Bid to stop parking on ‘danger’ road

Cars parked on Bailrigg Lane near lancaster University which are causing problems.
Cars parked on Bailrigg Lane near lancaster University which are causing problems.
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A CYCLIST or pedestrian could be killed because of inconsiderate parking by university students and staff on a rural road.

That is the fear of campaigners calling for parking restrictions on Bailrigg Lane close to Lancaster University.

A cycle path between the campus and Hala runs along the lane for a short distance, and it is feared that parked cars pose a hazard to users of the path by narrowing the lane.

Scotforth Parish Council has surveyed all 28 residents on Bailrigg Lane, asking whether they would like to see single yellow lines or signs along the road.

So far, most who have returned the survey have expressed a preference for signs, but both measures would result in a ban on parking between 8am and 6pm on weekdays.

Alan Dick, who lives on Bailrigg Lane, said: “The lane is becoming really dangerous. There can be more than 20 cars parked here.

“That means cars have to get past on the right-hand side of the road. If a cyclist is coming downhill the other way, there is no room if neither slows or stops.

“There is nowhere for the cyclists to go, and you would think some of them were competing in the Tour de France.

“There have been lots of near misses, and I’ve twice had cyclists ending up on my car bonnet. Somebody could be killed.

“We local residents will drive at 20mph, but others, like delivery people, seem to drive as fast as they can.”

See the Lancaster Guardian (09-02-12) for full story.