Promoting, encouraging and campaigning for safe and convenient local cycling opportunities
EGM to be held to amend constitution
The current Cycle Chesterfield constitution is out of date. Amongst other issues, it does not reflect the change of name to Cycle Chesterfield. Requests have been received from six members (as required by current constitution) to hold an Extraordinary General Meeting in order to amend the constitution.
Our next meeting on Tuesday 13th February which will be online using Zoom will start with our usual monthly agenda and be followed by the EGM.
Details on how members can join the meeting will follow by email as usual, nearer the date.
Support Chesterfield BMX!
Chesterfield BMX club need your help! They are seeking funding to carry out urgent repairs and improvements to the BMX track at Ringwood Park. For a successful bid they need to show public support, you can help by signing the petition below.
The club runs programmes at half-term for local children, teaching them skills and encouraging an active lifestyle. The track is also open to the public to ride on. Funding will provide a safer, more modern track capable of hosting events and allowing riders to reach their potential.
East/West Route Construction Begins: One of the pivotal moments of 2023 was the commencement of the construction of the eagerly awaited East/West cycling route, connecting Holymoorside in the East to the Royal Hospital in the West. This significant infrastructure project marks a substantial step towards creating a more cyclist-friendly environment across our community.
Inaugural Chesterfield Cycle Festival: A highlight of the year was the first-ever Chesterfield Cycle Festival. This event brought together people over a range of activities, fostering a sense of community and shared passion for cycling. The festival not only celebrated the joy of cycling but also served as a platform to highlight the variety of safe cycling routes we already have and promoted the town.
Woodall Homes Planning Enquiry: Cycling and walking interests were represented at the planning enquiry into the Woodall Homes Development site that is part of the next phase of Chesterfield Waterside. The positive outcome, with the inspector agreeing in principle that the developer should fund contributions to active travel infrastructure, is a testament to our advocacy’s impact.
Sheffield Bike Stand Installation: Continuing our efforts to enhance cycling infrastructure, we successfully installed a Sheffield Bike stand at Mastin Moor Community Gardens. This addition serves as a practical and visible symbol of our commitment to promoting cycling accessibility.
Membership Increase: We are happy to report an increase in our membership numbers over the past year. The growing support of community members demonstrates a collective commitment to promoting cycling as a viable and eco-friendly mode of transportation. With more members, our advocacy efforts gain strength and momentum.
Advocacy in Planning Meetings: Our members continued to monitor planning applications in the borough, responding to any that needed better cycling outcomes. We also actively participated in meetings addressing planning issues within the Waterside Development site. Our involvement focused on plans for paths and bridges, contributing to the vision of a more cyclist-friendly environment in Chesterfield.
Led rides: The tradition of Friday night rides continued to thrive, providing cyclists with an opportunity to come together, explore our local routes, and foster camaraderie. These rides not only promote a healthy and active lifestyle but also strengthen the sense of community among our members. We also had two Cycle in Style rides and new in 2023: an extended programme of summer rides.
Summer ridesFriday night rideCycle in style
Quarterly Newsletters: Our commitment to community engagement remained steadfast with the regular publication of quarterly newspapers. These publications served as a valuable source of information, keeping our members and the community at large informed about ongoing projects, events, and relevant cycling news.
Monthly Meetings: Our monthly meetings served as a cornerstone of collaboration and planning. These gatherings allowed members to discuss important issues, share ideas, and contribute to the strategic direction of our advocacy group. The consistent turnout at these meetings underscores the dedication of our members.
Hybrid Approach to Meetings: After years of online-only meetings due to the pandemic, we moved to a blend of face-to-face and online meetings in 2023. This hybrid approach means we get valuable face-time, and ensures that we can connect with our community regardless of circumstances, fostering inclusivity and accessibility.
Challenges with DCC Dialogue: Despite challenges, including DCC not reinstating the quarterly Cycle Liaison Meeting, we remained steadfast in our commitment to dialogue with local authorities. Continuous efforts are essential to ensure our community’s cycling needs are heard and addressed.
As we reflect on 2023, we eagerly anticipate the future. We are looking forward to the East/West route being completed in 2024, and also the second Chesterfield Cycling Festival in the summer. We invite all community members to join us in this journey towards a more cyclist-friendly and sustainable future.
As we bring the curtains down on the year 2023, it’s essential to extend heartfelt gratitude to those who have been the driving force behind the success of Cycle Chesterfield. Our accomplishments wouldn’t have been possible without the unwavering dedication of our committee members, the enthusiasm of our volunteers who made the Cycle Festival a triumph, Nigel for orchestrating the delightful Cycle in Style rides, and Lisa, for her tireless efforts on the Waterside site.
A special mention goes to Chris, our outgoing chair, for his leadership, and invaluable contributions. Chris has played a pivotal role in steering our group through its journey, and we express our sincere thanks for his dedication and hard work.
A call to action – Join us
As we reflect on the year’s achievements – from the commencement of the East/West route to the successful Chesterfield Cycle Festival and beyond – we recognise that our accomplishments are not just milestones; they are the result of a collective commitment to fostering a more cyclist-friendly community.
Looking forward, we extend an open invitation to join Cycle Chesterfield. As we embark on the exciting journey into 2024, we believe that the weight of our accomplishments grows with each new member. If you have the time; your support, ideas, and passion will contribute to the continued success of our advocacy efforts, if you don’t then that’s fine – increasing our numbers, increases our weight. You canjoin us online or email us at email@example.com for alternative methods of joining.
As the energy of the Chesterfield Cycling Festival still lingers in the air, we’re thrilled to announce an exciting lineup of summer rides! Cycle Chesterfield invites you to join us for a series of bike rides, exploring the beautiful landscapes and rich heritage of our beloved town. Whether you relish the hills or prefer a leisurely ride looking at art, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Friday Evening Explorer on Friday 14th of July Discover Hasland and Brimington on this exploration ride. There’s a mixture of hills and tracks, but all cycled at an easy pace.
Trans-Pennine Trail Loop on Saturday 29th of July Embark on a picturesque journey along the Trans-Pennine Trail, following the tranquil canal paths before venturing through Westwood’s hills.
Friday Night Ride: Avenue Works on Friday 4th of August Experience the local infrastructure and wide gravel tracks on this relaxed-paced ride to the Avenue Country park
Holymoorside & Brampton Brewery on Saturday 12th of August Explore quiet roads, challenging hills, and picturesque tracks on this moderate paced ride which ends with an opportunity for a refreshing drink at the brewery.
Art Ride Part 2 on Saturday 19th of August Discover the fascinating world of local public art as we venture along Chesterfield’s bike tracks and quiet roads. Immerse yourself in the artistic beauty of our town while enjoying a leisurely ride.
Friday Night Ride: Infrastructure Ride on 1st of September 1st Learn about the campaigning efforts and infrastructure development required for creating cycling-friendly routes. Gain insights into the standards and best practices while enjoying an engaging ride.
Mark your calendars, bring your friends and family, and embark on these exciting rides that showcase the best of Chesterfield’s cycling.
What an absolutely incredible first Chesterfield Cycling Festival it has been! We couldn’t have asked for a better celebration of biking and community on the 100th national bike week.
We have fixed countless bikes, had a sociable night watching cycling films and most importantly got out and explored Chesterfield by bike with over 94 riders making use of the town’s infrastructure across six guided rides.
A huge round of applause and heartfelt gratitude goes out to everyone involved in organising this extraordinary event. Your hard work, dedication, and passion have made the festival a roaring success. The ride leaders, bike fixers and organisers, thank you for making it all possible!
To all the riders who joined us throughout the week, you are the true stars of the festival! Your enthusiasm, energy, and love for cycling have filled the atmosphere with joy and excitement. We hope the memories and experiences from this event will stay with you and encourage you to get on your bikes and ride!
To the weather, thank you for the sunshine!
Stop for chips on the Holmebrook Valley rideFilm night5 pits rideArt Ride
As we bid farewell to this remarkable festival, we invite you to continue supporting cycling in Chesterfield by joining Cycle Chesterfield. By becoming a member, you’ll actively contribute to the organisation of future festivals, advocate for cyclists’ rights, and help create a more bike-friendly community. Together, we can make a difference!
We would love to hear your thoughts and feedback on the festival. Share your experiences, suggestions, and memories with us, as your input will guide us in making future events even more amazing.
Once again, a huge thank you to everyone who made the Chesterfield Cycling Festival a phenomenal success. Let’s keep pedalling towards a brighter, greener, and more cycling-friendly future!
Chesterfield Cycle Campaign is now Cycle Chesterfield
Exciting News for cyclists in Chesterfield: Chesterfield Cycle Campaign is now Cycle Chesterfield!
Chesterfield Cycle Campaign have been working tirelessly to make the town and surrounding areas a safer and more accessible place for cyclists for years, campaigning for better infrastructure and promoting cycling as a mode of transportation. But, as the years have gone on, the group has expanded beyond just campaigning. Our members also offer guided rides and popular bike repair workshops “Dr Bike”, as well as publishing a range of local information, all helping to build a vibrant cycling community in Chesterfield.
That’s why we have decided to rebrand as Cycle Chesterfield. The new name better reflects the full range of activities the group carries out and highlights our commitment to promoting cycling as a way of life in Chesterfield. But, we know that any change can be met with skepticism and doubt, so we’re here to reassure you that this is an exciting and positive change for the group.
First and foremost, the name change doesn’t mean that Cycle Chesterfield is abandoning our campaigning efforts. In fact, it’s quite the opposite! We will continue to work with local authorities and other organisations to promote cycling and improve infrastructure for cyclists. Cycle Chesterfield will continue to push for the creation of safer, more accessible routes and facilities for cyclists in and around Chesterfield.
Guided rides and bike repair provide opportunities for cyclists of all levels to learn new skills and connect with other riders in the community. From beginner rides to bike repair, and newsletters, Cycle Chesterfield’s activities are designed to promote cycling as a fun, healthy, and sustainable mode of transportation.
So, if you’re a cyclist in Chesterfield, we encourage you to join Cycle Chesterfield. Whether you’re a seasoned rider or just getting started, there’s a place for you in the group. You’ll have the opportunity to participate in guided rides, attend workshops, and help shape the future of cycling in Chesterfield, or you can rest at ease knowing that just by being a member of Cycle Chesterfield you are lending more weight to our advocacy.
In conclusion, the name change to Cycle Chesterfield is a positive development for the group and the cycling community in Chesterfield. It better reflects the full range of activities carried out and highlights our commitment to promoting cycling as a way of life in the town. So, hop on your bike and join Cycle Chesterfield for a ride!
The Chesterfield Cycling Festival is gearing things up a few weeks after the Chesterfield Walking Festival to bring an exciting line-up of events. Between the 2nd of June and 11th of June, this ten day festival will include adapted bike rides with Inclusive Pedals, film nights about bikes, repair workshops and a variety of friendly bike rides with something suitable for all.
Take in the sights and sounds of Chesterfield as you join one of our friendly guided bike rides, suitable for riders of all abilities. Explore the town and its surrounding areas on our routes, taking in urban art and rural landscapes along the way.
At the bike repair workshops, our trained “Dr Bike” mechanics will carry out free checks, adjustments and basic repairs on your bike.
For those who love movies, the bike film night is not to be missed. Enjoy short films about cycling at the Brampton Brewery Bierhuis.
Whether you’re a serious cyclist, a leisure rider, or just looking for a fun way to spend time with family and friends, the Chesterfield Cycling Festival has something for everyone. So, mark your calendars and get ready to be part of this exciting celebration of all things bike-related.
For more information about the Chesterfield Cycling Festival and to register for events, please visit our programme online.
East West Walking & Cycling Route
Work will finally start on the route with Crow Lane closed to through traffic from 17th February 2023. The announcement from Derbyshire County Council says work will start in Somersall Park as well.