Plans for River Lune flood defence wall

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There is currently a planning application (ref 18/00751/FUL) for a flood defence wall on the west side of the River Lune from Skerton Bridge to the Bay Gateway, and a smaller section on the east side.  It’s designed to protect riverside businesses and is publicly funded.  More details are in an article in the Lancaster Guardian.

From Dynamo’s point of view, the key aspect is that during construction the shared-use path will be “temporarily diverted along Caton Road” (see the 12 “proposed work area” plans and section 3.2.4 of the Planning, Design and Access Statement).  It’s not clear whether this means that cyclists (and pedestrians) will be deprived of their normal safe route for over a year and hence have to mix it with lorries and other vehicles on Caton Road.

Experience shows that cycle provision is easily – deliberately, even – overlooked during construction works; you only have to look at the HS2 failure to honour their commitments to see that.

So that’s Dynamo’s line at the moment.  If anyone better experienced at reading and understanding plans wants to comment, please do so.

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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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Dynamo’s infrastructure ideas

Ready for when – if! – Dynamo hears more from Lancashire County Council about meetings of the Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan for Lancaster, we have prepared an outline of big (and small) infrastructure items that we think would make a big difference to our district.  The document is here.

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James’s cycle-commuting story in the Lancaster Guardian

James's photoIn time-honoured fashion, James got a bicycle for his birthday – his 44th birthday, that is.

His reintroduction veered between rediscovering the joy of cycling (this time with 27 gears rather than a measly 12) and the negative bits – like being overtaken too close by both motorists and one lycra-clad cyclist.  Fortunately the joy prevailed, and he continues to ride to work.

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

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Louise’s cycle-commuting story in the Lancaster Guardian

louise kelly photoLouise competes in triathlons but insists that she “pootles” along on her cycle-commute into work.  She sometimes puts more effort into her commute home to ride off the day’s stresses.  Her bugbear?  Ice.  Her favourite?  A strong tailwind home.

You can read about Louise’s ride in this week’s Lancaster Guardian or view a scan of the article here.

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Stephen’s cycle-commuting story in the Lancaster Guardian

stephen's imageStephen cycles from Heysham to Lancaster and finds his commute a joy.  Some commuters have described how their ride helps them to wind down after a day at work; Stephen, on the other hand, finds calm and creative thoughts in his ride along the well-named greenway between Morecambe and Lancaster.

Stephen’s account is in the Lancaster Guardian of 28 June, or you can read a scan of the article here.

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Dutch roundabouts

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Cyclists can just sail over Dutch roundabouts: they have right of way over cars (but must give way to other cyclists).  This is great for cyclists and it means that drivers must be aware of cyclists’ movements.  Cyclists need to indicate where they are going – if only as a courtesy, if not as a life-saving measure – and Dutch authorities also recommend making eye contact:

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