The recently released Belper Cycle Quality tube map is this week’s feature story in the Belper News.
More details on the tube map can be found by visiting this link.
The Belper News article can be found here.
The map clearly shows the current poor provision for cycling in the Belper area and makes the case for the Derwent Valley Cycleway which would greatly improve the north-south connections.
The Derwent Valley Trust attended the recent celebration of 15 years of the Derwent Valley world heritage site held at Strutts in Belper. There was a steady stream of people discussing the cycleway and the Heritage Way walking route with us and we collected a number of names of people asking to be kept informed of progress on the cycleway.
The Derby Cycling Group (a supporter of the Derwent Valley Cycleway) have published a “tube” map showing the quality of existing cycle routes in the Derby area.
The latest version of the map can be found at https://derbycyclinggroup.org.uk/blog/map/
Of particular interest to the Derwent Valley Cycleway is the obvious lack of adequate cycling provision in the north of the city and to Belper (red ratings). The Derwent Valley Cycleway will provide a high quality route linking Belper to Derby and change the ratings on the map to blue.
The Derwent Valley Trust has requested interested organisations to submit Expressions of Interest in bidding to deliver a study on the feasibility of the proposed Derwent Valley Cycleway. Subsequent to considering the companies expressing interest, a shortlist will be asked to tender for the work of delivering the study and a preferred organisation is expected to be selected by June 2017.
The document asking for Expressions of Interest can be found here.
After delivery of the study, we expect to have detailed costing information and plans which can be used to apply for the significant funds needed for the whole project.
The Derby City Parks department are presenting proposals for the construction of a multi-user path through Darley Park on the west side of the River Derwent (joining the Abbey pub with the rowing clubs). This route will provide a great route for the Derwent Valley Cycleway linking the historic Darley Abbey village (and pub) with the rest of the route.
The Parks department are holding a consultation session on both Friday 12th and Saturday 13th (10am to 2pm) by the Darley Park cafe and it would be very useful for interested individuals to provide their input and to complete the consultation forms. The poster about the consultation can be found here
3 options for the route are under consideration and can be seen on the map here
Visitors will be asked to provide their views by completing the form here and by discussion. If people are unable to attend the organised times they can provide input by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The planned path will provide many benefits to walkers, disabled users, and cyclists and we hope as many people as possible are able to provide positive feedback on the plans.
Please attend the consultation or, if not possible, then please provide your input by email.
When discussing the Derwent Valley Cycleway with people, we often hear that more people would like to cycle but don’t have the confidence or experience to cycle on the existing roads. Building the Derwent Valley Cycleway will greatly help people get out on their bikes but in the meantime, Derbyshire County Council offer the County Rider scheme that provides 1:1 training for all types of riders (from the inexperienced to expert). Most people taking up the offer will be new or inexperienced riders who need help to build up their skills and confidence.
Free to people who live, work or study in Derbyshire. See this link for more details and to apply. I’d suggest doing this sooner rather than later as this is the kind of initiative that is increasingly being cut as funds become tighter.
Derby Museums have recently been successful in adding two paintings by Joseph Wright to their collection. These show views of the Derwent Valley (Masson Mill and Willersley Castle) that will be visible from the proposed Derwent Valley Cycleway.
The paintings can be viewed at Derby Museum Looking forward to seeing the same views from the cycleway as the project proceeds.
Whilst not directly connected with the Derwent Valley Cycleway Project, readers may be interested in supporting the campaign for better cycling facilities in Derby and can register their support by signing the petition here.
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
- reduced infrastructure maintenance costs
- cycle parking allows 5 times more retail spend than the same space for car parking
- cycle friendly neighbourhoods can have greater retail spend
The study can be found here
Derbyshire County Council are making good progress in constructing the multi-user path north of Matlock that will connect the Derwent Valley Cycleway with the Monsal Trail.
Those who enjoyed the “slow TV” season recently on TV (reindeer herding, canal boat sailing) should visit Les Sims’ video of the route which can be found here and which shows the route from Churchtown to Rowsley.