A new HoTT Cycling group is working with partners to help anyone who is thinking about taking up cycling or wants to cycle more. Our interests and ambitions are:
Reducing carbon emissions – Cycling is both emission-free and healthy
Holme Valley Parish Council, Kirklees Council and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority all declared a Climate Emergency in 2019. For the transport sector that implies:
- reducing private car travel by 21%
- shifting transport demand to public, shared and active travel;
- increase journeys made on foot by 78% and
- Increase cycling activity by 2,000%
The majority of trips in the Holme Valley are less than 5 miles long, This distance can be covered by an average cyclist in under 30 minutes. At peak times a door-to-door journey ending at the university or in the town centre is often quicker by bike than by car. Electric bikes offer an even greater incentive to change. No contest!
We encourage you to join our group and help us in promoting cycling in the Holme Valley.
Supporting Cyclists in the Holme Valley
To help anyone who is thinking about taking up cycling or wants to cycle more, the HoTT Cycling group has started a ‘Bums on Saddles’ campaign with our volunteer ‘cycle mentors’. These are passionate cyclists with a wide range of experience of commuter, leisure and fitness cycling. Bums on Saddles is a free service where individuals and organisations can get in touch by email to seek advice on any aspect of cycling. Whatever your budget, background or query, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will be pleased to help.
Planning Routes by Bike
Cycling UK have an easy to use route planner (https://www.cyclinguk.org/journey-planner) that lets you choose quiet or fast routes for cycling and shows how much carbon is saved compared to travelling by car. Try it!
Promoting Cycle Routes in the Holme Valley
HoTT Transport group developed a Cycle Route Strategy for the Holme Valley in October 2015. This put forward a network of routes linking Holmfirth, Wooldale, New Mill, Thongsbridge, Brockholes and Honley, together with a route from Honley to Huddersfield town centre and University. The routes combined existing footpaths and bridleways, new paths, and, where unavoidable, road sections, with suggested improvements to make them safer and more convenient for cyclists. The proposed routes were included in the HoTT consultation response and contributed to the approved Local Development Plan.
Whilst the Holme Valley and the adjacent Peak National Park is a mecca for recreational cyclists, everyday cycling – to work, shops, school and college is at a very low level. Ideally a new and improved infrastructure on the scale proposed is required if a significant increase in cycling in the Holme Valley, and a modal shift from the car, is to be achieved.
Local Charity River Holme Connections is working towards a feasibility study to explore a mostly traffic–free cycle route from Holmfirth to Huddersfield using flatter, riverside routes and local connections from Honley and New Mill. They are already improving walking routes in the Holme Valley and have completed an accessible path at Sands recreation ground in 2018
Sustainable transport for future Housing Development
At a conservative estimate, over 50 new houses and apartments are being added annually to the housing stock in the Holme Valley North and South wards, including Meltham. The Local Development Plan proposes the development of many sites, where car dependency is likely to be higher than on sites closer to Huddersfield. Future development will only add more traffic to the network, with increased congestion, delay, greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants. We want to work to promote more sustainable transport facilities for new housing in the Holme Valley.