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What sort of cycle parking should we have?

When the Aldi store on Uttoxeter New Road opposite the Royal Derby Hospital was extended last year the cycle parking was changed.

The cycle parking at Aldi by the Royal Derby Hospital

The new scheme means that the parking is nearer to the main door, and it has been given a cover.  We are going up in the world!

I ride a Brompton and use a D-lock and find the ‘wheel clamp stands’ as installed difficult to use effectively.  I prefer a ‘Sheffield’ type large stand to lean the cycle against and lock my frame to.

When I raised this with the planning department, I was shown a picture of the installation agreed between Aldi’s agents and the council.  It showed the roofed structure and a row of Sheffield stands.  The agent then agreed to talk to Aldi about replacing some of the wheel clamp stands with Sheffield ones.

This was last year.

I’ve now been told that, as the cycle parking is well-sited, covered and well-used, it is not ‘expedient’ to ask for any changes.  What’s your view?

I see more cycles locked to the supports at the ends of the shelter than using the wheel clamp stands, so it’s not just me!

If you use this store and think a mix of Sheffield stands  and wheel clamp stands – or even just Sheffield stands – is worth fighting for, please email the planning officer, Julia Stewart at Derby City Council with your view:   julia.stewart@derby.gov.uk

Thank you.

Let’s improve our roads!


A drain - or "gulley" clearly in need of clearing!
A drain – or “gulley” clearly in need of clearing!

It’s easy to grumble about the pot holes, overhanging branches and – in wet weather – drains that aren’t taking the water away.  It’s almost as easy to do something about it.

A priority pot hole for attention - in my book at least!
A priority pot hole for attention – in my book at least!


 On the routes I use, I’m trying to improve the situation for all cyclists (and others), by reporting the worst examples of repairs that are needed.  It feels really positive when I see a change later!

Halfway: The council has marked this pot hole for repair.
Halfway: The council has marked this pot hole for repair.


Within Derby you need to contact the City Council; email streetpride@derby.gov.uk or phone 0333 2006981 (local rates apply) or 01332-293111 (option 1).  Outside the city Derbyshire County Council is responsible for roads and the borough/district council for litter. 

Job done!  A completed repair.
Job done! A completed repair.

    Working together we should be able to make the roads safer for everyone!


Help make Derby a more cycle-friendly place

...or more queues of traffic? Now's the time to say!
Do we want more queues of traffic…

Derby City Council is consulting on its ‘preferred option’ for the new Local Plan until just before Christmas.

As Derby is now built almost up to its boundaries, Derby City Council is working with Amber Valley and South Derbyshire Councils to have a coherent plan for the wider area.  This will identify where new homes and businesses will be built for years to come – and what we say now can influence how cycle friendly the new development will be.

Do we want new safe cycle facilities with new development, or...
… or new safe cycle routes? Now’s the time to say!

Developers will be expected to make other investment in the area to help prepare for more people.  If Derby’s Local Plan says that sustainable travel – like walking and cycling – is the priority, then it will be more likely that changes will help support these modes rather than more cars.

The Council’s website has details – and I’ve also said more about this on my blog.

Lucy Care