Each year, the Group recognises organisations or individuals who have made a significant contribution to improving cycling provision in Derby.
Past award winners are:
Derbyshire County Council were given a special award for the construction of the Phase 2 Breadsall Greenway. Jenny Southwell (Greenways Officer) attended the meeting to receive the award on behalf of Derbyshire County Council.
Bowmer & Kirkland were given a special award for their contribution to cycling safety arising from their organisation of the Changing Places Day in 2013. Sarah Millington attended the meeting to receive the award on behalf of Bowmer & Kirkland.
Cycle Derby for services to cycling with young people. They have made a massive contribution to increasing cycling in Derby for everyone.
Vegetable Pedallers, an inspiring cycle delivery business based at Soundbites Wholefood shop.
John Palmer, a founder member of Derby Cycling Group and who, for last 21 years, has been the group’s treasurer. A true inspiration.
The first award will go to Tommy Cheng from highways contractor A-one+, working on behalf of the Highways Agency on the Raynesway Park junction alterations, and the construction teams from Weldon Plant Ltd and Volker Fitzpattrick Ltd. The award is in recognition of the contractors’ work keeping all the cycle facilities in the area open throughout the construction period and their prompt response to problems as they arose. Tony Roelich from Derby Cycling Group (DCG) said “This complex project was always going to cause disruption, but DCG insisted that the busy cycle commuter routes along the riverside path and Raynesway remain open at all times. Whilst it was a team approach from A-one+, we wanted to acknowledge the great work that Tommy Cheng did keeping the routes available and ensuring any problems were dealt with quickly and properly, and the friendly help the contractors gave to many people passing through the area.”
The second award is to Connecting Derby and will be collected on behalf of the team by Dave Powner, Head of Special projects and Christine Durrant, Director of Planning and Facilities Management. Dave Clasby from DCG said “As a group we opposed in principle the building of the inner ring road. However once the decision was taken we wanted to ensure the best possible facilities for cyclists. Dave Powner and his team were always receptive to our comments and suggestions. It was clear from the start that they wanted the best for walkers and cyclists. They were always happy to listen to ideas and many of them were then incorporated into the actual design. We had initial consultations with Dave and his team and a number of on site visits. We believe that together we have helped to create some of the best cycling facilities in the city. It is an example of best practice for working with stakeholder groups.”
The third award is to Stan Werbinski. It is a personal award to Stan. This award is for the 30 plus years of service that Stan has given to the City of Derby and in particular its younger cyclists. It is not overstating things to say that Stan is a bit of a legend in the city. For years he personally developed and delivered a lot of the cycle training for young people in the city. It was under Stan’s watch that Derby started to apply for national projects to support cycling in the city. The first was the Sustrans Bike It project and then the big step forward when Derby became a Cycling Demonstration Town and Cycle Derby was created also now working with the CTC and British Cycling. With Stan we saw Derby adopt the National Standard Bikeability cycle training programme. Derby now has has a National and European reputation for excellence in its cycling training. Dave Clasby from DCG said “For many of us he is simply Stan The Man. Stan has been a tyreless(!) supporter and advocate for cycling and walking in the city. His passion and enthusiasm are infectious. You just don’t forget meeting Stan Werbinski. Derby cyclists owe him a huge debt of gratitude for all his years of service for Derby City Council. Thank you Stan.”