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Cyclists as Trunk Road users

Today I attended my second meeting of the “East Midlands Road Users and Environment Committee” of the Highways Agency (HA) in Leicester on behalf of Derby Cycling Group.  This is a way that the Highways Agency, that oversees the trunk road network, liaises with non-motorised users of its network – including cyclists, pedestrians and horse-riders.  Today’s…
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The Big Pedal 2012

Aimed at all schools in the UK, The Big Pedal is back and this time it promises to be bigger and better than ever before. The organisers have made some improvements to the race – including the participation of scooters! The race is open to every school in the UK and takes place between 5-23…
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Liveable Streets and Suffragettes

The Liveable Streets website (based in the US) contains a lot of videos including one on the recent Suffragettes and Cycling event in Leicester.

Folding cycles on buses

I regularly take a folded Brompton onto buses in Derby and Nottingham and, until recently, have always found it really easy. However, a couple of recent episodes have caused me problems. These were: I was evicted from the Medilink service (between the 2 hospitals in Nottingham) as the driver said “bikes (folded or not) are…
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Cycle Infrastructure Design

A Department of Transport document exists here which gives a lot of guidance on how cycle facilities should be provided.

Derby Neighbourhood Forums

Derby City Council hold regular Forums to gain feedback from local people on the issues that matter most to them. Details on the planned meetings are here A great way to engage in local democracy and have an influence. Go and argue the case for cycling at a local level. Even better get on the…
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East Midlands Trains Stakeholder Conference

I will be meeting East Midlands Trains at their Conference on Friday, 4 November 2011. Short notice, I know, but if anyone has views on the service East Midlands Trains provide for cyclists then please add your comments below and I will take them to the meeting.

A New Barrier

At Shelton Lock a new school is being built, and an access road has been constructed crossing the nearby Cycle Path. The photograph was taken on NCN Route 6 between Alvaston and Shelton Lock, looking towards Derby, with the school to the right and Jubilee Road to the left. There is  a man controlling the…
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Traffic Signs policy paper

The government have published a document detailing a new policy for traffic signs (93 pages of bedtime reading!). There is some interesting content regarding cycling including the approval of the contraflow cycling sign (for allowing cycling the wrong way down one way streets). Full report can be downloaded from here.

The Bike Show 2011

The Bike Show has previously been held in London, but for 2011 moved to the NEC, so worth a visit to see where the future lies for we cyclists. Most of the big names were in attendance but not, surprisingly, Brompton, Cateye, Birdy or Dahon. Lots of inovative designs, many using materials other than the…
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