Derby Cycling Group Newsletter, March 2006

(http://www.derbycyclinggroup.org.uk)

1) Annual General Meeting

Notice is hereby given of the Derby Cycling Group,

Annual General Meeting

19.00, (7pm), Tuesday 16th May 2006

Friends’ Meeting House, St Helen’s Street, Derby DE1 3GY

Location: http://www.streetmap.co.uk/streetmap.dll?G2M?X=434973&Y=336738&A=Y&Z=1

Light refreshments available.

After the formal part of the AGM, which will be kept to a minimum, there will be a short presentation/discussion on the future of cycling in Derby. More details will be in our next newsletter.

Anticipated finish around 21.00 (9pm)

2) Cycle Derby

First many thanks to all those who came to the public meeting on 17th January to hear from the Derby City Council Cycling Officers how cycling is to be advanced in Derby. Tony Gascoigne of Derby City Council writes (March 9th 2006), “following on from the news of our successful bid we have been hard at work spending Cycling England’s first grant award of £215,000. Our first phase of cycle shelters in 22 schools is nearing completion and by April we expect to have 750 new bike parking spaces.

We are currently recruiting for our Cycling England Project team and new cycle trainers. We have had a lot of interest and hope to appoint in the Spring. At the January 17th meeting there were many very positive suggestions put forward and we hope to progress some of the ideas when our new staff arrive. We are also looking to develop a Cycle Derby Forum and a series of regular feedback meetings over the coming months.

Elsewhere in Derby construction work is underway on Bradshaw Way to provide new off road facilities and cycle crossings as part of the Westfield Shopping Development. New cycle crossings are being provided on Frank Whittle Road near Hampshire Road and work is ongoing to improve the cycle link from Racecourse Park to Chester Green. We also aim to complete the Moorway Lane to Heatherton off road cycle link and Spondon route signing in the next four weeks”.

For further information on Cycle Derby please contact Tony Gascoigne, Tel 01332 715019 e-mail: tony.gascoigne@derby.gov.uk

We plan to carry updates on progress in these developments in each of our forthcoming Newsletters. Meanwhile read how Darlington, another Cycle Demonstration Town, is planning on developing its cycling at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/print/0,3858,5369781-103680,00.html

3) Issues of outstanding concern to the Derby Cycling Group:

In spite of all the potential for new developments on the cycling front as detailed above, there are still a few outstanding issues, some of very long standing (!), which we have again raised recently with the Derby City Council Cycling Officers. In brief, these are:

i) The chicken wire on Riverside Path, underneath St Mary's Bridge needs repairing/replacing. It is severely damaged and presents a great risk of tyre puncture.

ii) Ramping of the steps on Riverside Path at Exeter Bridge, City Centre.

iii) Construction of a dropped kerb on the footbridge opposite the office of the Derby Evening Telegraph office. This is a very old chestnut, but one which is frequently raised with the DCG.

iv) Derby Orbital Cycle Route. It is expected that this project will be pursued under Cycle Derby.

v) Metal fence blocking the path that leads from the end of Deadmans Lane on to Pride Park (coming out by the new Kia Dealership and Brewsters Pub).

We intend to pursue these matters until they are satisfactorily resolved. Meanwhile if you have any further issues relating to the maintenance and upgrading of the cycle route network please do pass on details to us (see Contacts section below) and we will raise them with the Council cycling officers.

4) Go Wild, 5 Parks Ride, Sunday 25th June

Les Sims reports that with the advent of Cycle Derby it is envisaged that many more people will find that a bike is the best way to get around locally. We hope to encourage them by putting on some public rides which will show where a few of the cycle routes are. In conjunction with Derby City Council and Macmillan Cancer Relief, the Derby Cycling Group is organising such a ride on Sunday 25th June which is during National Bike Week.

It is called "The Five Parks Ride" since it passes through five of Derby's parks, the route being six miles long and mostly on traffic free cycle paths. Riders will cover one lap only and many will raise sponsorship funding for Macmillan Cancer Relief.

Final arrangements are yet to be made, but we will need the help of as many DCG members as possible to act as marshals. Some will need to be stationed at road crossings, with others on bikes to act as escorts with small groups of cyclists. We hope to see several hundred cyclists out on the day.

The start and finish will be on Handyside Bridge which crosses the River Derwent between North Parade and City Road. See

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The start time will be 9.30am and we hope to be finished by about 1pm. There will be a Marshals Ride around the route on Sunday 11th June. All officials are covered by insurance through the National Bike Week organisation (www.bikeweek.org.uk).

If you can offer help with this important event, and for any further information, please contact Les Sims on 01332 514903 , or E-mail les.sims@btinternet.com . More details will be sent to you as they become available.

5) Strategic Integrated Transports Studies (SITS)

As we reported in the December Newsletter, Derby City Council is conducting area wide strategic studies on two major transport corridors: Osmaston Road and Uttoxeter road. The DCG was asked to provide input into developing the potential for cycling along Osmaston Road and Uttoxeter Road. Our recommendations for improvements along Osmaston Road are at:

http://www.derbycyclinggroup.org.uk/documents/campaign_docs/DCG_report_on_Osmaston_Road_Corridor_SITS.doc and along Uttoxeter Road at:

http://www.derbycyclinggroup.org.uk/documents/campaign_docs/DCG_report_on_Uttoxeter_Road_Corridor_SITS.doc

Following an inaugural meeting on 27th September 2005, the project board for this scheme finally reconvened on Tuesday 28th February 2006 when the transport consultants White, Young and Green delivered their draft report on the Osmaston Road Corridor. It appears that the thrust of the report’s recommendations is generally favourable to cycling and public (bus) transportation. It is also intended that the new scheme be capacity neutral in terms of traffic potential. The DCG is currently examining the report in detail with a view to making a submission before the definitive report in produced. A report on planned developments along the Uttoxeter Road corridor is still awaited.

Join the Derby Cycling Group:

Please support us in the work we do by joining us. Just click on the Join Us link on the homepage of, www.derbycyclinggroup.org.uk, to download an application form.

Contact the Derby Cycling Group:

Monthly meetings: 1st Tuesday of every month, 19.30 (7.30pm) at The Brunswick Inn, Railway Terrace, Derby DE1 2RU. Everyone Welcome. Contact John Stubbs (contact details below) for further information.

Chair and Media Officer: John Stubbs, 65 Otter Street, Derby DE1 3FD. Tel 01332 345942. Email: chair@derbycyclingroup.org.uk

Secretary (Membership): Barbara Rathbone, 5 Regency Close, Littleover, Derby DE23 1TR. Tel 01332 273532. Email: membership@derbycyclinggroup.org.uk

Treasurer: John Palmer, 1 Dovedale Rise, Allestree DE22 2RF. Tel: 01332 559100. Email: treasurer@derbycyclinggroup.org.uk

Webmaster: Alastair Johnson. Email: webmaster@derbycyclinggroup.org.uk