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Lancaster Cycle Forum

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Following on from the cycling demonstration project, the Lancashire County Council as decide to set up a Lancaster and Morecambe Cycle Forum. The first meeting will be at the Gregson Institute on Moor Lane on Wednesday 26th June at 6pm.

Agenda for the first meeting

  1. Welcome to group and introductions.
  2. Purpose of group –terms of reference.
  3. Review of current situation: Successes of cycling demonstration project. What else do we need to do?
  4. Infrastructure Programme.
  5. Promotional activities, including cycle training.
  6. Activities by employers and cycle groups to promote cycling.

Terms of Reference of the Forum

Aim

To increase cycling levels in the district.

Purpose

1] To enable all types of cyclists.

  • To input into future plans to increase cycle use and safety in the district.
  • To input into cycling, transport, development and other proposals that effect cycling in the district.
  • To input promotional plans.
  • To raise significant issues that are concern to them.

2] To coordinate the activities of the two councils, employers, the third sector and voluntary groups to promote cycling.

3] Review progress in increasing cycle use and improving cycle safety in the district.

Membership

The membership will vary from meeting to meeting, but include: Cycling organisations, Local cycle campaign groups, Cycle Clubs, People who cycle to major employers in the area, Cycle related businesses and Social enterprises, Schools, Major employers and Officers from County and City Councils.

The group also welcomes the views of new and infrequent cyclists, students and young people.

Meeting frequency

The forum will meet 2 or 3 times a year.

So what do you think about this new body for cycling in North Lancashire area? I shall going to the first meeting of forum.

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England lost you should gone cycling!

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Below a few photo from Lancaster City Council Bowland ride which there were five of us on include myself and the other leader.

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At the lunch stop at the picnic area at Cleveley Bridge.

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 The view from bridge at Dolphinholme of the River Wyre after we stop to replace a back brake cable on one of rider bikes, its lucky I had spare brake cable in my saddlebag.

 

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 One riders on the ride.

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 Climbing up the road from Lower Green Bank over into the Quermore Valley.

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 Heading back along the cycle track to Lancaster. You can checkout route of the ride on daily miles.

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Routes in the Northern Lancaster Urban Fringe

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Outline

This is a proposal to create quite routes for walkers, cyclists and horses leading from the northern end of the Lancaster built up area into the countryside. There will be no restrictions on residents to gain access to their properties.

The proposal is made by Lancaster Group of the Ramblers’ Association and is supported by the local cycling and horse riding groups.

Reasons

The Lancashire Rights of way Improvement Plan includes policies to improve rights of way especially from built up  areas into the countryside and for the less able.

Lancaster has a cycle town initiative.

There is a shortage of horse riding routes.

The Inspector for the Heysham-M6 link road required more study of cycle routes on the route.

The Proposals

  1. Change the northern section of Powder House Lane to a Restricted Byway. This is very narrow between high hedges with almost no passing places. At present this has no restrictions except a width restriction for access. There are residents only at the very northern end. Althrough this route would end on a busy, narrow road there is potential to create a link from the end of Powder House Lane on Hasty Brow to the Shore Road.
  2. Change the section of Barley Cop Lane from the intersection with Powder House Lane to the turning circle near the end of Hammerton Hall Lane to a Restricted Byway.This is wide between hedges but with bad visibility at the railway bridge. There is often excessive speed with consequent reduced safety and loss of amenity to non-motorised traffic.This section contains the entrance to the Crematorium which has a one way system exiting onto the southern section of Powder House Lane. Fast traffic is detrimental to the solemnity of the area. The restriction would effectively make the Crematorium entrance at the cross roads with a clear ‘Crematorium traffic only’ sign.
  3. Make Foley Lane into a footpath or bridleway, depending on the status of the canal tow path where it goes. This is narrow lane giving access to the canal towpath. There are residents at Foley Farm. The Lane to the turning circle on Barley Cop Lane would be access only.
  4. Make Hammerton Hall Lane from Barley Cop Lane to the A6 a Restricted Byway. This is a very narrow lane between hedges with few passing places and no residents. It has no entry, except for access signs.
  5. Make Green Lane into a Restricted Byway. It is a narrow and largely unmetalled track which is only just passable by private car. There are a few residents at the North end.
  6. Create Grimshaw Lane into a Restricted Byway or Bridleway. It is a very narrow track with high hedges between the M6 bridge where two bridleways join, to the A683 near Denny Beck. Its status is not clear.

Benefits

Briefly

  • Its hits a lot of PROWIP targets.
  • It Helps people get out of town easily and safely.
  • It extends walking, cycling and riding networks to create more loop routes.
  • It increases safety by reducing motor traffic on narrow lanes.
  • It reduces some ‘rat-running’ routes.
  • It could reduce the cost of the link road.

Appendix 1

The proposed Heysham-M6 Link.

The proposed road cuts the sections of Powder House Lane, Foley Lane and Green Lane that are proposed here to be downgraded. A slight realigment of the section of Barley Cop Lane near the cross roads may be involved. These are little used routes and are likely to be closed during the construction. There seems to be little reason why the proposed changes not be made before the decision is made. Some savings in design standards may be made by making the changes before the road design is finalised and the construction  starts. Grimshaw Lane is not affected by the new road.

Appendix 2

Extracts from the Lancashire CC Public Rights of Way Improvement Plan.

Policy IIN1: In deciding our improvement priorities, we will take into account the extent to which the improved route would contribute to:

– improving communitiy-to-community and community-to-countryside links;

-promotion of health walks;

Policy IIN6: We will develop working practices that: -ensure the needs of people with reduced mobility and visual impairment are taken into account particularly the need to minimise physical barriers (e.g. steps, stiles and bridges);

Policy BCC1: Where possible, cost effective and safe, and without unacceptable enviromental effects, we will:

-Create new sections of bridleway which can be used to provide the missing links in bridleway circuits or networks, or which can be used to provide access to bridleway networks from towns and villages;

-improve existing bridleways;

-actively seek funding to implement this policy.

Policy BCC3: We will promote better use of the existing network of bridleways and off-road cycling circuits in areas where we assess there to be an unmet need, including cross-border links.

Policy CCL2: We will work with local authority departments, user groups and community representatives as partners to:

-extend the criteria for assessing road crossings to include benefits of recreation and links to the wider countryside;

-identify and prioritize the locations for safe crossings in order to support a programme of improvements works.

Policy HRO2: We will adot working practices that:

-are consistent with best practice for routes with higher rights;

-make use of our powers to introduce Traffic Regulation Orders to manage the use of rights of ways, where necessary and appropriate.

Policy HRO3: We will identify and/or support Quiet Lane and Greenways initiatives that :

-implement the Forest of Bowland Quiet Lanes and Greenways Project, and will learn from experience in the County and nationally;

-offer potential public benefits at proportionate coats.

The above was put together by Brian Jones of the Lancaster Group of the Ramblers’ Association and who has  sent the above proposals to Lancashire County Highways and Lancaster City Council but he had no response from them.

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Latest newletter from Celebrating Cycling

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Click the link celebrating-cycling-newletter-34.pdf to read the latest newsletter from Lancaster City Council.

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Celebrating Cycling Newsletter 31

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Councillors vote to extend cycle track

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Controversial plans to extend the Lune Valley cycleway are back on agenda. At last week’s Lancashire Local meeting City and Country Councilors voted in favour of a possible extension of the cyclepath from Bull Beck to Hornby, Wray and Wennington. Two possible options were tabled -not supporting the cycle track extension or using compulsory purchase powers to allow the track to be extended to Wray.

A report said though there had been general support for the proposals from residents of Wray and Hornby, there was oppposition from landowners in the area and residents in Claughton. There was also difficulty securing agreement from landowners in the ares on any one particular route. While it was acknowledged the cycleway would have tourism benefits for the area, it was also thought it would be difficult to justify the cost. This could be in excess of £1 million.

Speaking after the meeting to Lancaster Guardian reporter one Claughton resident who did not wish to be named said “When they first proposed a cycle track we objected on it on safety grounds.

“They were suggesting bikes, disabled users, cyclists and horses could use one little track. We thought it was an accident waiting to happen. The planned route would have to come around the back of our properties, and the land is liable to flooding. We would have said yes if they could come up with a sensible idea”.

To read this article and to vote in the Guardian’s poll please click here, if the poll is no longer available you also have opportunity to vote for or against the proposed cycle track extension from Wray to Caton on South Lakes Group at http://southlakesgroup.forumco.com/topic~Topic_lD~15.asp

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Newsletter No 29 from Celebrating Cycling

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Change Your World

Ever wonder how life would be if we all tried to travel in ways that benefited our health and our environment? We’d have safer roads, cleaner air and a better quality of life.

It’s easier to do than you think. Change Your World is asking you to swap just one car trip from 1 to 7 July and choose something that’s better for the planet instead. If we all give up one car journey that week we’ll reduce car traffic by 10%. Fancy give it a go? sign up now.

What’s on in July…

Women on Wheels
July 1st ” Brief Encounters by Bike” 11 miles return ride to Carnforth Railway Station. Meet 11am at Millennium Bridge.

Go Ride
A new cycling club for young people. Every Saturday at Salt Ayre between 10am – 12pm Sessions cost just £1

Go-ride will give young people the opportunity to learn the essentials in bike handling techniques, specific skills training as well as the chance to progress to racing both on and off road. For more information contact Paul Andrews on 01524-36777

Local Prologue
To celebrate the Tour de France 2007 coming to England there will be a number of (7.9km) prologues across the UK – including one to held at Salt Ayre Cycle Track on Saturday 14th July (10 to 12) – promoted by Lancaster Cycling Club. The prologue is race against the clock for just under 5 miles. Open to all. For more info contact 01524-844162

Ride to Warton, Silverdale & Lancaster Canal
Sunday July 22nd 13 miles circular ride – level 2 Meet 10am at George Washington Pub, Warton. Ride taken from AONB Cycle & See Guide call 01524-761034 for copies.

Morecambe Promenade Criteriums
Saturday July 28th Closed circuit racing returns to Morecambe Promenade with British Cycling events open to all ages.

Bike it Birthday Celebrations

A cycling celebration will be in full swing next month at Lancaster Town Hall, as pupils, staff and parents from local schools celebrate one year of the ‘Bike it’ project in our district.

In April 2006 we were lucky to be assigned our very own (Sustrans) Bike it Officer. Since then Kathy Bashford has been working tirelessly to encourage more local school children (and their parents) to get on their bikes. Currently ten primary and secondary schools are signed up to Bike It Project and Kathy has been working closely with pupils, teachers and parents from those schools to raise awareness of the benefits of cycling and to help remove any barriers preventing children from getting on their bikes.

After a year of cycling fun and events including competitions, cycling shows, bike rides, educational activities, new National Standard cycle training and bike maintenance classes to name but a few, Bike It pupils are more geared up than ever to ride with confidence and school bike racks are starting to tell a whole new story.

To recognize the efforts and enthusiasm of all those involved with the project and to mark it’s first birthday a special event will take place on Tuesday 3rd July at 12.30 pm in the Mayor’s Parlour at Lancaster Town Hall.

Celebrations will start with tour of the building and drinks with the Mayor. Presentations will then be made to shools for taking part in Bike It and also for those who completed an around the world challenge. The highlight of the day will be a spectaclur cycling stunt show by three times junior world cycle trails champion Ben Slinger in Dalton Square at 2pm. Everyone is welcome to come along to the square to see Ben in Action.

If you are interested in becoming a Bike It school for the next school year, or would like support and information about cycling to school contact Kathy Bashford, Sustrans Bike It Officer by e-mailing her at kathy.bashford@sustrans.org.uk

Cycle Security

In 2006 of all the pedal cycles that were stolen in Lancaster City Council area, 70% were described as insecure, while 55% were stolen from rear yards or gardens.

One third of all cycles are stolen during the summer months. Reduce the risk of cycle theft happening to you by simply locking up your bike each every time that you leave it. You can also minimize the risk by doing following:

  • Use a good quality lock.
  • Lock cycles through the frame. Secure or remove wheels (and other easily removed items such as lights, quick release saddles).
  • Always lock your bike, even if you’re only leaving it for a few minutes.
  • Park cycles considerately where they will not cause an obstruction to others. Try to use formal parking racks where these are available.
  • If using ‘street furniture’ ensure that you are not blocking pavements for other users and that do not use fixtures that have signs asking you not to secure cycle to them.
  • Don’t park your bike in isolated or hidden locations.
  • Take advantage of free bike postcoding offered by the Police.
  • A comprehensive FREE leaflet, ‘STEER CLEAR OF CYCLE THEFT’ is available by contacting your local Crime Prevention Officer on 01524-596538

Other News

Pedalling Pictures
Launched in April by Lancaster Guardian and the council’s Cycling Demonstration Town Team, bags of cycling goodies were offered to children up to the age of 16 years who could draw a picture or cartoon representing the many benefits of cycling.

Over 220 local youngsters wasted no time in putting their colour pens , crayons, pencils and paints to paper to create stunning pictures and cartoons representing the many benefits of cycling.

Judging the winners from the huge pile of colourful and eye catching drawings wasn’t an easy task for staff from Lancaster City Council and Lancaster Guardian Office but just in time for National Bike Week (16-24 June), winers were finally chosen for two age categories.

The under 7’s winner was Sorrel Fenolon (age 6) of Ellel St. John’s Church of England Primary School, Galgate with a picture of a peaceful day’s cycling through the countryside. The winner of the 8 to 12 category was Lucy Watson age 8 of Dallas Road School, Lancaster with her picture portraying cycling as being a way of making you slim, healthy and happy.

Bike Week 2007

Thanks to everyone who took part in arranged Bike Week events and rides. Congratulations go to BSW Ballgrab, Lancaster University and Lancaster & Morecambe College who all arranged successful Bike2Work Days.

Local rural cycling project – Wheely Good Communities – recently caught the attention of BBC Radio Lancashire. Hear their interview at http://familyonabike.org/wheelygood/media/Radio%20lancashire.mp3

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Breakfast with the Celebrating Cycling Team

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If you cycling into Lancaster to work tomorrow(20th June), make detour via Dalton Square has the Celebrating Cycling Team will be serving coffee and croissants between 8.15am and 9.45am to cyclists, unfortunately I will miss this has I start work at 6.30am and will busy cutting grass!

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Celebrating Cycling Newsletter 28

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Click the link  welcome-to-celebrating-cycling-update-no28.doc to read the latest Cycling Newsletter from Lancaster City Council.

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Latest newletter from Celebrating Cycling

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This Sunday

Women on Wheels ride 3: Join us for a leisurely ride to Sunderland Point ( approx 12 miles return ride) Meet 11am at Millennium Bridge.

Cycling at the Community Festival at William Park, Lancaster. 12.30 to 5pm. Visit the CDT Stand to pick up information, advice, leave your comments/ideas (find us at Arena A by the Butterfly House) Special Offer at the stand Book a 1-2-1 training session for just £5.00 (sessions must be booked on the day -normal cost £12).
Bicycology – Would you like to have your bike checked by our Dr Bike? Would you like to attend to a basic maintenance workshop? There will two 1 hour maintenance workshops (1pm and 2.30pm to attend one e-mail lancaster@bicycology.org.uk and they’ll reserve you a place or come along on the day and hopefully they’ll be able to fit you in). Would you like to make spokey dokeys, reflective bands, recycled puncture repair kits or a bracelet from old bike parts? Would you like to get informed about climate change and other environmental issues? All activities will free are ideal for kids and Adults. Come along to the park and enjoy Bicycology (Arena E – by children’s play area) and all other activities offered by the community festival! You can find more information bicycology at www.bicyology.org.uk

Reduced Price Training for June & July: Attend one of Pedal Power’s fantastic maintenance or skills courses during June and July for just £5 (£3 for children and unwaged adults).

Maintenance: Sat June 16th (L2), Tues June 26th** (L3), Fri July 6th (L2), Thursday 12** (L3), Sat July 21st (L1), Tues July 24th (L2). Skills: Fri June 22nd (L2). Call for info or to book on 01524-65328 All courses start at 1:30pm except those marked ** which start at 5:30pm

Go Ride Launch: Saturday June 9th sees the launch of a cycling club for young people. In partnership with local cycling clubs, a new club tailored for young people aged from 8 to 16, will meet weekly at Salt Ayre cycle racing circuit. Sessions will be run by qualified British Cycling coaches. Go-Ride will give young people the opportunity to learn the essentials in bike handling techniques, specific skills training as well as the change to progress to racing both on and off road. Sessions run every Saturday between 10am and 12pm at Salt Ayre Cycle Racing Circuit and cost just £1. For more information contact Paul Andrews on 01524-36777 or go to www.celebratingcycling.org/more info.asp?current id=219

Other News

Battle continues for cyclist-friendly Highway Code: A revised draft of the Highway code has not properly addressed the concerns of 11,000 cyclists who last year joined CTC campaign to have the Code re-worded. The original draft told cyclists to ‘use cycle facilities where provided’. Following CTC campaign efforts,the revised wording, issued on 28th March, reads:’Use cycle routes and cycle facilities wherever possible, as they can make your journey safer.’ The new wording does not address our original concern that insurance companies will use the wording of the new Code as an excuse to reduce the amount of compensation they pay if a motorist hits a cyclist that has chosen to use a road rather than a nearby cycle facility. We very much hope that the Government will see sense and amend the wording to say ‘use cycle facilities where they help with your journey’ – thus leaving the decision at the cyclist’s discretion. If it does not, we will seek to persuade the Lords to vote it out, or may ultimately initiate a Judicial Review against it.

We would like to hear about incidents where a cyclist has been injured while using a cycle facility, or has suffered verbal or physical abuse, or hassle from the police, as result of using the road rather than a nearby cycle facility. Please email adam.coffman@ctc.org.uk
Your right to ride on the road is in jeopardy: The revised Highway code says cyclists should “use cycle facilities where possible”. If this Code is approved cyclists will effectively lose the right to ride on the road where there are alternative routes or adjacent facilities. The implications of this are too bad to contemplate. First we will suffer more abuse and intimidating driving, as recently suffered by a CTC member. Second, if a cyclist is involved in accident by not using the cycle facility. insurance companies are likely to argue that the rider contributed to the accident by not using the cycle facility. The Highway code has been laid before parliament. It will automatically be approved unless it is referred to a House of Commons Committee which cannot amend it and can only recommend the whole document be rejected. It will take an unprecedented amount of adverse publicity to reject the Highway Code in its entirety. The CTC HQ Campaign team are working hard to find some way of achieving this and will obviously require national support. Meanwhile HQ says it will do no harm to support the petition which is at http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/roads4bikes/

Local profiles: 20 local people have now been profiled in the Lancaster Guardian and on the celebrating cycling website. If you regularly commute to work and would like to appear in this column please e-mail celebratingcycling.org to receive the questionnaire.

Don’t forget its National Bike Week soon on 16 to 24 June. Check out www.celebratingcycling.org for details of what’s on locally in the Lancaster Area or go to www.bikeweek.org.uk

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