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.

Coming up........

Friday 19th

Critical Mass - town hall 5.30pm

Pea & Pie Supper - town hall 6.30pm

Sunday 21st

10 mile ride - Tapton Lock Visitors Centre 2.00pm

Wednesday 24th

4 mile ride - Queen's Park cafe 6.30pm

Event Postponed

Message received from North East Derbyshire District Council - Due to the weather forecast they have decided to cancel the event on Wednesday 17th June.

The long range weather forecast for Wednesday is looking decidedly suspect with heavy rain across central England from 10.00am onwards.  Although there is the opportunity to hold the event in our adjacent garages I feel colleagues will not want to partake in the try a bike event given the rain that is forecast.
 
Given this situation and without the availability of a large indoor space I have decided to cancel the event and rearrange for Wednesday 1st July subject to your availability.
 
I’m not in the office on Tuesday 16th but if you have any queries then I know Claire will be only too pleased to discuss anything with you.
 
Best regards,
 
Peter
 
Peter Corke
Principal Environmental Sustainability Officer,
Environmental Services,
North East Derbyshire District Council,
Council House, Saltergate,
Chesterfield,
S40 1LF.

Bike Week 2009

Saturday 13th June marks the start of Bike Week 2009. The Campaign will have a stall in New Square between 10.00am and 4.00pm. Our usual range of local cycling information plus Dr Bike will be there to check your bike over.

The Campaign has other events planned for the week,

Tuesday 16th - Information stall in the exhibition corridor at the Royal Hospital.

Wednesday 17th - Cycling information display in the foyer of NE Derbyshire District Councils HQ on Saltergate. Anyone who can meet at the rear of the building between 12.00 and 2.00pm with their bikes are welcome.

Friday 19th - There will be a critical mass ride leaving from the town hall at 5.30pm. Afterwards the campaign will have its pea & pie supper, the ride will leave from the town hall at 6.30pm to go to the Crispin on Ashgate Road. Anyone wishing to come along to the supper should contact the secretary.

Sunday 21st  - Ten mile family ride around the Trans Pennine Trail starting from Tapton Lock at 2.00pm.

Wednesday 24th - Four mile family ride starting from outside the Queen's Park cafe at 6.30pm.

Cycle Superhighways in London Announced

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has unveiled proposed routes for the first two of London’s twelve Cycle Superhighways - the corridors for cyclists that are a key part of his policy to stimulate a cycling revolution in the capital.

The aim of the Cycle Superhighways is to provide safe, direct and continuous routes into central London from the outer boroughs, making life easier for cyclists and encouraging those who travel into work by other modes of transport to commute by bike, helping to cut congestion, relieve overcrowding, and cutting emissions.

The two pilot routes will be up and running by May 2010.  Another ten routes, spanning across London and greatly improving the capital’s cycling infrastructure, are being developed ahead of 2012, with each route covering between 10 and 15km.

For the full details and a map of the proposed route, see the press release on the Greater London Authority website.

New B & Q site

Many of you will be wondering when the cycle route is going to open. Here is the official explanation from a Chesterfield Borough Council official;

They tell me that things are going slower than we would like, but the nub of it is that the lighting and landscaping works around the routes and the skatepark need to be complete before the paths can be opened.

This is because the county council, which is to adopt them and take on the liabilities that go with adoption, will not take them over until they are properly completed and up to specification.  For that reason the paths are not open to the public yet and that is why they are fenced off.  Tantalisingly, they may look pretty well ready and usable, but they are still unfinished.  The path through to Park Road is only at base course (and that not up to specification and disrupted by being the access route for works on the skatepark).  The skatepark has no landscaping or litter bins yet and no lighting has gone in for any of these facilities. The lighting design is being considered as part of the % for Art scheme across the site.  The route over from Hipper Street South has to remain closed for the reasons already given, so IT LOOKS AS IF IT WILL BE A WHILE BEFORE AN ANNOUNCEMENT CAN SAY THE PATHS ARE OPENING.

Officers here are on the case and a meeting takes place with county council officers on 11th June.  It is to be hoped that the meeting helps get some progress, such that the routes can be adopted and opened.

Campaign stall at Chesterfield Royal Hospital

Yesterday, Chesterfield Royal Hospital held an Improving Working Lives day, an initiative aimed at supporting staff and promoting welfare.  The Campaign was invited to hold a stall to promote cycling in conjuction with the Hospital's Cycle to Work scheme launched in February this year.

The stall attracted a lot of interest and around 60 Chesterfield Cycle Maps were given away (paid for by the Hospital).  Supplies of many of the other leaflets we hold were also exhausted, particularly the Five Pits Trail and Cycle Derbyshire maps.  Interestingly, many hospital employees were unaware of the Cycle to Work scheme.

No new members were signed up on the day, but hopefully the publicity gained and the promotion of our Bike Week rides will encourage some of the visitors to join in the future.

Summer newsletter now online

The summer newsletter is now available to download in PDF format.

You can also download previous issues from the Newsletters page.

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.

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