KCC Newsletter #16 – April 2018


Major Schemes for Roads in Kirklees

There are a number of major road schemes currently being planned in Kirklees and financed by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Fund Plus. Many of these plans provide opportunties to improve roads and junctions not only for motorists but for cyclists and pedestrians as well. They have the potential of making a number of safer and more comfortable cycle routes and thereby encouraging more people of all ages to cycle in greater numbers.

Kirklees Cycling Campaign are responding to consultations on a group basis but individual responses are very important.

All the major projects with up to date information are listed on the Kirklees website under ‘major plans’. If you live near to or use any of the roads listed please try to make a response, however brief. The more comments Kirklees MBC get from people asking for better conditions for cycling, the better the chances of changing our local roads. If nobody sends in comments the council will not feel obliged to make changes.

 

To find out more about these schemes go to:

www.kirklees.gov.uk/majorschemes

The A62 (Leeds Road) Smart Corridor Phase 1 and Huddersfield Southern Gateways are both open for initial public comments but only until Friday 23 March

 

 

A62 Smart Corridor

This is one of the major plans currently out for consultation.

Kirklees Council is in the early stages of developing a major plan for Leeds Road between the Huddersfield Ring Road and Cooper Bridge. It has coincided with a KCC proposal to have a dedicated cycle route linking Huddersfield Town Centre and the Birkby – Bradley Greenway (NCN69) using a route via Leeds Road.

KCC representatives recently had a very positive meeting with Council Officers and it was agreed in principal to include the KCC proposal when developing the Smart Corridor project.

We have learnt from past experience that plans for cycle routes can prove very challenging when they involve using road space for cyclists that could otherwise be used for the motor vehicle. We are, however, at this stage, optimistic that a protected cycle track along Leeds Road is a real possibility.

Two possible routes can be seen on the following attachment:

 

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Change of KCC Website address:

At the end of March we are changing the KCC website. When this happens we’ll send out a quick email to everyone giving the new website address.

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Space 4 Cycling Event Saturday 21st April

On April 21st groups all over the country will be organising events to raise the profile of cycling.
KCC will be organising an event in Kirklees so please save the date and join in. More details in April.

 

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Ride Kirklees

Cyclists often enjoy riding off-road, of course, Gordon McMinn has been doing a lot of work encouraging this in Kirklees. This is Gordon’s account of what he’s been doing:

Ride Kirklees is a relatively new mountain bike advocacy group that is aiming to improve access for off road riding around

Kirklees, promote mountain biking as a sport and to create a community of like minded people who want to encourage others to take part.

The group started after a successful application for the funding of a purpose built mountain bike trail at Oakwell hall was granted. The initial funding was for £50,000, but after meeting with a number of trail construction companies and receiving quotes for the build, it was realised that more funding would be required. It was also suggested that in order to make the trail a community asset, getting local riders involved would be essential. Ride Kirklees was set up in order to look at ways of raising extra funds for Oakwell, and get the mountain biking community together. The group was initially set up on Facebook, a very quickly reached 100 members from across Kirklees, Calderdale and the Peak District. There are currently 181 members in the group

sharing ideas, thoughts and raising issues that need action -exactly what was intended!!!

The group is still in its infancy, and is slowly building momentum to be a voice for mountain bike riders. We have had meetings with a number of people and organisations offering to help on ‘dig days’ to improve access. This includes discussions with the ROW officer and the National Trust to help repair the Easter gate pack horse trail. We have also received conformation of a further £10,000 of funding for the Oakwell hall trail, and have submitted a bid for a further £30,000, which will ensure a quality trail will be built.

Oakwell Hall trail.

The Oakwell trail is going to be a 1.5km blue graded trail offering a family friendly ride for all ages, but will also have enough features to make it interesting for riders of all abilities. It will be

located in some of the underused woodland that runs alongside the M62, and is accessible from the current bridleway that runs through the site. The idea is that it will act as a place for people to get into mountain biking, be a place for riders to improve their skills and a meeting place to then access the network of trails in the area. It will be the first purpose built ‘official’ trail in Kirklees and will attract people from the surrounding areas to visit.

The contract for the construction of the trail has gone to tender, and a meeting to review the proposals has been set, with members

of Ride Kirklees being on the selection panel. So construction of the trail will start in the near future.

Further info can be found on the Facebook page and at

www.ridekirklees.wordpress.com

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The Next Easy Ride

The weather put paid to the planned easy ride in March. Hopefully the sun might come out for our April one.
Meet at 9:00 am 7th April at Huddersfield Railway Station
for an easy paced ride to Sowerby Bridge via Lindley Moor, West Vale and Calder Valley Greenway. We’ll have a break in the station cafe made famous in BBC drama “Happy Valley” before making our route back with a few variations. There are hills but you’re allowed to walk up them. We’ll be back in time for lunch.

This is a joint ride with Huddersfield CTC.

eBike demo day

Although it’s over in Hebden Bridge, those people tempted or curious about ebikes might be interested in an opportunity to try one out at the blazing saddles event on Sunday 25th March. More details are on the website:

https://blazingsaddles.co.uk/featured/

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