What is Transition Chesterfield doing?
1. Improvements to walking and cycling routes
Transition Chesterfield want to see Chesterfield become more pedestrian and cycle-friendly.
In order to promote walking and reduce dependency on cars Transition Chesterfield worked with Chesterfield Borough Council, Derbyshire County Council, the Ramblers, and Walking for Health groups, to map and audit key walking routes in the borough, and identify gaps and areas for improvement. Click on this link for Aims Walking Routes Partnership Final May 2013 For info on results of the audts and suggested improvements for different areas please contact firstname.lastname@example.org . For an earlier audit of improvements in and around the town centre click here Pedestrian Audit Final Version July 2010
Transition Chesterfield works closely with the Chesterfield Cycle Campaign (CCC) who aim to improve cycling infrastructure and facilities in Chesterfield. CCC have lots of useful info and resources on their website and produce the Chesterfield Cycle Map.
The Cycle Campaign work closely with Derbyshire County Council to implement the ‘Chesterfield Cycle Network’. A long term goal to achieve a joined up network of colour coded cycle routes across the town. Here is the schematic map of the system when complete.
Transition Chesterfield (with Chesterfield Cycle Campaign) are currently looking at improvements to key walking and cycling routes in 5 main corridors as part of a project funded by Derbyshire County Council’s Growth Funding. We will update this page as the project progresses.
2. Planning issues
We need a safe, sustainable and integrated transport system but the way we travel and the continued growth in road traffic is damaging our towns, harming our countryside and contributing to climate change. Land use planning needs to be closely integrated with transport planning to achieve a sustainable transport system. By shaping the pattern of development and influencing the location, scale, density, design and mix of land uses, planning can help to reduce the need to travel, reduce the length of journeys and make it safer and easier for people to access jobs, shopping, leisure facilities and services by public transport, walking, and cycling.
Transition Chesterfield makes submissions on planning and transport planning consultations or individual planning applications to try and ensure that transport and land-use planning are better integrated to reduce reliance on cars.
3. 20’s Plenty
20’s Plenty is a national campaign to reduce speed limits in urban residential areas to 20mph. Over 50 local authorities have done or are starting to do this.
We support this campaign for Chesterfield because the benefits are enormous in terms of reduced road casualties, improved public health and a better quality of life for local people in residential streets where people walk and cycle.
The UK’s Public Health Manifesto recommends 20mph limits to encourage more walking and cycling. In Europe 20mph speed limits are the foundation of cycling and walking policies. 20mph is the top evidence based policy to increase active travel according to a Public Health England and LGA report.
In 2015 Derbyshire County Council (DCC) consulted on introducing 20mph limits on residential streets. Follow this link for our response to the consultation. We argue there is sufficient evidence on the benefits to warrant the introduction of area-wide 20mph limits in Chesterfield. There are now over 50 local authorities implementing 20mph as the default speed limits in residential areas. We urge DCC not to wait until it is a national requirement.
Click here fora leaflet on how 20mph speed limits can benefit Chesterfield. There is a new 20’s plenty petition to get Derbyshire County Council to support 20mph limits. For more information visit www.derbyshire.20splentyforus.org.uk or contact Lisa Blakemore: email@example.com
4. Walk leaflets
Transition Chesterfield have produced a series of 6 leaflets of car-free walks in the Peak District for people who don’t have cars or who want to leave them at home. These were funded by the Peak District National Park Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund, and supported by Peak Connections. Click the link on the right to download the leaflets and for more descriptive material that wasn’t possible to fit on the leaflets themselves, plus links to better versions of Graham Warren’s wonderful drawings (and some of his additional ones). Because the bus times have radically changed since these were first published, we have omitted the original bus timetables and just provided routes, so you will need to check bus times at www.derbysbus.info/times/
If you would like to get involved or for more information on any of the above please contact firstname.lastname@example.org