New cycling trial for city centre

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A pilot project to allow cycling in Lancaster’s pedestrianised city centre is to get underway.

Lancashire County Council will introduce an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order for Lancaster city centre, which will permit cycling outside core hours.

Dynamo, the city’s cycling campaign group, put forward the case for permitting cycling between 5pm and 10am.

Patricia Clarke, from Dynamo said: “Dynamo’s view is that this is good news in terms of promoting sustainable transport, road safety and active travel.

“For anyone who works 9am to 5pm and cycles to work, the pedestrianised centre is the safest and most direct north-south route through the city.

“It’s quiet enough outside core hours for pedestrians and cyclists to share the space, and we hope that the trial period will be successful enough for this order to be made permanent.”

Sim Lane-Dixon, Lancashire County Council highways manager for Lancaster, said: “These changes to traffic management aim to strike a better balance between the need for vehicle access and the need to create a good environment for pedestrians, and a safer environment for cyclists, in the city centre.

“There are no changes to the existing arrangements for cycling on Church Street and the southern pedestrian section of Penny Street.

“However cyclists will now be allowed to use Cheapside, Penny Street, Market Street and New Street before 10am and after 5pm to improve options for commuters while ensuring safety in the pedestrian area during main business hours.”

Work is due to start in November.