Plan to make Derbyshire the cycling capital of the UK unveiled at Derby’s velodrome

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A 15-YEAR plan to make Derbyshire the cycling centre of the country has been launched at Derby Arena.

Health, fitness, transport and tourism have all been considered for the programme, which will transform services in the county between now and 2030.

The document has been drawn up by the county’s authorities and cycling organisations and was unveiled at an event at Derby Arena inside the velodrome.

Paracyclist Katie Toft was at the event and said she was impressed by the strategy.

Miss Toft, 22, of High Peak, suffers from cerebral palsy and was inspired to start cycling after watching Sir Bradley Wiggins in the Tour de France and Olympics in 2012.

“For me, it started as a way of getting from home to the shops,” she said. “I struggled with my walking and this made it easier. I watched the cycling in 2012 and thought, ‘Why can’t I go for the Paralympics?’.”

Miss Toft now trains six days a week, including once a week at the arena and she hopes the strategy will make the sport more accessible to others with disabilities.


Joel Lavery, manager for British Cycling Partnerships, said the plan would have been completed when all parts of the county were linked by bike routes.

He said: “We want someone to be able to be dropped off on the train and get on their bike and just be able to ride seamlessly through the cities and countryside. If that’s achieved then we know we have made it.”

Matt Easter of Sustrans, a national sustainable transport charity, said it was good that the plan had been made but it was also important to make sure the money was spent correctly.

He added: “It’s about getting visitors to go to the iconic super-routes in the countryside and getting people in the city to ride to work.”

Peter Richardson, of D2N2 – the local enterprise partnership for Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire – added: “I’m delighted to see here in the strategy’s aims that they have taken aspects from our plan and made them work locally.”

This plan was developed by the Derbyshire Cycling Plan Strategic Group.

This is made up of: Derbyshire Sport, Derby City Council, Derbyshire County Council, the county’s district councils, the University of Derby, British Cycling, Sustrans, Peak District National Park Authority and the National Forest Company.


THE Derbyshire Cycling Plan aims to improve cycling in the county across four main areas.

These include infrastructure connectivity, increasing participation, effective communication and marketing, and advocacy.

The strategy has been put in place to turn Derbyshire into the best cycling county in England between now and 2030.

Some of the main aims include:

Collective lobbying of government to ensure that funding is made available for delivery of this plan through the government walking and cycling infrastructure strategy.

Communicating a clear cycling journey from learning to ride to cycling regularly for active travel, leisure and sport and promoting key messages to encourage journeys of less than five miles to be taken by bike.

Establishing an effective cycling marketing network, which works to deliver shared priorities and maximises investment.

Cycling ‘champions’ will be identified throughout the system. They will act as ambassadors across all sectors and help to make a bigger impact because of their position or personality.

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