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

Lorry blind spots

None of the cyclists shown are directly visible to the driver

It was an interesting experience to sit in the cab of a HGV and see how the driver’s visibilty is so restricted. In particular, whilst I was aware of being very careful on the left hand side of the vehicle, I hadn’t appreciated how vulnerable cyclists could be in front of the vehicle (in, for instance, the cycling area created by an advanced stop line).

Loughborough University have done a lot of research on behalf of the DfT (see this link for full details) including the chart on the left showing the areas that drivers can see directly, those they can see in their mirrors, and those that are invisible.

Support the Proposed Darley Park Multi User Path

End the Mud Bath

Derby City Council have submitted a planning application for the building of a multi-user path through Darley Park running from near the Abbey Inn to the rowing clubs by Handyside Bridge. Derby Cycling Group is strongly in favour of the creation of this path and would like to ask all members to register their personal support for the plans as well.

This path will enable a whole range of new cycling opportunities both for everyday journeys, leisure cycling and for tourism. It will create a circular route with the Darley Fields path which will enable families and people new to cycling to begin riding in a pleasant and peaceful environment and will hopefully help to get more people cycling in Derby.  Please connect to the council website and express your support

The application is open for comments until 26th September (deadline extended); the planning reference is 05/17/00567 and you access it via this link: https://eplanning.derby.gov.uk/online-applications/ .

When viewing the documents, the key ones are:

. Design and Access Statement

. Proposed Plan (with details of the path design and alignment)

The Council have already held consultation events and well over 90% of the respondents were in favour of the plans. However, when similar plans were submitted a number of years ago, a very small but vocal minority managed to get the ear of the planning committee and have the plans voted down. We don’t want this to happen again!

It is important that the Council decision makers can see the overwhelming level of support for the creation of the path, not only to give better connectivity of Darley Abbey to the city’s cycle network, but also as the next (first?) part of the aspirational off-road cycle route all along the Derwent Valley between Derby and Matlock connecting together all the Derwent Valley World Heritage Site locations. Visit the Derwent Valley Cycleway website for more details: http://derwentvalleycycleway.org.uk/

The proposed path was discussed at the DCG Members Meeting on Tuesday 5th September,  and as ever there are one or two areas of detail which we will be discussing with the design team; these relate to the surfacing of the boardwalk – which must be non-slip in the wet – and the width of boardwalk. However the benefits of this scheme for cycling are huge and we urge you all to support it please.

 

Bike Ride – The Great Derby Get Together: 11:00 Sunday 18th June

The Great Derby Get Together is a bike ride from the Riverside Gardens behind Derby Council House to Elvaston Castle, in celebration of the life of Jo Cox, in conjunction with National Bike Week, National Clean Air Day, Refugee Week, and The Big Lunch. It brings together multiple faiths and cross party politics with families who enjoy riding their bikes and celebrating the things which we all have in common.

 The event was instigated at the suggestion of the Derby Multi Faith Centre, and many local policiticans including the new Mayor of Derby, have signed up to come for a ride and have a picnic at Elvaston Castle. We hope that you will be able to come as well; it is free, just bring a picnic and join in the celebrations. It would be great to have a big crowd to show support for one or more of the associated campaigns, for cycling as transport, or just to enjoy a sociable day in the saddle.

 

Campaigning for cycle provision in Derby since 1979