Chesterfield Cycle Campaign promotes cycle use in Chesterfield for both leisure and utility journeys.  By campaigning for a comprehensive network, we aim to improve conditions for cyclists so that cycling becomes a safer and more attractive option than car travel for local journeys.

Tesco car park planning application

New Lockoford Lane junction

Wilson Bowden, developers of the new Tesco store at Whittington Moor, have submitted a planning application to amend the proposed car park. Whilst its primary objective appears to be to improve the flow of cars, cyclists and pedestrians will also benefit.

A shared path, which was formerly broken by two zebra crossings, has now been re-routed around the perimeter of the site and provides a continuous route to the cycle stands from the new Lockoford Lane junction.

The Campaign's main concern is that the path appears to be only 2 metres wide, less than the 3 metre minimum recommended by the Cycle Infrastructre Design guidelines (section 8.5), and we have raised this point with Chesterfield Borough Council.

Further details and plans are available on Chesterfield Borough Council's website.

http://www.chesterfield.gov.uk/environment/planning/planningfulldetails.aspx?ref=CHE/09/00300/FUL

Leeds Cyclepoint - A new cycle-rail facility

Northern Rail, part owned by Netherlands rail company NedRailways, is planning to launch a new type of cycle facility at Leeds Station.  Cyclepoint is based on a proven Dutch concept which combines manned and secure cycle storage, with retail, repair and hire facilities. 

Northern's aim is to make their services easier to use by improving access to and from the network, and to offer the most environmentally friendly, sustainable transport option possible.

The pilot in Leeds is planned to open in Spring/Summer 2010 with the possibility of further Cyclepoints at major stations across the UK if the scheme proves to be successful.

For more information, download the Cyclepoint brochure.

CTC CycleDigest 58 now available

Issue 58 of CTC's CycleDigest quarterly campaigning newsletter is now available to download.  Topics in this edition include:

  • 'Safety in Numbers' - CTC's new road safety campaign (page 1)
  • New cycling targets for Wales, Scotland and Ireland (page 2)
  • Local Transport Plan 3 - CTC's view on new guidance (page 2)
  • Schools and cycling (page 3)
  • Latest on 20mph (page 4)
  • 'An uphill struggle' - hilliness and what to do about it by Neil Guthrie from Atkins (page 5)
  • Offroad and Rights of Way news (page 6)
  • Report on a visit to the Netherlands (page 7)
  • Diary dates and new publications (page 8)

Back issues are available from CTC's website.

Proposed Hollingwood Lock Development

Last week, Derbyshire County Council submitted a planning application to renovate the former lock keepers cottage at Hollingwood Lock on the Chesterfield Canal.  The proposals involve extending the disused building and converting it to a community use facility with offices and a multi purpose space.  On the other side of the canal, a car park with 32 spaces would be built, having its entrance on Station Road.  (click Read More to see full article)

Path Re-opens

After being closed for over two years the short section of cycle path between the Riverside estate and the bottom of Hady Hill has finally had the fences removed and is now available again.

Railway Station

As part of East Midland Trains planning application for the new car park they were required to provide seven more cycle parking spaces. This had been translated to seven 'cycle stands' in various correspondence.

The new cycle provision seems to have been put in place now - two additional Sheffield stands on platform 1 and another two stands next to the taxi rank.

The Campaign had asked that the original two stands next to the taxi rank were moved to outside the station entrance for the use of people just visiting the station, perhaps to buy an advance ticket since that facility has been withdrawn from the tourist office, but our plea appears to have been ignored and the situation made worse by the addition of two more stands. Very few people use these cycle stands mainly because they are hidden by the taxis, there are cars parked in close proximity on both sides and they are perceived as less secure. There are no signs indicating cycle parking is available there either.

The Campaign has indicated our concerns to CBC Planning Dept but feel there is little chance of progress because EMT have fulfilled the planning requirements.

'Boost for the Countryside'

Reported in the Chesterfield Advertiser - £30,000 is to be spent improving the canal towpath and Bluebank Loop.

Campaign May Meeting

The Campaign will hold its May meeting on Tuesday 12th at 7.30pm in Meeting Room 1 upstairs in the Market Hall.

Successful May Day

May Day paradeDespite a damp start the Campaign ran a successful stall in New Square. Around a dozen members took part in the march around the town on a variety of bikes and trikes. Other members 'manned' the stall and recruited twelve new members, swelling our number to over 300 for the first time at least until the end of the month!

New Banners

The Campaign has been given a sum of money by the Derbyshire Primary Care Trust to promote cycling. We have spent some of the money on new vinyl banners to replace our rather worn versions. Local company Georgian Signs produced them for us and we will be using them on May Day.

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