Category Archives: Safety

The dangers of “car-dooring”

This week’s Lancaster Guardian carries a report that the Bishop of Lancaster, Rt Rev Paul Swarbrick, was knocked off his bike by a car door being opened into him.  He is now recovering at home, and we wish him all … Continue reading

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Matt’s open letter to county councillors

Dynamo and Cycling UK member, Matt, has written to county councillors for the Lancaster area as follows: Although I live in Wyre just outside Lancaster District I patronise many businesses in Lancaster. I cycle into Lancaster several times most weeks … Continue reading

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Write to your MP re 20mph limit

As you’ll have seen from previous posts, Lancashire County Council have been asked to consider a proposal to adopt a city-wide 20mph speed limit in Lancaster. The 20s Plenty group has also set about pushing for exactly this: Now, more … Continue reading

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Lancaster councillors call for city-wide 20mph speed limit

Local Green Party councillors have called on Lancashire County Council to introduce a default 20mph speed limit on ALL roads in the city (rather than just residential roads, as at present).  This would: provide a legacy of cleaner, greener transport … Continue reading

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Analysis of cyclist casualty figures 2016-18

As promised, Jim has crunched the numbers provided to Dynamo by Lancashire Constabulary for cyclist casualties in the 3 years 2016, 2017 and 2018 (the latest years for which we have figures) and written an analysis.  The main points are: … Continue reading

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Council leader flattens idea of pop-up cycle lanes

Thank you to everyone who has completed/personalised the Cycling UK letter calling for safer cycling and walking spaces during the Covid-19 emergency. Unfortunately County Councillor Geoff Driver, leader of Lancashire County Council (and Chair of the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership Transport … Continue reading

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Cyclist casualty details for 2016-2018

Dynamo submitted a Freedom of Information request to Lancashire Constabulary for details of cyclist casualties, including location and age, for the 3 years 2016, 2017 and 2018.  We have now received the data, and “Numbers” Jim is currently analysing it.  … Continue reading

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Requesting pop-up cycle lanes

Dick has written to Lancashire County Council (the highways authority for our district) as follows: As you are no doubt aware, local councils now have the power to close roads temporarily to enable cyclists and pedestrians to practise social distancing … Continue reading

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Lobby your council for pop-up cycle lanes

In some places like Berlin, Milan, Leicester and Brighton, local authorities are taking temporary measures during lockdown to ensure that walkers and pedestrians can get around safely while keeping their distance. This also means that people are not obliged to use … Continue reading

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Objection to development on Bailrigg Lane

Dynamo doesn’t normally look at smaller planning applications, but this one (ref 19/01562/FUL) opens onto Bailrigg Lane.  It’s an application to replace Downings with two small apartment blocks, but we are concerned about the exit onto Bailrigg Lane and extra … Continue reading

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