Dick’s cycle-commuting story in the Lancaster Guardian (last in the series?)

510DE159-E712-4FC8-B39E-B15385259320To round off this series (which started back in November), Dick – who has collected and edited them all – writes about his rides around Lancaster.

He recalls the Cycling Demonstration Town years (ah! that was the time when the City Council really promoted cycling), and offers the bicycle as the solution to our traffic-choked, polluted city roads.

You can read Dick’s account in this week’s Lancaster Guardian or read a scan of the article here.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the series.  Hopefully you enjoyed bringing to mind the reasons why you enjoy your cycle-commute as you wrote – and hopefully, too, you have encouraged others by sharing your stories.


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2 Responses to Dick’s cycle-commuting story in the Lancaster Guardian (last in the series?)

  1. Fulton, Oliver says:

    Excellent round-off to a great series!

    I never saw last week’s L Guardian, so thanks for the depressing post explaining what’s going on. Maddening but par for the course, I’m afraid, and they will undoubtedly say it’s prohibitively expensive or practically impossible or both to do anything else. Makes you want to throw something. Could Dynamo organise a genteel riot at County Hall, do you think? Maybe not. Perhaps we could kidnap the traffic engineer responsible and take him (it has to be a him) for a few rides up and down Caton Road at rush hour.

    I really wanted to say thanks for the aspiration document and offer a few suggestions:

    1 why not aspire to extend the Lune cycleway all the way to Wennington? (I seem to remember a few years ago when they got stuck getting round the trainspotters near Claughton, someone suggested putting in a Hornby to Wennington section first. I see from the map that a bridge would be needed, but still…) If it ever got there, there would be a route bypassing main roads almost all the way to the quiet(ish) lanes beyond Wennington and opening up lots more leisure cycling to people rightly scared of the main roads.

    2 speaking of quiet lanes, as you do, I’ve often wondered why ‘The National Byway’ never made it to NW England. Last time I looked, it aspired to, but the website hadn’t been updated in years. There are some very attractive sections in Yorks and in SW Scotland. The nearest we’ve got hereabouts is the very understated occasional sign marking ‘L and D loop’ (Lakes and Dales, I’ve figured out). There could certainly be some Lancashire Loops at very little cost. Might even bring in the odd tourist dollar from people who think the Lancashire Cycleway looks a bit challenging.

    3 Manchester is now having huge (well, by our standards) amounts of money given to cycling. With a champion and all. I can’t think of a good reason why Lancashire and/or Lancaster shouldn’t aspire to the same levels of funding. Some pigs aspire to fly, they say.

    Keep up the good work!


    Oliver Fulton

    Sent from my iPhone

  2. Thanks Dick for your work. Of course, given the size of the town, people can actually do a lot on foot as well (and do).
    One thing the series highlighted is there isn’t much route and road maintenance anymore,befitting the cold and wet climate that destroys the road surface much faster than in other parts of England. A few potholes got filled recently around the city but the cycle lanes still aren’t repainted coming off the pointer roundabout and other essential locations. The A6 is as dangerous as ever. Lancaster Uni is getting busier and bigger, and yet a route to get there from town is partial and not very direct. As I mentioned in my column, the Demonstration Town is now a distant memory .Citizen action needed. The public are now maintaining a lot of open spaces, like the quarry park near the Scottish streets, for lack of funding. Next could be the cycle routes.

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