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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Why the Space for Cycling campaign?
Derby Cycling Group has had enough of new projects and city council departments 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
Letters Derby Cycling Group have written to city councillors: Unless you are a new councillor since May 2016, you know what we want and why:
PRESENTATION to PARTY LEADERS: We invited the leaders of the four political parties on Derby City Council to face to face meetings with us so we could present to them the issues facing cyclists in Derby, how we think these can be overcome and the benefits for councillors from supporting our campaign. See for yourself what we said by watching the Council Leaders Presentation (unfortunately only Powerpoint).
We asked the leaders to sign our Space for Cycling Pledge . What happened? To see councillor’s responses to our campaign, look at the Current Political Response
Matthew Holmes and Ranjit Banwait – both regular, everyday, urban cyclists – have not pledged their support for better conditions for cycle transport; why are they not supporting Space for Cycling? We look forward to you and all other city councillors taking up the challenge to make the council and the city a genuinely cycle friendly place to live and work.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with details and photos if possible.
A map of the diversion can be found using this link:
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