The Chester Cycling Campaign has had a number of notable successes and areas of positive progress over the year, all of which contribute towards making the city a little more cycle friendly. Our members are sometimes working behind the scenes, meeting with councillors and developers. At other times, we are out out actively campaigning on the streets for changes to our city’s transport infrastructure. The work is very satisfying when we can see that our efforts have resulted in benefits for Chester cyclists.
Here are some examples of where we have made a difference recently. These successes illustrate the benefits of having an active and effective campaign to represent the interests of cyclists in what is often perceived as a locally hostile highways and transport policy environment.
Active participation in the Chester Sustainability Forum, chaired by Chester’s MP, Chris Matheson, which has led to the submission to the Council of a revised Cycle Strategy for the City which, it is hoped, will kick start a review of the Borough-wide Cycling Strategy that was adopted by the Council some 5 years ago but which has not been reviewed or updated since.
Development of close working links with Cycle North Cheshire, a campaign group focused on the communities of Helsby and Frodsham and nearby. This has led to joint meetings with senior officers of the Council and joint input to the development of a Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan for Cheshire West and Chester Council.
The submission of a consultation response to the Cheshire West & Chester Air Quality Improvement Strategy. Our input resulted in specific mention of the role of cycling in the improvement of local air quality by helping to reduce traffic emissions.
Successful campaigning resulting in the implementation by Highways England of cycling friendly improvements where the A540 (Parkgate Road) crosses the A550 (Welsh Road) known locally as Two Mills junction.
A successful campaign to the Council to deliver a missing shared use traffic free link connecting the riverside shared use path from Desside at ‘the Cop’ on Sealand Road to the Riverside path leading to the Chester Racecourse.
Successfully campaigning for the creation of an advisory cycle lane to be marked on the highway at George Street travelling Westward beside the Bus Interchange in the city centre.
A significant amount of media coverage, including a broadcast radio interview on BBC Radio Merseyside together with Chester’s MP highlighting the difficulties caused by the long term closure of the strategic traffic free route along the canal towpath leading from the Garden Quarter into the City Centre through the Northgate Cut. Work has now started to deal with the cause of the closure and reopening is expected by the Autumn.
The staging of a series of family cycle rides in the Chester area to engage with and involve those families with younger children who may not be confident cyclists.
The acquisition of funding from the Mid Cheshire Rail Partnership which has enabled the updating and re-printing of the popular series of 3 ‘Rail & Ride’ cycle rides starting and finishing at a railway station in mid-Cheshire.
Active participation in the Council’s Active Travel Forum which is intended to take action to improve the levels of cycling and walking in the Borough, levels which have remained stubbornly low despite some new infrastructure improvements.
The publication of a “tube map” in conjunction with the University of Chester which indicates the network of safe and not-so-safe cycling routes in the city.
We always welcome assistance with any of our projects. Get in touch and find out how you can help! Or you can help the Campaign by simply joining as a member.