Text of an email we have sent to Lancashire County Council Highways:
I write on behalf of Dynamo (Lancaster & District Cycle Campaign).
A member contacted us a few weeks ago about the new road markings on the A6 between Toll Bar garage and the old Filter House at the southern edge of Lancaster. Chevrons have been painted on the centre of the road and have “narrowed” the carriageway. The member was concerned at that time that motorists would be reluctant to stray into the chevrons and would not give cyclists much room when overtaking.
This morning another member cycling south on the A6 had EXACTLY that experience: a motorist overtook him far too close to avoid driving in the chevrons (unnecessarily close, since there was plenty of room).
Can you please explain the reasoning behind these chevrons? Was any thought given to the impact on cyclists? If there is so much room to spare on the A6 and you wish to narrow the carriageway, could you not put in cycle lanes?