School Leavers – consider Cycle Derby Cycling Academy

Something for school leavers who are keen on cycling to consider?

The Cycle Derby Cycling Academy programme gives aspiring young riders the opportunity to develop their cycling skills in a number of disciplines while studying academic qualifications in sport to enhance their career prospects.
The College’s partnership with Cycle Derby enables learners to benefit from the expertise of highly qualified and respected coaches, which enhances the cycling-focussed curriculum. Riders will have block weeks of developing their skills in track, bmx, cyclo-cross, road, mountain biking and TT, alongside coaching and bike maintenance workshops.
See this link for more details and to apply

Derby Politicians and Cycle Transport: How do they stack up?

Vote BikeFor anyone who drives in Derby’s rush hour, or is concerned at the many health issues caused by increasingly sedentary life styles, getting more people to travel by bicycle is one way to alleviate some of the problems associated with both.

But in Derby the cycle network is very disjointed and does not encourage people to start cycling. Many people who want to cycle are too fearful to ride on the road and cycling levels are suppressed as a consequence.

Derby needs a properly designed, integrated, cycle network covering the whole city but Derby’s politicians have been short on action to deliver such a network. Following recent debacles such as a velodrome with no cycle access to link it with Derby’s most popular cycle path just 150m away, and the new £11million London Road rail bridge which was supposed to provide cycle paths to open up that route to more cycling but delivered absolutely nothing at all for cyclists; Derby Cycling Group has been trying to get local politicians to take an active interest in cycle transport.

We have been promoting two national campaigns with local councillors (Space for Cycling) and parliamentary election candidates (Vote Bike) to see what their policies on cycle transport are. We are concerned that now the Velodrome is complete, everyday cycle transport may lose out because politicians may think it’s “job done” for cycling. But cycle sport and cycle transport are two very different things. The candidate’s and party’s responses are very mixed. See our analysis on the linked document below:

        Derby Politicians and Cycle Transport

Our Letter to local politicians: April 2015 Letter to political parties

The replies from those who chose to engage with us:

        Conservative Party – Matthew Holmes

       Green Party – Philip Hood

      Labour Party -Ranjit Banwait

Derby’s Velodrome is Here

Derby VelodromeIt’s here.

Derby has a velodrome.

Derby Arena is a spectacular and beautiful building inside, and iconic and eye catching outside. Congratulations to everyone involved in the concept, design, and building of this place. Derby Cycling Group hopes it will live up to all the expectations and delivers cycle sporting heroes, gets thousands of people just taking part, getting fit, getting more healthy as a result. We also hope it will enthuse many more people to start cycling on everyday journeys and to make cycling a major part of the way they travel around the city. We do however believe that more and better cycle infrastructure is needed to make everyone who wants to cycle to be able to switch from cycle sport to cycle transport and urge the city council to now invest in that infrastructure, like they invested in Derby Arena.

Campaigning for cycle provision in Derby since 1979