Newsflash!

Having been awarded a grant of £1500 from Hambleton District Council’s Community Grant Programme in June 2014 the Stokesley Cycleways Group is to commission SUSTRANS to undertake a detailed feasibility study to explore the potential for an off road cycle link between Great Ayton & Stokesley. A further £1000 has been donated by a local benefactor to help pay for the study and it is hoped that the results will be published later this year. For further information about the work being undertaken by the Stokesley Cycleways Group please contact Peter Cole on 01609 767212 or email: peter.cole@hambleton.gov.uk

Stokesley Cycleways: Watch This Space!

A series of meetings with key stakeholders have been held to explore the potential for creating a cycle route between the Stokesley Business Park and the A172, one of a number of routes being considered the Stokesley Cycleways Group to link Stokesley and Great Ayton. The proposed route a follows an existing bridleway which runs parallel to a flood channel maintained by the Environment Agency and would be sited on an upper terrace to ensure that horses and cyclists are kept a safe distance apart. The route would be accessible for all types of bikes so it can be used by those cycling to work/school and by leisure cyclists.

A meeting was held on the 8th October 2013 to give representatives from the Environment Agency, Hambleton District Council and local Parish/Town Councils the opportunity to explore in more detail how this route can be progressed. Whilst the Environment Agency had no serious objections to the proposal there are a number of issues to be resolved before scheme gets the go-ahead. These include access for maintenance vehicles, an agreement on the type of surface dressing to be used, and funding for the project.

A further meeting of the Stokesley Cycleways Group is to be held early in the New Year to consider how this multi-phased project is taken forward. Watch this space!

For further information about the proposed route or to get involved please contact Peter Cole at: peter.cole@hambleton.gov.uk

Stop Press: Great Ayton to Stokesley: Options Being Explored

At a recent meeting of the Group and in response to overwhelming support for a cycle link between Stokesley and Great Ayton it has been agreed that the options for such a route be explored in more detail. Work is to be undertaken over the next few months to work alongside key organisations and community groups to establish whether such an off-road cycle link between Stokesley and Great Ayton is feasible. Watch this space!

2012 Go Ride event

As planned the Go Ride event was held in Stokesley Town Hall at the end of May. The day provided members of the Cycleways Group with an excellent opportunity to meet known and potential supporters, to publicise the Group’s activities and to collect direct feedback from the general public. Some 60 individuals visited the exhibits, shared ideas with us and acted as sounding boards to test current proposals and future options.

Without exception, the people we spoke with were enthusiastic about the cycleway project in general and welcomed the chance to make comments directly to members of the Group. A number of individuals noted the strong desire for a Stokesley – Great Ayton link and urged that this be given renewed attention in the next phase of development.

Our raffle of a signed copy of Joe Cornish’s latest book raised £100 which will be donated to Stokesley Primary School to support pupil’scycling. At this stage the likelihood is that this money will help purchase cycle racks for the school. We are particularly grateful to Joe Cornish for donating this prize and also appreciative of the support provided for the event by Westbrook Cycles.

Ingleby-Swainby Cycleways Setback

The promising discussions the Group had with SUSTRANS during May about access to significant funding for a first phase of cycleway development from Ingleby-Swainby has unfortunately come to nought. We were very appreciative of the effort SUSTRANS made on our behalf to secure this money and have learned much from the experience of negotiating with several organisations to deliver a successful outcome. The venture ultimately foundered on a set of criteria required by North Yorkshire County Highways in order to progress the initiative. These could not be resolved in the short time scale involved. The group are not deterred by this set back and will continue its search for funding through this and the next financial year.

Millions of extra bike journeys last year!

Millions of extra bike journeys were made last year on Britain’s national cycle network, cycling charity SUSTRANS reported in mid June. Around 40m more cycling trips involving 3.3 m people were made during 2011 than in 2010. SUSTRAN’S Chief Executive, Malcolm Shepherd said :

‘Cycling and walking are an answer to our rising petrol prices and expanding waist lines, but we need safe routes to feel comfortable. People across the country are crying out for routes where they can get off roads and make safe, healthy, cheap and green journeys’.

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