‘Unsuitable’ routes spark cycle campaign

The proposed Heysham to Lancaster cycle route.
The proposed Heysham to Lancaster cycle route.

A petition has been launched to create a new cycling route from Heysham to Lancaster.

Campaigners say Heysham lacks the kind of direct cycle path enjoyed by Morecambe, Lancaster University, Halton, Caton and Glasson Dock.

The proposed route would link Snatchems by the River Lune to Abingdon Grove in Heysham.

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

Paul Stubbins from Dynamo, the Lancaster and district cycle campaign group, said: “Residents in Heysham righly complain that they are unable to access Salt Ayre sport centre, or Lancaster, by bike with their children, a situation that is set to get worse when the bypass route is connected to the M6 motorway at the end of 2015.

“Some people may feel confident using the roads, but less experienced cyclists are likely to be deterred by these routes, which are completely unsuitable for family use.

“The completion of this route would involve reclassifying and upgrading footpaths in order to create a safe and direct off-road route. This would reduce the journey from the centre of Heysham to Salt Ayre sports centre by a full mile from 4.5 to 3.5 miles and from Heysham to Lancaster to five miles.”

Dynamo members are currently going out in Heysham and Morecambe twice a week to ask people to sign a petition in support of the proposal.

“We now need to show a good level of public support in order that Lancashire County Council will consider taking the ideas forward,” said Mr Stubbins. “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.”

An e-petition is on the Lancashire County Council website at http://bit.ly/cycleheysham

Dynamo will hold a public meeting to discuss this and other issues at the Gregson Centre, Moor Lane, Lancaster, on Tuesday, April 29 at 7pm.