All posts by IanD

I am a regular cyclist and long term member of the DCG, although only active in the last 3 years. I've always enjoyed leisure cycling and have also commuted by cycle when my job has allowed. I am now a regular commuter by bike and bus. Previously undertook membership secretary and newsletter editor roles for the DCG and am now webmaster and treasurer.

Congratulations to Nottingham on obtaining cycle funding

Nottingham City Council has secured £6.1 million from the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) process to invest in and kick start an overhaul of Nottingham’s cycle facilities. The funding is for 2 years starting in April 2015 through to March 2017.

Let’s see Derby City Council try and match our neighbours. The presence of the Velodrome in Derby should give us an advantage over other Midlands cities.

More information on Nottingham’s plans here

Beryl Burton play in Chesterfield – discounts available

Beryl-Website-ImageThe West Yorkshire Playhouse are currently touring a drama about Beryl Burton which visits the Chesterfield Pomegranate Theatre on Thursday 12th to Saturday 14th November 2015.

The theatre has kindly offered DCG members a discount – reducing the normal price of £17.50 to £10 for any of the shows. Various booking fees and levies may be added to the £10 cost.

More details at

TICKET OFFER USUALLY £17.50 per ticket NOW £10 per ticket for DCG members.

Each club member can book a maximum of 4 tickets and you can do this by calling the Box Office on 01246 345 222. The code that you need to quote when booking is CYCLIST.

Terms and Conditions
Not valid against tickets already booked. Maximum of 4 tickets per person booking. Subject to availability.

Derbyshire Public Rights of Way review

Derbyshire County Council is proposing changes in how they handle reports of issues relating to Rights of Way and are asking for the public to provide their views on the proposed changes.

Please visit this link and provide your input.

My personal view is that the proposals mean that anything of “priority B” or lower will never be adequately addressed. Providing a response time of half of year means, to me,  that the problem will not really be solved (however, my view only – please provide your views on the survey).

Derbyshire Cycling Plan – please provide your comments

The draft Derbyshire Cycling Plan has been developed by a range of partners across all of Derbyshire. This high level plan aims to get more people on bikes, by 2025.

You can review the draft plan here. Once you have reviewed the draft you are encouraged to provide your comments by completing the questionnaire. The deadline for response is 30th September 2015.

Remember that, if you have specific ideas for cycling improvements in the Derby area, these are being collected by the DCG and you can submit your ideas here

Breadsall Open Gardens and Fete

The Cycling Group (in conjunction with the Derwent Valley Cycleway) visited the Breadsall Open Gardens event recently in order to publicise the group. A steady stream of interest from an IMG_1878audience outside the sporting or committed cyclist audience that we often meet.

A successful event until the early finish due to a storm arriving mid afternoon.

Public Consultation A52 Wyvern planned improvements

A52 Wyvern public consultationLast week the DCG met the Derby City Council project engineers for the A52 Wyvern proposed transport improvements. Here’s a heads up on the forthcoming public consultation. There are major changes proposed for both motorised and non motorised users and the Council want input from the public.

Please attend the consultation meetings if you can and provide feedback to ensure that cycling provision is adequately considered.

Roger Geffen awarded MBE

Roger Geffen, the CTC’s Campaigns and Policy Director has been awarded an MBE in the Queens Birthday Honours list for “services to cycling”. Roger visited Derby earlier in the year (see this link for a report) and was very well received by the members attending the meeting.

In accepting the award, Roger paid tribute to local campaigners saying “I pay particular tribute to the many local volunteers involved in campaigning at the local level. They are absolute heroes, and I want to dedicate this honour to their efforts too.”

The CTC announcement can be found here.

Well done Roger and well deserved.

New member benefit – Discount on Third Party Liability Insurance

The Derby Cycling Group have recently affiliated to the CTC which provides for liability insurance for DCG led activities such as rides or publicity events.

However, as an additional benefit, all members of the DCG are eligible to purchase Third Party Liability insurance through the CTC for attractive rates (currently £18 per year). Visit this site and explore the insurance details to ensure they are right for you (see the “CTC Affiliated Membership for Individual” section).  When applying for the insurance you will need to quote the DCG affiliate club code of 90088165.

Being an affiliated individual member of the CTC also provides for some discounts and email newsletters although they seem to be of little value (my personal view) – see the CTC website for full details.

Note that the DCG is not involved in the provision of the insurance and you will be making an agreement with (and paying) the CTC and their insurance brokers. If you need to make a claim after taking out the insurance or need to sort out any administrative problems you will need to deal directly with the CTC and their brokers.

If you an individual CTC member you will already have third party liability insurance and this “affiliated individual” offer is unlikely to be of interest.

U18s and students will find the full CTC membership is available at the same price so are likely to prefer taking out the full membership. Others may also want to compare the full membership rates (can be seen here) with the Affiliated Individual Member offer.