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.
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.
Sunday 1st August – Inclusive Pedals Community Cycle Club led ride around the ‘6 Parks’ route. Leaving from the Queen’s Park car park (off Boythorpe Road S40 2NF) at 11.00am. All welcome but please sign up with a free Eventbrite ticket to let them know how many will be on the ride.
Friday 6th August – Friday Night Ride, the theme for this one is ‘exploring Brockwell Lane’. No booking required, just turn up at the town hall steps for a 6.00pm departure.
Saturday 11th September – Cycle in Style, meet on Vicar Lane under the big screen from around 10.30am for a departure shortly after 11.00am. There will be drinks from Vintage Tea Rooms available and a stop at Tapton Lock before finishing back in the town centre. Everyone who signs up with Eventbrite will get a free drink at the start.
We await news of the ‘active travel’ fund and whether the east-west route will go ahead once the newly elected county council returns.
The Crow Lane section was opposed by Dean Collins (Labour) and Jack Woolley (Conservative) who were both elected for their constituencies.
The Chatsworth Road section was opposed the the previous county councillor John Boult (Conservative) and the prospective (Labour) candidate Steve Lismore. Interestingly about 100 votes went from Conservative to Lib Dem meaning the Lib Dem candidate was elected. The Labour vote fell by around 200 from the last election. Our Campaign has 35+ members in the ward covered by Chatsworth Road, perhaps the two candidates opposition to the route made a difference!
We have contacted the major parties (Labour, Lib Dem, Conservative & Green) sending them a link to online questions asking about their support for cycling and asking individual candidates to reply.
We have received replies from the candidates below. Clicking their name links to their reply.
Darren Yates (Green) Birdholme
Steve Lismore (Labour) Walton & West
Simon Geikie (Green) Walton & West
Dean Collins (Labour) Brimington, Hollingwood & Tapton
Marion Thorpe (Labour) Staveley North
Ludwig Ramsey (Labour) Spire
Paul Niblock (Lib Dem) Walton & West
By the way, we asked them to estimate how many cycle journeys were recorded on the station link each day in 2020. From data supplied by DCC it varied between a low of 120 in the winter and a max of 250 in warmer months.
John Boult (Conservative) Walton & West – in a personal email reply to our secretary (and to another of our members) he states that he is opposed to the Chatsworth Road section of the East West route and believes the ‘active travel’ funding would be better spent elsewhere in Derbyshire.
You may also be interested in reading about opposition to the route by Chesterfield Civic Society Cycle-superhighway-emails-late-April-2021-1 and Labour candidate Steve Lismore’s leaflet opposing the route Lismore propaganda
Here is a link to a FOI request in which the reply from Derbyshire County Council states who was consulted and what roads received a letter DCC-FoI-response_001
On the other hand Ludwig Ramsey (Labour) will ‘reprioritise road, footpath and cycleway projects’ ludwig Ramsey propaganda