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Support City Centre Cycle Route: Mercian Way, Abbey Street, Curzon Street

 

Terrible junction will be much better for cyclists and pedestrians

A new cycle route and pedestrian improvements are planned by Derby City Council between Mercian Way and Curzon Street. They will make this area much more accommodating for cycling and walking. There is one big change that DCG have asked the designers to make but we urge you to use the link below to support the plan but also to propose this amendment before 1st December.

The scheme is part of a strategic route which will eventually link the city centre and Royal Derby Hospital, enabling more of the 10,000 people who work there to cycle to work, so it is a really important piece of cycle route and you must support it if you would like to see cycle transport move on in Derby.

At DCG we like the plan, but we have asked that the part between Mercian Way and Abbey Street be made into a two-way segregated cycle path, with the part along Abbey Street to Curzon Street being a one-way, segregated cycle path. We have asked that the end of Monk Street be made into a pedestrian and cyclist priority crossing, utilising the recently approved Parallel Crossing (like a Zebra with a cycle crossing next to it with the same rules on priority as a zebra – commonplace in Europe but only recently approved for use in the UK).

Please use the link below before 1st December to send an e-mail to support the plan but mention this amendment to it:   Traffic.Management@derby.gov.uk

We believe a dedicated cycle path is better than a shared pavement because:

  • It provides much better continuity for the cycle route than a shared path
  • It gives pedestrians and cyclists their own space, which is needed because cyclists will be travelling through this area; it is not a major destination in its self.
  • It provides a better crossing for cyclists and pedestrians across Abbey Street into Macklin Street and the end of Monk Street
  • Cycle infrastructure today needs to move beyond shared pavements; cycling needs to be designed-in as a primary form of transport, not an after thought.

The council design document can be seen here:   http://www.derby.gov.uk/transport-and-streets/cycling/abbey-st-consultation/

Enlarged plans: Abbey Street – Curzon Street Plan

The DCG letter to the design team is here:  Abbey Street-Curzon Street Letter

Aspirations for Cycle Transport in Derby

On 17th October 2017, we presented our vision for how Derby can plan to grow cycling as a means of everyday transport across the city to the city council – lead  Active Travel Forum.

Our presentation defines how Derby Cycling Group would like to see the forthcoming Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) shape up in Derby and Derbyshire. We are worried that progress towards defining the aspiration for our LCWIP is too slow when we all know what needs to be done, we just need to get on and do it.

Local authorities must have a LCWIP before they can apply for funding for active travel projects (cycling and walking) from the government. Funding for active travel is now becoming available through various government sources, so it is essential that Derby and Derbyshire has a good LCWIP so we can bid for this money.

You can view our presentation using the PDF link below.                 DCG Benchmarking and Standards for Cycling Infrastructure . Because it’s PDF you don’t see the photo slides in the middle section as they were presented, so apologies for that.

We will be discussing our ideas, policies and strategies regarding LCWIP at our monthly members meetings. If you would like to hear more or get involved, do come along and join in. You can also contribute by e-mailing campaigns@derbycyclinggroup.org.uk .

Support the Proposed Darley Park Multi User Path

End the Mud Bath

Derby City Council have submitted a planning application for the building of a multi-user path through Darley Park running from near the Abbey Inn to the rowing clubs by Handyside Bridge. Derby Cycling Group is strongly in favour of the creation of this path and would like to ask all members to register their personal support for the plans as well.

This path will enable a whole range of new cycling opportunities both for everyday journeys, leisure cycling and for tourism. It will create a circular route with the Darley Fields path which will enable families and people new to cycling to begin riding in a pleasant and peaceful environment and will hopefully help to get more people cycling in Derby.  Please connect to the council website and express your support

The application is open for comments until 26th September (deadline extended); the planning reference is 05/17/00567 and you access it via this link: https://eplanning.derby.gov.uk/online-applications/ .

When viewing the documents, the key ones are:

. Design and Access Statement

. Proposed Plan (with details of the path design and alignment)

The Council have already held consultation events and well over 90% of the respondents were in favour of the plans. However, when similar plans were submitted a number of years ago, a very small but vocal minority managed to get the ear of the planning committee and have the plans voted down. We don’t want this to happen again!

It is important that the Council decision makers can see the overwhelming level of support for the creation of the path, not only to give better connectivity of Darley Abbey to the city’s cycle network, but also as the next (first?) part of the aspirational off-road cycle route all along the Derwent Valley between Derby and Matlock connecting together all the Derwent Valley World Heritage Site locations. Visit the Derwent Valley Cycleway website for more details: http://derwentvalleycycleway.org.uk/

The proposed path was discussed at the DCG Members Meeting on Tuesday 5th September,  and as ever there are one or two areas of detail which we will be discussing with the design team; these relate to the surfacing of the boardwalk – which must be non-slip in the wet – and the width of boardwalk. However the benefits of this scheme for cycling are huge and we urge you all to support it please.

 

Bike Ride – The Great Derby Get Together: 11:00 Sunday 18th June

The Great Derby Get Together is a bike ride from the Riverside Gardens behind Derby Council House to Elvaston Castle, in celebration of the life of Jo Cox, in conjunction with National Bike Week, National Clean Air Day, Refugee Week, and The Big Lunch. It brings together multiple faiths and cross party politics with families who enjoy riding their bikes and celebrating the things which we all have in common.

 The event was instigated at the suggestion of the Derby Multi Faith Centre, and many local policiticans including the new Mayor of Derby, have signed up to come for a ride and have a picnic at Elvaston Castle. We hope that you will be able to come as well; it is free, just bring a picnic and join in the celebrations. It would be great to have a big crowd to show support for one or more of the associated campaigns, for cycling as transport, or just to enjoy a sociable day in the saddle.

 

Derby NHS Trust Endorses Space for Cycling Campaign

We are delighted to announce that the Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Royal Derby Hospital and other health services in the city, is enthusiastically endorsing our Space for Cycling campaign, supporting our aims to get better cycling routes and facilities across Derby to enable more people to choose to make everyday journeys by bike.

We are very grateful that our local NHS Trust recognises the benefits that Space for Cycling can bring and for Chief Executive, Gavin Boyle’s supporting comments:    “Hundreds of our staff cycle to work in our hospitals each day, and it’s important that we have the proper infrastructure to support that. As a cyclist myself I know the roads in Derby can be a little scary when you’re out on your bike, so improvements to the network would be very welcome indeed. Let’s  make it easier for everyone to get on their bike to travel around our city, rather than see them discouraged because they feel unwelcome on the roads.”

The Carbon and Sustainability Group at the Trust enthusiatically endorsed our campaign when it was presented to them by Andrea Shaw from their travel planning team. The Chief Executive, Gavin Boyle, uses a mixed-mode transport to get to work: bike-train-bike, so his sustainable travel credentials are high; his Brompton was tucked neatly in the corner of his office on a cold and frosty morning at the end of December, when he kindly met Ian Dent and myself to hear about the Space for Cycling campaign. We look forward to working with the NHS Trust and the City Council in the future to create more space for cycling in Derby and enable more people to get more healthy by making more everyday journeys by bike.

Exercise helps mental wellbeing as well as physical health so cycling can be an integral part of a rounded,  healthy, life style. However, many people are too frightened to ride a bike on the road. We need better quality facilities to help cyclists feel safe enough to get about. Our Space for Cycling campaign urges city councillors to give cycle transport a higher priority and make policies which enable a proper cycle network to be created in Derby, one which is joined up and enables anyone to cycle anywhere more safely across the city. The support of our local NHS Trust is important to us for raising the profile of active travel with our councillors.

Council Deputy Leader, Martin Rawson, Signs Space for Cycling Pledge

Councillor Martin Rawson

It is our very great pleasure to announce that Martin Rawson, the deputy leader of Derby City council has signed our Space for Cycling pledge – agreeing with us that more needs to be done to improve cycle transport in the city. Derby is a city which is very much suited to cycling and very many more people would cycle if the cycle network was more connected and of a better quality. At the moment it is unfortunate that too many people say and believe it is too dangerous to cycle on the road. At DCG we don’t believe this is true, but the road often feels like a hostile place, especially to inexperienced riders or to people considering whether to start cycling and that stops people cycling.

We look forward to working with Martin to help make things better for everyone who wants to make everyday journeys by bike. Our aim is to get full, cross-party, support for our Space for Cycling campaign. So far UKIP, Liberal Democrat and Labour members have signed our pledge. We look forward to Conservative members joining them and completing the picture so we can start developing new strategies and projects with the certainty that they will have long term political support.

£1.1bn on Local Roads – Give Cycling its Fair Share

Philip Hammond's Autumn Statement 2016
Philip Hammond’s Autumn Statement 2016

Local authorities have been awarded 1.1bn to spend on local roads by  chancellor Philip Hammond.

Derby Cycling Group urge Derby City Council to allocate their share of these funds to make a difference to all road users in Derby. Congestion, potholes and pollution are all caused by the number of cars on our roads. Cars are here to stay, but congestion, potholes and pollution can all be improved by enabling more people to travel around the city without a car. We urge that a proportion of Derby’s funding is used to enable more people to cycle for local journeys, thus reducing road congestion, potholes and pollution. There are a large number of people in Derby who would like to cycle because it will make them fitter and more healthy, or to save money, or for environmental reasons, but who don’t cycle because they find the road environment, in their eyes, too hazardous. We urge the leaders of all political parties on the city council to support these people by making Derby’s road network better able to support those people who want to cycle as well as those who want to drive.

Segregated Cycle Lane on Ascot Drive – Have Your Say

Segregated cycle roue needed.
Segregated cycle route needed.

Derby City Council is proposing a high quality, segregated cycle lane along Ascot Drive and are asking for comments via a survey.  Please do the survey and give feedback to enable a really good route to be created here, but also make sure they know that cyclists want really good routes to cover all the major roads in Derby.

Closing date: Tuesday 15th November.

I don’t use Ascot Drive as a commuting route, but I do from time to time use my bike to go to businesses along that road, so I support this idea, despite the off-road Canal Path running parallel and close to Ascot Drive.  So long as the new route is good quality, giving cyclists travelling along the road the right of way at all side roads and site entrances, I would use any such cycle lane or path where provided. I use Mercian Way on the new inner ring road, where the off-road path is a much more pleasant, relaxing ride than going on the road its self and just as convenient.

The final survey question asks for your comments on provision of more segregated cycle lanes in Derby; that is your chance to make the point that every major road needs dedicated, safe, space for cyclists if the city is to enable more cycling, thus reducing congestion and traffic pollution.

I understand the Ascot Drive cycle lane will be part of a new cycle route linking the Riverside Path near the Velodrome, with Infinity Park, via Wilmorton Link, Ascot Drive, Campbell St, Moor Lane and Wilmore Road.

Ascot Drive Segregated Cycle Lane – Survey

If you wish DCG to hear your comments as well, please e-mail campaigns@derbycyclinggroup.org.uk, or put a comment on our Facebook item about the plan.