Public Consultation A52 Wyvern planned improvements

A52 Wyvern public consultationLast week the DCG met the Derby City Council project engineers for the A52 Wyvern proposed transport improvements. Here’s a heads up on the forthcoming public consultation. There are major changes proposed for both motorised and non motorised users and the Council want input from the public.

Please attend the consultation meetings if you can and provide feedback to ensure that cycling provision is adequately considered.

Roger Geffen awarded MBE

Roger Geffen, the CTC’s Campaigns and Policy Director has been awarded an MBE in the Queens Birthday Honours list for “services to cycling”. Roger visited Derby earlier in the year (see this link for a report) and was very well received by the members attending the meeting.

In accepting the award, Roger paid tribute to local campaigners saying “I pay particular tribute to the many local volunteers involved in campaigning at the local level. They are absolute heroes, and I want to dedicate this honour to their efforts too.”

The CTC announcement can be found here.

Well done Roger and well deserved.

The Monsal Trail

MoT11AIf you haven’t yet discovered the Monsal Trail in the Derbyshire Dales then you have a treat in store.

Click HERE to see exactly where it is,  how to get there,  and see a slideshow of what it looks like.

“Two Wheels and a Camera” ( also shows lots of places for good off-road cycling in Derbyshire and further afield.

Out on the Towpath

Now that we have some warmer weather and longer hours of daylight in prospect it’s time to get out on our bikes, and to get away from the traffic, the fumes and the noise, what better place than the tranquility of our local canal towpaths.

We are lucky to have the Trent and Mersey Canal just a few miles South of Derby and it’s towpath is accessible from Sinfin, Chellaston, Stenson, Findern and Wllington.  The best route out of Derby would normally be to follow the Riverside Path (NCN 6) through Alavston Park, but due to the construction of a new road between Sinfin and Chellaston there is a temporary closure of the approach path close to Swarkestone. The new road is crossing Sinfin Moor Lane and  the area will become the new Infinity Business Park eventually.  Diversions are signed through the Chellaston housing complex.

The quality of canal towpaths can vary considerably but from Swarkeston to Weston-upon-Trent it is good in all weathers, but from Swarkstone to Stenson is not surfaced and therefore not recommended in wet conditions.   Willington to Stenson via Findern is quite good enough.

At Weston you can leave the canal, cross the River Trent and cycle all the way into Leicestershire without traffic or any serious hills.

Stenson is a good place for food and drinks.  The cafe in the old lock keeper’s cottage closes at 5pm, but the Bubble Inn is open normal pub hours.

When you need a rest, stop at one of the locks and do a little gongoozelling.  Gongoozellors are folk who hang around watching the boaters work their way through the locks.

New member benefit – Discount on Third Party Liability Insurance

The Derby Cycling Group have recently affiliated to the CTC which provides for liability insurance for DCG led activities such as rides or publicity events.

However, as an additional benefit, all members of the DCG are eligible to purchase Third Party Liability insurance through the CTC for attractive rates (currently £18 per year). Visit this site and explore the insurance details to ensure they are right for you (see the “CTC Affiliated Membership for Individual” section).  When applying for the insurance you will need to quote the DCG affiliate club code of 90088165.

Being an affiliated individual member of the CTC also provides for some discounts and email newsletters although they seem to be of little value (my personal view) – see the CTC website for full details.

Note that the DCG is not involved in the provision of the insurance and you will be making an agreement with (and paying) the CTC and their insurance brokers. If you need to make a claim after taking out the insurance or need to sort out any administrative problems you will need to deal directly with the CTC and their brokers.

If you an individual CTC member you will already have third party liability insurance and this “affiliated individual” offer is unlikely to be of interest.

U18s and students will find the full CTC membership is available at the same price so are likely to prefer taking out the full membership. Others may also want to compare the full membership rates (can be seen here) with the Affiliated Individual Member offer.

Belper Goes Green event

Belper_goes_greenMembers of the Derby Cycling Group attended the Belper Goes Green event in Belper on 30/31st May.

Thanks are due to all those who helped publicise the group at the event including:

  • Ian Dent
  • Derek Gascoyne
  • Pete Greenfield
  • Mark Hicklin
  • Janet Dent
  • and new member (who joined at the event), Alan Foord

As well as the publicity stand we gave a short talk on the work of the Group and recorded a video interview.

We shared the stand with members of the Derwent Valley Cycleway project which was of great interest to the attendees and a good way of drawing members of the public into discussing wider cycling issues.

2015 Annual General Meeting (AGM)

The DCG 2015 Annual General Meeting was held on the 19th May.

Derbyshire County Council were given a special award for the construction of the Phase 2 Breadsall Greenway.

Jenny Southwell (Greenways Officer) attended the meeting to receive the award on behalf of Derbyshire County Council.

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The photo shows (left to right) Les Sims, Jenny Southwell, Pete Greendfield (chair of DCG).

2015 AGM Minutes:  2015 DCG AGM Minutes

2015 AGM Campagin Presentation:  2015 AGM Campaign Review


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

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