Category Archives: Cycling for transport

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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New 2017 South East Cheshire Cycle Network Map

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The  2017 edition of the cycle network map for South East Cheshire is now available, published by the South East Cheshire Cycle Action Group  (SECCAG) .

The map is a collection of detailed town maps for Congleton, Middlewich, Holmes Chapel, Sandbach and Alsager, with a larger map of the area showing possible links between the towns.

View each part of the map on-line here:
Area Map
Congleton Town Map
Middlewich Town Map
Holmes Chapel Town Map
Sandbach Town Map
Alsager Town Map
Where Read more [...]

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Seeking Funding

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The campaign is busy working with town councillor Suzie Ackers-Smith, who was instrumental in bringing the Tour of Britain to Congleton.

The result is the Tour of Britain Legacy Committee who are working on ideas to ensure this event has a lasting effect on the area by improving its health and wealth.  Improving health by encouraging the uptake of walking/cycling for shorter journeys and for exercise/leisure in order to reduce air pollution and stress; improving wealth by improving the local Read more [...]

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Vote for Cycling on Sat 28th Jan at Congleton Town Hall

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Good news and bad news. Two cycle-related submissions were made to Cheshire East for funding related to cycling. One (for signage and a feasibility study for improving the cycle network in town) did not make it into the second round, but the other ie The Town Hall and Friends Sprint Triathlon Event on 23rd April 2017 did.

As the triathlon will be a fun way to raise awareness of cycling and hopefully garner further support for cycle network improvements, we still need all of you who are 12 years Read more [...]

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