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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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.
Our July meeting is on Tuesday 8th July at 7.30pm. Meeting Room 2 upstairs in Chesterfield Market Hall.
The Campaign will be having a stall at the Canal Festival taking place at Staveley Basin on Saturday 28th June.
Our June meeting will be held on 10th June at 7.30pm upstairs in meeting room 2 in the Market Hall. All welcome.
On Thursday 15th May Derbyshire County Council will be holding a consultation upstairs in the Market Hall showing the proposed link from the skatepark area to the railway station using the old branch line.
It will be open from 9.30am to 6.45pm.
The next Campaign meeting will be on Tuesday 13th May in meeting room 2 upstairs in the Market Hall at 7.30pm.
The Campaign will have its usual stall at the May Day gala on Monday May 5th. This year the event returns to New Square and our stall fronts onto Low Pavement opposite the fish and chip shop.
Some members of the campaign take part in the march which leaves the town hall at 11.00am. We are usually at the back cycling very slowly!
Do come along and say hello, talk to members of the committee - we want to hear your views on the developing Chesterfield cycle network.
An item recently appeared on Yahoo news entitled 'Is this Britain's silliest cycle lane', the article has subsequently been circulated on Twitter, Facebook and email.
The article was misleading and not showing the full extent of the 'cycle lane' (actually a segregated path). The Cycle Campaign was not contacted before publication. The article originated from 'Ross Parry News' in Leeds.
The Campaign praises the work of Derbyshire County Council in providing new and improved cycle routes in Chesterfield and hopes articles like this do not harm the progress of the Chesterfield Cycle Network.