Petition for new cycle route gains momentum

Proposed route of the cycle path
Proposed route of the cycle path

Unsafe cycle routes between Heysham and Lancaster have sparked a campaign to create a new bike bypass.

Campaigners say that Heysham lacks the kind of direct cycle route enjoyed by Morecambe, Halton, Caton, Lancaster University and Glasson Dock. The proposed route would link Snatchems, by the river Lune to Abingdon Grove in Heysham.

Currently cyclists commuting between Heysham and Lancaster must either take a long cycle path route via Morecambe or use Mellishaw Lane or the bypass.

Lancaster cycle campaign group Dynamo is petitioning Lancashire County Council for a direct dedicated cycle route along existing footpaths and bridleways.

Paul Stubbins, from Dynamo, said: “We now need to show a good level of public support in order that the council will consider taking the ideas forward.

We would like to achieve this route in the same timescales as the M6 link road.”

“Much of the necessary infrastructure is actually already in place for this route, including a bridge over the railway line. We hope that by opening this new route we will enable a wider range of people to cycle between Heysham and Lancaster than only the most confident of cyclists.”

Dynamo members have registered an e-petition with the county council and are also drumming up support in the Heysham and Morecambe communities.

Mr Stubbins added: “If you’re a cyclist or else would enjoy a safe and attractive walking route from Heysham to Snatchems, then consider signing either the e-petition or one of the group’s paper petitions.”

The county council said it will be consulting this year on a highways and transport masterplan for Lancaster including strategic cycling networks.

Dynamo will hold a public meeting at The Gregson Centre in Moor Lane, at 7pm on April 29.