Events are taking place this week to celebrate the official opening of a new walking and cycling path in Chesterfield.
The route – built by Derbyshire County Council with a £1million Government grant – links Somersall, Queen’s Park and Chesterfield train station.
Chris Allen, chair of the Chesterfield Cycle Campaign (CCC), said: “We welcome the opening of the new link and hope it encourages more train commuters to think about walking or cycling to the station. Along the route there are many employers which can take advantage of a fast, free transport alternative which benefits their health.”
Matt Easter, regional director for charity Sustrans, which administered the Government grant to build the route, said: “This is a fantastic project which will be a great asset to Chesterfield, providing a safe, healthy and pleasant alternative route to the station for residents and visitors and helping to relieve traffic congestion.”
At 11am on Friday, Councillor Dean Collins, lead member for transport at the county council, officially opened the route – with the help of children from Cavendish, Hasland, Brockwell and Old Hall junior schools who got on their bikes for the launch event.
And at 10.30am on Saturday, dressed-up cyclists will leave Nonna’s on Chatsworth Road for a short ride along the path, finishing at the Vintage Tea Rooms. A prize will be given for the best-dressed rider!
Studies have shown that each additional hour spent in a car per day is associated with an increase in the likelihood of obesity. Public health experts have suggested the NHS could save up to £6billion a year by 2025 through increased levels of spending on cycle provision.