CALNE to CHIPPENHAM CYCLE PATH (NCR403)

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bobgreen123@sky.com
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CALNE to CHIPPENHAM CYCLE PATH (NCR403)

Post by bobgreen123@sky.com »

Sustainable Calne need your help on Friday 18th June and Saturday 19th The Sustrans cycle route going from Calne towards Chippenham (NCR403) is a very well used route, but is limited by the quality of the surface and the future of it remains insecure as the leases for the land are very short-term. To address this it is useful to collect data about users and their opinions. To this effect Sustainable Calne are carrying out a survey over the days of Friday 18th June and Saturday 19th June (7am to 7pm at both Calne end and from small car park between Stanley and Studley). The survey has been prepared in liaison with Wiltshire Council and is supported by Calne Town Council. A version of the survey will also go on-line.
To carry this out we need as many people as possible to assist for an hour or so on one or both days. No one will be on their own, and volunteers will be supported. If you could help at all, please contact Celia Stevens on celiafstevens@aol.co.uk or on 07855 672212 with an indication of when you might be available and how long you could help for. A rota will be put together on Monday 14th June and you will be informed of the times you are allocated and details of where to be. All help would be much appreciated.

IF YOU CAN’T HELP, PLEASE CYCLE ALONG THE PATH AND TAKE PART IN THE SURVEY!
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Zulu Eleven
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Re: CALNE to CHIPPENHAM CYCLE PATH (NCR403)

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What a tragedy it would be to replace that perfectly usable, multi-user friendly surface, in keeping with its rural surroundings, with more bloody Tarmac.
toontra
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Re: CALNE to CHIPPENHAM CYCLE PATH (NCR403)

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Personally I use the A4 as I want to travel in a timely way, but each to their own.

The problem with many/most tarmac cycle paths is that they are laid so badly you end up bouncing in the saddle when going at any speed. It's clear that the specification when levelling bike paths is a lot less rigorous than that for "proper" roads

I tend to agree with Zulu 11- dirt tracks are often preferable.
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Re: CALNE to CHIPPENHAM CYCLE PATH (NCR403)

Post by Bmblbzzz »

A couple of years since I last rode it, but I've always enjoyed it. Especially the bridge over the A4! Most of the surface is "dirt" and quite decent but there is a section just after that bridge which is distinctly "mud" even in summer and needs improving. However, improvement doesn't have to mean tarmac. Compressed "gravel" (concrete dust or whatever) does a decent job, doesn't annoy people by looking "urban" and isn't prone to cracking like tarmac or concrete.
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Re: CALNE to CHIPPENHAM CYCLE PATH (NCR403)

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I live close by and use it frequently. There is a short section after the A4 bridge going towards Chippenham where half the width is tarmac. This is much rougher to ride on than the other half which is normal gravel/dirt. I'll make a point of riding the route during the survey.
Power to the pedals
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