Space4Cycling in Derby

space_for_cyclingDerby Cycling Group has just written to all Derby City Councillors, explaining what Space for Cycling is about and asking them to sign up to make better cycle provision in the city.

Read our letter below:

Dear Councillor,

Cycling has a great part to play in the transportation and economic future of Derby but it’s potential is being crippled by one thing:

People are too afraid to cycle on the road.

People want to cycle because they want to be more active, fit and healthy, because they want to save money which they can spend in the local economy instead of on petrol in their cars, because they are tired of sitting in traffic jams on the commute to work and are concerned about traffic pollution. But before they will get on a bike many people want a safer environment in which to cycle; they want Space 4 Cycling on our roads and elsewhere.

Derby City Council has failed to capitalise on the opportunities provided by being a Cycle Demonstration Town between 2005 and 2011, it has not created any significant growth in the length, quality or interconnection of it’s cycle network.

There is a lack of desire to create a better environment for cycling which is typified by the failure to put any cycle facilities on the new London Road Rail Bridge. This is a shameful design failing which runs contrary to Derby’s current Local Transport Plan (LTP3) which supports sustainable travel and boasts a “balanced approach” to transport planning. The new bridge only supports increased heavy goods traffic, which was barred from this road for many years; the type of traffic which is most feared by cyclists.

A lot of these failings are caused by a lack of leadership and aspiration to make cycling a transport priority of any standing at all. Our leaders have been happy for congestion to grow, strangling economic development; happy for health and fitness and active lifestyles to decline costing us dear in health spending and a poor quality of life for an ever increasing number of people. There are isolated examples of new cycle facilities, created by council heroes doing what they can with pitiful budgets, but they are too few and far between; a proper growth strategy is needed.

Derby Cycling Group would like to ask all Derby city councillors to watch the 2 minute video on this link, “Space 4 Cycling . It shows what the national Space 4 Cycling campaign is all about. We would like you to decide to work proactively to improve conditions for cyclists in Derby and to pledge your support by signing up to the Space 4 Cycling campaign.

Providing Space 4 Cycling need not be expensive. To see how New York City did it, quickly and cheaply, in six years, with astonishing results watch this 14 minute presentation by New York transport commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan. Janette’s mantra is “do bold experiments that are cheap to try out.” If New York of all places can become a cycling city, Derby should have no problem at all.

In Derby a quick and cheap option is available on a huge number of our arterial routes into the city centre; space is available for on-road cycle lanes and even protected bike lanes and off-road cycle paths: Duffield Road, Alfreton Road, Mansfield Road, Nottingham Road, London Road, Osmaston Road, Burton Road, Uttoxeter Road and Kedleston Road to name but a few, with many other off-road routes also available for development. Lets try it, see the cyclist numbers grow, giving the justification to do more and better in the future.

Most other large cities and towns are taking a much more proactive approach to cycle  transport development than Derby; London of course, Cambridge, Bristol, Sheffield, Manchester, Leeds and notably Nottingham and Leicester. We urge all city councillors to make sure Derby is not left behind; cycle infrastructure is important to companies looking for somewhere to locate because businesses know that a fit and healthy workforce takes fewer days sick and deliver them a better return on investment.

Derby Cycling Group will be following up this introduction on Space 4 Cycling with other communications and events over the coming months, please take an interest, get involved, ask us questions and come to meetings.

Politicians of Derby, over to you. People want to cycle. What are you going to do that is bold to empower people in your city to do it?

Derby Cycling Group,

Campaigning for cyclists in Derby

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Park Bikeworks

The new Derby bike hub opened today. Check it out when you are next in the city centre.
See photos at Blog.
“Two Wheels and a Camera”




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member meeting minutes

DCG mins 03Jun14

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The Breadsall Greenway

Work is now complete on the construction of a further extension to the greenway, which is Route 672 of the NCN.
See it on video  or via my blog “Two Wheels and a Camera” at

You can ride almost all the way off-road from Derby City Centre, via Pentagon Island (Toucan crossings), and Racecourse Park, picking up the Breadsall Greenway alongside the Paddock PH on the A608.

The Breadsall Greenway is one of our most scenic local off-road routes, under 3 miles long, and has a few gradients but well worth the effort.

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Guns for cycling

Cyclists have many complaints about other road users but perhaps things aren’t as bad as they used to be. This site has a good selection of adverts for firearms suitable for cyclists.

For only 12 shillings (60p to the youngsters) you can protect yourself from all kinds of threats, including tramps! I particularly like the cyclist’s rifle.

The site also publicises a forthcoming book that looks like it will be interesting.

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2014 AGM

The DCG Annual General Meeting was held this week and included 2 special guests.

Firstly Bowmer & Kirkland were given a special award for their contribution to cycling safety arising from theAGM_2014_2ir organisation of the Changing Places Day in 2013. Sarah Millington attended the meeting to receive the award on behalf of Bowmer & Kirkland.

Secondly, Derek Latham of Latham Associates gave a very interesting talk on his views on cycling provision needs when planning urban environments as well as giving an overview of the plans for the Derwent Valley Cycleway.

Members attending the meeting seemed to find the presentations very interesting.

The picture shows (from the left) Derek Latham, Ian Alexander (chair of DCG), Sarah Millington.

Reports from the AGM:

Derby Cycling Group Chair report 2014

Accounts report 2014

Campaign Review AGM May 2014

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member meeting minutes

DCG mins May2014

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Ask Derby City Councillors to Make Space for Cycling

space_for_cyclingClick on the link below, watch the 2 minute video and then ask your local councillors to make “Space for Cycling” one of their election manifesto pledges.

Space for Cycling

Please use your voice to help us make a case for more and better places to ride a bike in Derby.

Say that:

  1. You support Derby Cycling Group’s objective for a fully integrated cycle network to be created in Derby covering the whole city which will enable everyone to choose to cycle if they want to.
  2. Identify some specific places where more space is needed for cyclists in your local area. It may be cycle lanes on the road, cycle paths off the road, cycle parking at your local shops, streets where you would like to have a 20mph speed limit, or anything else.
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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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