The Transport Group aims to encourage sustainable transport in and around Chepstow by providing information to people about alternative forms of transport to those that use oil and pollute the environment. It achieves this by working as a satellite group for Transition Chepstow, We meet regularly to discuss new initiatives and ongoing projects such as:
- A walking/cycling map of Chepstow showing cut-throughs and quicker ways to get to work than using a car.
- Working with Better Trains 4 Chepstow to improve the local rail network so that more people can commute directly from Chepstow to large conurbations such as Bristol, Newport and Cardiff.
- Encouraging local people to cycle and walk by setting up sociable group events and publicising them well to include all capabilites.
- Sustrans initiative to create a Wye Valley Cycle Path, this has been granted planning by Forest of Dean Council and we await further news from Monmouthshire Council before April2012. Please visit www.wyevalleycycling.org.uk or write to MCC to register your support quoting planning reference number DC/2010/00783.
- Jayne Worrin has initiated the Bike Club at Pembroke Primary School on Monday afternoons in term time and occasionally Free Bike Repair Sessions are organised in the grounds of a school where young people can ride in a safe environment and have their bikes checked over at the same time.
- The Air Quality Management Steering Group re-convened on 21st March 2013 to implement an Action Plan for reducing pollution around Hardwick Hill, some of the proposed measures include encouraging less car use so tie in well with what we are doing.
- Recently as part of the yearly activities which have developed for National Bike Week the Transport Group proposed holding seasonal Transport Awareness Days that include a Free Bike Fix and local rides. This idea has evolved into the Chepstow Mini Transport Fest the first event will take place at Le Place de Cormeilles, Chepstow on 15th June. Please follow this link for more info:
Everybody who has an interest in Sustainable Transport and a transition to a cleaner more sociable local environment is welcome to attend.
For more information contact Nik and Jen via firstname.lastname@example.org
The Cafe Touring Club, (born on Friday 6th January 2012) Ladies (and gents) who like cycling out into the quiet lanes around the beautiful Wye Valley to cafes /pubs for a cup of tea (or something stronger). So far we have visited Happa Pony Centre Cafe via new cycle path to St Arvans, then back lanes to Tintern, followed by Brockweir and Hewelsfield and back along a lovely 4 miles descent to Chepstow. We cycled via Sustrans routes to Shirenewton and along to Wentwood, stopped at the wonderful Woodlands Tavern, (CTC recommended) in Llanvair Discoed for lunch then back along quiet lanes. This was a surprise venue, which is what the Cafe Touring Club members love. We cycled across the Severn Bridge via Tockington and up to Old Down Country Park where there is the amazing Old Down Manor Café complete with woodburner and settees and great food. Nice quiet lanes. Came back via Sustrans route thru Ingst and Aust, great weather, afforded good view of the Bridge.
National Bike Week Each year the Transport Group organise Rides to suit everyone starting from Chepstow aiming to leave the town on traffic free routes where possible. In 2012 NBW built on the hard work of 4 years and had a successful week starting with Jayne Worrin’s team and some of their children from Pembroke Primary Bike Club participating in the Big Bike Fix at Bank Square Chepstow on Saturday 16th June. There we used the new tool kit and bike stand paid for by the grant funding to do basic care and repair to children’s and adults bikes. We met quite a few people interested in joining the local rides.
At the same time we asked for feedback on the Draft Edition of the long awaited Chepstow Sustainable Transport Map.
The Local Community Police Officers turned out to tag the bikes with anti theft badges.
Chepstow Review also turned out to photograph the team who carried on despite torrential rain threatening to flood the Gazebos.
Two more cycling enthusiasts from Chepstow have set up a new cycling group in town to compliment those existing groups. Paul James and Ian Hutchinson, their aim is to attract both men and women from novices to regular cyclists who are keen to take up cycling on a regular basis. The rides usually take place on a Sunday and meet near the St Lawrence roundabout . Wear suitable clothing and take a basic toolkit including inner tube. For more info please contact Paul: 07899788531. Please follow this link for updates: http://blog.chepstowharriers.org.uk/category/other-sports/
For ATB enthusiasts Sarah from 559 Bikes, Manor Way, Chepstow organises rides one Tuesday evening each month from their shop venue. For information another Sustainable Transport Initiative how about looking at this Transition Totnes Website: http://www.totnesonthemove.org.uk
Please contact Nik or Jen on 01291 626836 for more info on helping Sustainable Transport in and around Chepstow.
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