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.
Derbyshire County Council cabinet approved the east west route proposal on 14th October.
We received this message from DCC ‘its approval to start the work, but Crow Lane will of course be subject to a TRO to actually legally close it which will require a further consultation / advertisement of the points its closed at. In the meantime, theoretically the rest can be started though now. The signals at Storrs Road still need some more design work but many other parts are ready for delivery as soon as we can programme a workforce to do it.’
On Thursday 14th October Derbyshire County Council will decide whether to go ahead with the east west cycle route from the rear of the Royal Hospital to Holymoor Road. Read the report to cabinet here Chesterfield East-West Walking and Cycle Route.
Ahead of that decision one of our members has compiled a report detailing the economic benefits of cycling in Chesterfield. Economic benefits of cycling in Chesterfield v1.
The shared route being built between the river and housing development is taking shape, tarmac rather than the crushed stone surface specified on the original plans! It is still blocked at the southern end by the new fencing installed by Derbyshire County Council that will have to be removed!
Further south towards the new office block there is a setback though. Chesterfield Borough Council approved a temporary (3 year) application for a caravan sales area. The area in question includes the ‘towpath’ (currently a footpath only). We and other organisations including the Trans Pennine Trail, Sustrans, Transition Chesterfield and Waterside objected to the application saying that any development there should include widening the towpath to 3m to create a shared path. This requirement is part of the Waterside master plan to create a traffic free alternative to cycling along Brimington Road. Unfortunately all our objections were ignored.
A total of 28 riders took part in this years ride. Starting under the big screen on Vicar lane with tea and coffee provided by Vintage Tea Rooms. The Vicar Lane management closed off the centre of Vicar Lane creating a cycle lane for the ride to depart along!
The ride paused at the Tapton Lock Festival and then returned to town.
The towpath is closed between Constitution Hill footbridge and Hall Lane bridge in Staveley to enable works to reinforce the bank which has been eroded by several overtopping events. The closure will run until the end of the September.