The CTC Thursday Ride Group have cycled from Ratcliffe Lane/Long Lane (near Kegworth) to Clifton along the relatively traffic free route of the old A453.
Has been replaced by this
Which is now only an access road to Barton in Fabis and a link between Barton and Thrumpton. The new A453 dual carriageway is just visible in the background.
There is now a route between Derby and Nottingham that is either off-road or relatively traffic-free following the Riverside Path out of Derby to Elvaston Castle, Ambaston, Shardlow, Sawley Marina, past East Midlands Parkway and Ratcliffe Power Station and on through Clifton. Once the new tram service is operating there is even an option of leaving a bike at the new Clifton Park and Ride.
Derbyshire County Council is proposing changes in how they handle reports of issues relating to Rights of Way and are asking for the public to provide their views on the proposed changes.
Please visit this link and provide your input.
My personal view is that the proposals mean that anything of “priority B” or lower will never be adequately addressed. Providing a response time of half of year means, to me, that the problem will not really be solved (however, my view only – please provide your views on the survey).
See this link for details of free bike maintenance workshops being offered by Halfords during August. Not many places so book quickly if you’re interested.
Halfords shops offering workshops include those at Wyvern and Kingsway.
Consultation – what do you think about the proposed cycle routes?
DCG has met with the project team and is impressed with the quality of the routes proposed, which includes a new 4m wide bridge over the A52 and believe the new routes around Wyvern will help people wishing to cycle to work in the Retail Park or the Business Park. However, there is one problem – the new routes stop before the River Derwent crossing, and the cycle paths there are very sub-standard. We are urging that the project includes the upgrading of the river crossing as part of the scheme. What do you think?
This is the link the A52 Wyvern scheme consultation web site
This is a link to an online questionnaire
This is the DCG response to the consultation DCG A52 Wyvern Cycle Routes Response
Make cyclists voice be heard
Public meeting at 6.00pm on Monday 13th July at the Guildhall
Big Conversation Feedback Form.
The city council have been consulting on what services people regard as important with a view to prioritising funding during austerity cuts. Make the voice of cyclists and cycle transport heard in the debate on transport by sending in your comments or by attending the public meeting. Some priorities Derby Cycling Group have are:
- Make Active Travel (ie walking and cycling) the top priority in transport planning. The funding of active travel is not huge but it can be protected by making it priority number one.
- Retain Cycle Derby so they can continue to provide their world class training and promoting activities in schools and with young people and families.
- Create a strategic cycle transport policy with the aim of creating an integrated cycle network in the city so that more people feel safe enough to make everyday journeys by bike.
And why is this important? Because cycling:
- Is good for people’s health
- Saves people money on transport costs
- Reduces traffic congestion and pollution
- Improves Derby’s economy:
- Healthy workers take less time off work
- Free flowing traffic reduces business costs
- With more money in people’s pockets they can spend it in local shops and on local services provided by local people
The draft Derbyshire Cycling Plan has been developed by a range of partners across all of Derbyshire. This high level plan aims to get more people on bikes, by 2025.
You can review the draft plan here. Once you have reviewed the draft you are encouraged to provide your comments by completing the questionnaire.
Remember that, if you have specific ideas for cycling improvements in the Derby area, these are being collected by the DCG and you can submit your ideas here
Minutes from this weeks DCG meeting on 7th July
There was a last minute change of venue due to a booking error. Apologies to anybody who missed it!
Next Months meeting venue to be annouced
2015_07 DCG July Minutes
The Cycling Group (in conjunction with the Derwent Valley Cycleway) visited the Breadsall Open Gardens event recently in order to publicise the group. A steady stream of interest from an audience outside the sporting or committed cyclist audience that we often meet.
A successful event until the early finish due to a storm arriving mid afternoon.
Last week the DCG met the Derby City Council project engineers for the A52 Wyvern proposed transport improvements. Here’s a heads up on the forthcoming public consultation. There are major changes proposed for both motorised and non motorised users and the Council want input from the public.
Please attend the consultation meetings if you can and provide feedback to ensure that cycling provision is adequately considered.
Roger Geffen, the CTC’s Campaigns and Policy Director has been awarded an MBE in the Queens Birthday Honours list for “services to cycling”. Roger visited Derby earlier in the year (see this link for a report) and was very well received by the members attending the meeting.
In accepting the award, Roger paid tribute to local campaigners saying “I pay particular tribute to the many local volunteers involved in campaigning at the local level. They are absolute heroes, and I want to dedicate this honour to their efforts too.”
The CTC announcement can be found here.
Well done Roger and well deserved.