Minutes of March 2013 meeting of the Lancaster Cycle Forum

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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

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.
14% once a month, 9% once a week, 4% 3 times a week  and 2% 5 times a week.
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
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

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

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

b) Lancaster City Centre Cycle Race was due to go ahead again on June 28th

c) Sky Rides – subject to funding, consideration was been given to Lancaster taking part in the Sky Ride programme in 2014

d) Big Pedal – several schools in the area were taking part in Sustrans’ Big Pedal

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..