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.

Boston to Lincoln Cycle Route

 

On April 25th 2009 there will be a celebration to mark the completion of the Water Rail Way between Boston and Lincoln. 20 miles traffic free plus 13 miles on quiet roads. Download a poster here.

White Peak Challenge

The British Heart Foundation in Derbyshire are promoting the White Peak Challenge - details below;

White Peak Challenge Bike Ride
 
Sunday 26 April 2009
 
A 29 mile ride through Derbyshire’s spectacular White Peak District in aid of the British Heart Foundation that offers a real challenge!

Take in the rolling limestone and wonderful scenery on the ride. Starting at Darley Dale, near Matlock, the ride follows an on road route to the picturesque village of Winster where you will tackle the first steep hill. Then head to Brassington, Parwich, the historical village of Youlgrave and then make the last big climb to Stanton in the Peak before you head down hill to the finish. Included in the 29 miles there is a three mile off road section on this event, however you do have the option to follow the on road route to complete 26 miles.

There is an entry fee of £10 per person and £5 per child aged 12-16, the minimum age for this ride is 12. As the Challenge is a sponsored event we ask you to raise as much sponsorship money as you can as your hard-earned sponsorship will make a real difference to thousands of people living with heart disease.
 
For further information and to enter visit www.bhf.org.uk/whitepeak call 0800 0852280 or email northevents@bhf.org.uk
 

Poorly Maintained Facilities

We need your help to highlight the cycle facilities in this area that are deteriorating through lack of maintenance.  With a higher number of complaints then hopefully we can raise the profile of specific problem areas.

Trans Pennine Trail Beside Chesterfield Canal
Would you commute through this?Between Chesterfield and Staveley the surface is rough, potholed and muddy.  This popular path is fast becoming mountain bike territory, rather than the multi-purpose 'green' transport route it is held up to be.

Whittington Roundabout Underpass
Underpass beneath Whittington Moor RoundaboutThis facility has almost completely worn away, evidently having had no maintenance since its original construction more than 10 years ago.  The general area is also run-down and unpleasant, in stark contrast to the attractive flower beds that greet motorists using the same roundabout.

More pictures of both facilities are available in the Image Gallery.

You can raise your concerns about these, or any other, neglected facilities with Derbyshire County Council.  Their contact details are:

Email: contact.centre@derbyshire.gov.uk
Phone: 08456 058 058
Post:
Derbyshire County Council
County Hall
Matlock
DE4 3AG

Please also send a copy of your correspondence to the Secretary.

March Campaign Meeting

A reminder of the March Campaign meeting on Tuesday 10th March in Meeting Room 1, upstairs at the Market Hall. 7.30pm.

Minutes of previous meeting available on the 'Meetings' page.

Staveley Community Fire Station

The Campaign will have its information stall at the No Smoking Day event at Staveley Fire Station on Saturday March 7th from 11.00am until 3.00pm. Come along to support us and sign up a new member, can we get that figure to 300 this year!

Bike Radar Live

On the weekend of 30-31 May 2009, Britain's new Grand Prix circuit, Donington Park, in Leicestershire, will host BikeRadar Live, a massive festival of cycling including an expo of the bike industry's best gear, road and mountain bike rides and races, bike demos, and lots more.

For more information, visit the Bike Radar Live website.

Spring 2009 Newsletter Online

The Spring 2009 edition of the Campaign newsletter is now available to download from the Publications page.  If you've missed any of the previous newsletters, back issues can be downloaded from the Newsletters page.

Everyday Cycling

For anyone interested in bicycles as a transport solution not just a sporting leisure activity have a look at www.copenhagencyclechic.com

Click on the photo to the right!

Campaign Publicity

As many of you will be aware the Campaign runs several information stalls throughout the year. We have our main stalls on May Day and during Bike Week but do you know of a smaller event that we could attend?

We now have a 'mini event box' which contains copies of all the maps and leaflets we take along to the bigger events together with a few Campaign mugs and pens. All these are packed into a box not much bigger than a shoe box, so easily carried on a bike. If you know of a local event where you could set up a smaller display contact the Secretary who will arrange for a mini box to be delivered to you.

Spring Newsletter

The Spring 2009 newsletter is at the printers. It should be distributed to the reps this weekend so members should receive the newsletter soon afterwards.

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