Canal bicycle bell campaign


Cyclists can get a free bell and service as part of a new campaign to help keep Chesterfield Canal users safe.

Chesterfield Canal Trust has joined forces with Chesterfield Cycle Campaign, Ride Bolsover and the Rotary Club of Chesterfield for the campaign which has been launched in response to the increase in cyclists using the canal towpath, which is managed by Derbyshire County Council.

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Cyclists will be able to pick up a free bell during the last week of May from the Trust’s Information Centre and Shop at Hollingwood Hub. They have been donated by the Rotary Club which is asking for voluntary donations towards Ashgate Hospice in return.

On Saturday, May 29th between 10:30 am and 2:30 pm there will be a Dr Bike workshop at Hollingwood Hub provided by Inclusive Pedals with funding by Cycling UK.

Anyone can go to get advice on any aspect of cycling, including practical help for repairs and maintenance. There will also be local cycling information and maps available.

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Chesterfield Canal Trust spokesperson, Rod Auton, said: “Ever since the first lockdown, the Chesterfield Canal towpath has been busier than usual as many local people have discovered this glorious green oasis right on their doorsteps.

“It is wonderful to see so many people enjoying our fabulous canal and whilst the vast majority of cyclists are polite and go at a moderate pace, there are a few who seem to be in a hurry. This can lead to problems if they come up behind walkers unexpectedly.

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“That’s why we’re giving away free bells so that all cyclists can give a warning to walkers.

“We are very grateful to the Rotary Club of Chesterfield for their incredible generosity in providing these bells and hope people are equally generous in their donations to Ashgate Hospice.”

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