Something for school leavers who are keen on cycling to consider?
Derby Arena has been awarded to host round. 1 of the Rvolution series of track cycle racing
It will be used by the British Track Squad to gain valuable points for future international
A full programme will take place over 3 days in August
DCG Meeting – 5th May -Minutes
Regrettably a lack of the necessary public and third party liability insurances means that the organisers have had to cancel the ride.
For 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:
Our Letter to local politicians: April 2015 Letter to political parties
The replies from those who chose to engage with us:
Members can expect the receive the latest newsletter in the post over the next few days. An electronic version can also be found at this link.
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.
following last nights meeting have e mailed the Derby City Council events and Marketing
Manager asking for meeting to discuss our requirements on the Public Opening : days of 20/21st and
Will keep everyone informed as to progress