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To Report Local Problems
Cycling UK offer the “FillthatHole” service that works out the appropriate local authority and sends the report on. This service is also available as an app for your phone to allow instant reporting of problems whilst you are out and about on your bike.
Within Derby City boundaries all highway maintenance issues as they may affect cyclists (eg potholes, inadequate/failed lighting, hedge cutting) are handled by StreetPride. Fill in the details on the form here.
For a general reporting system see FixMyStreet which collects the reported information and then routes it to the appropriate council.
- Cycle Derby – council organisation to grow cycling in Derby, particularly amongst school children
- Cycling UK (was CTC) National organisation campaigning and providing various local organised rides. For matters concerning Derbyshire (as opposed to Derby City) or Staffordshire, contact the CTC’s Right to Ride representatives.
Cycling Infrastructure Information
Various different bodies have created design documents to help in the creation of effective cycling infrastructure. These include:
- London Cycling Infrastructure reports
- tfL Cycle Design Standards
- INTERNATIONAL CYCLING INFRASTRUCTURE BEST PRACTICE STUDY
- Cycle Proofing Working Group providing advice to the Department of transport
- Highways England “Cycle Traffic and the Strategic Road Network” document
- European Cycle Highway information
Other Campaign Groups
- Derwent Valley Cycleway – campaigning for a cycle route from Derby to Matlock following the River Derwent through the World Heritage Site
- Nottingham – Pedals
- British Cycling campaigning page
- Library of campaigning resources at Cyclescape
- Activist pack from the London Cycling Campaign
- 20’s Plenty For Us was formed in order to campaign for the implementation of 20 mph as the default speed limit on residential roads in the UK.
- The Campaign for Better Transport is an independent charity, who work by providing well-researched, practical solutions to transport problems, pressuring national and local government to adopt them, and empowering ordinary people up and down the country.
- See Me Save Me campaign is dedicated to reducing lorry danger and saving lives. The site includes an interesting map of pedestrian and cyclist casualties highlighting those which involved an HGV.
- Peak Cycle Links – campaigning for circular route in the Peak District
Local cycling clubs
- Derby Mercury Mountain biking, cyclo-cross, time trials and more
- Derby CTC The Derby Section of the national Cycling UK. Regular rides and socials throughout the year.
- Derby Triathlon Club
- Matlock Cycling Club
- Heanor Clarion
- South Pennine
- Belper bicycle club
- Velo Club Long Eaton
- Cycle Derby map provides a PDF map for cycle routes in Derby (large)
- Cycling UK’s countrywide (and by county) list of published cycle routes together with links to download (where possible).
- Two Wheels and a Camera produces slide shows of local Derby cycle routes.
- Park That Bike allows people to comment on bike parking in their area and report problems.
- everybody’s Talking has been developed for the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Local Authorities Energy Partnership (LAEP) to raise awareness about climate change and encourage individuals to take positive steps towards a low carbon lifestyle.
- Cyclist’s Defence Fund works to raise awareness of the law relating to cyclists.
- Charlotte’s Tandems offers loans of tandems to people in need.
- road.cc – UK web site with news, reviews, etc. (“award winning”)
- Transport Paradise is a site offering various advice on how to get better cycling facilities based on experience in Oxford.
- Essential Evidence is a site created by Adrian Davis to distil various academic papers into single page summaries
- Tools of Change is a Canadian based set of research relating to various areas but with a big focus on cycling. A possible useful source of evidence for the success of differing behaviour modification studies.
Cycling to Work
There are tax exemptions available to employers operating a Cycle to Work Scheme involving the loan of cycles to employees. If the employee prefers to use their own cycle a tax-free mileage allowance can be paid for business travel. In most cases this allows someone to buy a cycle (from most cycle shops) and save tax on the VAT and on the income tax on the monthly payments made to pay off the cost of the bike (and associated accessories such as locks and clothing). Some people have had problems with the final payment necessary to leave the scheme and keep the bike (sometimes much higher than expected) so check the details carefully with your employer before signing up.
Cyclescheme has pages about the scheme.
Halfords have their own information site about the scheme.
Cycle Shops, etc.
- The Bike List is a mixture of useful links and commercial information.
- electric Bikes is a commercial site with lots of information on electric bikes.
- Rutland Cycling site includes various events and guides for cycles as well as sales of bikes
- The Bike Shop – Derby based store offering “possibly Derby’s largest selection of bikes”. Offer discount to DCG members.
- Brilliant Bikes – online parts, particularly for Bromptons – excellent service, reasonable prices.
- Hawk Cycles – discount chain which includes an outlet in Derby.
- Mercian Cycles – long time Derby high end supplier specialising in custom frames.
- Prima Velo – offer a custom fitting service in Darley Abbey
- Velo Bavarian – is a bike shop with a “twist” based in Duffield
- Cyclo Monster – is an online store with a showroom in Spondon
- Big on Bikes – is a repair and service workshop in Little Eaton
- Home Bike Services – mobile bike repairs
- Bike Back – Derby is a recycling scheme where you can donate unwanted bikes and buy refurbished bikes.
- Decathlon is an international chain with a store in Giltbrook by IKEA.
- Belper Cycles
- Cycle Touring Supplies is a Derby based organisation offering an eclectic mix of cycling equipment and services.
- Cycle Republic, chain store (owned by Halfords) with shop in Derby centre.
- Sonder Bikes – mail order business with factory shop in Eastwood.
- London Road Cycles (previously Bargain Bikes). Derby outpost of Birmingham shop specialising in second hand bikes.
Locally Organised Social Rides
Also see the list of local cycling clubs (above) who organise rides alongside their other activities.
- Derby Breeze Rides – women only
- British Cycling Lets Ride – searchable list of local rides organised by varying people. Click on “find a ride”
- Derby CTC The Derby and Burton Section of the national Cycling UK (was CTC). Regular rides and socials throughout the year.
- Free rides for all organised by Erewash Borough Council. Wednesday mornings 10am from West Park, Long Eaton. More information here.
- Livewell hold weekly sessions open to all (not just Livewell clients).
- Cycle Mickleover – “Mission is to get Mickleover cycling safely and regularly by providing accessible ride opportunities for all abilities both on and off road.”
- The Wheel Deal cycle group – run social rides on most Sundays from Alvaston Park (meet at cafe at 10am). Rides tailored to wishes and abilities of all attendees.
National Bike Hire Systems
- Bike & Go provides rental at various stations (mainly in East Anglia and Merseyside but expanding to closer to Derby) for £3.80 per day. Maximum rental of 3 days.
- Brompton Dock offer hire of Bromptons from various stations. Some of the locations are a bit obscure but include Manchester, Bristol and Exeter. Different tariffs but £5 per day or less.
- London Santander (Boris) bikes for easy cycling within central London (£2 per day if you follow the rules carefully).
- Peak District cycle hire – various centres on the off road ex railway paths. Fairly expensive (in my view!) but popular with tourists.
- Carsington Water – bike hire including electric bikes
- Monsal Trail – at Hassop station including electric bikes
- Blackwell Mill – on the Monsal Trail near Buxton. Claim cheapest prices on the Monsal Trail although their cafe is VERY expensive
Stolen Bike links
- Stolen-bikes – a web site to help get you reunited with your stolen bike
- Checkthatbike is an excellent facility to check frame numbers before buying a bike. The site owner is also campaigning to get the police to use his database of stolen bike frame numbers.
- The Crime Prevention Website is concerned with all aspects of reducing crime including that of cycles.