Manchester vision for cycling recommended as Christmas reading

Manchester’s Cycling and Walking Commissioner (Chris Boardman) has published his thoughts on what is needed to transform Manchester’s cycling and walking environment. As someone who generally talks a lot of sense (i.e. I agree with most of what he says!) Chris’ report is worth a read.

Download the report here. Only 17 pages with lots of pictures and graphs.

Amongst the quotes from Chris Boardman are,

“For too long our town and city streets have been designed around motorised vehicles, leaving them unsafe, unattractive and difficult to navigate on foot or by bike.

[The world’s happiest countries] prioritise walking and cycling
above all other modes of transport. But the fact is that people will only travel this way if it is easy and pleasant. Riding a bicycle or crossing a street should not require bravery.

We need protected space; uninterrupted, all the way from where
I am to where I want to be. Only with safe and attractive space will people that don’t walk or cycle now, venture out onto the road in significant numbers.”

The report is aimed at Manchester only but Derby could learn a lot from the approach. A lot of the proposed solutions for Manchester are also what are needed in other cities including Derby.

Happy reading over the holidays!

Comment on the Derbyshire cycle network plans

You have the opportunity to influence the extent and shape of the cycle network in Derbyshire as Derbyshire Council and Active Derbyshire work towards their goal of making Derbyshire the most connected county for cycling in England.

Councils around the country are currently defining what they would like their local cycle network to look like if money was no object. They then move onto examining which of the possible projects should be addressed as a high priority.

Derbyshire County Council are nearing the end of the first stage and are asking the public to comment on their plans. They have defined a possible future network and are asking people to comment and to give opinions on which portions of the network are most important. Continue reading Comment on the Derbyshire cycle network plans

Support City Centre Cycle Route: Mercian Way, Abbey Street, Curzon Street

 

Terrible junction will be much better for cyclists and pedestrians

A new cycle route and pedestrian improvements are planned by Derby City Council between Mercian Way and Curzon Street. They will make this area much more accommodating for cycling and walking. There is one big change that DCG have asked the designers to make but we urge you to use the link below to support the plan but also to propose this amendment before 1st December.

The scheme is part of a strategic route which will eventually link the city centre and Royal Derby Hospital, enabling more of the 10,000 people who work there to cycle to work, so it is a really important piece of cycle route and you must support it if you would like to see cycle transport move on in Derby.

At DCG we like the plan, but we have asked that the part between Mercian Way and Abbey Street be made into a two-way segregated cycle path, with the part along Abbey Street to Curzon Street being a one-way, segregated cycle path. We have asked that the end of Monk Street be made into a pedestrian and cyclist priority crossing, utilising the recently approved Parallel Crossing (like a Zebra with a cycle crossing next to it with the same rules on priority as a zebra – commonplace in Europe but only recently approved for use in the UK).

Please use the link below before 1st December to send an e-mail to support the plan but mention this amendment to it:   Traffic.Management@derby.gov.uk

We believe a dedicated cycle path is better than a shared pavement because:

  • It provides much better continuity for the cycle route than a shared path
  • It gives pedestrians and cyclists their own space, which is needed because cyclists will be travelling through this area; it is not a major destination in its self.
  • It provides a better crossing for cyclists and pedestrians across Abbey Street into Macklin Street and the end of Monk Street
  • Cycle infrastructure today needs to move beyond shared pavements; cycling needs to be designed-in as a primary form of transport, not an after thought.

The council design document can be seen here:   http://www.derby.gov.uk/transport-and-streets/cycling/abbey-st-consultation/

Enlarged plans: Abbey Street – Curzon Street Plan

The DCG letter to the design team is here:  Abbey Street-Curzon Street Letter

Aspirations for Cycle Transport in Derby

On 17th October 2017, we presented our vision for how Derby can plan to grow cycling as a means of everyday transport across the city to the city council – lead  Active Travel Forum.

Our presentation defines how Derby Cycling Group would like to see the forthcoming Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) shape up in Derby and Derbyshire. We are worried that progress towards defining the aspiration for our LCWIP is too slow when we all know what needs to be done, we just need to get on and do it.

Local authorities must have a LCWIP before they can apply for funding for active travel projects (cycling and walking) from the government. Funding for active travel is now becoming available through various government sources, so it is essential that Derby and Derbyshire has a good LCWIP so we can bid for this money.

You can view our presentation using the PDF link below.                 DCG Benchmarking and Standards for Cycling Infrastructure . Because it’s PDF you don’t see the photo slides in the middle section as they were presented, so apologies for that.

We will be discussing our ideas, policies and strategies regarding LCWIP at our monthly members meetings. If you would like to hear more or get involved, do come along and join in. You can also contribute by e-mailing campaigns@derbycyclinggroup.org.uk .

Newark gains funding for new cycle routes

Newark have identified a series of desired cycle routes throughout the town and have obtained funding to build some of the proposed routes. They have been collecting feedback on which should be the priorities.

Funding for the work has come from the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) which can also provides funds for Derby and Derbyshire.

The Newark plans have the goals of:

  • make cycling to work a viable choice for a significant proportion of local residents
  • greatly improve the cycle infrastructure network by addressing gaps in the network which are a major barrier to accessing large employment and housing sites
  • create safe, direct, convenient, attractive and continuous cycle routes.

The proposals will also deliver other key benefits such as:

  • positive public health (more people exercising)
  • environmental – emissions and air quality reduced
  • reduce traffic congestion – modal shift to cycling.

It is accepted that not all the desired routes can be built immediately but the town has managed to put in place a long term strategy and this has directly led to some initial funding.

Let’s see Derby create a similar long term plan of what a future network should look like.

Details and maps of the Newark plans here

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