KCC Newsletter No. 40


Newsletter No.40 May 2020

Hello everyone and welcome to the new format for the Kirklees Cycling Campaign Newsletter. After the previous GDPR blunders it was clearly time to change from the standard email to something that, hopefully, will give everyone a little more security. I need to get up to speed technically, however, so, for the moment the presentation will be ‘basic’. – John Lewis (chair KCC)

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Thank you:
Thank you to everyone who responded to last month’s newsletter, and  asked their local and/or national politicians for a reallocation of road space. This past month local and national government have made public statements and promises about Cycling and Walking as never before. Grant Schapps has promised £2b to develop a National Cycling and Walking Network and the leader of Kirklees Council felt obliged to make public statements never before heard.

We can only hope that this turns out to be a ‘watershed moment’ as there is much to be done after decades of neglect.

At the recent Kirklees Council Scrutiny Committee (27022020) the inadequacies of the Kirklees Walking and Cycling Strategic Framework document. were revealed.
Not least of all were:

1.  The need to set up a Strategic Cycling and Walking working group that has terms of reference to deliver projects, meets frequently, and has appropriate stakeholder participation and membership. – KCC is currently excluded from membership of the ‘Delivery Group’).
2.  The Framework has no central focus on developing a network of local Cycling Routes. – Government finance will be dependent on local authorities developing a ‘Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan’ (LCWIP) 
3. The subject of Cycling and Walking seemed to be of little importance to Kirklees’ political decision makers – no cabinet member was present to participate in the Scrutiny Committee meeting.
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Stop Press:

At the back end of last year West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) made a competitive bid for cycling and walking funding from the dft’s Transforming Cities Fund. Among the listed projects was Kirklees’ plan to have a continuous protected cycle route from Waterloo to the Huddersfield Town Centre.
We have just found out that the bid was a successful one, and that we can now look forward to the construction of Kirklees’ first segregated and protected cycle route along the Wakefield Road.
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Bike Friendly Towns:

The Huddersfield Civic Society has an upcoming event live online that will interest many supporters.
The Speaker, Jon Little is the person behind the Transport Consultancy  ‘Bespoke’. He has been involved in a wide range of cycling projects including work in Waltham Forest and more recently in Leverhume Greater Manchester.
It is a free event but you need to get your ticket from Eventbrite. Details on the link below:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bike-friendly-towns-tickets-105055658302

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KCC Agm:

Yes it’s that time again!
Please make a note to yourself to attend. It’s planned for June 17th 2020 and this year it will be online of course.
Jon Little – of Bespoke –  has also agreed to talk to us (KCC) about his work in Leverhume Great Manchester.
Details with the Zoom link, Agenda, and Officer Reports, will be sent out in the next week or two.