From the Dynamo inbox:
“I’ve had two trips down this since it opened, once by bike and another in my car.
“Monday pm had a few curious pedestrians and a significant number of bikes, but I saw one cyclist on the main carriageway heading towards Morecambe. That’s not clever when the cycle track has plenty of width, and an excellent surface.
“Worse on Friday midday was a cyclist heading from Morecambe in an easterly direction. I saw him trying to stay between the kerb and white line on the main carriageway, a narrow strip perhaps 600mm wide. When he reached the roundabout at Slyne, the white line is angled into the kerb and the space disappears, he got cut up by a big truck. The intended cycle route is on the south side, which leads you onto the A6 and over the Bay Gateway if you want to head north.
“We have to get the message out that the cycle provision is separate from the cars, but is continuous even if a few bits are not finished. It is surfaced well and even those with skinny tyres can use it.”
The field trip:
So Patricia pedalled out of her comfort zone and headed for the M6 link road/Bay Gateway to ride from the River Lune to Lancaster & Morecambe College. Here is her report:
“The two-way shared-use path is good – smooth, easy to get to and separated from the carriageway by a thick white line and a decent kerb. You might want to keep away from the edge in wet weather – the spray from fast-moving lorries will be filthy. I saw only one pedestrian and two cyclists on the path, but I’ve also heard a report of a cyclist having to brake hard for an extendable dog lead – so there are still the usual hazards of shared-use paths.
“I approached the Bay Gateway from the Lune path; there is a spur from the path up to the new bridge:
which takes you straight up to the new road. New access points have also been built to take you to/from the Bay Gateway from the new A6 bridge (which has a new bit of cycle lane), the green lane, the canal towpath and the Vale of Lune Rugby Club.
“Note that you need to be on the shared-use path to access these routes; there is a waist-high wall dividing the carriageways, so if you’re on the “wrong” side of the road you can’t get across to the “right” side.
“The Bay Gateway ends/begins at Lancaster & Morecambe College. If you want to stick to cycle paths to get to Morecambe, you need to cross diagonally to McDonalds. This may involve a lot of button-pressing to wait for the green man/cycle – but in my case I pressed one button and then sailed over 6 crossings on a green wave.
“To get to the Lancaster-Morecambe path from McDonalds, you follow the new path (ignoring the minor residential road) and will come to the main path at the low bridge on White Lund.”
More from the Dynamo inbox:
There have been reports that the new path from White Lund to McDonalds can be very slippery in frosty conditions. The City Council are aware of this. Meanwhile . . . take care.