The Watchtree Nature Reserve (near Carlisle) shows what could have been possible in Derby if not for the actions of the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust earlier in the year to scupper the chances of a closed road circuit.
The Watchtree reserve actively promotes the use of cycles on their reserve with a cycle hire centre and a number of adapted cycles for people with disabilities. They have a cycle circuit throughout the reserve with access to a number of bird hides and actively encourage groups to experience the joint delights of cycling and nature watching.
Their website says “Watchtree Nature Reserve is open 7 days a week for visitors looking to walk, bird watch or bringing their own bikes.”
Wildlife seen at the reserve includes 60 species of birds including skylarks (which the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust insist require the total exclusion of the public – except for a privileged few – to allow for successful sightings).
If only the wildlife “champions” in Derby could have had the vision to match their colleagues in the North West. Perhaps they could learn from successfully involving all parts of the local community in the Watchtree reserve?
Support the Cycle to Work Day on Thursday 4th September.
More details of how you can involved at https://www.cycletoworkday.org/
Various bike shops (including Samways and Cyclomonster in Derby) are offering free bike checks over the next couple of weeks.
The following advice has been sent out by Derbyshire police to help avoid cycle theft.
Officers are encouraging residents to keep their bicycles secure to prevent being targeted by criminals. This can be accomplished by following the advice below.
Derby 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:
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. Continue reading
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”
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 http://simssycling.blogspot.co.uk/
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.