Get involved with Cycle September

Derby Cycling Group is pleased to support (and be involved with) the Cycle September campaign organised by Love to Ride.

Find out more about the exciting line up of free cycling events happening throughout Cycle September

We hope to meet some of our members at the Cycle September Launch Event on Tuesday 3rd September (11-3) at the Spot outside Intu in Derby centre.

We’re also looking forward to the “Cycling in Derby: Where do we go from here?” event at the University of Derby on the evening of Thursday 19th September.

Love to Ride encourages individuals and their workplaces to compete worldwide to raise the profile of cycling and help get more bums on bikes this Cycle September. 

Ride anywhere, any time and encourage others to do the same to earn points. The more points you earn, the further you climb the leader boards and the better your chances of winning prizes which include bikes, holidays, vouchers and more. 

Once you’ve registered your details with Love to Ride, add your membership of the Derby Cycling Group “club” by using this link

East Midlands Cycle Forum

The latest meeting of the East Midlands Cycle Forum was held in Derby on the 22nd June 2019 and was well attended with approx 50 people from across the Midlands including representatives from Cambridge, Sheffield, Nottingham, Bolsover, Chesterfield, Lincoln, Leicester and elsewhere.

The keynote speech from Phil Jones, chairman of Phil Jones & Associates, was very well received. The slides can be seen here.

Andrew Saffrey gave us an insight into the way that Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans are being put together including the local one for the D2N2 area.

There were then short updates from the various campaigning groups represented which was very well controlled by the chair, Dave Clasby, to ensure all had a fair chance to speak and all concentrated on just the key things to share.

After a good quality buffet lunch provided by the venue, some of the attendees visited the local Bike Back bike recycling charity, the Derby Arena velodrome, and the national standard BMX track.

Thanks are due to Dave Clasby for his efforts in organising the event and getting commitment from the various speakers, as well as all the members of Derby Cycling Group who supported the event.

Write Again to defra: fRiar gate cycle lane removal

An everyday cyclist in the Friar Gate cycle lane

Derby Cycling Group have again written to DEFRA objecting to the removal of the cycle lane, shown here, on Friar Gate. We also object to the suppression of the amount of support for cycle transport which is expressed within the Clean Air Strategy consultation process, and we rebuff DEFRA’s excuses for why removing the cycle lane “is OK”.

DCG Open Letter to DEFRA regarding Derby Local Air Quality Plan Full Business Case

Please write again, yourself, to object to the removal of the Friar Gate cycle lane as part of Derby’s Clean Air Strategy.

Use your own story and maybe back it up with information from our letter and our two website posts below:

Friar Gate Cycle Lanes are Misrepresented by DEFRA

Friar Gate Cycle Lanes are Misrepresented by City Council

Note that MPs can only respond to their own constituents, but they will be aware of other correspondence as well.

Friar Gate Cycle Lanes are Misrepresented by City CounciL

Object again to the removal of Friar Gate cycle lane as part of Derby’s Clean Air Strategy.

The Full Business Case for Derby’s Local Air Quality Plan has been submitted to DEFRA by Derby City Council.

  • It barely mentions cycling. Sometimes cycling is most notable by its absence:
    • Figure 3 (page 23) excludes details of the changes to the Friar Gate/Bridge Street junction, where the cycle lane is to be removed. Why would the city council want to hide the removal of a cycle lane from the public and DEFRA’s view?
    • Section 2.4 (“Preferred Scheme”) also contains the following misleading point: “Changes … on Friar Gate to help provide alternative route choices”. On the contrary:
      • The removal of the cycle lane will reduce the alternative choices open to many cyclists and many will stop cycling here altogether; many others who may have considered cycling will never start.
      • As cycling should be a significant element in any long term air quality improvement strategy, this is a lamentable situation and the very words show that active travel has never been considered as part of this air quality plan; a shameful indictment.
  • The lack of mention of cycling is in spite of the air quality consultation showing that people in Derby want better cycle routes
    • The consultation for the three initial options  showed that, from 2,537 responses:
      • In Chart 4 (page 9) : 61.2% (4th highest) thought switching to lower emissions transport modes (such as cycling) can improve air quality.
      • In Section 5.1.11 (page 9), the top 3 suggestions for how to tackle air quality issues included “more cycle lanes or an improved cycling infrastructure”.
      • In Chart 5 (page 10): 31.7% of respondents (4th highest) use a bicycle as part of their current transport menu (this is omitted from the consultation summary, but the 6th highest (Train at 22.2%) is quoted instead! Why omit the statistics for cycling?
      • In Chart 6 (page 11) 36.1% of respondenat (4th highest) said they would consider using a bicycle more to help improve air quality,
      • However 16.3% of respondents who do not cycle said that poor infrastructure and safety concerns about riding on the road were barriers to them using their bikes.
    • From the 189 responses to the final proposal consultation :
      • 44% (4th highest) supported greater use of active travel investment and promotion (Chart 4, page 16)
      • 41.7 % (5th highest) supported expansion of the e-bike share scheme (Chart 4)
      • The most common “other comment” (17) called for increased cycling infrastructure.
    • So why is the cycle lane on Friar Gate being removed? Removal runs contrary to what people in Derby say they want.

The on-road cycle lane on Friar Gate is a cycle lane, and is an essential safety feature for all kinds of cyclists. It is the thing which enables most of those people cycling here to be there in the first place.  The desires of so many people in Derby to have more cycling infrastructure must be upheld. The cycle lane must be retained or replaced with something different which gives the same or better continuity and directness of route AND, therefore, enables the route to be developed further in the future.

Object to the removal of Friar Gate cycle lane as part of Derby’s Clean Air Strategy.

Campaigning for cycle provision in Derby since 1979