Derby Cycling Group Newsletter, October 2006


1 Cycle Derby

Stan Werbinski (Road Safety and TravelWise Manager, Derby City Council) and Bella Stewart (Cycle Derby Project Co-ordinator, Derby City Council) write: Since the establishment of Derby as a Cycle Demonstration Town in November 2005, the following has been achieved:

For further information on CycleDerby please contact Stan Werbinski,, Tony Gasgoine, or Bella Stewart, Or visit:

2 Derby Cycle Forum, 21 September 2006 - Report from Alan Locke

Blockage of the cycle path at Deadmans Lane: The issue of land ownership is still under investigation but it seems that the land may be owned by British Gas, not Network Rail as first thought. This should facilitate negotiations for the (re)opening of this route. The investigation is continuing.

Gateway Centre (Just off the Pentagon Roundabout): It is intended that the future development of the building will be as a cycle training development centre. To this end they have a grant of 200,000 plus match funding and have taken on the services of a project development manger, Simon Brown, to further this aim. The long term intentions are to use the centre as:

  1. a clubhouse for cycle clubs
  2. a place to give wheeled theme projects for adult new starters and to the very young or inexperienced cyclist.
  3. a place for a bike recycling scheme, including a cycle retail and a cycle hire facility.

There is also an intention to build a cycle track linking the Gateway Centre to the Sustans National Cycle Route (NCR) 66, which runs nearby. All these initiatives taken together would turn the venue into a recognised "Gateway" into the Peak district.

3 Riverside Cycle Path at the Derby Silk Mill - re-opened at last!!

Finally, after being closed for about 4 years the Riverside Cycle Path at the Derby Silk Mill has been reopened. In case you don't believe it, here are two photographs, taken on Sunday 1st October, to prove it:
The Derby Cycling Group express its thanks to the Maintenance Department of Derby City Council for securing this re-opening in the face of some difficult negotiations with English Heritage.

For any other specific issues regarding the state cycling infrastructure in Derby and which you feel should be brought to the attention of the Derby Cycling Forum, please forward them to

4 Events:

I CycleDerby Events

There are some major cycling events coming up in Derby, the first of which marks the official launch of CycleDerby on Saturday 14th October. For more details, see: or telephone Bella Stewart, CycleDerby co-ordinator on 01332 715054.

II Second East Midlands Regional Cycling Event on Saturday 11 November 2006, Nottingham

Following the inaugural East Midlands Regional Cycle meeting in Derby on 6th May, Pedals (Nottingham Cycling Campaign) invites people to register for the next meeting will be held from 11.30 to 3pm on Saturday 11th November at: The Globe Inn, 152 London Road, Nottingham, NG2 3BQ (Nottingham Station, 0.6 miles).,338515&st=4&ar=Y
The event will include two presentations:-

  1. by Hugh McClintock on Pedals experience of campaigning in Nottingham over the last 27 years
  2. an update on the Cycle Derby Project from Bella Stewart of Derby City Council.

For those coming with bicycles, the presentations will be followed by a two hour guided cycle tour of some of the cycle facilities in the south of Nottingham. For those that can stay on a bit longer, there will be final informal wind-up discussion back at The Globe. Because of venue size, there is a limit of 50 spaces so if interested in coming please email as soon as possible to: giving your:

To help catering arrangements we are arranging in advance a buffet lunch at The Globe for which there will be a charge of 5 a head. Please note that we must have payment for this not later than Monday 30 October so that we can confirm arrangements with the pub. Those who register but have not paid by that date risk having their registrations cancelled as we will then allocate any spare places to any people on our waiting list. We expect heavy demand for places so early registration and payment are both strongly advised!

We much look forward to seeing you then. Do please help pass on these details to anyone else you think may be interested! Cheques should be made payable to Pedals and send not later than Monday 30 October to Hugh McClintock, 162 Musters Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham, NG2 7AA. Tel. (0115) 981 6206. email:

5 AGM postponed

Since the Derby Cycling Group is hosting the national CTC/CCN conference on Saturday 19th /Sunday 20th May 2007, it has been decided to postpone the AGM, originally planned for Tuesday 15th May. The new date is Tuesday 5th June 2007, 19.00, (7pm), at the Friends' Meeting House, St Helen's Street, Derby DE1 3GY.

6 Cycling and the national press

Cycling issues frequently appear in the national press and, it has to be said, cycling does not always appear in a very positive light. If you come across anything from the national, or international, press that you think might be of interest to cyclists, please send us the web-link and we will considered it for the newsletter. Meanwhile for starters, Zoe Williams in the Guardian of 13th September writes:,,329575266-103390,00.html

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