Cycle Kirklees Newsletter 60

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November 2022
Newsletter No. 60
In this issue

  • Walking & Cycling Conference on 5th November
  • Consultation on plans for Batley Town Centre now live
  • Cycle Kirklees response to Climate Change Action Plan

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This Saturday – Join us in Huddersfield

On Saturday (5 November, 10.00 – 13.15) we are running a free event with Huddersfield Civic Society at New North Road Baptist Church, New North Parade – close to both bus and rail stations. Cycle parking will be provided in the church. Reserve your place using Eventbrite – you can see the programme there or on our website.

Book Your Place on Eventbrite Now

Read our detailed submission on the Dewsbury-Batley-Chidswell proposals 

The first round of consultations was done around 12 months ago and we submitted our comments in October. 

Comments on Dewsbury-Batley-Chidswell corridor proposals 

Why we should encourage children to ride a bike 

“Cycling isn’t just a hobby, it’s also a mode of transport. I didn’t cycle to school. I think this is probably down to my parents and convenience, however I don’t remember anyone else cycling to school either,” says Daniel Little, director of Little Bikers, who writes a blog about how to get more children cycling.

Blog link

Climate Change Action Plan for Kirklees on cycling and walking

Cycle Kirklees chair, Chas Ball appeared at Kirklees Council Scrutiny panel (Economy & Neighbourhoods) in October to articulate comments on the draft transport plans in the proposed Climate Change Action Plan for Kirklees.
Whilst supporting much of the transport section proposals, he told the panel and cabinet member Cllr Will Simpson that “we need a paradigm shift [on active travel] to achieve decarbonisation targets for 2027.” He said that without adequate staff resources, and effective co-ordination and leadership at cabinet level, the progress required to achieve the Mayor’s plans for modal shift will not be met (see photo).
The Plan will go to Cabinet in November and Full Council in December.

The WYCA Mayor’s planned travel changes designed to meet our carbon targets. These pledges were endorsed by Cllr Pandor, leader of Kirklees Council, on behalf of the council.

Batley Blueprint open for consultation

The proposals on Batley town centre, prepared by Arup, include changes to the Hick Lane/Bradford Road junction and access to Batley Railway Station – issues we’ve recently been discussing in the response to the other (DBC) consultation.
There are some welcome one-way streets and some removal of parking spaces. Sadly, 2-way traffic is retained through the town centre.
Cycle Kirklees is planning a ‘walkabout’ and a visit the Blueprint exhibition on Saturday, 12th November. If you want to join us or you have any comments to add to our submission, please email us.

Batley Blueprint

Huddersfield Cultural Quarter Travel Plan

The big Huddersfield Cultural Quarter (CQ) Planning Application (2022/93248) is out for consultation. The Travel Plan submitted by Arup as one of the 170 supporting documents that constitute this application (see link).
It addresses travel for just the CQ, rather than for the whole town centre. This may reflect the commission that Arup was given or the lack of an overall plan for the town centre. There is still time to comment – it ends on 14 November.

Huddersfield Cultural Quarter Transport Plan

Report from Kirklees Active Travel Partnership (September)

Cycle Kirklees is a member of the Partnership and a few of he points raised we cover here.
Kirklees Highways reported on a speed limit assessment at local schools – showing that 36 schools needed work doing to the infrastructure outside the school to make them safer. Council decided that some safety intervention is required in all of their schools so they are going to tackle them all, after working out an order based on need.
Council officers reported their Active Travel England Self- Assessment. All West Yorkshire authorities are expected to score from 1 – 3. Officer scoring (on a 0 – 4 scale) resulted in:
Leadership – 1
Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan – 2
Delivery – 1
Place Partnership funding for active travel does still exist despite the recent disbanding of the Place Partnerships infrastructure. In theory schemes will now be allocated by ward members but we have seen little of the £2.3M allocated to cycling initiatives so far.
We also raised incorrect signs on roadworks and the need for better enforcement of mandatory cycle lanes.
Summary report by Chris Knight representing Cycle Kirklees.

Our website is now at
View our website you about the work we have been doing this year. This includes responding to Cycling & Walking consultations and to the Network Rail plans for Huddersfield station. 




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