Kirklees Cycling Campaign – October 2017 Newsletter no. 12


AGM – new date:

Please note that the date for the KCC agm has been changed to: 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Wednesday 22nd November 2017 at The Sportsman, John William Street Huddersfield

Please try to get to this if you can.

Berry Brow – update:

There are now some additions to the measures reported in last month’s newsletter. Highways are also going to increase the signage on the southern approach to Berry Brow. There will be some 30mph signs with increased visibility. There will also be “Give Cyclists Space” signage.

A route between Huddersfield and Halifax:

Last month’s newsletter reported the new cycle and pedestrian route on the new housing development at Lindley Moor. After my questioning the route exit and
entrance at Lindley Moor Road, Kirklees Highways have replied by saying that there are plans in place to make a safe entrance and exit.

This led me to think that perhaps not all cyclists realised the potential of this few hundred metres of surfaced track that was previously only a very narrow and muddy right of way. It now makes a safe key link for a very good route from Huddersfield to Halifax or to the upper Calder Valley, and is a good alternative to using the Ainley Top – Elland route.

Put simply, one can reach Crossland Road by a variety of routes from Huddersfield Town Centre. Having used the surfaced track and arrived at Lindley Moor Road, one can then either take the road opposite and descend Kew Hill and Hollins Hey Road OR go down Old Lindley Road, on to Jagger Green Lane and Holywell Green. From here, there is a direct route via Rawroyds and Green Lane and over the viaduct at West Vale. (1st timers will have to look hard for the turnings to the viaduct from both Green Lane and Saddleworth Road as it’s not yet signed). From there it’s but a short distance down Stainland Road to Salterhebble and the Calder Valley Greenway. If Halifax is your destination then you can take the Hebble Trail from Salterhebble.

– Many readers will also know routes that are not so widely known and that they might like to share. If so, please send a copy for a subsequent newsletter. You can send it via the website.

Easy Rides:

All local clubs have rides programmes for their members. People who are not necessarily regular cyclists or club members might not be aware about the Easy Rides run by Huddersfield CTC every first Saturday in the month. They are usually rides of a couple of hours starting at 10am. Details of all this winter’s rides can be found on the club’s website: huddersfieldctc.org.uk (Members of other local clubs might also like to publicise particular rides in subsequent newsletters. If so, please send the details to the KCC website).

On Saturday 4th November the Easy Ride will start 10 am at St George’s Square – Huddersfield Railway Station and I will be leading it at an easy pace in and around Huddersfield Town Centre and beyond. The pace will be very undemanding and the distance will be between 10 and 15 miles. Not suitable then for fitness training, but ideal for anyone who wants to find some useful quiet and hitherto unknown routes. Everyone is welcome, young people especially – CyclingUK member or otherwise.

There is a lot of work to do to make Huddersfield a cycle-friendly town, but many don’t always realise that quite a lot of useful, non-hostile routes already exist if you know where to go.

Calderdale’s Cycling Strategy:

Just launched; this can be downloaded from Calderdale’s website: https://www.calderdale.gov.uk. (The Kirklees Cycling Strategy still seems to be holed-up somewhere!)

A Colne Valley Greenway?

This month some Colne Valley Councillors took the initiative of resurrecting the project to develop routes in the Colne Valley for all users (walkers, horseriders, cyclists etc.)

A meeting of interested parties was held at the Town Hall and a small working party was charged with the task of taking the idea forward. After a feasibility study, and identifying the source of funding, this could be the beginning of a realistic project to make a surfaced track all the way to Marsden.

Spen Valley Ringway:

The application for planning of housing proposals near Cleckheaton has made it possible for the Spen Valley Ringway idea to be resurrected. Council leader David Sheard appears to be in favour so watch this space.

NPIF bids

A development plan by Kirklees Council, supported by Huddersfield University and The Kingsgate Centre has recently been rejected funding from the Northern
Powerhouse Investment Fund.

Bids to develop cycling routes in Leeds and Bradford were successful from this fund. Whilst one can only speculate on the reasons for the rejection, one can see from the plans that it fell far short of comprehensively integrating cycling provision in the town centre.

WYCA District Sub Committees

Kirklees are having to re-advertise for candidates for their transport committee as too
few people initially applied.

If you have a small piece of time in your lives to attend the quarterly meetings of this committee please consider putting yourself forward as a candidate. At the moment the agendas tend to be predominately orientated around bus transport and there is a real need for cycling to be given a profile on these committees. Details on how to apply can be found on the West Yorkshire Combined Authority website or by emailing: governanceservices@WestYorks-ca.gov.uk. You can also phone: 0113 251 726