Work on Spen Valley Greenway

I have got this news info from Dave Stephens and it’s good to have it in advance.

The site team is going to be on Spen Valley Greenway week beginning 14 March to repair / replace the drain at the Walkley Lane access point, which has caused flooding of the path during periods of rain for some time.
The team will be on site with a small excavator for an expected 2-3 day period.
They will mostly be excavating alongside the path to lay a new pipe to carry the water to the outlet about 70m along, but will have to trench across the path at some point.
Sustrans is not intending to officially closing the path as there should be sufficient verge for people to get around, or users could potentially be diverted through/over the steel arcs alongside the path – the Art in the Travelling Landscape feature “Lines of Desire”.

Good luck riding over the Lines of Desire -ooh er!

Ringway clean up 8/3/2016

Although I wasn’t present I have it on good authority and the pictures confirm that the good people of Heckmondwike have benefited from having the litter dumped on the Ringway cleaned away. Sadly this section with some magnificent railway architecture is prone to having material dropped from the bridges on toIMG_4679 it.IMG_4674IMG_4675

We’re so damn gully. 23rd February 2016

Urban Dictionary

Something from the streets, gutter, and/or gangsta. Same as sayin ‘Hood'(“I’m so hood”) or “Street” (“I’m so street”). I’m so damn gully. by Seoul April 30, 2003.

We had a really good turnout today and cleaned up the track side from Sackville Street to Park Road and up on to the Greenway so quickly we were left with enough time to tackle the gully on the other side of the trees that has been used by football supporters and fly tippers as a convenient dumping ground.  Although not specifically our task we tackled it with gusto (other cleaners are available) and can rest easy tonight with a warm glow of satisfaction.IMG_4641

Clear up 9th Feb

090216aWow what a turnout for a winter’s Tuesday.  I was worried we might not have enough cups for our mid-morning brew.  We found a mixture of dumped materials and the usual detritus that people like to decorate the greenway with. Along with that the bloodhounds of Sustrans sniffed out a stolen till tray and Hungarian passport which I duly turned in to the constabulary who thanked us as this had been the remnants of a burglary over a year ago. I say we look for Lord Lucan next.  I am hoping that on Tues 23rd February we can clear up the end of Sackville Street where it crosses Park Road as it’s in its usual sorry state.

Route 66 completed

IMG_20160205_104219258It has taken some time considering that motorists have been going over the bridge since before Christmas but the section from Bog Green Lane over the viaduct to the Bradley Birkby Greenway is now completed.  The entrance to and exit from the bridge is considerably reduced but unless you were considering riding on someones shoulders I suspect there will be no problem though horse riders may have a different opinion.  The track is cleared although a thin layer of mud will make for caution especially if you approach from down the slope.

Clean up Tuesday 12th

A large group of ten of us made it to the clean up of debris and sludge that the Calder had kindly dumped for us on the Calder Valley Greenway between Dewsbury and Thornhill Road. We also managed to replace the flattened fencing and finished with a litter pick.

Flushed with our success we retired to Leggers for a lunch and well earned drink.  As we cleared away we were passed by a number of cyclists including a group of ladies from Streetbikes.

Because we changed the venue due to the flooding of the Calder it is more than likely we will move back to Deighton / Fartown and work from Aquamarine Drive next month Tuesday 9th February.

The picture shows some of the team lifting and not leaning. Festive hats were optional.12_01_7

Opening of Route 66

I am sure we all be pleased to know that Lynnette Evans at Kirklees (Project Officer TDF Legacy) has been told that the route between Bog Green Lane and the A62 will be re-opened mid January. This is of course weather permitting. Hmmm! The drivers who follow me from the A62 and up Bog Green Lane will be even happier as they no longer have to follow a flagging cyclist toiling up the hill.