PEDALS Newsletter No. 84
CONTACTS Spring/Summer 2007
Pedals internet address Pedals Webmaster:
Alistair Morgan: 17, Grimston Road,
(Including downloadable membership form!)
Nottingham NG7 5QX.
Chairman and Newsletter Editor: Hugh McClintock,
SERVICES, HELP AND INFORMATION:
162 Musters Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham NG2
7AA, tel. (0115) 981 6206. NEW email: CYCLE ROUTE LEAFLETS AND OTHER
Vacant: offers welcome please!
See the Cycling Pages of the County Council
Rural Rides programme
Treasurer: Susan Young, tel. (0115) 928 9139, email:
celebrates 21 years!
(traffic and travel - cycling)
Dave Morris, 21 Bowers Avenue, Nottingham NG3 4DJ,
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Acknowledgement: Nottingham Evening Post
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Vacant: offers welcome please! Steve Brewer, Sustainable Transport Officer,
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Council’s Rural Rides programme, in which many Pedals members
162 Musters Road,
Doctor Bike Coordinator: have acted as volunteer leaders, on rides which have been enjoyed by
Peter Osborne, tel. (0115) 989 0632
(H), (0115) 974 7474,
Nottingham,NG2 7AA thousands throughout the county.
email: email@example.com or tel. (0115) 981 6206 However, the Rural rides programme was in fact started by Pedals in the
(w) firstname.lastname@example.org email: Hugh.McClintock@ntlworld.com summer of 1983, with a programme of 6 rides organised by David Law and
Steve Parry (the original instigators of the Great Nottinghamshire Bike Ride
in 1982, it should also be mentioned!)
Dates for your Diary
– Come and join us!
Pedals monthly meetings are held on the third Monday of each month in the top
room of The Globe PH on the London Road and Rye Hill Street, just north of Trent
Bridge, at the edge of The Meadows, with a different pattern and timing in the
winter and summer months.
Meetings in April and May start at 8.30 p.m. and the June and July meetings at 9
p.m., preceded by a mini-ride leaving from the top of Queen’s Bridge Road
(opposite Nottingham Station) at 7 p.m.
Rural Rides 2006
Within 3 years it was clear that the free
Rural rides programme was very popular
and we welcomed the offer by the County
Council, already running a Guided Walks
programme, to take on the Cycle Rides
and develop those as well.
Within a few years the programme had been
extended to cover the whole county, including
the Newark and Mansfield / Ashfield areas,
with a wider range of volunteers to help lead
them, including people from CTC and the
County Council’s own staff.
New volunteers to lead rides are always
welcome and basic training e.g. on first
aid and leading rides is provided by the
The programme has become very
popular, with a wide range of rides
appealing to many people including those
who rarely get their bikes out and for
whom cycling even 10 miles is a great Wheely Big Cyclists’ Breakfast 2006
achievement. The rides have a friendly
informal atmosphere and normally Pedals monthly meetings: Other meetings/events:
Guided Rides 2007
include a pub stop for those who wish. • Monday 21 May (8.30 p.m.) Saturday 19 May
Many thanks to all those who have helped over the years to make this programme so CTC and Cycle Campaigns Network
• Monday 18 June (9 p.m.)
successful and including the stalwart efforts of several people at the County Council such Autumn Conference, Derby
as Pete Jarman and Steve Jones. Long may they continue to provide so much enjoyment! • Monday 16 July (9 p.m.) Hosted by Derby Cycling Campaign
• Monday 20 August – Ride only – • Details from John Stubbs, DCG,
• Rural rides brochures for 2007 should be available from local cycle shops and no business meeting this month email: J.Stubbs@derby.ac.uk
libraries. The programme can also be downloaded from the County Council’s • booking form at:
website at: www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/ruralrides2007.pdf • Monday 17 September (7.30 p.m.) www.derbycyclinggroup.org.uk
Saturday 23 June:
Third meeting of the East Midlands
Cycling Forum, Leicester (a new network
of local cycle campaigners in the region).
• Details from John Stubbs, Derby
email: J.Stubbs@derby.ac.uk or
Hugh McClintock, Pedals (details at rear)
or Andy Salkeld,
Sunday 24 June:
Great Nottinghamshire Bike Ride
entry forms available from local libraries
Wheely Big Cyclists’ Breakfast 2006 and cycle shops and from the
Monday 4 June: Nottinghamshire County Council website
Mass cycle ride to work, Nottingham, home/leisure/l-cycling/bikeride.htm
organised by Ridewise
• details from Graham Hubbard, Ridewise, Saturday 1 September: 10.00:
Halfway to Hucknall Ride and meet-up
11-15 June: linking the Nottingham and Sheffield tram
systems, organised by Sheffield Pedal
Velo-City International Cycling Pushers and Sheffield CTC in collaboration
Conference, Munich, organised by the with Pedals, with a gathering at the
European Cycling Federation, Munich City Teversal Visitor Centre
Council and the German Federal Ministry
• Details from Susan Young (Pedals) on
of Transport, Building and Urban Affairs –
(07963) 269159 or
• Details at www.velo-city2007.com Simon Geller, (Sheffield Pedal Pushers),
16-24 June Bike Week
-details at www.bikeweek.org.uk/
including Thursday 21 June: Wheely Big
Cyclists’ Breakfast, in the newly
revamped Old Market Square, organised
by Nottingham City Council and The Big
• Details from Jeremy Prince, City Council,
Wheely Big Cyclists’ Breakfast 2006
Highway design claims –
an obstacle course!
Rebecca Firmin, Nelsons
Since my last article I have been asked to A claim was made to the local authority. As a cautionary note, you should be aware Rebecca Firmin is an Associate Solicitor at
comment upon the status of consultations I alleged that it was in breach of the that generally cases where the negligent Nelsons in Nottingham, part of a dedicated
carried out by the local authority (with Highways Act 1980 as it had failed to design of a highway is cited as the only team of personal injury lawyers with a
organisations such as Pedals) relating to maintain the cycle path in accordance with cause of an accident are notoriously difficult national profile currently handling over 5,000
changes to road layouts etc. its duties and the cycle path’s design had to prove. In this case, the design of the claims for a wide range of injuries from
contributed to the accident circumstances. track was poor but more importantly there accidents on the road or at work, through to
My views were canvassed as to whether or
was also evidence that there had been a clinical negligence or criminal injuries. She
not, if advice was ignored about a hazard Liability was denied by the Council’s
failure to reasonably maintain the highway. can be contacted on (0115) 9895259.
following consultation, and an individual representative who asserted that my client
subsequently suffered an injury, a local was the author of her own misfortune and
authority would be liable to pay had failed to take appropriate care when
compensation. riding along the path. He went on to
confirm that no problems or accidents
I have acted for a client who was injured
had been reported in the 4 years prior
when using the cycle path on Castle
to the accident.
Boulevard. Many of you may know that the
design of the Castle Boulevard cycle track It was at this point that I was introduced to
as it was in 2000, required a cyclist to Hugh McClintock, whose assistance was
effectively follow a slalom around the right invaluable. He provided information
hand side of various mature trees on the
route towards the city centre.
showing that the authority had been aware
of the dangerous state of the cycle path,
The Bad and the Good (News)
My client was unaware of this, as there due to the encroaching tree roots and poor
It was decided at the AGM to not only We will keep you fully informed as these
were parked cars in between the trees design, for a number of years before the
raise subscriptions, but to change our bank changes are implemented but at the
masking her view and no signs to indicate accident.
to one with more ethical credentials in moment there is no need to do anything.
any alternative route. She therefore Hugh gave me documentation prepared by keeping with Pedals’ aims. The raise is I urge those who pay annually to do so
attempted to cycle through a narrow gap Pedals as part of their ongoing campaign necessary due to current rates becoming promptly please and if at all possible to
between the left hand side of a tree and to improve cycle routes around Nottingham uneconomic as it is over the five years begin to pay by standing order – it makes
the edge of the pedestrian pathway. As she between 1990 and 2000. These included since we last raised our subs. it much easier for our membership
did so, her wheel caught in uneven tarmac letters to Councillors, newspaper articles secretary who like most of us prefers to be
(due to tree roots) and she was propelled and local transport plan submissions, all PEDALS has also seen a fall in out cycling!
over the handlebars. She suffered made before my client’s accident. membership, dwindling sales and less
lacerations to her face, causing scarring. Apparently, funding had been allocated to from donations, partly due to having New membership rates
improve the cycle track around 18 months insufficient people to run stalls at local (from 2008 for existing members):
before, but works had not started. events. Any volunteers to help with this Family £12;
will be warmly welcomed or indeed, let Individual £9;
This was clear evidence that the local
us have any new ideas you may have as Concessions £7
authority was aware of the problems with
to how to raise our profile and
the track a long time before the accident
happened. I was able to point this out to
the local authority and after some debate,
The rise in subs will not however take Susan (Treasurer)
compensation was paid to my client for her
place for current members until 2008.
injuries and financial losses.
This is to give us time to change our bank
and complete the necessary administration.
Raising the Profile of
Cycling in Nottingham
– an Update
In the last issue we commented on the significant decline in the attention given to Improvements More vigilance!
cycling in Nottingham in the last 3-4 years, particularly shown in the often very Meanwhile, as we also report below, there We also intend to be more vigilant in
inadequate consideration given to the needs of cyclists in many recent major have been several welcome improvements ensuring that cyclists’ needs are
transport projects such as The Turning Point and the Old Market Square in recent months for cyclists in Nottingham. addressed more carefully in future major
redevelopment, to name just a few examples. Although not perfect from the point of projects such as the redevelopment of the
Following a presentation in January on the Pedals perspective to the City Council’s view of all cyclists we feel these are Inner Ring Road on the east side of the
Sustainability, Regeneration and Infrastructure Scrutiny Panel, reported in our last broadly beneficial. They include changes City Centre (Parliament Street etc.) the
issue, an Action Plan has been promised for this summer, on what is being done to to the Castle Road / Castle Hill cycle cut Broad Marsh redevelopment and
address the many issues we raised. through, and on Castle Boulevard and extension, and the “Ring Road Major
Forest Road East. Scheme” involving a series of changes to
Action Plan - New momentum? Strong Pedals support for new the Outer Ring Road (Middleton Boulevard,
pedestrian-cycle bridge proposals Valley Road etc.) north of Derby Road.
To help develop new momentum in getting
cycling to feature more prominently in City Pedals has particularly welcomed the Broad Marsh and Carrington Street
transport issues we are now working City Council’s proposal to revive the idea changes
more closely with Ridewise and the of creating a pedestrian and cycle
As part of the Broad Marsh redevelopment
Greater Nottingham Transport bridge between Clifton Grove and
and extension a new bus/LRT interchanges
Partnership (“The Big Wheel”) and a Beeston Rylands for which they have
is to be built astride the NET viaduct at the
cycle route development group is to be been shortlisted for funding under the
bottom of Middle Hill, combined with a
set up, involving several people outside the Sustrans Connect 3 national bid for lottery
diversion of Middle Hill to the east of the
City Council, to give a more strategic funding.
viaduct. We shall be pressing for this to
approach to local cycle route development. The Castle Hill cut-through (see photo) now is
To help address the fears about the take more account of cycling than in the
wider and is smoother, with new signs. This
This will include the closer involvement of possible increased risk of crime and present ‘tram cycle bypass’ below
forms part of a useful quiet (if hilly!) cut-
Sustrans East Midlands who in any case vandalism from such a bridge Pedals in Weekday Cross.
through for cyclists between Castle Boulevard,
are keen to dovetail their plans for January organised a special meeting in
The Ropewalk and Canning Circus, and we Before this major redevelopment and
extending National Cycle Network Route Lenton of all the main interested parties
would like to see further signs to promote the disruption starts on the south side of the
15 across the south of the county between from Clifton and Beeston, including the
whole route, as well as signs to the connecting City Centre, probably next year, there will
Newark, West Bridgford, Clifton and Castle Police and the City and Broxtowe Councils.
routes across the City Centre, e.g. via the be 3 months of disruption from June to
Donington with plans by The Big Wheel, Further public consultation, on a wider Castlegate toucan crossing. September this summer with strengthening
the local authorities and others to extend basis, is now going ahead, starting in of the Carrington Street bridge outside
the much publicised Big Track walking and Clifton (see below) and with close Pedals Nottingham station. This will require half of
cycling route on the canal and riverside involvement in what we see as the vital the road to be closed at a time, for about 6
paths launched last summer. exercise of gaining wider public support for weeks each. The cycling provision will be
Pedals has been working closely with this important major project, of great reinstated, with some further
Sustrans on this and a number of other potential benefit to both commuter and improvements, we hope.
issues including getting good cycling leisure cyclists and walkers.
Access to the cycle stands in the Porte
provision as part of the A453 (Clifton to
Cochere area at the front of the Station will
M1) and A46 (Newark to Widmerpool)
still be possible during this period, we are
Trunk Road upgrading schemes.
assured, but you might sometimes have to
carry your bike to get to the stands!
Here’s The Good News
Reports Dave Morris
Poorly-designed cycle facilities are a Short of waiting all day for a gap, the best Castle Boulevard: Cycle Lanes We all know that simply painting a few lines
common complaint amongst cycle option was to filter onto Forest Road and on the road in isolation does little to help
advocates everywhere. We’ve all seen ride straight to the front, but the resulting cyclists. But when local facilities are well-
them- Those bits of cycle lane that go negative vibes from vexed motorists would designed and contribute to improving the
nowhere or are blocked by a phone box be enough to melt the back of your helmet wider strategic network they make our
that the designers somehow overlooked. as you sat at the head of the queue. journeys quicker, safer and more enjoyable.
Warrington Cycling Campaign show some And when the lights turned green you’d Their visible presence also signals that
infamous examples on their website and know all about it. Now, the lead-in lane and cyclists are legitimate road users.
Wolves on Wheels award the “Chocolate ASL mean not only is it easy to bypass the With winter turning to spring, the sight of
Chainring” for Wolverhampton’s worst. queue but there’s a highly visible bike logo more people using their bikes to stay
Over the years, Nottingham too has seen a to support such a manoeuvre, which healthy whilst dodging the tailbacks might
few local oddities. But, just as one poorly- definitely gets the message across and help turn the thoughts of frustrated
designed section can blight an entire route, helps reduce the subsequent “revenge commuters towards cycling as a positive
so a well-conceived scheme can greatly overtaking” when the lights turn green. Lastly, what about Castle Boulevard? The transport choice. And surely that’s what
improve life for cyclists. old shared-use pedestrian/cycle path was we’re all about?
As local campaigners, we’re often quick to a classic example of a well-intentioned
Mansfield Road: Bus Lanes scheme that was, in practice, confusing for
criticise but our role should also be to
encourage good practice, so maybe a bit of The busy Sherwood section of Mansfield users and slower than staying on the road.
praise is in order when things go to plan. Here Road has recently seen an extension of the Along one side it weaved around the trees
are a few recent examples that get my vote: bus lanes in both directions. Personally, I and on the other there were regular
love cycling in bus lanes. OK, a slight ambushes (collective noun) of signposts
exaggeration, but where else do you get a and street furniture. In my opinion (yours
Forest Road: Advance Stop Line 4-metre wide lane along a strategic route might differ) the new on-road cycle lanes
that’s free of cars, kerbs, wheeliebins and are a vast improvement.
“Cyclists Dismount” signs?
For those not familiar with the “hierarchy of
Motorists tend to stay out of them, even if cycle infrastructure”, this re-allocation of
they’re only enforced at peak times; Bus existing road-space to cyclists is the preferred
drivers are generally very considerate when option (unless traffic volume and speeds are
overtaking; even where off-peak parking is very high), with the former shared-use
permitted, there’s space within the bus approach seen as a last resort. Like the Forest PS. Editor’s footnote.
lane to pass safely. Road ASL, the new bike lane markings The changes to the cycle facilities on
Personally, I think they make a big influence the behaviour and road-positioning Castle Boulevard, including a new
contribution to safe cycling on direct (but of motorists, so it’s usually possible to swoop toucan crossing by the Castle Bridge
often busy) main routes, particularly if I’m unhindered past queuing traffic. Road junction, opposite the eastern
I usually ride home up North Sherwood slowly inching back from Sherwood laden They’re also wide enough to avoid getting end of the canal towpath from Grove
Street, avoiding the parallel Mansfield with groceries – a situation where sharing “doored” by vehicles in the adjacent Road, were completed at the end of
Road and then turn up Forest Road/ space with fast-moving vehicles can parking bays, so it’s useful to take my March. We would welcome other
Mapperley Road. During the evening peak, otherwise be unnerving. Ridewise trainees on this route to test their members’ comments please!
the traffic on Forest Road queues past the Stage 3 decision-making and awareness in
exit from North Sherwood Street. moving traffic streams.
Proposed Clifton to Beeston The Big Track – Nottingham’s
Foot and Cycle Bridge Waterside Car Free Route
- An update from Jenny Kukan, - an update from Keith Morgan,
Nottingham City Council Nottingham City Council
In October 2006 the City Council submitted • To build on the existing cycling and The Big Track is a 10-mile circular route
an expression of interest to the cycling walking infrastructure including the Big that is great for commuting and leisure.
charity Sustrans as part of their Track, Trent Valley Way and Route 6 of The Track is made up of the paths along
“Connect2” project competing for a single the National Cycle Network the Trent and Canal between Trent Bridge
grant of £50 million from the National and Beeston Lock. The route can be used
Lottery Peoples Millions. Sustrans If Sustrans are successful in their bid to the by cyclists and walkers and provides an
Connect2 projects must overcome barriers National Lottery, the bridge would start to attractive off road alternative to reach
between communities and help them move be built in 2008 and be opened in 2010. We employers such as Boots, the Inland
around in a more sustainable way, for think this is a really exciting idea but nothing Revenue as well as the City Centre.
example by walking and cycling more often has been finalised as yet and we do need to
hear what people have to say on both sides There are many places to move on and off
especially for local journeys. the track with plenty to see and do on the
of the river. Why not come along to any of
Our idea is to build a foot and cycle bridge the exhibitions and find out more. way including the Attenborough Nature
across the River Trent between Clifton and Centre and there are plenty of places to stop
Beeston, just downstream of Beeston Weir. for food and drink. With all these attractions
To give people in Clifton a chance to tell us it means the route can be used in its entirety
Pedals strongly supports the proposed or as a means of getting from A to B.
what they think about the idea a number of
bridge and we would very much encourage
exhibitions were held in late April. We are The Big Track is already open and free for
members to visit the exhibitions, and/or
also planning to hold a number of everyone to use but over the next 3 year’s Next year it is planned to upgrade the
download the leaflet from the City Council
exhibitions at Beeston in June. over half a million pounds will be invested bridge at Castle Marina for safer use by
website and express their support, as well
in the route due to funding from emda and both cyclists and walkers. There are also
Why do we want to build the bridge? as encouraging other people and
the Greater Nottingham Partnership with plans for the Big Track to be adopted as
organisations to do the same.
financial and project support also coming part of the Sustrans Regional Network
• To help move sustainable transport from the City and County Councils, British
forward (walking and cycling) Waterways, Broxtowe Borough Council • The Big Track forms part of the Trent
STOP PRESS River Park project which aims to
and the Big Wheel.
• To support Local Transport Plan To our great disappointment we have just promote the route of the river as a
objectives, for example reduce learned that Sustrans has now decided Over the next few months there will be regeneration corridor. For more
congestion, improve accessibility, not to include this scheme in the final list of improvements made to the direction signs information on this and the schemes
improve road safety, improve air quality 79 Connect2 projects submitted to the Big with a distinctive branding added to enable that form it please see:
and quality of life Lottery Fund for a live television vote and people to easily find their way. There will www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/brochure_
decision this autumn, apparently because of also be a new map and a podcast of final_version_nov_05.pdf
• To help encourage people to cycle and concerns about the level of local support. interesting historical facts along the route
walk more often, more of the time available soon. • Look out for the soon to be reissued Big
Pedals and the City Council had been Track booklet with map and podcast:
• To provide an important cycling and working hard recently to build up this Later this year the river path between the www.thebigwheel.org
walking link for both commuting and backing but there now seems no chance of Nottingham University playing pitches and
this project going ahead in the foreseeable Beeston Lock will be widened and • For more information please contact:
future, we much regret, despite the many resurfaced and improvements made under Keith Morgan – (0115) 915 5054,
very welcome pledges of support. Clifton Bridge. email: email@example.com
New Mansfield and A Missing Drain Cover
Ashfield cycle map by Cathy Melia
A new County Council cycling Back in October, whilst cycling home from I completed the three page “Public
map has just been published for work in West Bridgford, I was thrown from Highway Incident Report Form”, explaining
central Nottinghamshire, covering my bike when my front wheel went down a the circumstances of the accident,
Ashfield, Mansfield and the hidden ‘hole’ in Bridgford Road, caused by including a sketch of the accident site and
western part of Newark & a missing drain cover. It wasn’t apparent photos of the damaged basket
Sherwood district. One side of the that the drain cover was missing as it had (recommended by Notts CC). Notts CC
map has an overview of cycling been raining heavily during the day and so replied to say that the authority is required
facilities in the area and the other a very large puddle had formed, covering to have in place an adequate system of
has comprehensive maps of about half the width of the road, because inspection and maintenance. They claimed
Mansfield, Sutton in Ashfield and the drain was blocked. that the area where this incident took place
Kirkby in Ashfield town centres. Luckily, apart from being very shaken up is on a monthly inspection cycle, and was
The map is the second in a series and sustaining a cut thumb, I was last inspected three days prior to my fall
of four new more detailed maps uninjured. Initially, I thought my bike was when no actionable defect was reported.
covering the whole County - the OK, as the wheels still went round and so I So, in the circumstances they felt that they
next will be Newark area, which was able to cycle home. My main concern had complied with their obligations and no
will be published in late 2007. at this point was to alert Notts County liability could be attached to them (i.e. they
The first map, Cycling in Council to the danger of this hole in the were unable to make any payment).
Bassetlaw, was published atthe road. Besides the dangers to other road I wrote to Notts CC asking whether their
end of 2006. users, I was concerned that if a pedestrian inspection was just for the integrity of the
Cycling in Mansfield and Ashfield had stepped off the pavement at this point, highway surface, or if it included testing for
is now available from Tourist then they could quite easily have been the free running of the drain in question, as
Information Centres, libraries, seriously injured. they had not made this clear. If the drain
council offices and bike shops A day or so later, I realised that the front had been free flowing, then there would
throughout the mapped area. wire basket on my bike was damaged by not have been the huge puddle and I
this accident and needed replacing. I then would probably have seen (and avoided)
• A version for downloading is the hazard. Notts CC replied that they
contacted Notts CC again explaining that I
available on the County would have dealt with the surface of the
wished to claim for a new basket. I had to
Council website: highway, including all manhole covers,
make another two phone calls to chase up
www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/ gully lids and grates, but that Notts CC
the non-arrival of the claim form that they
home/ traffic_and_travel/ were not responsible for checking that
said they had sent; each time I was passed
traffictravel-cycling/ each drain is free flowing.
around from department to department
within Notts CC, with a record of talking to At this point, I decided to give up with this
• Copies can also be requested four different people before being cut-off. claim! However, it does leave me with the
by on (0115) 977 4585 In case anyone else wants to put in a claim question, “Who is responsible for checking
or by e-mail to: for this area, the correct contact is the the free flowing of drains in the highway?”.
firstname.lastname@example.org Highways South Admin Team
(0115) 878 6005!
Pedals comments on Draft New East Midlands rail
County Council Rights of Way franchise: cycling issues
Improvement Plan In cooperation with other East Midlands
cycling groups, through the new East
We have also been supporting the CTC
Get cycling on track campaign, launched
As we go to press Pedals comments on Summary of countryside users’ Midlands Cycling Forum, and also via the at the end of March encouraging every
the County Council’s Draft Rights of Way key needs: Cyclists (para. 4.12.4.) East Midlands Regional Assembly Transport cyclist automatically to email their MP,
Improvement Plan are being finalised, in Group we have been pressing DfT Rail for a urging him or her to support better cycle-
• Improved road safety where rights of
consultation with the Notts CTC. better deal for cyclists as part of the new rail integration.
way exit and connect with other
East Midlands Rail Franchise, to take over Helping to launch the campaign, CTC
At the start of its preparation there was an bridleways and cycle tracks
on 11 November from Central Trains and President and journalist, Jon Snow, said:
extensive period of consultation with • Good surfaced route and adequate Midlands Main Line.
different users and their needs are being width (for average cyclist and family) “Cycling and rail travel are perfect partners.
taken into account in the new draft plans. We want to see more extensive and reliable The combination provides a ‘doorstep-to-
For cyclists this needs have been • Challenging routes relating to surface arrangements for carrying bikes on trains destination’ option for longer-distance
summarised from the survey as:- and topography for the mountain biker and also more extensive and more secure journeys which might otherwise be possible
• Increased maintenance and enforcement and well-promoted and managed bike only by car. It is also a really simple way to
parking at stations. set about tackling a whole range of problems
The East Midlands franchise is not required all in one go: obesity, air pollution,
to include a cyclists' consultative group, congestion and climate change to name but
Pedals help needed but in line with best practice, we have also
been pressing DfT Rail to agree to
encourage the franchisee to include such a
a few. So I'd urge you to visit
ctc.org.uk/cyclerail and follow the
instructions from there. Remember this is a
to boost Ridewise group as is now the case elsewhere, e.g.
as recently agreed for Northern Trains.
‘once in 30 years’ opportunity to influence
Government policy on this vital issue. Please
training take up get emailing - every message counts!”
An appeal from Gary Smerdon-White
GOEM Cycling and Health
Task Force gets underway
Pedals is involved in the new Cycling stressing that both Ridewise and Pedals
RideWise, the local Cycle training social A large part of 2006/7 funding was used to and Health Task Force being promoted wish to get Nottingham City Council
enterprise is presently training around 200 train more instructors so people would not by the Government Office of the East equally involved in future.
adults a year. Increasingly there is be disappointed if we could not meet Midlands (GOEM), Helen Ross of
corporate business from organisations like demand – but demand has not developed There was also a presentation from Kevin
Nottingham PCT and Sarah Bowles of Mayne, CTC Director on their Active Travel
St John’s Ambulance, local PCTs and as planned. Sport England (East Midlands Office).
private companies; also a number of Consortium Plans. Nick Cavill, health
So if you can get someone to want the The second meeting took place in March advisor to Cycling England, is also taking
schools are becoming interested since we training give us a bell on (07818) 263738
have trained our instructors to help and went well, attended by an increased much interest in the work of the group and
or e-mail email@example.com number of people including representatives may support a possible cycling referral
children. Whole families have latched onto
the free services to ensure all are safe on Pedals members can really make a of Leicester and Derby City Councils, and scheme in Northampton. These meetings
the road before taking on family outings. difference! Gary Smerdon-White of Ridewise, are now to be held quarterly.
However we can take on more!
Bike Maintenance Got an old Cogz
Videos on You-Tube
There are now several good
bike to send Loughborough University Bike Shop
bike maintenance videos on
YouTube which can be seen to Namibia? Loughborough University has ventured into
cycling with Cogz, a new bike shop located in
As for Cogz, although its early days for the
bike hire scheme, the first bike went out on
bicyclemaintenance Introducing the centre of the campus. The shop has been
created in partnership with Cyclelife, based in
the morning the scheme was launched and
Andy is hopeful it will prove a success. He’s
Eastwood, which operates over 50 Raleigh looking to expand the shop’s range of
BEN Namibia franchises across the UK, including the services to include “Bikeability”, the new
Finding a BEN Namibia is a non-profit organisation
flagship store at Carlton Road, Nottingham.
Cogz aims to make affordable bikes and a full
Government-approved National Standard
for cycle training and has received a
new home for that began operating in May 2005 with the
aim of empowering disadvantaged
range of accessories available to students
and staff. Non stock items can also be
number of enquiries about “Bike2Work”,
the Government’s tax-free bike purchase
cast-off bikes Namibians through access to affordable
transport. Our main work is bicycle
sourced from their suppliers and will usually
arrive within the week.
scheme for employers. He says there is
also a potential market in re-selling bikes
not wanted by graduating students. Cogz
distribution. Cogz is managed by Andy Tebbutt, who
Although less ambitious than the very could provide a full safety check and make
impressive Bikes4All bike recycling scheme We import donated second hand bikes, has worked in cycle sales and maintenance
for six years. Andy says that many students these bikes available to new students
in Leicester discussed at the October parts and accessories from overseas
might not be able to afford a new bike or arriving each autumn.
Pedals meeting with Andy Salkeld, charities, refurbishing them by employing
Leicester City Council Cycling Coordinator, and training local people in bike might just want to try getting around by The University is currently developing a
there is such a scheme available locally for mechanics. bike before deciding if it’s right for them. green travel plan, making its own
people with old bikes which could be Although bike hire schemes are popular in contribution to tackling local traffic
We sell these bikes at affordable prices
refurbished and find a new home. larger European and American universities, congestion, promoting exercise and
from our warehouse in the capital,
To find out more contact:- Loughborough is one of the first in the UK alternative modes of transport, including
Windhoek, and through a growing network
to offer this service. Loughborough has a bikes. The University has recently launched
Andy Goulder, of shops in regional Namibia.
high student population and a relatively a website that allows staff and students to
Unpaid work, Bicycling Empowerment Network Namibia compact catchment area, as it’s calculate their transport-related emissions
National Probation Service - www.benbikes.org.za/namibia surrounded by rural villages. Whilst the and “Trees for Loughborough”, a carbon
Nottinghamshire, campus is a little too far from the town offset scheme.
Traffic Street, PO Box 23150
centre for a comfortable walk, it’s an easy Location:
NG2 1NU Unit 3, 1 Diehl St
and flat bike ride of around 10 minutes and Cogz is located opposite the Telford
tel. (0115) 956 0956 Windhoek, Namibia
another 5 minutes to the rail station, making Common Room, in the centre of the
Tel: +264 61 250 200
They will provide bikes for those with good it ideal for local bike trips. Loughborough campus and ideally placed
Fax: +264 61 225 006
financial reason not to be able to afford to firstname.lastname@example.org Hire customers pay £5 per week plus a for easy access.
buy, and are also interested in old machines deposit of £40. Each bike is fully serviced and Opening Hours:
to renovate or cannibalise, we understand. comes street-legal and ready to ride, with Term time: Monday – Friday, 11:00 to 6:00
lights and a D-lock. Cogz retains a spare key (Lunch 2:00 – 2:30). Vacation hours will
to retrieve any bikes where the customer key vary. See the Cogz website and weekly
has been lost. The hire bikes are provided by University email notices.
Re-Cycle 22,000 bikes re-homed CycleMagic in Leicester, the social enterprise
which recycles bikes and provides cycle skills Contact Details:
Re-Cycle has just celebrated its 10th birthday by loading a container for Ghana – its 60th and maintenance classes. CycleMagic Website: http://campuslife.lboro.ac.uk/cogz/
to Africa, making over 22,000 bikes re-homed. Do you have a bike you’d like to donate, continues to go from strength to strength and Phone: Andy Tebbutt 01509 223887
or simply want to find out more? See www.re-cycle-east.org in March launched their new 3,000 square Email: A.Tebbutt@lboro.ac.uk
foot workshop and training centre on Friday
Street, on the site of the former Leicester
Cycle Company of the 1890s.