Huge boost for East Lancashire’s bike network

Huge boost for East Lancashire’s bike network

Huge boost for East Lancashire’s bike network

First published in News Blackburn Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Chief reporter

ANOTHER £1.8million has been earmarked by the Department of Transport to get East Lancashire residents back on their bikes.

Several key schemes should get into gear after the bulk of funding for ‘Connecting East Lancashire’, a pioneering cycling initiative, was confirmed.

Around £6million alone is set to be spent on the ‘Weaver’s Wheel’, a network of proposed lanes fanning out around Blackburn in every direction, to neighbouring Hyndburn, Ribble Valley and South Ribble.

And a scenic ‘Valley of Stone’ cycleway, from Rawtenstall to Rochdale, celebrating Rossendale’s quarrying heritage, can also now be completed.

County council leader Coun Jennifer Mein said: “This additional funding is very welcome and will enable us not just to promote the cycling network but to encourage more sustainable ways of getting around.

“By linking major residential areas and places of employment, the network will help to boost prosperity by giving people better access to job and study opportunities.”

Coun Maureen Bateson, Blackburn with Darwen Council’s regeneration executive member, said: “We look forward to working with partners to extend our successful CONNECT project across East Lancashire.

“Cycling is not only a great way to keep fit but sustainable transport is also important in terms of people’s access to employment and jobs.”

And commenting on the Rossendale scheme, Coun Andy MacNae, the borough’s regeneration cabinet member, added: “This funding will allow us to develop the Rawtenstall to Rochdale Greenway and so give people the opportunity to cycle, walk or ride through the valley whilst keeping off our busy roads.

“This is really important for children cycling to school and adults cycling to work, making for a much safer and more enjoyable journey whilst also reducing road congestion."

Plans have also been drawn up for a greenway through Huncoat and improvements to cycle paths stretching from Haslingden down to Ramsbottom, also through Helmshore, Accrington and Stubbins.

Last week the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership secured £3.39million towards the same work as part of their successful Local Growth Fund bid.

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4:12pm Wed 16 Jul 14

rudis_dad says...

All well and good upgrading the network, but how much of it will be spent on educating cyclists, motorists and pedestrians as to their rights and obligations in law, and to one another?
All well and good upgrading the network, but how much of it will be spent on educating cyclists, motorists and pedestrians as to their rights and obligations in law, and to one another? rudis_dad
  • Score: 5

4:43pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Noiticer says...

Until there are safe, low level routes linking and within the major communities non-sporty cyclists simply won't be encouraged to get on their bikes. We need safe, family friendly cycle routes which aren't cluttered with parked vehicles and aren't congested with other traffic.

The bike park on Blackburn Station remains unused and the hire bikes there are rarely hired out simply because Blackburn is not cycle friendly.
Until there are safe, low level routes linking and within the major communities non-sporty cyclists simply won't be encouraged to get on their bikes. We need safe, family friendly cycle routes which aren't cluttered with parked vehicles and aren't congested with other traffic. The bike park on Blackburn Station remains unused and the hire bikes there are rarely hired out simply because Blackburn is not cycle friendly. Noiticer
  • Score: 6

4:53pm Wed 16 Jul 14

GracesDad says...

Unless employers are encouraged to offer facilities such as changing rooms and showers then only people with very short journeys to work would choose to cycle.
Unless employers are encouraged to offer facilities such as changing rooms and showers then only people with very short journeys to work would choose to cycle. GracesDad
  • Score: 6

5:13pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Owd Akela says...

4:12pm Wed 16 Jul 14
rudis_dad says...

All well and good upgrading the network, but how much of it will be spent on educating cyclists, motorists and pedestrians as to their rights and obligations in law, and to one another?

This is already done - it's called the Highway Code and as 99% of cyclists are also drivers there's no excuse.
4:12pm Wed 16 Jul 14 rudis_dad says... All well and good upgrading the network, but how much of it will be spent on educating cyclists, motorists and pedestrians as to their rights and obligations in law, and to one another? This is already done - it's called the Highway Code and as 99% of cyclists are also drivers there's no excuse. Owd Akela
  • Score: 3

5:19pm Wed 16 Jul 14

ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123 says...

why bother??? everything that we do outside London is just a quick fix that goes no where.if were going to built cycle paths/lane's call them what you will then get the worlds best to come and design and build them the Dutch!!! I worked and lived there for 10 years and went everywhere safely recently a friend was visiting me from Holland and we went to Colne Aldi and she asked what the little bits of brown road were for and she fell over laughing when I told her they were cycle paths.and the ones going to padiham that are so narrow you get blown of your bike as your so close to the traffic
why bother??? everything that we do outside London is just a quick fix that goes no where.if were going to built cycle paths/lane's call them what you will then get the worlds best to come and design and build them the Dutch!!! I worked and lived there for 10 years and went everywhere safely recently a friend was visiting me from Holland and we went to Colne Aldi and she asked what the little bits of brown road were for and she fell over laughing when I told her they were cycle paths.and the ones going to padiham that are so narrow you get blown of your bike as your so close to the traffic ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123
  • Score: 6

5:21pm Wed 16 Jul 14

ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123 says...

GracesDad wrote:
Unless employers are encouraged to offer facilities such as changing rooms and showers then only people with very short journeys to work would choose to cycle.
how many cyclists would be willing to get to work 30 minutes early to take a shower????
[quote][p][bold]GracesDad[/bold] wrote: Unless employers are encouraged to offer facilities such as changing rooms and showers then only people with very short journeys to work would choose to cycle.[/p][/quote]how many cyclists would be willing to get to work 30 minutes early to take a shower???? ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123
  • Score: 3

5:26pm Wed 16 Jul 14

GracesDad says...

ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123 wrote:
GracesDad wrote:
Unless employers are encouraged to offer facilities such as changing rooms and showers then only people with very short journeys to work would choose to cycle.
how many cyclists would be willing to get to work 30 minutes early to take a shower????
Don't you spend that amount of time in the bathroom at your house before you leave for work? If not, I'm glad you don't work in my office!
[quote][p][bold]ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]GracesDad[/bold] wrote: Unless employers are encouraged to offer facilities such as changing rooms and showers then only people with very short journeys to work would choose to cycle.[/p][/quote]how many cyclists would be willing to get to work 30 minutes early to take a shower????[/p][/quote]Don't you spend that amount of time in the bathroom at your house before you leave for work? If not, I'm glad you don't work in my office! GracesDad
  • Score: -4

5:44pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Pan-cake says...

Perhaps a small amount of this new money could be used to encourage the landowner at the end of the Martholme Viaduct to allow access through his land thus connecting the Padiham and Hyndburn cycleways. Everyone would be a winner!
Perhaps a small amount of this new money could be used to encourage the landowner at the end of the Martholme Viaduct to allow access through his land thus connecting the Padiham and Hyndburn cycleways. Everyone would be a winner! Pan-cake
  • Score: 6

9:59pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Cimbri says...

I was going to suggest using the canal towpath but it's not that safe, especially in and around Eanam wharf. It takes a brave man to cycle that route especially when it is wet or icy.
There is an obstacle under the 'new' bridge, that is positively unsafe to negotiate on a bike. The alternate route means crossing the main road, where you cannot see traffic approaching from the direction of Higher Barn St, due to the bend in the road.
A few years ago, I used to cycle to the Whitbread brewery at Salmesbury and that was, to say the least, a bit hairy at times, around that traffic island at Salmesbury Bottom, where traffic thought they could beat me to the gap.
The cycle track near the Darwen St bridge on Gt Bolton St must qualify for the most idiotic one ever, as it has to have been created by someone who neither rides a bike nor has a clue about the Highway code regarding cyclists and traffic lights!
I was going to suggest using the canal towpath but it's not that safe, especially in and around Eanam wharf. It takes a brave man to cycle that route especially when it is wet or icy. There is an obstacle under the 'new' bridge, that is positively unsafe to negotiate on a bike. The alternate route means crossing the main road, where you cannot see traffic approaching from the direction of Higher Barn St, due to the bend in the road. A few years ago, I used to cycle to the Whitbread brewery at Salmesbury and that was, to say the least, a bit hairy at times, around that traffic island at Salmesbury Bottom, where traffic thought they could beat me to the gap. The cycle track near the Darwen St bridge on Gt Bolton St must qualify for the most idiotic one ever, as it has to have been created by someone who neither rides a bike nor has a clue about the Highway code regarding cyclists and traffic lights! Cimbri
  • Score: 4

9:47am Thu 17 Jul 14

rudis_dad says...

Owd Akela wrote:
4:12pm Wed 16 Jul 14
rudis_dad says...

All well and good upgrading the network, but how much of it will be spent on educating cyclists, motorists and pedestrians as to their rights and obligations in law, and to one another?

This is already done - it's called the Highway Code and as 99% of cyclists are also drivers there's no excuse.
I'm well aware of that, but you ask any cyclist, motorist or pedestrian when the last time they paid any reference to the Highway Code and I'll put money on the same 99% saying either "never" or "when I took my driving test".

The trouble is that traffic law and the regulations and requirements that go with it are in a constant state of flux, but very few, if any of us, keep abreast of what is required of us, and even fewer of us take any notice.

You're absolutely correct to say that there's no excuse for it, but you've got to look at the reality, and the reality is that an awful lot of the general public are complete numpties when it comes to using the Queen's Highway. Further education is therefore essential.
[quote][p][bold]Owd Akela[/bold] wrote: 4:12pm Wed 16 Jul 14 rudis_dad says... All well and good upgrading the network, but how much of it will be spent on educating cyclists, motorists and pedestrians as to their rights and obligations in law, and to one another? This is already done - it's called the Highway Code and as 99% of cyclists are also drivers there's no excuse.[/p][/quote]I'm well aware of that, but you ask any cyclist, motorist or pedestrian when the last time they paid any reference to the Highway Code and I'll put money on the same 99% saying either "never" or "when I took my driving test". The trouble is that traffic law and the regulations and requirements that go with it are in a constant state of flux, but very few, if any of us, keep abreast of what is required of us, and even fewer of us take any notice. You're absolutely correct to say that there's no excuse for it, but you've got to look at the reality, and the reality is that an awful lot of the general public are complete numpties when it comes to using the Queen's Highway. Further education is therefore essential. rudis_dad
  • Score: 0

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