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
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.
Derby Cycling Group have had enough of city council departments and new projects failing to deliver even the most basic facilities for cyclists. Our Space for Cycling campaign wants to get Derby City Councillors to recognise…
- The benefits that cycling can bring to Derby and it’s citizens,
- That much more must be done to make cycling a really attractive means of transport for everyone in the city
- To create policies that will deliver a cycle network worthy of the name.
- To get the city council to deliver real changes to enable more people to cycle more often and more safely
You can help in this campaign by writing to, e-mailing, phoning and talking to your local councillors and making the case for more Space for Cycling.
The materials below are there to inform and assist you with your own campaigning in order to help us to achieve these goals:
DCG Space for Cycling Information Sheet
Link to online letter writing tool : Enter your post code and this tool finds your three local councillors and drafts a letter to them. You should add your own words to the front of the standard letter, or replace it entirely with your own text. Make sure Councillors know you want them to pledge support for our Space for Cycling campaign. Their letter has a link to let them do this.
Link to online Space for Cycling map from May 2015
Link to CTC, National, Space for Cycling page
Letters Derby Cycling Group have written to city councillors; they know what we want and why:
Letter 1 – Space for Cycling in Derby
Letter 2 – Why Space for Cycling is Needed?
Letter 3 – What Councillors Can Do for Cycle Transport
Letter 4 – A Guide for Local Decision Makers
PDF of Guide for Local Decision Makers
Happy New Year to all cyclists and would-be cyclists in Derby and the surrounding area. What will 2015 bring for us this year? We hope, with your help and support, that our councillors and MPs can be persuaded to create policies which enable more cycling for everyday transport in the city and it’s locality. Derby is a small, pale orange dot on the map on the left because 6% of our councillors (ie 3 of them) support the Space for Cycling campaign. We want you to tell your councillors to support it, so we can turn the map yellow then green, as in Leicester and Nottingham. And what about Derbyshire too – only 3 of them, 5% of councillors, have signed up, despite the high profile “Peak Cycle Links” and “Pedal Peak” projects.
The first step to get your councillor’s attention is to write a letter to them and send it using the online tool at this link .
Need to find out what to write about? Need more information? Want to know what Space for Cycling is all about? Find it all in Derby Cycling Group’s “Space for Cycling Information Sheet” which is attached here: DCG S4C Info Sheet and on the Space4cycling tag on the right hand side of this page.
It is a slow start, but now three of the 51 councillors in Derby have signed up to the Space for Cycling campaign. Please encourage more to do so by writing to them using the link below or going to your neighbourhood forum and asking them to support more and safer cycling in Derby.
Derby Cycling Group has just written to all Derby City Councillors, explaining what Space for Cycling is about and asking them to sign up to make better cycle provision in the city.
Read our letter below:
Cycling has a great part to play in the transportation and economic future of Derby but it’s potential is being crippled by one thing:
People are too afraid to cycle on the road.
People want to cycle because they want to be more active, fit and healthy, because they want to save money which they can spend in the local economy instead of on petrol in their cars, because they are tired of sitting in traffic jams on the commute to work and are concerned about traffic pollution. But before they will get on a bike many people want a safer environment in which to cycle; they want Space 4 Cycling on our roads and elsewhere.
Derby City Council has failed to capitalise on the opportunities provided by being a Cycle Demonstration Town between 2005 and 2011, it has not created any significant growth in the length, quality or interconnection of it’s cycle network. Continue reading Space4Cycling in Derby
Click on the link below, watch the 2 minute video and then ask your local councillors to make “Space for Cycling” one of their election manifesto pledges.
Space for Cycling
Please use your voice to help us make a case for more and better places to ride a bike in Derby.
- You support Derby Cycling Group’s objective for a fully integrated cycle network to be created in Derby covering the whole city which will enable everyone to choose to cycle if they want to.
- Identify some specific places where more space is needed for cyclists in your local area. It may be cycle lanes on the road, cycle paths off the road, cycle parking at your local shops, streets where you would like to have a 20mph speed limit, or anything else.