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.

 

Derby cycle improvement plans

Derby City Council (together with funding from the Local Enterprise Partnership) plan to make improvements to cycling provision in the city centre over the next two years. Improvements will include the legalisation of cycling through the city centre via St Peters Street, before 10am and after 5pm.

The plans should be formally approved by the Council next week. More information here

 

Derby NHS Trust Endorses Space for Cycling Campaign

We are delighted to announce that the Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Royal Derby Hospital and other health services in the city, is enthusiastically endorsing our Space for Cycling campaign, supporting our aims to get better cycling routes and facilities across Derby to enable more people to choose to make everyday journeys by bike.

We are very grateful that our local NHS Trust recognises the benefits that Space for Cycling can bring and for Chief Executive, Gavin Boyle’s supporting comments:    “Hundreds of our staff cycle to work in our hospitals each day, and it’s important that we have the proper infrastructure to support that. As a cyclist myself I know the roads in Derby can be a little scary when you’re out on your bike, so improvements to the network would be very welcome indeed. Let’s  make it easier for everyone to get on their bike to travel around our city, rather than see them discouraged because they feel unwelcome on the roads.”

The Carbon and Sustainability Group at the Trust enthusiatically endorsed our campaign when it was presented to them by Andrea Shaw from their travel planning team. The Chief Executive, Gavin Boyle, uses a mixed-mode transport to get to work: bike-train-bike, so his sustainable travel credentials are high; his Brompton was tucked neatly in the corner of his office on a cold and frosty morning at the end of December, when he kindly met Ian Dent and myself to hear about the Space for Cycling campaign. We look forward to working with the NHS Trust and the City Council in the future to create more space for cycling in Derby and enable more people to get more healthy by making more everyday journeys by bike.

Exercise helps mental wellbeing as well as physical health so cycling can be an integral part of a rounded,  healthy, life style. However, many people are too frightened to ride a bike on the road. We need better quality facilities to help cyclists feel safe enough to get about. Our Space for Cycling campaign urges city councillors to give cycle transport a higher priority and make policies which enable a proper cycle network to be created in Derby, one which is joined up and enables anyone to cycle anywhere more safely across the city. The support of our local NHS Trust is important to us for raising the profile of active travel with our councillors.

Council Deputy Leader, Martin Rawson, Signs Space for Cycling Pledge

Councillor Martin Rawson

It is our very great pleasure to announce that Martin Rawson, the deputy leader of Derby City council has signed our Space for Cycling pledge – agreeing with us that more needs to be done to improve cycle transport in the city. Derby is a city which is very much suited to cycling and very many more people would cycle if the cycle network was more connected and of a better quality. At the moment it is unfortunate that too many people say and believe it is too dangerous to cycle on the road. At DCG we don’t believe this is true, but the road often feels like a hostile place, especially to inexperienced riders or to people considering whether to start cycling and that stops people cycling.

We look forward to working with Martin to help make things better for everyone who wants to make everyday journeys by bike. Our aim is to get full, cross-party, support for our Space for Cycling campaign. So far UKIP, Liberal Democrat and Labour members have signed our pledge. We look forward to Conservative members joining them and completing the picture so we can start developing new strategies and projects with the certainty that they will have long term political support.

Midlands Connect Strategy

The 72 page Midlands Connect Strategy: Powering the Midlands Engine has recently been published. This document sets out a 25 year plan to improve transport links and reduce transport delays in the Midlands region.

Nowhere is cycling mentioned! The closest is on the final page of the report where it says “Local projects will not appear in the Midlands Connect strategy, but the partners in Midlands Connect do recognise their significance and urge the Government to maintain a significant flow of funding for local transport schemes.”

The focus is on large scale trunk road improvements and improved rail links and speeds. Whilst appreciating that the focus of the report is on long distance connectivity (trunk roads, HS2, etc.) it is disappointing that an emphasis on reducing localised road transport (e.g. by encouraging cycling and public transport) is not seen as part of the solution for long distance travel.

Campaigning for cycle provision in Derby since 1979