Active Travel in Lancashire

We are urging people to consider walking and cycling for regular journeys, such as going to work, or to the shop. 

It's better for the environment and it's healthier too!

We're asking that if you do have to travel, to think about how you do it to help manage social distancing, and avoid contributing to congestion on the roads.

Current advice regarding Coronavirus

Advice from government is to: 

  • work from home if possible
  • only use public transport if it is really necessary

We are looking at measures which can be quickly introduced to encourage walking and cycling, and support social distancing in busy pedestrian areas.

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We've are introducing temporary measures across the county to reallocate road space so that more people can safely travel by walking and cycling as an alternative to public transport and also to help people be able to adhere to social distancing guidance when walking and cycling.

Unfortunately there is likely to be some inconvenience to road users, however we are monitoring these measures closely to limit these impacts.    

If you notice or experience any serious issues with these temporary measure, please let us know by completing our quick eform.

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Walking and cycling

The benefits

Walking and cycling can help to:

  • improve your physical health
  • improve your mental wellbeing
  • save money
  • reduce congestion on our roads
  • reduce pressure on public transport
  • improve our air quality

Think about your journey and if you can do it by walking or cycling.

Pop-up cycle lanes

We are constructing pop-up cycle lanes to make it easier for people to cycle in busy areas, and avoid using public transport. This is, as a replacement for journeys previously made by public transport, which might otherwise be made by car, as per government advice to avoid public transport, as lock down is eased.

Pop-up cycle ways are temporary cycling routes on existing roads, created by adding bollards, cones, or water barriers to separate cyclists from other traffic.

It will mean the loss of some parking, however they are a temporary measure as part of our response to the coronavirus crisis, and we will keep them under review.

There are temporary cycle lanes at the following locations:

Lancaster

  • South Road in Lancaster (both sides of the road)

Preston

  • Fylde Road (both sides of the road)
  • Winckley Square (two-way cycle route on one side of the road)
  • Additional side road closure along Fishergate to reduce traffic and support social distancing

See diversions in place below. 

South Ribble

  • Liverpool Road/Penwortham Hill (both sides of the road) 

West Lancashire

  • Moor Street will be closed to vehicles where it meets St Helen's Road to extend the existing pedestrianised zone, while maintaining access for businesses to load/unload.
  • Pop-up cycle lane on the east side of St Helen's Road from Moor Street to the junction with Ruff Lane. 
  • Ruff Lane will be closed to through-traffic at its junction with St Helens Road to reduce the number of vehicles using Ruff Lane, making it a quieter route which is better suited for cyclists.
  • A barrier will be placed along the western edge of Railway Road from its junction with Leyland Way to Derby Street to create more space for pedestrians using this busy link between the town centre and the railway station. This will result in the temporary loss of some parking.

Space to move

Cycle and walking charity Sustrans are capturing the changes local authorities across the UK are making to our streets in response to COVID-19 to provide people with more space to move.

The changes are designed to make it easier for people to walk, wheel and cycle safely whilst social distancing during the lockdown and beyond by reallocating road space. This includes temporary cycle lanes, wider footpaths, barriers to close streets to motor traffic, and reduced speed limits.

Funding for these changes is provided by the Department for Transport.

Future investment

We will be working with partners to look at how to make best use of funding from the government to encourage walking and cycling, as well as funding which district and borough councils have received to help to reopen high streets safely.

We have an ongoing programme of investment to improve Lancashire's cycling and walking infrastructure but we're currently looking at some proposals we hope be able to bring in very quickly to support everyday journeys as life begin to return to normal.

Actively moving forward

Our Vision is: "More people cycling and walking for everyday and leisure journeys in Lancashire".

Read more about our Vision, our targets, and how we aim to achieve these targets.

More information

We have had to do a number of things for the first time due to the coronavirus and the priority is to control the spread of the virus.

We would ask people to be patient with us as we introduce measures to help people social distance based on what's worked elsewhere, and monitor how they work.

We have provided further information about the pop-up cycle lanes, to try and answer any questions you may have.

The following diversions have been put in place to accommodate pop-up cycle lanes, and to assist with keeping high streets safe by enabling social distancing.

Preston

  • Drivers can no longer turn left from Fishergate onto Chapel Street, with a diversion signed via Mount Street, Garden Street and Winckley Square.
  • Lune Street, Winckley Street, Cannon Street, Chapel Street and Fox Street are closed to vehicles where they join Fishergate with diversions in place.
  • Access to Theatre St is provided via a diversion if coming from Avenham which is; Guildhall St > Fishergate> Theatre St.

Some bus stops will need to be temporarily closed or moved as part of social distancing measures. 

Notices will be in place to advice of the nearest alternative bus stop. 

Bus stops currently affected are: 

Preston

  • The Fishergate bus stop (outside Boots) has been temporarily suspended - the nearest bus stop is outside the Evoque nightclub, around 50m away.

 

We are only able to enforce parking in a cycle lane where restrictions, such as double yellow lines, are in place.  This includes our temporary pop-up cycle lanes.

We are working on putting some temporary traffic regulation orders in place to allow parking restrictions to be enforced on our temporary cycle lanes. When they do become enforceable we'll put up signs to let people know they could receive a penalty if they park there.

We have assessed the impact of the pop-up cycle lanes on all road users and have constructed them in places where we think they will provide most benefit to cyclists, and relatively minimal impact on other users.

With much less capacity on public transport (due to social distancing) there is a risk of severe congestion in city centres if we do nothing. We want to prevent this by encouraging more people to cycle and walk.

However they are temporary and we will be monitoring how they're used, and keeping them under review.

Due to the urgency to reopen our town and city centres safely, we have been unable to notify or consult people in the way we normally would, before putting these measures in place. People are already beginning to get back to work and retailers are reopening from 15 June 2020.

We have not put any bollards where there is a dropped kerb. People should not be mounting the kerb to access their houses, where there is not a dropped kerb. If there is a problem with access, we would ask you to email our Safer Travel Team.  

We are sorry for the temporary loss of parking. However, the priority at the moment is to create these lanes to help with social distancing as we reopen town centres. 

The primary purpose of roads is to carry traffic, and we are prioritising making these roads safer for cyclists.

We are working with district councils to look at additional storage of bikes in city centres.