Free bike stands available to organisations in Derby – be quick!

Sheffield_standsIf you are (or know of) an organisation in Derby that could make use of free bike stands then get your application in quickly as a few are available. The stands and delivery are free but the organisation needs to pay for installation.

See the this site for full details. The offer is open to small businesses, charities, housing associations, community groups or other not for profit organisations.

Strava Club

strava-logoA “club” for Derby Cycling Group has been set up on Strava. Any Derby Cycling Group members who are also Strava users are welcome to join the club by visiting www.strava.com/clubs/derbycyclinggroup

This could be a useful way of capturing data on the most popular cycling routes in Derby although I am aware that most cyclists don’t use Strava so the data could be unrepresentative of the average cyclist. It might also be a way for individuals to find routes that they hadn’t thought about in the local area.

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

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