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Minutes of March 2013 meeting of the Lancaster Cycle Forum

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Present
Phil Longton, Lancaster University Travel Plan Adviser
John Leach, Dynamo
Peter Edge, CTC, Sustrans Ranger, Wray Parish Council
Matt Hodges, CTC
Pat Douglass, Lancaster and Ribble Valley Highways Team, Lancashire County Council
Alasdair Simpson, Sustainable Travel, Lancashire County Council

Apologies
Nick Hewitt, Lancaster University
Jessica Abraham, Lancaster University
Ian Rodham, Travel Plan Adviser, University of Cumbria
Jason Kennedy, Silverdale Cycle Hire
Daren Axe, Green Lancaster, Lancaster University
Paul Stubbs, Dynamo
Gary Bowker, Regeneration and Projects, Lancaster City Council

1) Minutes of previous meeting – agreed

2) Matters arising
Lancaster City Pedestrian Order – delayed because of sewer works

3) Statistics
Travel to work figures for 2011 Census had come out in February 2013.

Travel to work by mode England and Wales 2001 and 2011 Census
In 2001 61.5% by car, 4.1% by train, 7.4% by Bus, 10% walk and 2.8% Cycle
In 2011 59.2% by car, 5.0% by train, 7.2% by bus, 9.7% walk and 2.8% Cycle
Nationally there had been a slight drop in car use with an increase in commuting by train. Cycling levels had increased in cities such as London and Bristol, but declined elsewhere. (Bristol is very hilly in places)

Travel to work by mode Lancaster District 2011 Census
In 2001 the working population was 55905: 34937 of the working pop. or 62.5 % use the car, 737 of the working pop. or 1.3% use the train, 3113 or 5.5% of the working pop use the bus, 8016 or 14.3% working pop. walk and 2150 or 3.8% of the working pop. cycle.
In 2011 the working population was  62832 (change of 11.2% from 2001): 38530 or 61.3% of the working pop use the car (change of 10.2 % from 2001), 1248 or 2% of working pop use the train (change of 69% from 2001), 3668 or 5.8% of the working pop. use the bus ( change of 18% from 2001), 8668 or 13.8 of the working pop walk (change of 8% from 2001), 2551 or 4.1% of working pop. cycle ( change of 18.6% from 2001).

The share of car commuting had declined, whilst train, bus and cycling had all increased. There had also been a substantial increase in the working population.
Lancaster now had second highest cycle to work rate in North West after Barrow. In Barrow 5.2% of the population cycled to work, largely because of the shipyard

Active People Survey 2010/11
% of population do any cycling
Lancaster (District)
23% once a month, 15% once a week, 8% 3 times a week and 4% 5 times a week.
Lancashire
14% once a month, 9% once a week, 4% 3 times a week  and 2% 5 times a week.
England
15% once a month, 10% once a week, 4% 3 times a week and 3% 5 times a week.
Based on the Active Travel Survey, Lancaster had the highest cycling levels in the North West

4) Infrastructure

a) A6 Corridor
Dynamo wanted to see a continuous cycle facility on the A6 between the City Centre and University. It was not possible to install cycle lanes on the A6 without removing parking which would be opposed by residents and shopkeepers.
Councillor Sam Riches had raised cycle facilities on the A6 at Full Council and at the Three Tier Forum (County Council, City Council and representatives from Parish Councils)
The County Council had funding for, the A6 corridor between the City Centre and Galgate from the Government’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund. This funding came to an end in March 2015
In 2013/4 the following schemes were proposed funded by the Local Sustainable Transport Fund
Greaves Park – A6 (Belle View Terrace) to Bowerham Road opposite Dale St Burrow Beck – This involved linking cycle paths between minor roads to create a continuous cycle path on the east side of the beck
There was also a plan to develop Moorside Fields alongside Barton Road by a community group, which included cycle paths
http://www.moorsidefields.co.uk/www.moorsidefields.co.uk/Home.html
Matthew Hodges felt that the 30 mph should be extended to the University entrance. This might happen anyway in the course of time as the road becomes more developed

b) University Main Entrance toucan
It was proposed to install a toucan crossing at the main entrance. This was largely to enable pedestrians to cross to the bus stop, but would also help cyclists turn right. The proposals included a central cycle lane on the southbound approach between the left turn lane and straight ahead lane
Members of the forum felt that the scheme would be better if The length of the left lane into the University was reduced There was a link to Five Ashes Lane
Alasdair Simpson asked if there should also be a link to Green Lane as that was a through route for cyclists

c) Link to Sainsbury’s in Morecambe
There was about £50,000 developer funding from Sainsbury’s in Morecambe to improve pedestrian and cycle routes
There were two options for the funding A direct link from Sainsbury car park via Cartmell Place to the Greenway. This would go along the edge of a primary school playing field. This was dependent on support from Sainsbury and the Primary School A link from the Greenway to Bartholmew Road and Wingate Avenue through Altham Recreation Ground
The forum preferred option 1 as it would encourage people using the Greenway to stop at Sainsburys.
It was commented that cycle parking at the store was not well located, especially that on Lancaster Road side
It was also proposed to convert the footways on either side of Lancaster Road to cycle paths to link two toucans and side roads.

d) Proposed Morecambe Bay Cycle Route
The Morecambe Bay Partnership bid to the Coastal Communities Fund had been successful. This included funding for a Bay Cycle Route from Glasson to Barrow. In the long term it was hoped to extend the route to Fleetwood. In Lancashire the proposals involved little more than signing
There was a talk on the route at the annual Morecambe Bay Partnership conference in Grange on Tuesday 26th March
http://www.morecambebay.org.uk/what_we_do/AGM_&_conference_2013.html

e) Bid to Department for Transport Cycle Safety Funding
A bid for the A6 northbound in the city centre had been submitted to the Department for Transport £20 million cycle safety scheme.
This included Trixi mirrors at traffic signals Contraflow cycle path on Spring Garden St Signing a cycle loop round the City Centre to make people more aware of the alternative routes
The successful bids had yet to be announced.

f) Station Road / West Road
Alasdair Simpson had been asked to raise this at the forum by a cyclist who felt it was difficult to turn right on the bend from Station Road to the cycle track to Long Marsh Lane
Members of the forum felt that though the turn was difficult there was not much that could done to improve it. There had been no recorded injury accidents at the junction, the bend slowed vehicles, there was a cycle warning sign and a signed alternative route via Fairfield Road. However Alasdair Simpson would ask for the centre line to be reinstated.

g) Ryelands Park and Douglas Park (Heysham)
This was a proposal to build a pump track in Ryelands Park. A consultation on a skate part in Douglas Park in Heysham had just finished
h) Other schemes
The County Council’s draft programme for 2013/4 included the following minor schemes Zebra crossing of Marine Drive in Morecambe by The Platform Tarmacing an existing unofficial path from the end of Greenway to Retail Park in Morecambe to improve cycle and pedestrian access to the site Morecambe Road, Lancaster: Conversion of footway to cycle path from Penhyrn Road toucan to Aldi
The full programme would be available on the commissioning part of the website at the end of March http://www3.lancashire.gov.uk/corporate/atoz/a_to_z/service.asp?u_id=3599&tab=1

g) Postscript Cycle Parking at Railway Stations
Northern Rail had got funding to improve cycle parking at Morecambe and Bare Stations. See: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/linking-places-fund-tranche-2. Morecambe was also a possible location for their cycle hire
Charges for the cycle lockers are due to be introduced at Lancaster Station. There was a waiting list of 36. Charges will help pay for their future maintenance and discourage people from taking the lockers if they do not use them on a regular basis. The City Council are due to install 6 more lockers at the station. There was some temporary disruption to cycle parking at station due to work on the overhead bridge

5) Traffic Management

a) Lancaster City Centre Flood Relief Sewer Scheme
Sewer work was due to start in the bus station area in April. Part of the bus station would be closed and bus displaced to Chapel St. Traffic management was responsibility of United Utilities. The County Council had stressed the importance of ensuring that access for cyclists was maintained.
Temporary Traffic Regulation Orders could be viewed on the website
http://www3.lancashire.gov.uk/corporate/atoz/a_to_z/service.asp?u_id=3599&tab=1

b) Cyclists, Roadworks and Diversions
Matt Hodges gave a talk on cyclists, road works and cyclists.
Traffic Advisory Leaflet 15/99 (Cyclists and road-works) advised that wherever possible, access should be maintained for cyclists in both directions throughout the period of road works, avoiding more hazardous diversions. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/traffic-advisory-leaflets-1999
Matthew felt that the County Council often did not consider whether access for cyclists should be maintained during road closures, signing for cyclists and diversion routes. For example Lune St which linked to the Millennium Bridge was at present closed for northbound cyclists because of sewer works, though the alternative route via Greyhound Bridge was unsuitable for cyclists. For most of the time he felt that there was no need to close the road to northbound cyclists as there was no works on the road except at the Owen Road end and cyclists could safely access the toucan crossings at the Owen Road / Morecambe Road junction via Captain’s Row without going past the section of road where the road works were.
Pat Douglass mentioned that when the Way of Roses route had been closed at Loyne Bridge at Hornby an alternative route had been signed by cyclists
Matthew Hodges also showed some examples of photos of roadwork signs blocking cycle facilities
Alasdair Simpson had forwarded Matthew Hodges presentation to the County Council’s Head of Local Network Management asking if he could make colleagues more aware of the recommendations of the traffic advisory leaflet.

6) Promotion

a) Commuter Cycle Challenge
Challenge for Change have recently been appointed to run inter-company commuter cycle challenges in Lancaster and Preston in Spring / early Summer 2013
http://www.challengeforchange.com/home

b) Lancaster City Centre Cycle Race was due to go ahead again on June 28th
http://www.cdnw.org/lancastercrits.html

c) Sky Rides – subject to funding, consideration was been given to Lancaster taking part in the Sky Ride programme in 2014
http://www.goskyride.com/

d) Big Pedal – several schools in the area were taking part in Sustrans’ Big Pedal
http://bigpedal.org.uk/

7) Lancaster University update
University had carried out a travel survey in Nov 2012
Staff cycle use had fallen from 14% to 13% compared to the previous survey in April 2011. This was perhaps due to the different time of year of the two surveys and as the response rate in 2012 was bias towards women. 22% of male staffed cycled compared to 8% female.
Student cycling had fallen from 10.7% to 7%, though the figure was still above the 5% rate in 2006. Bus use by students had increased by 25%
The main issues raised in the survey were Drainage of University cycle path – This had since been sorted out Need for more secure cycle parking at the University Need to improve routes to University
It was also mentioned that whilst the cycle track between Collingham Park and Bailrigg Lane was gritted by the City Council and the cycle track between the University and Bailrigg Lane was gritted, Bailrigg Lane was not gritted.
University was carrying out the following initiatives Cycle promotion days each term Bicycle Security marking – cyclists getting their bike marked got a free D lock
Green Lancaster scheme was continuing but sold cheap new bikes (costing between £115 and £180) as second hand bikes were no longer available via Pedal Power.
The cost of a bike was a barrier to students cycling. If there was an adequate supply of reconditioned bikes Green Lancaster could sell about 70 to 100 a year at around £60 – £80 each..
In the past when there had been a cycle shop on campus students could pay for a bicycle by making a payment in each term spreading the cost over the year..

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Minutes of Lancaster Cycle Forum October 2012 Meeting

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Present

Joy Greenwood, Sustrans Ranger

Nick Hewitt, Lancaster University cycle commuter

Jennifer Hutton, Cumbria University cycle commuter

Peter Edge, CTC, Sustrans Ranger, Wray Parish Council

David Bedding, Sustrans Ranger

Len Hutton, CTC

Matt Hodges, CTC

Kelly Brown, Planning, Lancaster City Council

Pat Douglass, Public Realm, Lancashire County Council

Alasdair Simpson, Sustainable Travel, Lancashire County Council

Louis Atkinson, Sustainable Travel, Lancashire County Council

Apologies

Darren Axe, Green Lancaster, Lancaster University

Phil Longton, Lancaster University Travel Plan Adviser

Aurora Trujillo, Holly Smith, Sarah McGowan, Freewheelers Cycle Cooperative

Paul Stubbins, Dynamo, John Leach, Dynamo

Gary Bowker, Regeneration and Projects, Lancaster City Council (broken ankle)

  1. Minutes of previous meeting – Agreed

  1. Matters arising

Chapel St, Lancaster – Scheme had been installed. Double yellows had been laid on the outside of the contra-flow cycle lane. Some drivers might assume it was legal to park in the cycle lane because of this, though it was illegal.

Action Lancashire Parking Services to be asked to enforce the regulations

The road is due to be effected by sewer works. When the sewer works are complete the cycle lane would be reinstated with humped crossings at side entries.

Stonewell Toucan, Lancaster- Work had started on site completing the east – west link across the north side of the city centre via Church Street.

Lancaster City Centre Pedestrian Order – An experimental order to reduce traffic coming through the pedestrian area was due to be advertised shortly. This did not include any relaxations on the current restrictions for cyclists. Once the order comes into force people have six months to object it.

The order would be advertised on the below website

http://www.lancashire.gov.uk/environment/env_highways/ptros.asp

  1. Lancaster cycling statistics

3.1 Cycle Use

Active People Survey 2010/11

% of population do any cycling

Once a month, Once a week, 3 times a week and 5 times a week

 In Lancaster

23% once  month

15% once a week

8% 3 times a week

4% 5 times a week

In Lancashire

14% once a month

9% once a week

4% 3 times a week

2% 5 times a week

In England

15% once a month

10% once a week

4% 3 times a week

3% 5 times a week

Lancaster had the highest cycling levels in the North West

Cycle flows 2011

  • Automatic counters on cycle tracks + 16%

(Not all counter data is available yet)

  • Cycle flows on A roads (Department for Transport) + 9.9%

The increase was in large due to the excellent work of the Cycling Demonstration Team.

3.2 Accidents

Cyclists killed or seriously injured

In Lancaster

9.8  average in 2005 to 2009.

8 in 2010

10 in 2011

In Lancashire

74.8 average in 2005 to 2009

76 in 2010

71 in 2011

In Great Britain

Killed and seriously injured cyclists accidents had been relatively stable in Lancaster and Lancashire, whilst in the country as a whole they had increased.

Main cluster sites included A6 King St in Lancaster and Chapel St, Lancaster where a modified scheme had recently been installed. Most of accidents to cyclists were on main roads. The Lancaster – Morecambe corridor had less than the A6 south of Lancaster due to the parallel off road route.

Nick Hewitt mentioned research by TRL (Transport Research Laboratory) "Collisions involving pedal cyclists on Britain’s roads: Establishing the causes". The research involved an analysis of pedal cycle accidents between 2005 and 2007 nationally.

  • 97% of killed and seriously injured cycle accidents were main carriageway

  • 2% on cycle lanes on main carriageway

  • 1% on off road cycle paths or footways

  • Severity of injuries increased with speed limit

  • 60% of KSI accidents at or near junctions

Nick felt that there was a need for more off road cycle paths

  1. Lancaster Local Plan

Lancaster City Council were carrying a major consultation on the new Local Plan this autumn. The consultation included events at more than 20 locations throughout the district. Plans would also be available on the website www.lancaster.gov.uk/planning.gov.uk/planningpolicy and for the Morecambe Area Action Plan www.lancaster.gov.uk/morecambeaap.

The Local Plan outlined future development sites. The plans would also include cycle links. New development sites provide an opportunity to improve facilities for cyclists though there was a need to link them with existing destinations. The plan sought to promote sustainable development.

Members of the forum were encouraged to comment on the consultation

  1. Developments proposals on the south side of Lancaster

Both the Science Park and new Booths supermarket had planning permission. The second supermarket had permission refused at a planning appeal, though the developers had taken the planning permission for the Booths site to judicial review.

5.1 Booths

The Booths supermarket if it went ahead included a toucan crossing and a linking cycle path to Lawsons Bridge.

Plans: http://planning.lancaster.gov.uk/online-applications/caseDetails.do?keyVal=KZDU63IZ03800&caseType=Application

Hotel and supermarket plans and inspectors decision http://planning.lancaster.gov.uk/online-applications/caseDetails.do?keyVal=L0VFM6IZ03800&caseType=Application

5.2 Science Park

The Science Park included short sections of cycle path on the A6, toucan crossings at the junction and a linking cycle path to the University Sports Centre. As part of the detailed design for the junction it might be possible to look at lead in cycle lanes and advanced stop lines for cyclists remaining on carriageway. Members of the forum felt that there was a need for a direct cycle path from the Science Park to main university campus coming out near the Chaplaincy Centre. This would provide an alternative to Bailrigg Lane. Visibility where the cycle path crossed Bailrigg Lane would also need improving.

For plans of the proposed Science Park see http://planning.lancaster.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=externalDocuments&keyVal=M6DWN5IZ05000

5.3 Suggested Housing Sites

There are suggested large housing development sites at Whinney Carr and land north of Bailrigg Lane in the draft local plan. The sites would link well with the university and Science Park

The canal offered the best cycle route into the City Centre from Whinney Carr, though because of the width of the towpath it had limited capacity. It was suggested that Dorrington Road would be a good link to the City Centre if there was a route through the allotments.

The Bailrigg Lane site pointed towards improving the Burrow Beck corridor

For more information http://www.lancaster.gov.uk/planning/planning-policy/local-development-framework/local-planning-policy/work-in-progress/land-allocations-dpd/#Strategic_site_options

  1. A6 Corridor south of Lancaster

Cycle lanes: Without removing parking it was not possible to install cycle lanes on the A6. Both times that changes to parking regulations had been advertised on the A6 in the recent years, the proposals had result in strong opposition from residents and as a result had been dropped. South of the Boot and Shoe and by Fern Bank the A6 was too narrow for cycle lanes.

University Main Entrance: proposals to add a crossing to the traffic signals at the university entrance were being developed. This could be a toucan crossing with a linking cycle path to Five Ashes Lane. Advance Stop Lines and a central southbound cycle lane were being looked at

Proposed Booths – Science Park: It might be possible to have a shared use path on the east side of the A6

Burrow Beck: One option would be to develop a cycle route along the Burrow Beck coming out on Barton Road south of Durham Avenue. As the roads on the west side of the beck was quite quiet the need for the route was questioned, though others felt that links such as this would make the area more permeable by bicycle

Belle Vue Terrace – Palatine Av: It might be possible to widen the footway and convert it to a cycle path between these two roads. This would also link to the pelican crossing north of Fern Bank to provide a route to Ripley High School

Greaves Park – There was universal support for a route across Greaves Park from Belle Vue Terrace to Bowerham Road coming out opposite Dale St, as this provide a relatively flat alternative route to the A6 to Freehold, Ridge and Bulk missing out the city centre from south side of Lancaster

South Road – Depending on the effect on congestion it might be possible to install cycle lanes on South Road between the Pointer Roundabout and Canal.

  1. Department for Transport Cycle Safety Scheme funding

The Department for Transport have allocated £15 million to reduce accidents to cyclists, which councils have to bid for. Schemes have to be completed by December 2013. Criteria are the number of fatal and seriously injured accidents likely to be reduced and severance for cyclists.

http://www.dft.gov.uk/news/press-releases/dft-news-20120626b/

Possible schemes in Lancaster and Morecambe are

7.1 King St, Lancaster

It is proposed to install trixi mirrors at traffic junctions on King St so that drivers would have a greater chance of seeing cyclists coming up on their inside.

The cycle lanes in King St had been modified in 2010. Prior to 2010 the main accident types were either passengers getting out of vehicles in queuing traffic and opening a car door into a face of cyclist or vehicles being let out of side rides by queuing traffic colliding with cyclists in the cycle lane. Post 2010 the dominant accident type was vehicles turning left at traffic lights colliding with cyclists going straight ahead in the cycle lane. Members of the forum felt that was also a need for a road safety campaign

As the city centre as a whole acted as a barrier to people cycling in Lancaster, it is also planned to apply for money to sign alternative routes round the city centre

7.2 Central Drive / Marine Road Morecambe

There have been 3 accidents at the roundabout involving vehicles turning left towards Heysham from Central Drive colliding with cyclists going straight ahead to the Promenade, and 3 accidents involving vehicles entering the roundabout from Heysham colliding with cyclists on the circulatory carriageway.

It was proposed to install off road facilities at the roundabout with a zebra crossing by tourist information centre. The entry from Heysham could be modified so that vehicles entered the roundabout at less of angle and at a slower speed increasing their chance of seeing a cyclist on the roundabout.

7.3 Shrimp Roundabout

There have been 4 accidents to cyclists on the roundabout and 3 on Westgate between the roundabout and the Greenway. It was proposed to improve the off road facilities at the roundabout, and extend the off road route along Westgate to the roundabout.

  1. Spring Garden St, Lancaster City Centre

To link with the toucan crossing of King St it was proposed to convert the footway on the south side to an eastbound contra-flow cycle path. Because of BT boxes in the carriageway it was difficult to widen the footway so the width of the path would be less than desired in places. The contra-flow cycle lane could not safely be put on the carriageway due to delivery bays.

  1. Feedback on recent schemes

  • Pointer Roundabout – Matthew Hodges had concerns about vehicles overrunning the cycle lane on the A6 north exit from the roundabout.

  • Lune Aqueduct – The ramp down from the canal towpath was felt to be a major improvement by all.

  1. Cutting back hedges alongside highways (Matthew Hodges)

Matthew Hodges showed examples of hedges growing out over carriageways and footways. Hedges growing out over footways can make footways un-useable by pedestrians, whilst hedges out over the carriageway meant that cyclists had to ride out further into the road coming into conflict with traffic. Matthew felt that the County Council should use its powers to make landowners to cut back hedges and charge them for cutting the hedge if they failed to do so more often.

Matthew also showed examples of blocked drains that had remained blocked for a long time, included one by the Pointer Roundabout. Blocked drains should be picked up by highway inspectors. Drains are cleaned regularly. Blocked drains can result in cyclists having to ride through flooding at the side road, getting soaked or having to pull out into traffic. Flooding from blocked drains made a road less safe to ride and drive on.

  1. City Centre Cycle Race

Members of the forum thought the City Centre Race in June was a success despite the heavy rain on the day, and that the race should be repeated next year.

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Minutes of 29th June 2011 meeting of the Lancaster Cycle Forum

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Present

Ian Welsby Public Realm Manager Area North, Lancashire County Council

Alasdair Simpson, Sustainable Travel, Lancashire County Council

Gary Bowker, Regeneration and Projects, Lancaster City Council

Rob Lowe, Dynamo

Dick Follows, Dynamo

Daren Chandisingh, Saltayre Cogset

Paul Andrews, Saltayre Cogset

Peter Edge, CTC, Sustrans Ranger, Wray Parish Council

David Bedding, Sustrans Ranger

Sergeant Tristan Heawood, Lancashire Police

Philip Longton, Lancaster University

Rachel Scott,

Damian Bonsall, CTC Bike Club

Simeon Orme, Rough Stuff Fellowship

Peter Kenner, Rough Stuff Fellowship

Nick Hewitt

Jenn Hutton, Cumbria University

Annie Cousins, Sustrans Bike it

Kathy Bashford, Sustrans Bike it

Kate Usher, Bike it Supporter

1) Apologies (received after the meeting)

Stuart Glover Sport and Leisure, Lancaster City Council

2) Terms of Reference

Agreed

Aim changed to " to more people cycling more often more safely in Lancaster and Morecambe area"

Slight changes to wording of point 2

3) Current situation

Alasdair Simpson summarised success of cycling demonstration project as

· Increased cycle use

· Opening of Morecambe Promenade to cyclists

· Improved cycle access to Lancaster City Centre

· High levels of cycle use at Lancaster University

· BIke it Project

End of Project Report for Cycling England distributed with minutes

4) What do we need to do next

Suggestions included

· Extend Lune Valley Cycle Path to Wray. Land and funding were issues, though there were large tourism benefits

· Continue 20 mph programme. County Council spending £9m over 3 years on sign only 20 mph speed limits in all residential streets and outside schools

· Do more to restrain car use e.g. closing rat runs, reducing parking spaces, enforcement of traffic regulation orders

5) Capital Programme

General

Lancashire County Council’s Draft Implementation Plan of new transport schemes would be published on the web in late July. There would be six weeks for people to comment, before approval of the plan in September. The plan should be available via the following weblink:

http://www.lancashire.gov.uk/corporate/web/?siteid=5489&pageid=29612&e=e

The Local Sustainable Transport Fund was the Government new £560m fund to. Support sustainable transport over 4 years. Lancashire had made a major.bid of £13.7m details of which were available on. http://www3.lancashire.gov.uk/corporate/atoz/a_to_z/service.asp?u_id=3488&tab=1

If the bid was successful money would be available from June 2012.

Lancaster City Council were part of a consortium for a separate bid aiming to increase cycling to educational establishments led by Sustrans and Devon.

Individual schemes

Heysham / Westgate School Links

Lancaster City Council had been offered a grant of £ 136,000 by Sustrans for a school links scheme. This was matched by £69,000 developer contribution from Morecambe FC. The proposed scheme included

a) Cycle path at the back of Heysham High School

b) Extension of cycle path on Westgate over the railway bridge to Buckingham Road

c) Signing of an inland route on quiet roads from Morecambe to Heysham

Developer funded schemes

There was developer funding from Sainsburys in Morecambe for cycle facilities and from a new primary care centre in Heysham for a toucan crossing of Middleton Way which would link to St Peter’s Primary School

Lune Aqueduct

British Waterway’s Heritage Lottery scheme to restore the Aqueduct included a ramp from the canal towpath to riverside cycle path

Denny Beck, .Bridge Halton

Work should be complete by the end of July

Crook O’Lune East Bridge

It was hoped to have a temporary solution to reopen the bridge in place in the autumn subject to planning permission. Funding for a long term solution was being investigated

6) Operation Chainguard

Sergeant Tristan Heawood from Lancashire Police gave a talk on a proposed scheme to bar code bikes with registration details to help reduce cycle theft..

Bike theft was a problem both locally and nationally. 7.5 bicycles are stolen a day in Lancashire. 60% of victims of cycle crime stop cycling. Detection rates are very low. Storage of recovered bikes is a problem for the police.

It proposed to introduce a system to bar code bikes in Lancaster and Morecambe which would be linked to a data base where police officers could scan in details.

There would be a £5 fee for the service

Sergeant Heawood was interested in working with partners to promote the scheme e.g. through events

The scheme was also looking at offender rehabilitation and support for victims of cycle crime e.g. training course on recycling bicycles

7) Promotion

Bike it

Sustrans had funding to extend the Bike it project for another 9 months subject to the City Council being able to fund it to another 3 months. This would mean the project would continue till July 2012

Lancaster Schools had done well in Sustrans’ Big Pedal with 9 schools in the top 100 and Silverdale coming third nationally

Bikeability

City Council had been offered funding for 900 Bikeability places by the Department for Transport. This was subject to Cabinet decision to accept the grant on 26 July.

Lancaster University

In 2011 Travel survey cycling to work by staff had grown to 14.1% of all staff.. Female staff cycling to work was up 35%. Of 2000 staff, 22.1% males cycled and 8% females cycled to work

Green Lancaster

Green Lancaster ran a scheme to sell low cost bike to students at Lancaster University. 206 bikes had been sold to students since October 2009, 143 were recycled bikes from Pedal Power. 84% of people purchasing bicycles said they planned to use the bikes to get to university

City Centre

There was enthusiasm for doing a city centre cycling event using outside sponsorship

Action Interested parties to meet before next forum to discuss

Pump Track

Pump Tracks were popular with teenagers. A pump track in Blackpool was very successful attracting large number of teenager

More information: http://bikeclub.org.uk/2011/03/30/mereside-pump-track-comes-to-blackpool/

There was interest in opening a pump track at Ridge Estate Estimated cost £17000

 Next Meeting

Gregson Institute, Moor Lane, Lancaster

1800 hours Monday 10th October

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