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Minutes of 29th May meeting of the Lancaster Forum

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Paul Stubbins, Dynamo

Rob Lowe, Dynamo

John Leach, Dynamo

Peter Edge, CTC, Sustrans Ranger, Wray Parish Council

Graham Agnew, Over Kellet Parish Council, LALC

Joy Greenwood

Pat Douglass

Matt Hodges, CTC

Aurora Trujillo, Lancaster Freewheelers Cycle Cooperative

Holly Smith, Lancaster Freewheelers Cycle Cooperative

Sarah McGowan, Lancaster Freewheelers Cycle Cooperative

Alasdair Simpson, Sustainable Travel, Lancashire County Council


Nick Hewitt, Lancaster University

Annie Cousins, Bike It

Andy Beanland, Bentham

Darren Axe, Green Lancaster, Lancaster University

Phil Longton, Lancaster University Travel Plan Adviser

David Bedding, Sustrans Ranger

Ian Rodham, University of Cumbria Travel Plan Adviser

Gary Bowker, Lancaster City Council Engineering and Projects

Michael Helm, Ellel Parish Council

Ian Welsby, formerly Public Realm Manager Lancaster, Lancaster County Council. (Ian has a new post as Head of Drainage and Flooding)

  1. Minutes of previous meeting

  1. Lune Valley Cycle Track

Peter Edge said the B6251 from Wray to Hornby was dangerous to cycle on rather than unpleasant

(Minutes will be altered to say the B6251 is perceived as dangerous to cycle on by many people as it is twisty and narrow).

  1. John Leach said that " the proposal by Dynamo to take over running of meeting" should " be running of meeting should be rotated between different groups on different dates"

Minutes agreed

  1. Matters arising

  1. Pointer Roundabout and Lune Aqueduct ramp schemes had been completed since the last meeting

  1. Alasdair Simpson had again raised the matter of the surfacing of the canal between Lancaster and Carnforth. The problem was that British Waterways did not have the money to maintain the towpath to a high standard. Members of the forum felt that there was a need to resurface the towpath to stop the surface of the towpath deteriorating further

  1. Current schemes

    1. Chapel St

Proposal had been revised to retain cycle lane on wests ide of road with improved markings, signs and hump markings at accesses. The cycle lane would be two way

    1. Stonewell Toucan

  1. Work was due to start in July

  2. It was questioned whether the crossing was worth doing given the Centros development.

  3. Others felt that given the timescale for Centros was uncertain it was better to go ahead now.

  1. Local Sustainable Transport Fund

The County Council’s bid of £5 m for the local sustainable transport fund for the A6 corridors of south of Lancaster and Preston. 40% of funding was capital and 60% for revenue (i.e. promotion). Funding was for three years

Possible schemes included

  1. Improved cycle parking at the railway station (subject to outcome of rail refranchising)

  2. Traffic signals at North Rd Chapel St junction to help buses and cyclists get. out and pedestrians cross the road

  3. Trixi mirrors to enable motorists to see cyclists coming up behind them at traffic signal junctions on gyratory

  4. Cycle parking at major employers

  5. Events at major employment sites to promote sustainable transport

  1. Future Schemes

5.1 A6 City Centre to Lancaster University

Dynamo was campaigning to have a continuous cycle facility on the A6.

Installing continuous cycle lanes on the A6 would need the removal of on street parking. There would be a lot of opposition to removing parking on the road. There were two sections of the road where residents in terraced houses parked on the road as they had no alternative parking. There were four lengths with shops where shop keepers would be opposed to losing parking. Without removing parking any cycle lanes would be intermittent. South of the Boot and Shoe the road was not wide enough to install cycle lanes.

A further alternative might to widen the footway on the east side between Belle View Terrace and Rutland Drive and convert to joint use. This would link to the university cycle route along Letchworth Drive. However the width of the cycle path would be substandard in places and narrowing the width of the road would disadvantage cyclists using the carriageway.

Graham Agnew mentioned that traffic using the left turn lane at the university entrance often cut across the path of cyclists going straight ahead

Other ideas were to have short length of cycle lanes at junctions to highlight that cyclists might be there, though these were often criticised for being intermittent and running the cycle lane behind parking between Rutland Av and. Barton Road.

Some people questioned whether money would be spent elsewhere where more could done to improve conditions for cyclists

Alternative routes suggested included

a) A cycle path along the railway via Dorrington Road – This had been looked at in past but rejected following contact with the allotment group

b) Via minor roads between the A6 and Bowerham Road and via Greaves Park – This route was quite hilly and convoluted

As well as the route from the University to the City Centre it was important to consider routes from the University to different areas of Lancaster and from parts of south Lancaster to the City Centre

Action Alasdair Simpson to set up a site meeting with interested parties to walk along the main road to look at problems

5.2 Leach House Lane, Ellel

  1. Leach House Lane was a public footpath linking the west side of Galgate and Highland Brow with the A6 which came out by the toucan crossing at Hazelrigg Lane junction at the south end of university campus.

  2. Part of the route was a tarmac lane with the rest a path through a field.

  3. It was suggested that the route be made a bridleway and the path through the field surfaced so that cyclists could use it.

  4. The forum felt that it was a low priority for cyclists but should be pursued as a bridleway /cycleway scheme. The disadvantage of Highland Brow as a route to the University was that it included a steep hill

5.3 Lune Valley Cycle Path

Michael Helm (Ellel Parish Council) had raised the issue of extending the cycle path to Hornby and Wray at the Third Tier Forum. The Third Tier Forum is a joint body between County, City and Parish Councils. The Forum had given their support for the extension of the cycle path. The next stage was consideration of the proposal for inclusion in the County Council Commissioning Plans. Lancashire Access Forum’s annual summer visit included the Lune Valley cycle track to look at the recent extension to the cycle path and problems in extending the path.

Peter Edge thought the jug handle at the end of the extended section of the cycle path at Bull Beck was a good idea as it gave cyclists somewhere safe to wait at the side road. The junction with the B6251 was felt to unsafe for cyclists because of the danger of waiting in the middle of road in a location with poor visibility.

5.4 Morecambe Town Centre

An area Action Plan for Morecambe Town Centre was being developed. This included several cycling related proposals e.g.

  • Using the old Reebok Store for Cycle Hire

  • Improving links from Lancaster to Morecambe Greenway to the Promenade

  • Improvements to skate park

Access from the Lancaster – Morecambe Greenway and Promenade into Morecambe Town Centre was poor. There was a need to encourage more people to come into the town centre to help its vitality, including people cycling on the promenade who tended to cycle straight past the town centre rather than calling at shops. There were opportunities to allow contra-flow cycling on one way streets in Poulton and the West End. There was a need to improve links onto the Promenade for cyclists from the West End, Poulton and high schools.

Members of the forum felt that there was a need for more cycle parking in the town centre

5.5 Lancaster City Centre Pedestrian Order

The City Centre Pedestrian Order is being reviewed to reduce the number of vehicles coming into area during the day. The order would be experimental for 18 months. People had 6 months to object to object to it. After 18 months the County Council would need to decide whether to make the order permanent or not.

Members of the forum would like to see access into the pedestrian area for cycles to be increased

Dynamo had written to Councillor Janice Hanson, the City Council’s Cabinet member asking if cycling could be allowed in the pedestrian area at the same time as delivery vehicles

Matthew Hodges would like to see cycling allowed in New St and the west end of Market St to enable cyclists to access. Meeting House Lane and the railway station without having to use Castle Hill which was steep and cobbled

Peter Edge felt that cycling should be allowed in the pedestrian area at all times as happened in many places in Europe. People would make up their own minds whether it was safe to cycle or walk.

5.6 Lancaster City Centre Flood Relief Sewer Works

Flood Relief Sewer works were due to take place in the bus station area from Feb 2013 to Nov 2014. There would be temporary traffic management arrangements in place. Half the bus station would be closed at one period. The aim would be keep to cycle access from the Millennium Bridge to the City Centre open at all times

  1. Cycle training

Bikeability cycle training was currently being offered in the district by the CTC

County Council was planning to offer Bikeability cycle training to schools in the area, adult cycle training, family cycle training and cycle maintenance training

Aurora Trujillo felt that as well as cycle training there was a need to create a culture of cycling in schools through projects like Bike it.

  1. Events

7.1 Velocity Festival including

Friday 22nd June evening Lancaster City Centre Cycle Race

Saturday 23rd June Go Ride Racing at Saltayre

Sunday 24th June BMX stunts on Morecambe Promenade

More information http:

7.2 Other Events

CTC’s North Dales Audax on 2nd September

Lancashire Hotpot Sportive on 16 September starting from Blackpool.

The Ashton Memorial was a feeding station

Lancashire Loop Challenge from Cockerham on 30th September

7.3 Preston events

Sunday 17th June Sky Ride on closed roads in Preston City Ride

Saturday 23rd June Big Breeze Women’s Cycle Ride

Sunday 19 Aug Guild Wheel Opening

  1. Mountain Biking

Paul Stubbs was keen to see more mountain biking routes in the area so that people did not have to drive elsewhere to go mountain biking. He suggested two initial routes

  1. Footpath 9 on the north side of the river by Halton Camp

Joy Greenwood suggested a link up to the road on the east side of the Aqueduct to avoid a section of path that was prone to flooding

  1. Footpath 4 and 24 from the Morecambe Bypass to Heysham Mossgate.

This would also be a good utility route linking directly to Heysham. A further option would be to make footpath 3 a cycle path to avoid a section of road by Snatchems that was subject to tidal flooding. A disadvantage of the route was that it went through a farm yard and it may be difficult to get landowner agreement

Joy Greenwood said the Ramblers preferred route for coastal access on the west side of the Lune Estuary was along the flood bank which might.make a suitable bridleway route

Cyclists could legally use bridleways. Paths could legally become bridleway either by agreement with landowners, creation orders or by claim (Unopposed horse use over 20 years. Cyclists cannot claim bridleways, though they can claim restricted byways). The CTC website has advise on public rights of ways issues

Alasdair Simpson sent there was a need to promote existing bridleway routes better and look at ways of improving them

Peter Edge mentioned that there was a possibility of the Concessionary bridleway on Caton Moor and Shooters Track on Ward Stone being open to cyclists

Paul Stubbs was looking at setting up a sub group of Dynamo and interested parties to look at mountain bike access

  1. Lancashire Sport’s Partnership Cycling Action Plan

Working with partners Lancashire Sports Partnership had produced a Cycling Action. Lancashire Sports Partnership was independent from the County Council being mainly funded by Sport England. Cycling was one of their key target sports.

Dynamo welcomed that the final draft of the Action Plan gave more emphasis to utility cycling than the initial draft. The Forum thought it was good that the Sports Partnership have prioritised cycling

  1. Welsh legislation on cycling

The Welsh Assembly was proposing legislation that put a duty on councils to provide and maintain walking and cycling routes. Alasdair Simpson said that was what councils should already be doing. Dynamo were supportive of the Welsh legislation

  1. Date of next meeting

October to be advised


Agenda for tomorrow Lancaster and Morecambe Cycle Forum at Gregson Institute Moor Lane, Lancaster starting at 6pm Monday 6th February 2012

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1) Welcome, introductions and apologies

2) Minutes of previous meeting

3) Proposal by Dynamo to take over running of meeting (David Horton)

4) Infrastructure (Alasdair Simpson)

Completed schemes (or nearly complete)

· Lune Valley Cycle Path Extension (Bull Beck)

· Heysham High / Westgate

Works in progress

· Lune Aqueduct

Update on proposed scheme

· Stonewell Toucan, Lancaster

· A6/A588 Pointer Roundabout, Lancaster

· Chapel St contra-flow cycle lane, Lancaster

· Spring Garden St, Lancaster

· Middleton Way, Heysham

· Sainsburys, Morecambe

Other matters

· Cycle parking Lancaster Station

· Surfacing of canal towpath Lancaster – Carnforth

· Way of Roses Route

5) A6 Corridor Study and Local Sustainable Transport Fund Bid (Alasdair Simpson)

6) Break out session (in groups) – What three things would do most to increase cycle use in the district? (15 minutes)

7) Freewheelers Cycle Cooperative (Aurora Trujillo)

8/ Cycle Training (Damian Bonsall – CTC)

9) Cycle Promotion (Dynamo)

· Olympic torch

· Local mountain biking routes

10) Activities by employers and cycle groups to promote cycling


Minutes of 10th October 2011 meeting of the Lancaster Cycle Forum

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Ian Welsby Public Realm Manager Area North, Lancashire County Council

Alasdair Simpson, Sustainable Travel, Lancashire County Council

Professor Colin Pooley, University of Lancaster

Griet Scheideman, University of Lancaster

Pat Douglass, Area North, Lancashire County Council and Sustrans Ranger Group

Matt Hodges, CTC

David Horton, University of Lancaster and Dynano

John Leach, Dynamo

Paul Andrews, Saltayre Cogset

Joy Greenwood, Sustrans Ranger

Peter Edge, CTC, Sustrans Ranger, Wray Parish Council

Simeon Orme, Rough Stuff Fellowship

Nick Hewitt , Lancaster University cycle commuter

Jennifer Hutton, Cumbria University cycle commuter

Kathy Bashford, Sustrans Bike it

Stephen Hensel, Visitor from Beliguim

1) Apologies

Gary Bowker, Regeneration and Projects, Lancaster City Council

Annie Cousins, Sustrans Bike it

2) Minutes of Previous Meeting


· Temporary gangway was now being installed on Crook O’Lune (East) Viaduct and the bridge should be reopened to cyclists and walkers before Christmas

· John Leach reinforced the point about closing rat runs.

3) Understanding Walking and Cycling

Professor Colin Pooley gave a presentation of the Understanding Walking and Cycling Project

4) Maintaining the impetus from Cycling Demonstration

Alasdair Simpson outlined progress following the ending of the Cycling Demonstration Project


· Need to keep Celebrating Cycling Website up to date. Could the County Council take it over?

· 20 mph limits were also being introduced outside schools which should help cycling to school.

5) Infrastructure

a) Capital Programme

Work on the following schemes was underway and should complete by Christmas / Early 2012

· Lune Aqueduct Ramp to Riverside Cycle Path (British Waterways)

· Extension of Lune Valley Cycle Path by about ¾ km at Bull Beck, Caton

· Extension of cycle path on Westgate and route by Heysham High (City Council / Sustrans)

The following schemes had been approved in the County Council Local Transport Implementation Plan at the start of October and should be complete by April 2012.

· Stonewell Toucan, Lancaster City Council

· A6 / A588 Pointer Roundabout, Lancaster cycle facilities

· Chapel St – relocation of contraflow cycle lane to other side of road to reduce accidents to cyclists


· Matthew Hodges suggested that New Street and part of Market Street should be open to cyclists to give them access to the traffic lights by Waterstones’ as this was a better route than Castle Hill which was cobbled

· If successful Lancashire’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund included funding for key corridors, one of which was Galgate (M6 junction) to Lancaster City Centre

· Matthew Hodges mentioned improving the canal towpath between Lancaster, Galgate and Potters Brook

b) Other Infrastructure Matters

i) Cycle parking at Lancaster Station

At present there were 28 cycle lockers and 18 Sheffield stands on Lancaster Station. The cycle stands on platform 1 were overused with cycles being attached to drain pipes and railings. Those on platform 5 were underused as they were difficult to get to. There was a waiting list of 10 for the cycle lockers. Cycle lockers were free to use, but let out to single users on an individual basis. The current system of booking cycle lockers was easy to manage and met Network Rail Security requirements (as Virgin had a list of locker users). However it meant that the lockers were not being used efficiently.

Action: Alternatives means of managing the lockers to be investigated

ii) Canal towpath resurfacing

Canal towpath between Lancaster and Carnforth had been given a tar spray and chip surface about 9 years ago. In places the surface was wearing thin and needed another layer of surfacing.

When the towpath had been surfaced, British Waterways had been a commuted sum for future maintenance.

Action: It would be raised with British Waterways whether the remaining commuter sum could be used to put another layer of surfacing on the towpath but this would not cover the whole scheme

iii) National Cycle Route 6 Preston to Lancaster

It was commented that some pothole repairs on minor roads on national cycle route 6 were not all that good. This problem had been rectified with the method of filling in potholes being revised

6) Promotion

a) Bike it update

The Bike it Project was likely to come to an end in July 2012. To help ensure continuity once the project had finished and reengage with schools that had taken part in the project in the past a school mark scheme had been introduced (Bronze, Silver & Gold). So far 18 schools in the area had achieved the bronze standard.

For more info

b) Cycle Training

Bikeability cycle training was been offered to Years 5, 6 and 7 pupils by the City Council Sports and Leisure Section, who had funding from the Department of Transport for 900 places.

c) Universities

Cycle road shows had / were taking place by two Universities. The University of Cumbria had made their event into a bigger event.

7) Next Meeting

Gregson Institute, Moor Lane, Lancaster 1800 hours Monday 6th February 2012


Crook O’Lune East Bridge to reopen

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THE bridge at the Crook O’ Lune will reopen today (Wednesday 26 October).

The listed structure was closed in March after an inspection showed problems, particularly with the timber beams supporting the deck.

The county council has carried out work to provide a new temporary bridge deck, supported by scaffolding, to allow people to use it again.

A scaffolding company has constructed a walkway, above the current bridge deck, which will be supported by the original metal arch structure beneath. The county council has then put down a non-slip surface ahead of its reopening.

The current diversion, which redirects people over the Caton Lune Bridge on Low Road, will be removed when work on the temporary bridge and some maintenance works on Caton Lune Bridge are complete.

Officers are currently exploring options to attract outside grant funding to help to pay for a refit which would be needed to completely restore the bridge.

The bridge near the Crook O’ Lune picnic site and Millennium Park carries the River Lune Cycleway which is a popular route for cyclists, walkers and horse riders.


Lancaster and Morecambe Cycle Forum Agenda at Gregson Institute Moor Lane, Lancaster at 6pm Monday 10th October 2011

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1) Welcome, introductions and apologies

2) Minutes of previous meeting

3) Understanding Cycling and Walking Research Project by Lancaster, Leeds and Oxford Brookes Universities

(web link to summary of research

4) Keeping up momentum from Cycling Demonstration Town Project (see attached table below)

5) Infrastructure

a) Current schemes (Brief comments)

· Heysham High / Westgate

· A6/A588 Pointer Roundabout

· Stonewell Toucan, Lancaster

· Chapel St contraflow cycle lane, Lancaster relocation

· Lune Aqueduct

· Lune Valley Cycle Path Extension (Bull Beck)

(see attached plans)

b) Other matters

· Cycle parking Lancaster Station

· Surfacing of canal towpath, north of Lancaster and maintenance of cycle routes

· Enforcement of parking and traffic regulations

6) Trends in cycle use

7) Promotional activities,

  • Bike it update
  • Cycle Training
  • Operation Chainguard update

8/ Activities by employers and cycle groups to promote cycling


Summary Table of Cycling in Lancaster and Morecambe area post Cycling Demonstration Town



2012 – 13 and beyond




£600,000 new cycle

infrastructure due to opened in 2011/12

· Between £100,000 and £200,000 developer funded schemes a year

· Possible funding from Local Sustainable Transport Fund, if bid is successful

· Growth in cycle use

· New developments well served by cycle facilities

· Some key corridors not served eg Lancaster to Heysham

· Cycle use likely to continue to raise over the next 5 years even if there is no investment in cycle facilities

· Diminishing returns from new investment?

· Need for more cycle parking at railway station

20 mph programme

20 mph programme

· Lower speeds in residential areas leading to pleasanter conditions for cyclists

· Need for promotion to encourage people to drive at 20 mph


Bike it programme continuing to July 2012 with funding from City Council and Sustrans

New school link to Heysham High and Westgate Primary

Limited promotion if Bike it Programme end

· Risk of declining interest from primary schools in promoting cycling leading to fewer pupils cycling to school

· Offset by increased interest in cycling from parents and continued child cycle training programme

· Need for link from Prom to Morecambe High


Promotion by two universities. More limited at other employers

· Continued promotion by universities.

· Possible support for businesses on A6 Lancaster – Galgate corridor if Local Sustainable Transport Fund bid successful

· Increased levels of cycling at universities

· Cycling at other employers likely to increase anyway due to general increase in cycling

Cycle Training

Child cycle training

· 900 a year pupils trained by City Council Bikeability programme

· County Council programme

· Child cycle training still offered by City Council?

· More children cycling to school

· No learn to cycle courses

· Need for follow up events eg ride to school days?

Adult cycle training

· 50 people a year trained by County Council in area

· Increased adult cycle training offer by County Council

· More adults with confidence to cycle on road

· No cycle maintenance course

· No beginners adult cycle rides

Youth Offer

· Salt Ayre Cog Set

· Salt Ayre Cog Set

· More children cycling

· Shortage of teenage cycle facilities eg BMX track, skate parks

Tourism Offer

· Promotion by Tourism Section

· Way of Roses Cycle route

· Continued promotion

· More people visiting area to cycle

· Economic benefit

· Need for more cycle hire



· Due to be reprinted Spring 2011

· Charge for map?


· Events run by local groups eg Wrynose or Bust

· Breakfast on the Bridge

· Events run by local groups

· Would need to be fully funded, by outside sponsors, entries fees or run by volunteers

· Olympic Games an opportunity to promote cycling

· Lancashire’s Sports Partnership June Cycling Month


· Enewsletter s by City and County Council

· Fewer press releases

· Limited PR

· Enewletters

· More promotion if Local Sustainable Transport Fund bid successful

· Opportunity for local group to produce a newsletter promoting cycling in the area on a quarterly basis?


· City and County Council websites on cycling continue to be maintained

· Cycle journey planners

· City and County Council websites on cycling continue to be maintained

· Celebrating cycling website likely to become out of date

· Opportunity for local group to set up website promoting cycling similar to Spokes website in Edinburgh


If anyone got any comments about above you can post a comment on this post or e-mail me them at simeonorme[at] or come along with me to meeting.


Crook ‘O’Lune (East) Bridge Closure

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Lancashire County Council will unfortunately have to close the Crook ‘O’ Lune pedestrian bridge (east) on Monday 21st March due to safety reasons.

An inspection of the bridge was carried out following concerns regarding the deterioration of its condition and it has been confirmed that it is unsafe for future use.

The findings of the inspection report show the structure to be in a poor condition. The timber beams are overall in a very poor condition with numerous examples of entire beams being hollow and rotten along with several extensive splits. Some of the beams are starting to compress and deform due to the weight of the deck that they are supporting. Other beams may appear outwardly to be sound but they are actually rotting from within due to water coming in from above.

In order to protect cyclists and pedestrians an alternative pedestrian route is being provided across the Caton Lune Bridge. A 30mph speed restriction temporary traffic lights and single way traffic will be installed from Monday 21st March on Caton Lune Bridge, to allow the creation a marked pedestrian area alongside the traffic. The River Lune Cycleway will unfortunately have to be closed at Crook ‘O’ Lune Bridge.

Crook ‘O’ Lune car park and picnic site are also adjacent to the bridge, the car park, picnic area  and cafe will remain open for business as usual.

The bridge originally a railway bridge, was constructed in the 1880’s but now carries the River Lune Cycleway which caters for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders. The Crook ‘O’ Lune (West) Bridge was refurbished in 2005, after being found to have similar problems to those of this bridge.

We apologise for the inconvenience that this closure may cause but I am sure you appreciate that the safety of the community is paramount in this decision. We will keep you informed of the next steps once our full assessment have been made and considered.

The above is from e-mail I received today from Lancashire County Council and I think the bridge is going to be out action for rest of the year, if 2005 bridge repairs were anything to go by!


Denny Beck Bridge on Lune Millennium Cycle Path

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The Denny Beck Bridge on the cycle path along the River Lune at Halton, east of Lancaster is due to be replaced with a new bridge. The bridge works are due to start on 4th January 2011 and take about 3 months. An alternative route will be provided for cyclists and pedestrians using the footbridge to the north, though cyclists may have dismount to use the footbridge. Work as already started on creating the alternative route.

The scheme is being funded by Lancaster City Council, who own the bridge.


Operation Chainguard: Register Your Bike

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Bike registration scheme to help return stolen cycles.

Cyclists purchasing new bikes are being asked to register their details on a new database to help safeguard their property.

The move is one of a number of joint agency initiatives being lauched across Morecambe and Lancaster as part of Operation Chainguard, aimed at reducing bicycle thefts in the area and increasing the ability to return a stolen bike to its owner.

Shoppers purchasing bikes at participating cycle stores will asked to register their contact details, along with the manufacturer, model, colour and frame serial number of their new bicycle. This information will be stored on a centralised secure database, which can be accessed by police officers should the bike be stolen.

Current figures show that around one bike is stolen every day in Northern Division, which covers Lancaster, Morecambe and Wyre.

PC Ben Hanley, Morecambe Police said ‘Bicycle theft is not a unique problem to the area and happens across the country. However, Lancaster and Morecambe are popular places for cyclists to get above by bike, both for commuting and for pleasure, so the theft of a cycle can be a real inconvenience for the owner. Unfortunately the main identifying characteristic ‘the bike’s serial number’ is rarely recored or stored where police can access to it. This means our ability to recover a stolen bicycle and return it to its rightful owner, is greatly reduced’.

Rachel Scott, Lancaster Council Cycling Project Co-ordinator added ‘Operation Chainguard will see a joint approach to tackling bike crime in the Lancaster and Morecambe area. The introduction of this DVLA-style registration database will greatly increase the chances of any recovered, stolen bikes being returned to their rightful owner’.

Local bicycle shops have pledged their commitment to Operation Chainguard and arrangements are being made for roadshow-style events to take place across the area. So far, signed up partners include Destination Cycles, The Edge, Oggy’s Cycles, Dynostart, Halfords, Leisure Lakes, Bay Bikes, Motormania with others to follow.

Operation Chainguard will also see a number of other measures being introduced to help reduce the number of bicycle thefts. However, cyclists can also take a number of preventative steps to help stop them becoming the victim of crime.

  • Bicycles should be locked away in garges or sheds when not in use and if this is not possible then use a good quality lock and chain to secure the bike to something sturdy.
  • It’s even better if you can use two locks on your bike and wrap them through the frame rather than the wheels as these can be removed by thieves.
  • If you are out and about on your bike, always lock it up when you need to leave it, even if you are just nipping into a shop for a few minutes.
  • If you must leave your bike in a secluded area for any lenght of time, consider removing your seat and taking it with you, a bike without seat is uncomfortable prospect for a thief.
  • Don’t put off noting down your bikedetails it could be the information police need to reunite both cycle and owner. Distinctive marks, custom parts and additional graphics all help to identify specfic cycles if stolen.

If you’ve alraedy got a bike then you can still register it. Just fill in your details at and we will pass them onto the Police.

The above is e-mail from Celebrating Cycling, what do you think about Operational Chainguard is good ideal or bad ideal lets hear some comments from you!


Destination Cycles in Lancaster

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Its Martin and Paul here from Destination Cycles at 12 New Street, Lancaster. We got your details from the club website and just thought we would introduce ourselves.

We have recently opened our shop, a totally indepentant venture. We have 45 years experience between us mainly working at Halfords. Paul has two sons, one of which Mathew regulary attends Cogset on a Saturday morning. Martin has been a keen cyclists since the age of 14 and has been a local member of the LCC, The Lune and the CTC off and on over the years, althrough an occassional cyclist currently. We are both born and bred in the area and are passionate about cycling and cycles. Our aim with Destination Cycles is to offer excellent service and choice to cyclists young and old. We are currently stocking bikes from Scott, Merida and Dawes, (Both Scott and Merida do some beautiful race bikes.) We also supply accessories from the major suppliers. Our stock range is growing all the time. We also offer a full service at competetive prices.

We would like to offer you club members 10% discount in our shop. Maybe this could be managed by getting your members to show a membership card at the shop?

If this is of any interest to you pop into the shop or give us a call on 01524-388351

Many Thanks

Martin King and Paul Taylor


The ride home from work

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Today took my camera in with me to work, below is few photos I took at work and on the ride home.


 Close up of grass in the rough at work.


 Another close of flower in the rough at work.


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Looking back down the towpath in Hest Bank.


Reflections on the canal at Hest Bank.


A climbing plant on a wall in Slyne.


New growth in the Hedge on Bottomdale Road.


 A gate post near four lanes end.