of the Roses and Morecambe Bay cycleway.