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.
Due to legal reasons Derbyshire County Council have to reopen Crow Lane to vehicles, however they are proceeding with the Traffic Regulation Order to close it permanently. Despite pressure to scrap plans for the East West route from Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins, some county and borough councillors we understand the county Council intend to press ahead with the scheme.
We have produced a document ‘myth busting’ some of the opposition comments which you can download below. Also available for download is the letter our secretary recently sent to Chris Heaton Harris, minister for cycling.
We have been made aware of a meeting at Brookfield School on 11th November at 7.30pm arranged by Chesterfield Civic Society with Toby Perkins MP as speaker asking for your views about the route.
Both the Civic Society and Toby Perkins oppose building the route but the public consultation produced a majority in favour of all sections.
Please attend the meeting to make your support of the route known.
Link to the original online consultation where you can access all the plans for the route.
Chesterfield East-West Walking and Cycle Route with detailed analysis of responses to the consultation.
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.