Category Archives: Space4Cycling

DCG Meet with Conservative leader

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Later today DCG Committee members are meeting with the new Conservative Leader Councillor Matthew Holmes to discuss Space for Cycling in Derby.

As a regular urban cyclist in the area Councillor Holmes is exactly the sort of person we need to support Space for Cycling.

To keep up to date with the responses and help us to promote the campaign please follow us on twitter @DerbyCycling

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UKIP’s Alan Graves signs Derby Cycling Group Space for Cycling pledge.

UKIP’s Alan Graves signs Derby Cycling Group Space for Cycling pledge.
Having listened to our case, Mr Graves had no problem at all in signing the pledge and we had a very positive, informative and open discussion with him regarding cycle transport issues and solutions. 

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Vigorous and Rigorous About Cycling in Derby

Space for Cycling LogoDerby 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.


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

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Space for Cycling Bulletin Board

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Derby Politicians and Cycle Transport: How do they stack up?

Vote BikeFor anyone who drives in Derby’s rush hour, or is concerned at the many health issues caused by increasingly sedentary life styles, getting more people to travel by bicycle is one way to alleviate some of the problems associated with both.

But in Derby the cycle network is very disjointed and does not encourage people to start cycling. Many people who want to cycle are too fearful to ride on the road and cycling levels are suppressed as a consequence.

Derby needs a properly designed, integrated, cycle network covering the whole city but Derby’s politicians have been short on action to deliver such a network. Following recent debacles such as a velodrome with no cycle access to link it with Derby’s most popular cycle path just 150m away, and the new £11million London Road rail bridge which was supposed to provide cycle paths to open up that route to more cycling but delivered absolutely nothing at all for cyclists; Derby Cycling Group has been trying to get local politicians to take an active interest in cycle transport.

We have been promoting two national campaigns with local councillors (Space for Cycling) and parliamentary election candidates (Vote Bike) to see what their policies on cycle transport are. We are concerned that now the Velodrome is complete, everyday cycle transport may lose out because politicians may think it’s “job done” for cycling. But cycle sport and cycle transport are two very different things. The candidate’s and party’s responses are very mixed. See our analysis on the linked document below:

        Derby Politicians and Cycle Transport

Our Letter to local politicians: April 2015 Letter to political parties

The replies from those who chose to engage with us:

        Conservative Party – Matthew Holmes

       Green Party – Philip Hood

      Labour Party -Ranjit Banwait

Roger Geffen’s visit to Derby

Derby Cycling Group-8Derby Cycling Group were pleased to welcome the CTC’s Campaigns and Strategy Director, Roger Geffen, to Derby. He kindly agreed to present the CTC’s plans for the Space for Cycling campaign as well as related information.

The meeting was held at the Park Bikeworks and the audience appreciated both Roger’s talk and the venue.

Thanks to Roger for making the offer to present (and on his birthday!).
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Your chance to meet the CTC national Campaigns and Policy Director

We’re lucky to be able to organise a session to hear from the CTC’s Campaigns and Policy Director, Roger Geffen, who has the challenge of persuading the UK’s politicians, the media and the wider public of the need for action to improve cycling conditions, while positively encouraging more people to cycle.

Come along to the Park Bikeworks in Derby at 6pm on Thursday 22nd January to hear Roger speak and to have the opportunity to raise your questions.

Roger will be speaking about the national Space4Cycling campaign as well as recent changes in CTC and Cyclenation joint campaigning.

All welcome. The event is jointly organised by Derby Cycling Group and CycleDerby.

More information at this link.

Happy New Year 2015

20150104 S4C mapHappy New Year to all cyclists and would-be cyclists in Derby and the surrounding area.  What will 2015 bring for us this year? We hope, with your help and support, that our councillors and MPs can be persuaded to create policies which enable more cycling for everyday transport in the city and it’s locality. Derby is a small, pale orange dot on the map on the left because 6% of our councillors (ie 3 of them) support the Space for Cycling campaign. We want you to tell your councillors to support it, so we can turn the map yellow then green, as in Leicester and Nottingham. And what about Derbyshire too – only 3 of them, 5% of councillors, have signed up, despite the high profile “Peak Cycle Links” and “Pedal Peak” projects.

The first step to get your councillor’s attention is to write a letter to them and send it using the  online tool at this link .

Need to find out what to write about? Need more information? Want to know what Space for Cycling is all about? Find it all in Derby Cycling Group’s “Space for Cycling Information Sheet” which is attached here: DCG S4C Info Sheet  and on the Space4cycling tag on the right hand side of this page.

Three Councillors Signed Up for Space for Cycling

It is a slow start, but now three of the 51 councillors in Derby have signed up to the Space for Cycling campaign. Please encourage more to do so by writing to them using the link below or going to your neighbourhood forum and asking them to support more and safer cycling in Derby.

Space4Cycling in Derby

space_for_cyclingDerby Cycling Group has just written to all Derby City Councillors, explaining what Space for Cycling is about and asking them to sign up to make better cycle provision in the city.

Read our letter below:

Dear Councillor,

Cycling has a great part to play in the transportation and economic future of Derby but it’s potential is being crippled by one thing:

People are too afraid to cycle on the road.

People want to cycle because they want to be more active, fit and healthy, because they want to save money which they can spend in the local economy instead of on petrol in their cars, because they are tired of sitting in traffic jams on the commute to work and are concerned about traffic pollution. But before they will get on a bike many people want a safer environment in which to cycle; they want Space 4 Cycling on our roads and elsewhere.

Derby City Council has failed to capitalise on the opportunities provided by being a Cycle Demonstration Town between 2005 and 2011, it has not created any significant growth in the length, quality or interconnection of it’s cycle network. Continue reading Space4Cycling in Derby