A good news bulletin!
The slippery approach to the Millennium Bridge from St George’s Quay (where a Dynamo member broke his hip last winter) has been resurfaced:
and a gate has been installed at the very end of the quay road to stop motorists using the shared-use path. Eagle-eyed readers will notice that there is no padlock, but hopefully that will be rectified. (Sadly, the path beyond remains a real mudslide in places.)
Finally, a member reports that the “safe pass” sign at Quernmore crossroads which was practically obliterated by long grass has been raised up the post and is definitely visible.
A Dynamo member drew our attention to the fund established by DONG Energy as part of the Walney Island offshore wind farm extension. It’s not an enormous fund, but it covers our area and local authorities are allowed to make bids . . . so Dynamo has written to officers at Lancashire County Council to make them aware of the fund and suggested that they could submit a bid for the Lancaster-Heysham offroad route.
Interesting to see that Highways Development Control at Lancashire County Council agreed with Dynamo about the need for cycle provision before the planning application for 71 dwellings at Pathfinders Drive, Ashton Road, Lancaster is approved. They want to see the widening of the western Ashton Road footway between Pathfinders Drive and Haverbreaks Road to provide a shared-use path. (See report.)
Could this happen? Maybe not. Dynamo notes that a shared-use path was proposed on an existing footway between Ribbleton and Longridge. After allocating the money, the County Council carried out “a detailed survey” and discovered that the majority of the footway was less than 2 metres wide, when the legal required to convert it to a shared-use path is 3 metres (see report). The plan was cancelled.
No need for “a detailed survey” here. The Ashton Road footway is a tight fit, as you can see . . .
At its meeting on 12 October 2017, Lancashire County Council’s Cabinet agreed to revised criteria for developing the 2017/18 Cycling Safety Programme. Now that the criteria (here) have been approved, they can get on with developing the actual Cycling Safety Programme.
(Not sure what to make of the criteria. Cyclist safety is essential, but the County should not lose sight of the need for a joined-up network of safe routes. With funding being so tight, is there a risk that we will end up with a few safe junctions but no decent way of cycling to them?)
Dynamo has objected to two planning applications:
17/01121/VCN for student accommodation at 47/51 North Road, Lancaster, on the grounds that the promised Section 106 funding for improved transport links from the original application (13/01274/FUL from April 2014) have not yet appeared.
17/01142/FUL for 80 dwellings at Hornby on the grounds that if you’re going to build homes in Hornby you need to extend the shared-use path along the Lune from Bull Beck to Hornby, otherwise you just create more motorised traffic.
Do you cycle in Lancaster, Morecambe, Carnforth, Heysham, Galgate and/or all points inbetween?
Then come to the Dynamo AGM and find out more about local everyday cycling.
This is a round-up of the year and a look-ahead to the next one, followed by a talk on a long-distance cycle ride: “Tim Norton’s European Adventure”.
Tuesday 31 October 2017 at 7.30 p.m. upstairs at the Gregson, Moor Lane, Lancaster LA1 3PY.
All welcome, whether members of Dynamo or not.
PS The photos above do not represent “local everyday cycling” around our district!