Calls for new cycle bypass

Bike campaign: Map of the proposed route of the cycle path
Bike campaign: Map of the proposed route of the cycle path
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Campaigners are calling for a new bike bypass after safety concerns were raised about routes.

Cyclists say Heysham lacks a direct cycle route, unlike its neighbours Morecambe, Halton, Caton, Lancaster University and Glasson Dock.

The proposed route of the bypass 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 gaining support in Heysham and Morecambe.

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.