Plans for new cycle path through city centre park

Greaves Park.
Greaves Park.

Plans have been put forward to build a cycle track through Greaves Park in Lancaster.

Lancashire County Council has said that the track would provide a traffic-free route for cyclists from Bowerham Road to Greaves Road. It would form part of a route from the A6 to the east side of Lancaster allowing cyclists to avoid the A6 gyratory system.

The proposed route follows an existing pedestrian soil path from the surfaced access adjacent to South Lodge and travels in a northerly direction to Bowerham Road. It would be 2.5m wide to allow cyclists and walkers to pass each other. The council said that the route deviates from the existing path to avoid trees where possible. There are three cherry trees that would need to be removed, but nine trees would be planted in replacement.

The Friends of Greaves Park have expressed they would like to be consulted on the species and location of the replacement trees, and have said that whether or not the development goes ahead should be left up to users of the park. They have marked out where the path will go using bamboo cane to try and help people decide.