Local authorities have been awarded 1.1bn to spend on local roads by chancellor Philip Hammond.
Derby Cycling Group urge Derby City Council to allocate their share of these funds to make a difference to all road users in Derby. Congestion, potholes and pollution are all caused by the number of cars on our roads. Cars are here to stay, but congestion, potholes and pollution can all be improved by enabling more people to travel around the city without a car. We urge that a proportion of Derby’s funding is used to enable more people to cycle for local journeys, thus reducing road congestion, potholes and pollution. There are a large number of people in Derby who would like to cycle because it will make them fitter and more healthy, or to save money, or for environmental reasons, but who don’t cycle because they find the road environment, in their eyes, too hazardous. We urge the leaders of all political parties on the city council to support these people by making Derby’s road network better able to support those people who want to cycle as well as those who want to drive.
Derby City Council is proposing a high quality, segregated cycle lane along Ascot Drive and are asking for comments via a survey. Please do the survey and give feedback to enable a really good route to be created here, but also make sure they know that cyclists want really good routes to cover all the major roads in Derby.
Closing date: Tuesday 15th November.
I don’t use Ascot Drive as a commuting route, but I do from time to time use my bike to go to businesses along that road, so I support this idea, despite the off-road Canal Path running parallel and close to Ascot Drive. So long as the new route is good quality, giving cyclists travelling along the road the right of way at all side roads and site entrances, I would use any such cycle lane or path where provided. I use Mercian Way on the new inner ring road, where the off-road path is a much more pleasant, relaxing ride than going on the road its self and just as convenient.
The final survey question asks for your comments on provision of more segregated cycle lanes in Derby; that is your chance to make the point that every major road needs dedicated, safe, space for cyclists if the city is to enable more cycling, thus reducing congestion and traffic pollution.
I understand the Ascot Drive cycle lane will be part of a new cycle route linking the Riverside Path near the Velodrome, with Infinity Park, via Wilmorton Link, Ascot Drive, Campbell St, Moor Lane and Wilmore Road.
I would like to say a huge thank you to the 60 or so people who came out in Derby today to show their support for Derby Cycling Group’s campaign to make the city a better place by creating more space for cycling. Some of those people you can see here.
Thank you too to the hundreds of facebook shares and thousands of tweets which have spread the word of our quest far and wide.
Thank you to the ride organisers: Daryl, Andrea and Dave who I know about with Ian D managing the backroom work, and all our support riders on the day.
Finally, thank you too to the people of Derby who were out in town today and waved to us as we passed by; I think the disruption was minimal but our apologies for anybody who was inconveienced by our procession through the town.
As Paul Hilditch has commented on the Facebook Event: it was great to see such a diverse range of people on the ride: young and old, women and men, people in everyday clothes and one or two MAMILS for good measure; we all cycle; we share the same issues and we share our love of cycling.
Please stay with us and encourage more to join in our campaign as we take Derby’s Space for Cycling to the next level.
Please read what we have said, and what we have asked councillors to pledge support for. Alan Graves from UKIP and Ruth Skelton from the Liberal Democrats have signed our pledge; thank you very much to both of them.
We would like Matthew Holmes from the Conservatives and Ranjit Banwait from Labour to do the same. We would like a cross party consensus to take cycle transport in Derby to a new level.
The recently opened Infinity Park link road includes some very good provisions for cycling and the contractors / Derby City Council should be congratulated on their work. Each side of the road has a wide cycling / pedestrian path and the crossings over the road for
existing cycle routes (e.g. Sinfin Moor Lane and Route 6 – Derby Canal path) are well constructed and controlled by traffic lights.
No doubt there are small improvements that could be made but if all the roads in Derby had this level of cycling provision (and were properly linked) we’d be in a much better situation.
We’re not slow to criticise when inadequate facilities are put in place so it’s only fair to give praise when praise is due.
Well done to the contractors and the City Council.
Cyclists who have visited the Cloud Trail (near Breedon on the Hill) over the last few years are always impressed at the view of the quarry and how small the workers and their massive earth moving machines seem. However, recently the growth of the foliage behind the protective fence (i.e. on the edge of the quarry) has got out of hand and the view had totally disappeared.
After we got in touch with the Breedon Quarry Group, their Operations Manager (Carl Ashurst) has been instrumental in getting the foliage cut back (a major job when at the edge of the massive cliff) and the excellent view has been reinstated.
It is now, once again, worth the trip to the Cloud Trail (incidentally, a completely traffic route of about 15 miles from Derby).
Our thanks for the Breedon Quarry Group and, in particular, Carl for their very helpful and “can-do” attitude.
Derby City Council Liberal Democrat leader, Councillor Ruth Skelton, has signed the Derby Cycling Group Space for Cycling pledge. She has also been joined by her councillor colleagues, Mike Carr and Lucy Care. They signed our pledge at the last of our Council Leaders meetings. We are of course delighted that Ruth and her colleagues have signed our pledge, and look forward to working with them in the future to develop a good cycle strategy for the city leading towards the creation of a fuly integrated cycle network enabling anyone to cycle anywhere in the city at any time. For more information about our Space for Cycling campaign, link to our Space for Cycling Bulletin Board
Campaigning for cycle provision in Derby since 1979