A new version of the newsletter has just been published and can be seen here.
The Times newspaper is running a campaign to make cities more safe for cycling which the DCG supports.
You can find more details on the campaign and ways to join in at this link
A few places remain for the planned British Cycling Ride Leader Training on Saturday 10th March. Training takes place at the new Wellington Street Cycle Training Hub (Former Central lending Library on Wellington St) in Leicester.
An opportunity to join the British Cycling team in the 2012 Olympic Year – Paid and Voluntary work is available for people successful in completing this training and committed to supporting at least 4 rides over the summer.
Contact Janet Hudson – email@example.com – Talk to Janet for additional information – 07860404833.
Derby City Council are bidding for £5 million of funding from the Department for Transport for developments in sustainable travel.
To help secure the funding, the project needs letters of support from the people of Derby and from businesses which operate there.
Please write today to Rachel Harvey at the address below to express your support for the project:
Transport Planning Group Manager
Derby City Council,
The bid covers several themes, engaging with local employers large and small to develop better integrated walking, cycling and public transport initiatives.
Deadline: Wed 8th February 2012
The new Derby Multi Sports Arena will be next to Pride Park Stadium and will include a 250m indoor Velodrome and a 1.5km closed road circuit; it is absolutely stunning, inside and out and will be a great local and national attraction. see the inside and the outside
These facilities will enable Cycle Derby to take cycling to many, many more people than before. The closed road circuit will enable off-road cycle training at all standards, as well as offering a sporting challenge to experienced riders.
Children in Derby have flocked in huge numbers to the BMX track, the Cyclo-cross race series and the Basses Rec’ wheeled sports park (BMX tricks and skateboards), and the children have been the bedrock of the growth in cycling in the city; over 7% of our children now cycle to school regularly. The Velodrome and the closed road circuit will add hugely to that growth of a cycling culture.
It is however essential to show explicit support for the Velodrome and closed road circuit. We know that some local politicians would rather spend the money elsewhere. We need to give the planning committee no excuse for not passing the plans in full.
There is a campaign based in Bristol by LifeCycle to raise awareness of the issues of cycling in icy weather. The aim of the campaign is to highlight the hazards of cycling in icy conditions and to offer information and resources to help cyclists make informed decisions. There are different solutions for the different situations cyclists come up against.
More details (and a request for feedback) can be found here
On Wednesday evening I saw plans for the new Derby Multi Sports Arena, which incorporates a Velodrome, a sports hall big enough for 12 badminton courts, a 125 item gym, and outside a 1.5km closed cycle road circuit. It is absolutely fantastic. The sports hall is below the velodrome, but the velodrome is open in the middle. So while you are playing badders or basketball or five a side footie down below, the bikes are whizzing round above your head. I expect the effect will be absolutely stunning. The arena will be next to Pride Park Stadium, the road circuit will go round the outside of the nature reserve next door. There will be a direct cycle and walking link with the Riverside Path. All we need now is for our esteemed council planning committee to approve the plans.
Since you can now buy a new inner tube in the Pound Shop for (guess what?) ……… £1, is it worth repairing punctured inner tubes any longer?
Minutes of meeting Derby Cycling Group Tuesday 3rd January 2012 Brunswick
Tony Roelich, Dave Clasby, Les Sims, Martin Aldred, Ian Alexander, Nigel Aspdin, John Palmer (Chair). Ian Dent,
Lucy Care, Ian Care, Vijaya Ramisetti
Minutes of meeting Derby Cycling Group Tuesday 6th December 2011 Brunswick
Tony Roelich, Dave Clasby, Les Sims (Chair), Martin Aldred, Martin Quarton, Ian Alexander, Nigel Aspdin, Ian Care. Vijaya Ramisetti, John Palmer.
Lucy Care, Ian Dent, Jean Baird.