Welcome to KCC Newsletter No. 41. As can be seen from the above picture in the Huddersfield Examiner, the reallocation of space for cycling and walking didn’t exactly get off to a flying start.
Good communication is essential if cycling and walking is to to be improved after Coronavirus.
Thank you to everyone who clicked onto the Zoom link to join the AGM on 17th June.
Bill Hunter and John Lewis were returned as Secretary and Chair respectively, and there is a committee of the following: Chas Ball, Robin Bowles, Peter Charnley, Chris Knight and Maigriet Mulder.
Jon Little – our speaker for the evening – gave an inspiring talk about the planning and implementation of the Waltham Forest ‘Mini Holland’ project; and there is now talk, that at sometime over the next year, we might be able to follow this up with a Jon Little guided visit to Waltham Forest. This would probably be in partnership with the Huddersfield Civic Society. We might even be able to encourage some councillors and officers to join us.
Many Thanks to Chas Ball for the hosting and for making a recording of the event. This can be viewed by clicking on the link below. (You’ll need to download Zoom to access it).
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The Commonplace Mapping Tool
Across the UK local councils and cycling organisations have been setting up their own ‘commomplace’ interactive website. This is a brilliant tool for everyone to give information on where and how to making cycling and walking safer and easier. Some of you have already started to use the Kirklees version.
Given the size of Kirklees and the number of places that need a rethink for cyclists and pedestrians is would take a very long time for an individual to respond comprehensively. Nevertheless, just pointing out a few places where cycling is difficult or dangerous, will register and build up a picture of what has to be done over the next decade. This is a much more effective way of registering the problems than writing to your councillor or MP because the council site is recording everything that is put on it. This then provides the material for future planning, so it is really important that as many people as possible participate and make their contribution. It is interesting to see the current high level of participation in Leeds. Hopefully, over the next few months, residents of Kirklees will be as equally active in making their voice heard. Details of how to get started are on the ‘WYCA Your Voice’ link here:
Cycle Parking at Huddersfield Station
Cycle-Rail grants have identified Huddersfield Station in need of more cycle parking space. The grant has been approved and work to make extra space is planned to be carried out later this year.
This is an encouraging development and will make it even more pressing to improve some of the roads and junctions, for cyclists, to and from the station.
John Lewis – KCC Chair