KCC Newsletter #48


Kirklees Cycling Campaign AGM – Early Warning Notice:

The date for the 2021 KCC AGM is Thursday 13th May at 7pm.
It will be held online and we are particularly pleased to announce that Kit Allwinter, Active Travel Policy Officer for West Yorkshire, has agreed to be our speaker for the evening.
More details, together with the online link, will be given nearer the time, but please make a note of the date and perhaps think of a question for Kit to respond to.

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The Spen Ringway Southern link

The Spen Ringway is a 2.4km route that runs from Heckmondwike to Royds Park, Cleckheaton. It follows the route of an old L&Y line which originally linked up with the Spen Valley Greenway route and went out past Cleckheaton and through Birstall. But it has never been linked up properly at either end. The route is marked on the Council’s Local Plan and the southern missing link is due to be proposed on a Kirklees Council consultation this summer. Around half of this 700m section is owned by Sustrans, but the deep cutting in Heckmondwike is in private ownership and has been recently sold to a company with land filling experience. The cutting is expected to be filled and used for house building and thereby making the completion of the Ringway more complicated.

Some KCC supporters will be joining others on a socially distanced walk along the route to highlight the need for the land to be either bought for public ownership or have the legal status of the route confirmed. This is an important part of a potential cycle network so, if you feel able to, please join the walk on the 18th April at any time between 10:00hrs and 14:00hrs. To enable contact between groups to be minimised, the route will be one-way starting at Walkley Lane and finishing at Old Station Court.
More information will be posted on social media nearer the time:
on Twitter @CycleKirklees or on Facebook @SafeCycleK

Reporting Road Defects to Kirklees Council

Some road defects and potholes may appear not much more than a mild inconvenience to drivers but they can be potentially deadly to people on bicycles.
Reporting problems helps to ensure that the roads are not left in a dangerous state.
Potholes can be reported to the council on the Kirklees website https://www.kirklees.gov.uk/report/ReportPotholesStart.aspx

Other road issues should be emailed to highways.ross@kirklees.gov.uk . If you have time to stop, it can be helpful to take a photo to attach to your email.

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Waltham Forest comes to Bradford:

A new secure cycle parking hanger has just been positioned in Bradford for the employees of a local cycle friendly business. These are a much better solution for when one needs to park your bike for longer periods of time. Examples such as when cycling to work your employer has no room to store your bike. City Connect took the initiative in providing this solution. More can be seen on this link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/bradfordcycling/permalink/3086875208265678/
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John Lewis and C.J Knight