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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A couple of small improvements have been made recently. The path has now reopened from the Skatepark area alongside B & M Bargains ending a two handy Sheffield stands next to the new Asda Living store. There is also a larger covered cycle parking area in the middle of the car park nearer Hipper St South.
The footway has been widened along Hipper Street South connecting the Markham Road Toucan with the (soon to be) railway station path. This is a shared path and we expect signage to go up soon. The dropped kerb has been realigned by the entrance to the sofa warehouses too.
We will be having our usual Christmas get together at the Crispin, Ashgate Road on December 10th from 7.00pm. The Brampton Community Band will be playing, there will be a quiz and a buffet. We ask for a contribution of £2.00 per person for the buffet. To assist with catering we do need to know if you are going to attend, please let the secretary know by telephone (01246 520820) or email by Friday 6th December.
Our November meeting will be on Tuesday 12th in the town hall at 7.00pm. All welcome.
Our December meeting on the 10th will be our usual social event at the Crispin on Ashgate Road - more details to follow soon.
From our January 2014 meeting we expect to move back to the Market Hall.
At the beginning of September, work started on a new cycle lane in Chesterfield, filling a missing link in Route 1 of the Chesterfield Cycle Network.
The 670-metre, £308,000 cycle lane has been built alongside Lockoford Lane and the A61 northbound between Tesco roundabout and Pottery Lane West. The path is surfaced in Tarmac and wide for most of its length although some narrowing has had to take place towards the Lockoford Lane end.
This final stretch now means that we have a continuous route for cyclists along quiet roads and off-road paths all the way from Chesterfield Town Centre to Whittington Moor roundabout.
More pictures can be seen in the gallery.
On October 5th our vice chair attended the CTC/Cyclenation conference in Leeds and yesterday our secretary attended the latest East Midlands Cycle Forum meeting in Leicester. The Leicester deputy Mayor told us of all the good work the council is doing in Leicester. The meeting was put on by the reformed Leicester group who feel that a more independent cycling voice needs to be heard in Leicester!
These events are always useful to hear about other Campaign groups and to talk to other activists.
The new cycle route between the A61 and Tesco is taking shape. This will form another section of the north - south route between Whittington Moor roundabout and Storforth Lane.
Next year we should see construction commence on the link from the railway station to the B & Q site which will make the route more or less complete.
The Campaign AGM for 2013 will be on Tuesday 8th October in the town hall at 7.00pm. All welcome especially anyone volunteering for a job!
Hope to see you there.
Over 40 cyclists came along to the second 'Cycle in Style' ride on Saturday 5th October. We left from St Thomas's church after being waved off by the deputy mayor. The route took us out through Ashgate, along the Holmebrook Valley Trail to West Bars and back along the Hipper Valley Trail to finish back at St Thomas's were most of us enjoyed freshly pressed apple juice courtesy of Transition Chesterfield.
Many of the riders were dressed superbly and several classic bikes too! For the second year the weather was kind and made a memorable day.
Photos are here - http://www.flickr.com/photos/inkerman/sets/72157636261448105/
There have been a growing number of reports and complaints about speeding and agressive cyclists on the canal path between Tapton Lock and Staveley and two people have been knocked down by cyclists at the Hollingwood Hub cafe, on both occasions the cyclists didn't stop!
The Campaign is keen to promote the shared use of this path and to remind cyclists that pedestrians have priority. Please use either a bell or an 'excuse me' when passing pedestrians. A cheery 'thank you' is courteous too!
Sections of the path are being used by some cyclists as a time trial and logged online with a leader board. At present the 'winning' speed is around 34kmph average! The Campaign does not condone this sort of activity and together with the Canal Trust and Derbyshire County Council we ask all cyclists and pedestrians to 'Share with Care'.