Author: IanD

Interested in becoming a Sustrans volunteer?

Sustrans (the charity responsible for the National Cycle Network,  amongst other things) are currently looking for volunteers in the local area. See the Derby recruitment leaflet for more information. Dan Robertson (the local volunteer co-ordinator) would be happy to explain more about the roles. Contact him on Volunteers-MidsEast@sustrans.org.uk or 07785 27 37 40. Whilst the…
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Infinity Park Link road – very good cycling facilities

The recently opened Infinity Park link road includes some very good provisions for cycling and the contractors / Derby City Council should be congratulated on their work. Each side of the road has a wide cycling / pedestrian path and the crossings over the road for existing cycle routes (e.g. Sinfin Moor Lane and Route…
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View of the Cloud Quarry from the Cloud Trail now visible again

  Cyclists who have visited the Cloud Trail (near Breedon on the Hill) over the last few years are always impressed at the view of the quarry and how small the workers and their massive earth moving machines seem. However, recently the growth of the foliage behind the protective fence (i.e. on the edge of…
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Free bike stands available to organisations in Derby – be quick!

If you are (or know of) an organisation in Derby that could make use of free bike stands then get your application in quickly as a few are available. The stands and delivery are free but the organisation needs to pay for installation. See the this site for full details. The offer is open to…
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Strava Club

A “club” for Derby Cycling Group has been set up on Strava. Any Derby Cycling Group members who are also Strava users are welcome to join the club by visiting www.strava.com/clubs/derbycyclinggroup This could be a useful way of capturing data on the most popular cycling routes in Derby although I am aware that most cyclists…
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New Cyclepath in Darley Fields

As part of the ongoing work for the new flood defences (Our City, Our River), a small stretch of new cyclepath has been laid in Darley Fields and looks very good quality. It is still fenced off at the moment but seems to be an excellent tarmac surface. The new route (only 50-100m) runs from…
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Park Bikeworks

Whilst there has been a lot of local coverage in the press about the closure of the Park Bikeworks cafe and shop, it is perhaps not realised that the free bike parking and showers are still open for all. Full details of the facilities available by emailing parkbikeworks@gmail.com

New Study on the Benefits of Cycling

The Department for Transport have published a new study examining the various different benefits that cycling can provide. The review found that existing methods of appraisal do not incorporate the full extent of economic benefits associated with cycling. The review found these potential benefits: economic growth can result from high density, cycle friendly urban design…
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Where do cyclists cycle in Derby?

One source of data for “which routes do cyclists use” is the Strava data collected for all the users of Strava. Whilst the data cannot be taken as typical of all cycle users in Derby, the results are interesting in showing some of the most popular routes. Note that the data is only up to…
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New member benefit – Discount at Big on Bikes

Another cycle business is offering a discount to DCG members on production of a valid membership card. David Howard and his trained staff at Big on Bikes carry out repairs and servicing of bikes as well as having experience in the delivery of Bikeability courses for schools and voluntary organisations  The discount given is 15%…
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