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.

An Example of Dutch Cycling Infrastructure

This recent video from YouTube shows just one example of the kind of infrastructure that can be found all over the Netherlands.  This particular road, resembling Chatsworth Road or Whittington Moor in its scale, is nearly 200 years old and the author has this to say about it:

"Good cycling infrastructure is also possible in old streets. This street in Utrecht (Netherlands) was designed by Napoleon when the Netherlands were part of the French Empire in 1812. It was part of the 'Route Impériale no. 2' which connected Paris via paved direct roads with Amsterdam (515 kilometers or 320 miles).  The street design was changed several times in 200 years. It got the separate cycle paths that exist today around the year 2000."

Trans Pennine Trail Closure at Staveley

View south from Lowgates bridge (August 2009)

Work on the Staveley North Loop road has progressed significantly and, having missed its original completion date of March 2009, now looks like it could well meet its revised target of September 2009.  The rebuilt pathway linking the Rother Valley and Arkwright branches of the Trans Pennine Trail also looks to be substantially complete.

There isn't such good news elsewhere, with the canal reconstruction and towpath still needing a significant amount of work.  It seems that the Trans Pennine Trail link to Chesterfield, already closed for around two years, will remain cut off from the rest of the network for some time to come.

New photographs of construction progress in August have been uploaded to the Image Gallery.

CTC Cycle Digest 59 Now Available

Issue 59 of CTC's CycleDigest quarterly campaigning newsletter is now available to download.  Topics in this edition include:

  • New minsters, new plans, new strategies... (front page)
  • Road safety & 'Safety in Numbers' latest (page 2)
  • Ban school cycle bans (page 3)
  • Velo-city 2009 - lessons, impressions and perspectives (pages 4/5)
  • 1898 to now - tracking the long history of cycle-rail campaigning (pages 4/5)
  • Off-road update (page 6)
  • Woking Cycle Town update (page 7)
  • New cycling map for Northampton (page 7)
  • Diary dates, new publications, event and book reviews (page 8)

Back issues are available from CTC's website.

On your bike with bus company Stagecoach!

People in Derbyshire are being encouraged to get on their bike this summer after leading bus company Stagecoach launched the region’s first green cycle initiative. 

From Monday, August 10, passengers travelling on Stagecoach in Chesterfield vehicles can carry on a folding bike for free as part of a fully integrated, low carbon journey option combining cycling and buses.

Campaign August Meeting

The August meeting of the Campaign will take place on Tuesday 11th August at 7.30pm in meeting room 1 upstairs at the Market Hall. All welcome.

31st July Event

Due to lack of volunteers and uncertainty about the weather because we don't have a gazebo the Campaign will not have its stall at the Queen's Park on Friday July 31st.

Partial Opening

The fences which prevented access to the cycle paths by the new B & Q have been removed from the two of the access points. You can now enter the site from Hipper St South (SCS Sofas) and on the path at the side of PC World although there is reported to be a lot of glass on the ground there.

The entrance from Park Road remains closed off.

New Hospital Cycle Link

Work is now in progress to improve the track linking the northern boundary of Chesterfield Royal Hospital with Wetlands Lane, Calow.  The improvements are anticipated to take 3 weeks and should be completed around the end of July.

The Hospital is also in the process of building a car park extension and the cycle link investment has been secured by a condition of the planning approval.

This part of the work will only widen and surface the track as far as the entrance to Plover Hill Farm.  The remaining section will be included in work to convert the Farm into a new housing development.

More pictures available to view in the Image Gallery.

NEDDC

Thank you to the eight Campaign members that came along to North East Derbyshire HQ today. Shame we outnumbered the staff! Still, Dr Bike checked the two employees bikes that were there.

The Inkerman Buzz

The Campaign had a successful day at the Inkerman Buzz event on 18th July. Eight new members and Dr Bike kept very busy.

Many people arrived by bicycle and there was a pedal powered sound system, pedal powered fountain and pedal powered smoothie maker.

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