Derby has a velodrome.
Derby Arena is a spectacular and beautiful building inside, and iconic and eye catching outside. Congratulations to everyone involved in the concept, design, and building of this place. Derby Cycling Group hopes it will live up to all the expectations and delivers cycle sporting heroes, gets thousands of people just taking part, getting fit, getting more healthy as a result. We also hope it will enthuse many more people to start cycling on everyday journeys and to make cycling a major part of the way they travel around the city. We do however believe that more and better cycle infrastructure is needed to make everyone who wants to cycle to be able to switch from cycle sport to cycle transport and urge the city council to now invest in that infrastructure, like they invested in Derby Arena.
following last nights meeting have e mailed the Derby City Council events and Marketing
Manager asking for meeting to discuss our requirements on the Public Opening : days of 20/21st and
Will keep everyone informed as to progress
This rather forbidding notice on the cycle racks at Derby Station hides some encouraging progress. Apparently, according to one of the duty managers, the work will result in a locked barrier around the racks with access by a key fob, available “for life” for a nominal fee. Similar to the access arrangement at the Sheffield station bike hub.
What is particularly promising is that the addition parking on Platform 1b is 25 stands (50 bike spaces) concreted into the platform.
2 further consultation events have been organised for interested people to view the plans for the A38 junction changes (flyovers, etc.) and to discuss the plans with the Highways Agency.
Full information on the plans and the instructions for providing feedback are here.
The new consultation events are:
- Breadsall Memorial Hall, Brookside Road on Thursday, 26th February 16:00 – 20:00
- Little Eaton Village Hall, St Peter’s Park, Vicarage Lane on Monday, 2nd March 15:30 – 19:30
Please do provide feedback and ensure that you emphasise the importance of providing cyclist friendly facilities in the final designs.
Derby Cycling Group have had enough of city council departments and new projects failing to deliver even the most basic facilities for cyclists. Our Space for Cycling campaign wants to get Derby City Councillors to recognise…
- The benefits that cycling can bring to Derby and it’s citizens,
- That much more must be done to make cycling a really attractive means of transport for everyone in the city
- To create policies that will deliver a cycle network worthy of the name.
- To get the city council to deliver real changes to enable more people to cycle more often and more safely
You can help in this campaign by writing to, e-mailing, phoning and talking to your local councillors and making the case for more Space for Cycling.
The materials below are there to inform and assist you with your own campaigning in order to help us to achieve these goals:
DCG Space for Cycling Information Sheet
Link to online letter writing tool : Enter your post code and this tool finds your three local councillors and drafts a letter to them. You should add your own words to the front of the standard letter, or replace it entirely with your own text. Make sure Councillors know you want them to pledge support for our Space for Cycling campaign. Their letter has a link to let them do this.
Link to online Space for Cycling map
Link to CTC, National, Space for Cycling page
Letters Derby Cycling Group have written to city councillors; they know what we want and why:
Letter 1 – Space for Cycling in Derby
Letter 2 – Why Space for Cycling is Needed?
Letter 3 – What Councillors Can Do for Cycle Transport
Minutes form Feb 2015 committee meeting: DCG Feb mins
The Highways Agency has announced plans for upgrading the A38 junctions at Little Eaton, Markeaton Park and Kingsway and welcome comments from the public on their proposals.
A public consultation event will be held at University of Derby Enterprise Centre, Bridge Street, Derby, DE1 3LD on
- Friday 6th February 12:00 – 20:00
- Saturday 7th February 10:00 – 16:00
A public consultation will be running from 4th Feb to 13th March and you can submit your comments either by visiting the consultation events and completing a questionnaire or by visiting the website. If you are commenting, please include your views on the necessary provision for cycle usage around the junctions.
Poster about the consultation events
Derby Cycling Group were pleased to welcome the CTC’s Campaigns and Strategy Director, Roger Geffen, to Derby. He kindly agreed to present the CTC’s plans for the Space for Cycling campaign as well as related information.
The meeting was held at the Park Bikeworks and the audience appreciated both Roger’s talk and the venue.
Thanks to Roger for making the offer to present (and on his birthday!).