Category Archives: Cycling for transport

Cheshire East Appoints Cycling and Walking Champion

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The new and re-elected councillors of Cheshire East Council are to be congratulated in creating the role of Cycling and Walking Champion. Long overdue, this role will raise awareness of non-motorised users when many council decisions are made, including housing and other developments. Cllr Suzie Akers-Smith, a long-standing advocate of active lifestyles, who brought a stage of the Tour of Britain to Congleton in 2016, has been appointed to the role. Read more in Cheshire East's press release. Read more [...]
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Air Quality Improvement Funding from DEFRA

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It is being proposed that £27,000 awarded in 2015 to Cheshire East Council by DEFRA to improve air quality in Congleton may be returned to DEFRA because the Council have not come up with any ideas as to how to spend the money! Come along to the Cheshire Tavern (upstairs), West Road, Congleton on Wednesday 10 April (THIS WEDNESDAY) at 19.30 to put forward some ideas that we can pass on to Cheshire East. Contact Peter Hall on 07718 540127 for more information. Read more [...]
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April 2019 Biddulph Valley Way update:

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As of the beginning of April 2019 the Cheshire East rangers have informed us that the resurfacing of the Biddulph Valley Way from Brunswick Wharf to the Stone Cottages is now complete. This means that walkers and cyclists can use this section without restriction, Equestrians are still unable to use this section until the surface beds down, We will advise when this is totally open,

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Film ‘Bikes v Cars’

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You may be interested in a film next week – Wednesday 13 March – at the Foxlowe arts centre, Stockwell St, Leek ST13 6AD.

The 90 minute film is called “Bikes vs Cars” and looks at 5 major cities. The film starts at 7.45 and the bar opens at 7 pm.

For further information see https://www.foxloweartscentre.org.uk/calendar/

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Biddulph Valley Way Maintenance work

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Cheshire East Rangers have advised us that the Biddulph Valley Way, between Brunswick Wharf and the railway viaduct at Stone Cottages, will be undergoing some maintenance over the next month or so. We are advised that NCN55 will not be closed during this period but users should be aware of contractors’ equipment, movements and earthworks. The route WILL be closed to equestrian users during this period. When we know when the work will be complete we will post that news.

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Macclesfield development meeting

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Three of us attended the public meeting in Macclesfield on 19th Feb about traffic issues arising from a proposed development of 950 homes, supermarket and primary school south of the town. Of course this traffic is likely to affect Congleton too so we went to the meeting to find out what's happening, and if walking/cycling/public transport will be given priority to alleviate potential traffic. Also how any existing/proposed cycle routes will connect with Congleton, since cycling between the two Read more [...]
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Review of Highway Code set to empower cyclists and pedestrians

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Good news that the Department of Transport is reviewing the Highway Code to include issues that put off cyclists i.e. close overtaking, and opening car doors without checking for other road users.

Read the announcement and also note that there is reference to a consultation about possible new laws and penalties relating to death/serious injury caused by dangerous or careless cycling. This consultation ends at 11:45pm on 5 November 2018 so be sure to access it to add your comments. The very last Read more [...]

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Behind the Scenes Update 2017

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Exciting times!

Lots going on behind the scenes in Congleton with discussions with town councillor and deputy mayor Suzie Ackers-Smith and CE cllr David Brown over tweaks to make cycling around town easier, and longer-term more major work to make the cycle route network less disjointed, and add a new circumnavigation of the town.

Also there are more cycling events in the pipeline for the town after the runaway success of the Cheshire leg of the Tour of Britain.  These events are fun,  raise Read more [...]

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