New Cyclepath in Darley Fields

2016-04-19 15.55.46As part of the ongoing work for the new flood defences (Our City, Our River), a small stretch of new cyclepath has been laid in Darley Fields and looks very good quality. It is still fenced off at the moment but seems to be an excellent tarmac surface.

The new route (only 50-100m) runs from the existing cycle route through Darley Fields to the route alongside the river next to Parker’s Piece (next to where the bowling green used to be).

Hopefully, this is an indication of the quality of the facilities we can expect as the flood defence project progresses.

Well done to the contractors so far.

New Study on the Benefits of Cycling

The Department for Transport have published a new study examining the various different benefits that cycling can provide.

The review found that existing methods of appraisal do not incorporate the full extent of economic benefits associated with cycling. The review found these potential benefits:

  • economic growth can result from high density, cycle friendly urban design
  • reduced infrastructure maintenance costs
  • cycle parking allows 5 times more retail spend than the same space for car parking
  • cycle friendly neighbourhoods can have greater retail spend

The study can be found here

Support the Space for Cycling petition

Please show your support for the Space for Cycling campaign by signing the petition. This will be presented to the City Council.

Background:

Derby City Council needs to be more vigorous and rigorous about developing a better cycling network which encourages more people to cycle more often. Derby city councillors are pivotal in enabling that vigour and rigour.

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 its 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

Derby Cycling Group want better facilities for cyclists – MORE SPACE FOR CYCLING.

How can that be done?

  • Get political support for a better cycle transport environment
  • Create a cycle transport strategy for Derby
  • Build the network
  • Promote cycle transport

We want the Council to use the six Space for Cycling themes to determine what will be done to make cycle transport more attractive in Derby:

  1. Protected space on main roads
  2. Removing through motor traffic in residential areas
  3. Lower traffic speeds
  4. Cycle-friendly town centres
  5. Safe routes to school
  6. Routes through green spaces

Derby Cycling Group is asking all city councillors to sign our Space for Cycling Pledge: “I support the aims of the Space for Cycling Campaign in Derby and will promote them in my ward and throughout the City Council”

We are asking you to support these aims by signing the petition: “We the undersigned urge all Derby City Councillors to sign Derby Cycling Group’s Space for Cycling Pledge, to enable the creation of a better cycle transport environment in Derby.

Derby Space for Cycling Campaign

We urge all Derby City Councillors to sign Derby Cycling Group’s Space for Cycling Pledge, to enable the creation of a better cycle transport environment in Derby.

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98Andrew C.
97Peter G.
96ROB L.
95Tony W.To encourage cycling it needs to be safe for all
94Michael R.Continue to keep exploring ways to extend the great northern greenway, a traffic free route to link Derby and Nottingham will be a fantastic achievement.
93Clyde H.
92Derek L.implementation of The Derwent Valley Cycleway would be a significant addition to the cycle infrastructure in and around Derby
91James M.
90Judith O.
89Judith T.
88steve k.
87Alan F.More cycle ways to make cycling safer please
86Sharon B.We need to encourage cycling. It is environmentally friendly, keeps everyone fit and healthy, and frees up the roads for the people who need them.
85Sukie K.
84Keith T.Derby has some great cycling routes and facilities, but more work is needed to connect residential areas to the City's major employers and educational establishments. This needs joined up thinking both politically and literally.
83Claire F.I use my cycle daily
82Peter H.
81Simon C.
80Debbie C.
79Tanya S.

Road Safety Improvements at Littleover

PH2 PH1For many years, Pastures Hill at Littleover has been a dangerous place for cyclists, having a series of bollards along the centre of the road coupled with a 40 mph speed limit.  The bollards were pinch points where cyclists were put in danger by impatient car drivers overtaking them at the bollards.

To their credit Derby City Council have made a major contribution to Road Safety by removing the bollards, which has given greater road width. The increased road width has allowed the introduction of a 1 m wide cycle lane on the West side of the road and the speed limit is reduced from 40 mph to 30 mph.

We should see more cyclists using this road from now on.

Canal Path Closed: Sinfin Moor Lane to A50

NCN6 SignThe Canal Path (NCN6) will be closed for six weeks starting this week between Sinfin Moor Lane and the A50 underpass with a diversion in place. Part of that diversion, between Holmeleigh Way and the A50 underpass, is likely to be highly unsatisfactory, as it was last time this diversion was used. If anybody has any issues here, please contact campaigns@derbycyclinggroup.org.uk with details and photos if possible.

A map of the diversion can be found using this link:

NCN6 Diversion Sinfin Moor Lane to A50 Map

Where to cycle?

With longer days and warmer weather in prospect you will be keen to get out on your bike, but where to go?

Check out “Two Wheels and a Camera” for details of local (mainly off-road) rides and also some further afield which are but a short train ride away.  You bike goes for free on the train and fares are sometimes surprisingly inexpensive if you book ahead and have one of the many Railcards.

Click HERE to access the Blog.

 

DCG Meet with Conservative leader

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Later today DCG Committee members are meeting with the new Conservative Leader Councillor Matthew Holmes to discuss Space for Cycling in Derby.

As a regular urban cyclist in the area Councillor Holmes is exactly the sort of person we need to support Space for Cycling.

To keep up to date with the responses and help us to promote the campaign please follow us on twitter @DerbyCycling

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