Derbyshire Police publish advice on all kinds of subjects including that of road safety and cycling. There is some useful advice for drivers at this link
One piece of advice to drivers is “It’s your responsibility as a driver to avoid hitting the cyclist, not the responsibility of the cyclist to avoid getting hit by you.”
An interesting blog exploring ideas of civic responsibility, active design, healthy urban planning, and public space.
It is a slow start, but now three of the 51 councillors in Derby have signed up to the Space for Cycling campaign. Please encourage more to do so by writing to them using the link below or going to your neighbourhood forum and asking them to support more and safer cycling in Derby.
The Watchtree Nature Reserve (near Carlisle) shows what could have been possible in Derby if not for the actions of the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust earlier in the year to scupper the chances of a closed road circuit.
The Watchtree reserve actively promotes the use of cycles on their reserve with a cycle hire centre and a number of adapted cycles for people with disabilities. They have a cycle circuit throughout the reserve with access to a number of bird hides and actively encourage groups to experience the joint delights of cycling and nature watching.
Their website says “Watchtree Nature Reserve is open 7 days a week for visitors looking to walk, bird watch or bringing their own bikes.”
Wildlife seen at the reserve includes 60 species of birds including skylarks (which the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust insist require the total exclusion of the public – except for a privileged few – to allow for successful sightings).
If only the wildlife “champions” in Derby could have had the vision to match their colleagues in the North West. Perhaps they could learn from successfully involving all parts of the local community in the Watchtree reserve?
Support the Cycle to Work Day on Thursday 4th September.
More details of how you can involved at https://www.cycletoworkday.org/
Various bike shops (including Samways and Cyclomonster in Derby) are offering free bike checks over the next couple of weeks.
The following advice has been sent out by Derbyshire police to help avoid cycle theft.
Officers are encouraging residents to keep their bicycles secure to prevent being targeted by criminals. This can be accomplished by following the advice below.
Derby Cycling Group has just written to all Derby City Councillors, explaining what Space for Cycling is about and asking them to sign up to make better cycle provision in the city.
Read our letter below:
Cycling has a great part to play in the transportation and economic future of Derby but it’s potential is being crippled by one thing:
People are too afraid to cycle on the road.
People want to cycle because they want to be more active, fit and healthy, because they want to save money which they can spend in the local economy instead of on petrol in their cars, because they are tired of sitting in traffic jams on the commute to work and are concerned about traffic pollution. But before they will get on a bike many people want a safer environment in which to cycle; they want Space 4 Cycling on our roads and elsewhere.
Derby City Council has failed to capitalise on the opportunities provided by being a Cycle Demonstration Town between 2005 and 2011, it has not created any significant growth in the length, quality or interconnection of it’s cycle network. Continue reading