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.

January 2009 Meeting

The first Campaign meeting of 2009 will take place on Tuesday 13th January at 7.30pm in Meeting Room 1 at the Market Hall. The agenda for the meeting is available via the Meetings, Events, Diary link in the main menu.

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all Chesterfield cyclists!

The new section of cycle route from Park Road into the old Donkin site/new B & Q has been completed! This section appeared to be a bit of a stumbling block but the Campaign has been lobbying for its early completion. The whole route from Park Road to Derby Road and Hipper St South is now complete but still fenced off. The Campaign understands that we have to wait until B & Q opens before the route wil be open. Our task now is to get a Toucan crossing (or other protection) so that cyclists can safely cross from the Queen's Park cycleway to the new route.

Cycle Campaign December meeting

A reminder that the December Cycle Campaign meeting will be an informal get together at the Portland Hotel off New Square on 9th December, from 7.30pm.

Cycling eBook

An online 'taster' of a new book about cycling to work is available here.

Bikes on Trains

A petition has been started on the Number 10 web site requesting a requirement for train operators to provide an integrated system for the carriage of bicycles and ensure there is adequate capacity available.

Currently there is no minimum requirement for train operators to carry bicycles and each operator has a different set of rules and booking procedures. This makes the system extremely complex to use, especially where multiple operators are used.

It is not possible to book bicycle reservations online and hence one does not know whether there will be room for a bike on a train when a ticket is purchased (note, advanced tickets cannot subsequently be altered to a train with available bicycle carriage space).

Some operators have extremely poor provision. The Crosscountry service has reduced the capacity of its trains from 4 bicycles per train to 2 bicycles (so they can provide secure accomodation for their retail trolly). Hence, a maximum of 2 people can travel together with bicycles when you using the crosscountry service (a major element of the national network).

Clearly, a national policy is required with a fully integrated booking system (that is available online through the standard ticket retailers) and incentives/requirements for operators to improve capacity.

To sign the petition click here:

http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/bikes-on-trains/

New rules for cycling in France

For anyone planning to cycle in France in the future, new rules governing cyclists have come into force.  High visibility vests must now be worn out of towns when it is dark or visibility is low.  More information available here (in French).

Cycle Infrastructure Design

Cycle Infrastructure DesignThe government has just published new guidance on Cycle Infrastructure Design to guide Local Authorities towards providing cycle friendly road layouts and facilities.  It encourages designers to follow a 'Hierarchy of Provision' and aims to keep cyclists principally on-road by managing traffic conditions to make roads safe for cycling.  High priority measures include reduction of traffic volume and speed, whilst conversion of footpaths to shared use for pedestrians and cyclists should be considered last.

The full document can be downloaded from the Department for Transport website here:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/roads/tpm/ltnotes/ltn208.pdf

November Campaign Meeting

A reminder that the November meeting will start at 7.15pm. We will be discussing and plotting on a map the cycle routes and facilities in Chesterfield. This information will be passed on to the Chesterfield & NE Derbyshire Accessibility Study. We hope that this will result in a Cycle Strategy for the area.

The meeting will take place in Meeting Room 1, upstairs at the Market Hall on Tuesday November 11th.

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas & Minutes of Campaign meetings will now be available on the 'Meetings' page.

New route in Lincolnshire

Nicola Jones of Sustrans East Midlands has let us know that the official opening of the whole 53km Lincoln-Boston Waterway Rail route, developed by Sustrans as part of National Cycle Network Route 1, in cooperation with the Lincolnshire Waterways Partnership and the East Midlands Development Agency, has now been fixed for Saturday 25th April 2009.
 
It is being called 'The Longest Party' and follows the successive smaller-scale and local celebration events to mark the completion of different sections of the route culminating in the one held last Wednesday at Langrick Bridge for the final 3km section from Antons' Gowt, a little north of Boston. It will include mass rides from end to end of what should be an excellent route, 32km on the former Boston to Lincoln railway line that followed near the River Witham, and 21km on country lanes, and with lots of interesting sculptures etc.
 
At the last East Midlands Cycling Forum meeting, held in Lincoln on Saturday 27 September, it was agreed that the next forum gathering should be more informal in nature and tied in with the opening of a major new facility such as this route.
 
For more information contact Nicola Jones  or see the Sustrans web page here.

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