Cycle Kirklees Newsletter 59

In this issue:

  • Cycle Kirklees’ response to the updated plans for Dewsbury Batley Chidswell
  • Walking & Cycling Conference on 5th November  
  • Colne Valley Greenway extended to Slaithwaite
Next issue late October
Improving Your Local Cycling Networks  
Join us on Saturday 5th November (10.00 – 13.15) in central Huddersfield for a free conference and networking.
Our focus will be on improving and expanding access to traffic-free cycling and walking networks.
To understand what is happening on ‘active travel’ nationally and in Kirklees we have invited speakers from Sustrans, WYCA, Kirklees Council and Huddersfield Unlimited. We will also hear some local case studies and discover more about the state of the existing and planned traffic-free network (Greenways).
This conference is organised by Cycle Kirklees in partnership with Huddersfield Civic Society. Located at New North Road Baptist Church in New North Parade which is close to bus and rail stations. We will arrange cycle parking as we did for our AGM.  
The latest programme is on our website – reserve your place using Eventbrite.
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Colne Valley Greenway Extended to Slaithwaite
Several members of Cycle Kirklees committee attended the opening of the newly surfaced section of the Huddersfield Narrow Canal towpath on the 3rd September 2022 joining Slaithwaite to the first section open to Milnsbridge. “We’re happy to see new routes for people walking and wheeling being opened around Kirklees,” said Chris Knight, Communications Officer, Cycle Kirklees. 
The Huddersfield Narrow Canal towpath (aka ‘Colne Valley Greenway’) runs between Huddersfield and Marsden and then through the Pennines to link to Manchester .
This latest surfacing work completed by the Canal & River Trust with Kirklees Council gives the towpath a 7km (4 1/4 mile) all weather surface between the outskirts of Huddersfield town centre and Slaithwaite. 
West Yorkshire Mayor Tracy Brabin was there to cut the ribbon with local councillors Cllr Graham Turner and Deputy Chair of West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s Transport Committee, Kirklees councillor Manisha Kaushik.
Our photo shows the canal path before upgrading. Andrew Dunlop explores the wider issues (e.g. shared routes on canal paths) in a blog on our website – click the link below.
Blog: Background Note on Colne Valley Greenway
New consultation on the Dewsbury-Batley-Chidswell corridor
Kirklees Council has recently launched the 2nd stage of consultations on the Dewsbury-Batley-Chidswell corridor. This corridor aims to enable more cycling and walking from Dewsbury ring road to Batley Railway Station along Bradford Road and then up to Chidswell via Challenge Way and Grange Road.

It also includes improvements for walking and buses on Soothill Lane. The first round of consultations was done around 12 months ago and is now open for comments up until 20th October 2022 (click button)

An explanation of the changes since the last consultation – click link below
City Connect Consultation on Dewsbury Batley Chidswell