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Derby cycle improvement plans

Derby City Council (together with funding from the Local Enterprise Partnership) plan to make improvements to cycling provision in the city centre over the next two years. Improvements will include the legalisation of cycling through the city centre via St Peters Street, before 10am and after 5pm.

The plans should be formally approved by the Council next week. More information here

 

Midlands Connect Strategy

The 72 page Midlands Connect Strategy: Powering the Midlands Engine has recently been published. This document sets out a 25 year plan to improve transport links and reduce transport delays in the Midlands region.

Nowhere is cycling mentioned! The closest is on the final page of the report where it says “Local projects will not appear in the Midlands Connect strategy, but the partners in Midlands Connect do recognise their significance and urge the Government to maintain a significant flow of funding for local transport schemes.”

The focus is on large scale trunk road improvements and improved rail links and speeds. Whilst appreciating that the focus of the report is on long distance connectivity (trunk roads, HS2, etc.) it is disappointing that an emphasis on reducing localised road transport (e.g. by encouraging cycling and public transport) is not seen as part of the solution for long distance travel.

Duffield Road Cycle lane unusable at school closing time

Shows the line of parked cars from the bus stop to the school entrance
Parked cars obstructing the cycle lane

The cycle lane on Duffield Road is unusable around 3pm each day as cars gather to pick up children from the school. Cars park up with drivers still inside (reading papers, using phones) for up to half an hour before the school finishes. The photos show the extent of the problem. As all the parked cars fill the cycle lane, any cyclists are forced towards the middle of the road and the overall effect isn’t encouraging students / parents / teachers to cycle to school.

The local councillors are aware of the problem but there seems to be little that can be done as the cars are legally “picking up or setting down” rather than “parking” even though any reasonable person would assume being stopped for 15-30 minutes counts as parking!

Proposed Darley Park multi-user path – Please give your views

image005The Derby City Parks department are presenting proposals for the construction of a multi-user path through Darley Park on the west side of the River Derwent (joining the Abbey pub with the rowing clubs).

The Parks department are holding a consultation session on both Friday 12th and Saturday 13th (10am to 2pm) by the Darley Park cafe and it would be very useful for interested individuals to provide their input and to complete the consultation forms. The poster about the consultation can be found here

3 options for the route are under consideration and can be seen on the map here

Visitors will be asked to provide their views by completing the form here and by discussion. If people are unable to attend the organised times they can provide input by emailing parks@derby.gov.uk

The planned path will provide many benefits to walkers, disabled users, and cyclists and we hope as many people as possible are able to provide positive feedback on the plans. The route will form a useful addition to the existing cycle route on the east side of the river and will also link well with the plans for the Derwent Valley Cycleway.

Please attend the consultation or, if not possible, then please provide your input by email.

Support the Space for Cycling petition

Please show your support for the Space for Cycling campaign by signing the petition. This will be presented to the City Council.

Background:

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.

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 its 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

Derby Cycling Group want better facilities for cyclists – MORE SPACE FOR CYCLING.

How can that be done?

  • Get political support for a better cycle transport environment
  • Create a cycle transport strategy for Derby
  • Build the network
  • Promote cycle transport

We want the Council to use the six Space for Cycling themes to determine what will be done to make cycle transport more attractive in Derby:

  1. Protected space on main roads
  2. Removing through motor traffic in residential areas
  3. Lower traffic speeds
  4. Cycle-friendly town centres
  5. Safe routes to school
  6. Routes through green spaces

Derby Cycling Group is asking all city councillors to sign our Space for Cycling Pledge: “I support the aims of the Space for Cycling Campaign in Derby and will promote them in my ward and throughout the City Council”

We are asking you to support these aims by signing the petition: “We the undersigned urge all Derby City Councillors to sign Derby Cycling Group’s Space for Cycling Pledge, to enable the creation of a better cycle transport environment in Derby.

Derby Space for Cycling Campaign

We urge all Derby City Councillors to sign Derby Cycling Group’s Space for Cycling Pledge, to enable the creation of a better cycle transport environment in Derby.

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575Amy S.I was brought up in Duffield, and so never got the chance to cycle long distances as a child, unless it involved a long car journey to get somewhere safe. I now live in Cardiff and cycle along the Taff Trail every day. Support the Derwent Valley cycle route and people will come and use it, and spend money!
574Jonathan S.
573James B.
572James R.
571Jason M.
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569Tom V.
568Fiona E.
567Krishan B.Would welcome a cycle route alongside the A52 from Notts to Derby
566Chris L.
565Kristian R.I work and cycle in Derby and find provision for cyclists is erratic at best, inadequate and hazardous at worst.
564Lee P.
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562Craig M.
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557Georgina B.Cycling helps health and the environment - please make it safer so more people do it!
556Magnus R.