I would like to say a huge thank you to the 60 or so people who came out in Derby today to show their support for Derby Cycling Group’s campaign to make the city a better place by creating more space for cycling. Some of those people you can see here.
Thank you too to the hundreds of facebook shares and thousands of tweets which have spread the word of our quest far and wide.
Thank you to the ride organisers: Daryl, Andrea and Dave who I know about with Ian D managing the backroom work, and all our support riders on the day.
Finally, thank you too to the people of Derby who were out in town today and waved to us as we passed by; I think the disruption was minimal but our apologies for anybody who was inconveienced by our procession through the town.
As Paul Hilditch has commented on the Facebook Event: it was great to see such a diverse range of people on the ride: young and old, women and men, people in everyday clothes and one or two MAMILS for good measure; we all cycle; we share the same issues and we share our love of cycling.
Please stay with us and encourage more to join in our campaign as we take Derby’s Space for Cycling to the next level.
Tony Roelich, Campaigns Coordinator
The leaders of all four parties represented on Derby City Council have all received the presentation below from members of Derby Cycling Group.
Council Leaders Presentation
Please read what we have said, and what we have asked councillors to pledge support for. Alan Graves from UKIP and Ruth Skelton from the Liberal Democrats have signed our pledge; thank you very much to both of them.
We would like Matthew Holmes from the Conservatives and Ranjit Banwait from Labour to do the same. We would like a cross party consensus to take cycle transport in Derby to a new level.
There will be a family friendly cyclists rally and short cycle ride in Derby City Centre on
Saturday 1st October at 11:00
Starting in front of the Council House on Corporation Street.
It is part of Derby Cycling Group’s campaign “Space for Cycling”, urging city councillors from all parties to pledge to do more for cycle transport in the city.
Please encourage all your colleagues, friends and their families to come down and support the campaign
Club kit – fantastic. Everyday clothes – even better!
Derby City Council Liberal Democrat leader, Councillor Ruth Skelton, has signed the Derby Cycling Group Space for Cycling pledge. She has also been joined by her councillor colleagues, Mike Carr and Lucy Care. They signed our pledge at the last of our Council Leaders meetings. We are of course delighted that Ruth and her colleagues have signed our pledge, and look forward to working with them in the future to develop a good cycle strategy for the city leading towards the creation of a fuly integrated cycle network enabling anyone to cycle anywhere in the city at any time. For more information about our Space for Cycling campaign, link to our Space for Cycling Bulletin Board
Any councillor can download the space for cycling pledge from the link below, fill in the form and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Councillor Pledge Form
We will publicise your support and you can talk to us about ways to help develop cycle transport in your ward and more widely across Derby.
We look forward to hearing from, and speaking to, as many councillors as possible.
The Canal Path (NCN6) will be closed for six weeks starting this week between Sinfin Moor Lane and the A50 underpass with a diversion in place. Part of that diversion, between Holmeleigh Way and the A50 underpass, is likely to be highly unsatisfactory, as it was last time this diversion was used. If anybody has any issues here, please contact email@example.com with details and photos if possible.
A map of the diversion can be found using this link:
NCN6 Diversion Sinfin Moor Lane to A50 Map
Derby City Council needs to be more vigorous and rigorous about developing a better cycling network which encourages more people to cycle more often. Derby city councillors are pivotal in enabling that vigour and rigour.
COUNCILLOR MEETINGS WITH DCG:
This week, DCG has invited the councillor who leads each of the political parties represented on Derby City Council to a meeting with us to discuss their support for cycle transport in the city and for our Space for Cycling campaign.
Follow our campaign to find out:
- What they say to us in those meetings
- How you can help us to convince them they need to do more to make cycling for transport easier and better in Derby
- What else we are doing as part of our Space for Cycling campaign
Space for Cycling Bulletin Board
Take action: Write, Speak, Meet
Consultation – what do you think about the proposed cycle routes?
DCG has met with the project team and is impressed with the quality of the routes proposed, which includes a new 4m wide bridge over the A52 and believe the new routes around Wyvern will help people wishing to cycle to work in the Retail Park or the Business Park. However, there is one problem – the new routes stop before the River Derwent crossing, and the cycle paths there are very sub-standard. We are urging that the project includes the upgrading of the river crossing as part of the scheme. What do you think?
This is the link the A52 Wyvern scheme consultation web site
This is a link to an online questionnaire
This is the DCG response to the consultation DCG A52 Wyvern Cycle Routes Response
Make cyclists voice be heard
Public meeting at 6.00pm on Monday 13th July at the Guildhall
Big Conversation Feedback Form.
The city council have been consulting on what services people regard as important with a view to prioritising funding during austerity cuts. Make the voice of cyclists and cycle transport heard in the debate on transport by sending in your comments or by attending the public meeting. Some priorities Derby Cycling Group have are:
- Make Active Travel (ie walking and cycling) the top priority in transport planning. The funding of active travel is not huge but it can be protected by making it priority number one.
- Retain Cycle Derby so they can continue to provide their world class training and promoting activities in schools and with young people and families.
- Create a strategic cycle transport policy with the aim of creating an integrated cycle network in the city so that more people feel safe enough to make everyday journeys by bike.
And why is this important? Because cycling:
- Is good for people’s health
- Saves people money on transport costs
- Reduces traffic congestion and pollution
- Improves Derby’s economy:
- Healthy workers take less time off work
- Free flowing traffic reduces business costs
- With more money in people’s pockets they can spend it in local shops and on local services provided by local people
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:
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