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Derby NHS Trust Endorses Space for Cycling Campaign

We are delighted to announce that the Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Royal Derby Hospital and other health services in the city, is enthusiastically endorsing our Space for Cycling campaign, supporting our aims to get better cycling routes and facilities across Derby to enable more people to choose to make everyday journeys by bike.

We are very grateful that our local NHS Trust recognises the benefits that Space for Cycling can bring and for Chief Executive, Gavin Boyle’s supporting comments:    “Hundreds of our staff cycle to work in our hospitals each day, and it’s important that we have the proper infrastructure to support that. As a cyclist myself I know the roads in Derby can be a little scary when you’re out on your bike, so improvements to the network would be very welcome indeed. Let’s  make it easier for everyone to get on their bike to travel around our city, rather than see them discouraged because they feel unwelcome on the roads.”

The Carbon and Sustainability Group at the Trust enthusiatically endorsed our campaign when it was presented to them by Andrea Shaw from their travel planning team. The Chief Executive, Gavin Boyle, uses a mixed-mode transport to get to work: bike-train-bike, so his sustainable travel credentials are high; his Brompton was tucked neatly in the corner of his office on a cold and frosty morning at the end of December, when he kindly met Ian Dent and myself to hear about the Space for Cycling campaign. We look forward to working with the NHS Trust and the City Council in the future to create more space for cycling in Derby and enable more people to get more healthy by making more everyday journeys by bike.

Exercise helps mental wellbeing as well as physical health so cycling can be an integral part of a rounded,  healthy, life style. However, many people are too frightened to ride a bike on the road. We need better quality facilities to help cyclists feel safe enough to get about. Our Space for Cycling campaign urges city councillors to give cycle transport a higher priority and make policies which enable a proper cycle network to be created in Derby, one which is joined up and enables anyone to cycle anywhere more safely across the city. The support of our local NHS Trust is important to us for raising the profile of active travel with our councillors.

Council Deputy Leader, Martin Rawson, Signs Space for Cycling Pledge

Councillor Martin Rawson

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.

Space for Cycling Ride – Thank you

20161001-dcg-space-for-cycling-ride-6 20161001-dcg-space-for-cycling-ride-8I 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 20161001-dcg-space-for-cycling-ride-4people 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.

Tony Roelich,  Campaigns Coordinator

 

Space for Cycling – Presentation to Councillors

presentation-banner-imageThe leaders of all four parties represented on Derby City Council have all received the presentation below from members of Derby Cycling Group.

 

Council Leaders Presentation

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.

 

City Centre Bike Ride – Sat 1st Oct 11am – Campaign for more Space for Cycling

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There will be a family friendly cyclists rally and short cycle ride in Derby City Centre on

Saturday 1st October at 11:00

Starting in front of the Council House on Corporation Street.

It is part of Derby Cycling Group’s campaign “Space for Cycling”,  urging city councillors from all parties to pledge to do more for cycle transport in the city.

Please encourage all your colleagues, friends and their families to come down and support the campaign

Club kit – fantastic.  Everyday clothes – even better!

Liberal Democrat’s Leader Ruth Skelton signs Space for Cycling Pledge

logo-small-space-for-cyclingDerby 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

Space for Cycling Pledge for Councillors

Any councillor can download the space for cycling pledge from the link below, fill in the form and return it to campaigns@derbycyclinggroup.org.uk

Councillor Pledge Form

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:

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

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.

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.
570samety c.
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.
563Elwyn S.
562Craig M.
561ROBERT B.
560Tom H.
559Andrew F.
558Paul .
557Georgina B.Cycling helps health and the environment - please make it safer so more people do it!
556Magnus R.