Halfords offer free bike workshops for children

Over Easter Halfords are offering free workshops to show 7 to 11 year olds the basics of things to check on their bike. Spaces are limited so book soon.

The Kingsway store currently has slots on Wed 16th and Wed 23rd April. See this link to book.

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Raleigh history

IMG_4687Older members will remember the massive Raleigh factory in Nottingham that has now become the site of part of the University of Nottingham.

Researchers have been collecting reminiscences from workers at the factory (and others) and have created a website containing many hours of filmed interviews and historical images here

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Safer not bigger lorries

The See Me, Save Me campaign is encouraging people to write to their MEP to say yes to safer but no to bigger trucks in the vote in the European Parliament on 18th March (Ref Revision of directive 96/53 HGV weights and dimensions).

More details and suggested points to make here.

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Free Adult Cycle Training and Route Planning

Cycle Derby are offering free one-to-one cycle training to build your confidence, as well as a wealth of information to get you started including detailed route planners to get you to your destination as quickly and confidently as possible.

More details here

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Cycling Job Opportunities in Brussels with European Cyclists’ Federation

Five new job vacancies at the ECF’s Brussels Office! They are looking for:

  • Fiscal and Economic Policy Officer
  • ECF Urban Mobility & Cities Policy Officer
  • Project Officer
  • Office Assistant
  • ECF EuroVelo Project Assistant

Please go here to read more details of the jobs.

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Closed Cycle Circuit Planning Meeting – Thursday 6th Feb 5pm

Thanks for all the support you’ve already provided for the Derby Closed Cycle Circuit.

The final stages of making this happen are now approaching with the City Council’s planning committee meeting this Thursday to decide on the application. To show the level of support for the proposals, we’d like as many supporters as possible to meet outside the Council House at 5pm on Thursday 6th Feb. Please come along if you can.

Despite a number of changes to the plans to accommodate their concerns, there remains a very vocal opposition from various professional wildlife groups. It is important that the planning committee appreciate all the benefits of the proposed development and how the proposals provide for both a closed cycle circuit AND an (albeit a little smaller) nature reserve. The cycle track will become a major centre for the training of new cyclists, not just for competitive sport, but for everyday journeys by ordinary people in Derby.

The planning committee who will decide on the application is:

Sara Bolton
Phil Bailey
Mike Carr
Frank Harwood
Philip Hickson
Jangir Khan
Shiraz Khan
Joe Naitta
Gulfraz Nawaz
Paul Pegg

If you have the chance to give your opinion to the planning committee members (either face to face or by email) then please do so.

We hope to see you at the Council House on Thursday. Let’s make this excellent proposal to improve cycling provision in Derby happen!

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member meeting minutes

DCG mins Jan2014

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Closed Cycle Circuit – your support is needed

KitchenerThe planning application for the proposed Closed Cycle Circuit beside the Multi-Sports Arena in Pride Park is currently under consideration and, to maximise the chances of a positive outcome, it is important that as many people as possible add their support.  The online consultation period has now ended but, until the 3rd Feb (5pm), you can send your comments and expressions of support to developmentcontrol@derby.gov.uk

You can see details of the application by visiting http://derby.gov.uk/eplanning and then searching for the application number 12/13/01465. You can then follow the “link to more details” link and then review the (many) planning documents.

Whilst a lot of publicity about the Closed Cycle Circuit has focused on its use by competitive road cyclists, it should be noted that many other uses are also planned. The planning documents say that “It is anticipated that the proposed CCCT will be used for British Cycling events, cycling clubs and groups, schools and individuals with the track hosting a mix of training and coaching events, competitions and open access days. Public ‘taster ’and training sessions will be available for all ages and skills whilst local clubs/groups will be able to arrange recurring weekly sessions for members. Whilst the facility will predominantly function as a cycling track, opportunities for other sporting uses such as road running athletes, wheelchair users/teams, walkers, joggers, in-line skaters and any similar non-motorised sporting users will also be explored.”

The Closed Cycle Circuit will be an excellent addition to the city’s cycling facilities and, amongst other benefits, will be a great resource for novice and young cyclists to gain experience in a safe environment before venturing onto the roads. This then leads to greater take-up of cycling in Derby with us all reaping the benefits to health, transport congestion, pollution, etc. that cycling provides.

Please find the time to send your comments on the planning application. Note the deadline of 3rd February 2014 for emails and letters directly to the council at developmentcontrol@derby.gov.uk

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December 2013 member meeting notes

Attendees

Ian Dent, David Clasby, Mark Hicklin, Martin Aldred, Ian Alexander, Roger Jackson, Tony Roelich, Peter Greenfield, Lucy Care, Richard Chambers (Love Velo)

Apologies

Dave Waldram, Jean Baird, Ian Care.

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Cycling and the Derby City Core Strategy

You may have seen that the City Council has published its ideas for how Derby should develop over the next 15 years. This is called the draft Core Strategy and is available at this link.
It includes maps of proposed housing development, maybe including your neighbourhood. There are also policies covering various topics including cycling (see page 57 and onwards).
Comments need to be sent in by December 20th.
Please take a look and comment to the council (and copy to Tony Roelich, campaigns@derbycyclinggroup.org.uk, the DCG campaigns co-ordinator) with your thoughts on how the Core Strategy could be strengthened for cycling.
We hope to circulate more on this (depending on what you tell us!) in a week or so.
Voicing support for cycling to the City Council will help remind the Council to “think cyclists” more often.

Derby Core Strategy 2013 V1 gives a flavour of the issues that DCG will be raising with the council. Please let Tony Roelich know of any comments you might have.

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