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.
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Come and join the parade of cyclists in the Queen's Park this Friday 31st October between 6.00pm and 8.00pm at Bike Night Fantasia.
Register at the event website www.bikenightfantasia.info to get your free set of bike lights.
Just come along or decorate your bike with lights!
The annual meeting of the East Midland Cycle Forum is taking place this Saturday. Pedals (Nottingham Cycle Campaign) is hosting the meeting in the top room of the Trent Bridge Inn, West Bridgford, part of the special events to mark Pedals 35th birthday.
If you are going by train with your bike they will have a couple of volunteers at the railway station to meet you and guide you. The suggested meeting place is by the main entrance on Carrington Street, i.e. the Starbucks end, with the reserve option of meeting just inside the Station (Porte Cochere) by Costa, if it is pouring with rain.
There is no charge for the event, nor for the tea and coffee available on arrival (from 9.30), but you will have to pay for your lunch (standard Wetherspoons fare!).
As well as an opening presentation from Gwyneth McMinn, Sustrans Regional Network Development Manager, and a short electronic presentation from Peak Cycle Links on the Pedal Peak Project, there will be plenty of time, in the second half of the morning, for a detailed exchange of experience on our local campaigning ups and downs. This session will start with a presentation from myself on Pedals current issues, followed by ones from Ian Scott of the Derby Cycling Group, and Derek Latham from the Derwent Valley Cycling Group. There will also be time for other ‘ad hoc’ contributions as well as general questions and discussion.
Our secretary Alastair Meikle is planning to go and will be on the 08.47 train from Chesterfield.
Today MP’s debate the Get Britain Cycling report.
Tomorrow October 17th is the deadline to submit requests to George Osbourne re the budget statement he is going to make on December 3rd. You can contact George via email via this link to ask that he honours the recommendations in that report and dedicates £10 per head of population to Get Britain Cycling.
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Our October meeting will take place a week earlier than normal on Tuesday October 7th. 7.30pm upstairs in the Market Hall. This time in the assembly room. All welcome.
The 2014 Cycle in Style ride will take place on Saturday 11th October. Leaving from the Vintage Tea Rooms on Beetwell Street at 11.00am there will be a leisurely ride to Somersall Park and back to the finish at Nonna's on Chatsworth Road.
Riders will be gathering from around 10.00am at the tea rooms. All welcome but especially well dressed riders and classic bikes!
The planning application for the link to the railway station has been published. We urge all cyclists to write a letter or email in support of this excellent project. The application ref no is CHE/14/00588/CPO.
On Tuesday the planning application for the new leisure centre to be built in the Queen's Park Annexe was approved. Whilst there is reasonable cycle provision within the site we are working hard to connect the site to the wider cycle network.
There is currently a set of proposals to reroute some bridleways and footpaths on the site of the proposed 'Peak Resort'. We are in general agreement but have asked for the footpath running parrallel with the A61 to be upgraded to a bridleway.
You may be interested in a consultation being undertaken on the 60 mile cycle loop in the Peak District especially the Bakewell to Matlock section. Details available here: http://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/leisure/countryside/access/cycling/pedal_pe...
Campaign meeting - Tuesday 12th August. 7.30pm meeting room 2, Market Hall.
Evening ride - Nigel will lead another ride starting from the Loundsley Green Road underpass at 7.00pm on Wednesday 13th August. Lights neede by the end of the ride!
Stonegravels Way - start delayed on the new section due to the sculpture works on Derby Road roundabout. Expected next month.
On July 28th Derbyshire County Council will start to build a traffic free cycle route from the college to the existing traffic free Stonegravels Way. This will avoid Infirmary Road and complete a virtually traffic free route from Whittington Moor roundabout to the town centre.
The Campaign has recently commented on two planning applications:
New leisure centre proposed in the Queen's Park Annexe - There is adequate cycle storage shown on the plans but unfortunately no specific cycle access. Cyclists will have to use Boythorpe Road and the proposed vehicle access. We believe a traffic free access solution should be sought which would link to the Hipper Valley Trail.
Proposed housing development at Wheeldon Mill - A proposal to build 150 houses next to the canal between Sainsburys and Station Road in Brimington has no cycle provision shown and states that cyclists can use the A619!
The Campaign doesn't believe either of these developments takes into account a sustainable transport solution.