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Some research at Newcastle University (your taxes pay for this!) has concluded that having a poster with a pair of eyes positioned above the bike sheds reduces the number of thefts.
No idea why it works – thieves may be very stupid and think a poster can really watch them?
The full study can be read here
Please add your support to the petition at this link
If we can collect 1 million signatures from across the EU then the Commission have to consider the proposal seriously.
The All Party parliamentary cycling group has published a report entitled “Get Britain Cycling” (report can be accessed here) which makes a number of recommendations to improve cycling.
The focus is now on getting the government to implement the recommendations – help with this by signing the petition by clicking on this link.
On Thursday April 18th at 6 pm the new forecourt of Derby train station will be opened. The new cycle racks will be opened officially at that time too. The Secretary of State for Transport and local MP Patrick Macloughlin will be there as principle guest. Derby Cycling Group would like all our members to try and make it down to the station for that time. We want a massive show of cyclists. We want to show that we want significant and continued investment into cycling both into the City of Derby but also nationally. Cycling pays back the money invested into it at least 4 times over. It is a superb use of public money. Let us make this case to the Sec of State by being there in large numbers. For more details also look at the facebook page. David Clasby.
Eight of theses massive machines are chomping through central London at the rate of several hundred metres a week. As the cost of tunnelling reduces much smaller versions will be available for cycle tunnels. With silky smooth concrete surfaces these new transport systems will provide traffic, wind and rain free utopian cycling on gentle gradients through city and urban areas. Effortless average speeds in excess of 40 mph will be possible with typical suburban to town centre travelling times under 10 minutes.
Tunnels will be unidirectional and wind turbines used to provide forced airflow in the direction of travel. Separate overtaking lanes will be available on uphill sections with access determined by the cyclist’s computer monitored ability to perform at the current average climbing speed. At the sides there will be the option to further reduce rolling resistance by use of a grooved steel trackway inserted into the floor for bikes with appropriately profiled steel tyres. This guideway will be especially useful for recumbent riders in their streamlined shells who wish to concentrate on other activities during their journey. The gentle undulating nature of the tunnels, avoiding underground obstacles such as sewerage pipes and surfacing towards access points, will be ideal for regenerative braking; with energy stored in capacitors for use on subsequent climbs. Maintenance costs will be negligible as the risks of pot holes from ice and heavy traffic will have been eliminated.
The use of helmets will be optional.
The national curriculum is being reviewed and the nation is being consulted on what we would like to see changed. Adding cycling to it would mean that huge numbers of children would receive the fantastic Bikeability Level 1 and 2 training. This is the current national standard used all over the country, including by Cycle Derby.
I hope as many people as possible will join in the campaign to make this happen. The link asks you first to add your details, and then presents you with a pro-forma letter which you can send as-is, or edit to send your own personal message, maybe at the start where it is most noticeable. The campaign is being run by CTC.
British Cycling (in conjunction with SkyRide) are offering free ride leader training at various venues across the country (including Derby). Dates for Derby are6 April & 22 June. If you are interested, you should visit the site .
There is a commitment to lead some rides after your training.