Useful links for cycling in Derby

If there are links that you think should be listed please let me know. No guarantees on inclusion!

To Report Local Problems

Cycling UK offer the “FillthatHole” service that works out the appropriate local authority and sends on the report. This service is also available as an app for your phone to allow instant reporting of problems whilst you are out and about on your bike.

For a general reporting system see FixMyStreet which collects the reported information and then routes it to the appropriate council – website and phone app.

Derby City

Within Derby City boundaries all highway maintenance issues as they may affect cyclists (e.g. potholes, inadequate/failed lighting, hedge cutting) can be reported by filling in the details on the form here.

Derbyshire

For highway maintenance issues within the county of Derbyshire, but outside Derby City Council area, report using the online form here

Highways Agency

If the problem is on, or close to, a road that the Highways Agency are responsible for (broadly A38, M1, A50, Raynesway, A52 between Spondon and M1) then report it here.

Local Organisations

Cycle Derby – council organisation to grow cycling in Derby, particularly amongst school children

Cycling UK (was CTC) National organisation campaigning and providing various local organised rides.

Bike Back Derby is a community bicycle recycling initiative which aims to help local people feel healthier and more connected – whilst reducing congestion and pollution. To do this they sell affordable bikes that have been refurbished by men from local prisons.

Cycling Infrastructure Information

In 2020 the Government published the long awaited LTN 1/20 guidance which all local authorities should now follow for cycle related infrastructure.

Derbyshire have a policy for their rights of way of “gap, gate, stile” to provide the maximum access for all kinds of users of the routes. Sustrans have the policy of a presumption for paths to be open to all legitimate users with minimal or no access controls.

Various different bodies have created design documents to help in the creation of effective cycling infrastructure. These include:

London Cycling Infrastructure reports

tfL Cycle Design Standards

European Cycle Highway information

Greater Manchester design guide (2021)

Local Cycle Campaign Groups

Derby Cycling Group campaigns on behalf of all cyclists in the Derby area

Derwent Valley Cycleway – campaigning for a cycle route from Derby to Chatsworth following the River Derwent through the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site

Nottingham – Pedals

Chesterfield

Ashfield and Mansfield

Bolsover

Leicester

Peaks and Puddles for north west of Derbyshire

Sheffield

Birmingham

Coventry

London

British Cycling campaigning page

Library of campaigning resources at Cyclescape

Activist pack from the London Cycling Campaign

20’s Plenty For Us was formed in order to campaign for the implementation of 20 mph as the default speed limit on residential roads in the UK.

The Campaign for Better Transport is an independent charity, who work by providing well-researched, practical solutions to transport problems, pressuring national and local government to adopt them, and empowering ordinary people up and down the country.

Local cycling clubs

Derby Mercury Mountain biking, cyclo-cross, time trials and more

Derby CTC The Derby Section of the national Cycling UK. Regular rides and socials throughout the year.

Derby Triathlon Club

Matlock Cycling Club

Heanor Clarion

South Pennine

Belper bicycle club

Velo Club Long Eaton

Derwent Valley All Terrain Club

Derby BMX Club

National Organisations

British Cycling

Sustrans

Cycling UK (was CTC)

Other Links

Cycle Derby map provides a PDF map for cycle routes in Derby (large). Updated in January 2021. An online version of this information (plus some extra and some changed) can be found here.

There are many options for online cycle maps and routing applications. I’ve tried a number and now use Komoot as my preferred software for planning routes. I download this to my cycle computer and then, after my ride, the computer uploads what I’ve actually ridden to both Strava and Komoot. There is a good summary of the options at the Peaks & Puddles site.

Cycling UK’s countrywide (and by county) list of published cycle routes together with links to download (where possible). Of mixed quality so double check.

Transport for New Homes aims to reform planning for a green transport future

Charlotte’s Tandems offers loans of tandems to people in need.

road.cc – UK web site with news, reviews, etc. (“award winning”)

Transport Paradise is a site offering various advice on how to get better cycling facilities based on experience in Oxford.

Essential Evidence is a site created by Adrian Davis to distil various academic papers into single page summaries

Tools of Change is a Canadian based set of research relating to various areas but with a big focus on cycling. A possible useful source of evidence for the success of differing behaviour modification studies.

Cycle Shops, etc.

Shops and repair centres that I’m aware of in the Derby area. I suggest you ask around for feedback on any you are thinking of using. No guarantees from me!

The Bike Shop – Derby based store offering “possibly Derby’s largest selection of bikes”.

Cyclo Monster – is an online store with a showroom in Spondon

Velo Bavarian – is a bike shop with a “twist” based in Duffield

Mercian Cycles – long time Derby high end supplier specialising in custom frames.

Bike Back – Derby is a recycling scheme where you can donate unwanted bikes and buy refurbished bikes.

The Merchant of Velo in Belper is a modern take on a vintage bike shop mixing old and new to create a welcoming vibe.

Belper Cycles

London Road Cycles (previously Bargain Bikes). Derby outpost of Birmingham shop specialising in second hand bikes.

DD Cycles in Alvaston

Sonder Bikes – mail order business with factory shop in Eastwood. Provided my most used bike – recommended.

Decathlon is an international chain with a store in Giltbrook by IKEA.

Hawk Cycles – discount chain which includes an outlet in Derby.

Halfords – national chain with branch at Wyvern shopping centre.

Pure Electric – national chain with a store in Derby selling just e-bikes and e-scooters.

Big on Bikes – is a repair and service workshop in Little Eaton

Home Bike Services – mobile bike repairs

Cycle Touring Supplies is a Derby based organisation offering an eclectic mix of cycling equipment and services.

Bikeworks, Derby is a bicycle maintenance and service centre, specialising in elite road bike repair who also provide free, secure bike parking in Derby city centre (was Park Bikeworks).

Brilliant Bikes – online parts, particularly for Bromptons – excellent service, reasonable prices.

Derby Bike Guru offering repairs based in Mickleover.

Blandford Bike Repairs based in Long Eaton

Detail Bike tech – workshop offering servicing and repairs in Holbrook.

Birkins Cycles – repairs and servicing in Foston.

Rutland Cycling site includes various events and guides for cycles as well as sales of bikes

electric Bikes is a commercial site with lots of information on electric bikes.

The Bike List is a mixture of useful links and commercial information.

Locally Organised Social Rides

Also see the list of local cycling clubs (above) who organise rides alongside their other activities.

British Cycling Lets Ride – searchable list of local rides organised by varying people. Click on “find a ride”. Includes the women only Breeze rides.

Derby CTC The Derby and Burton Section of the national Cycling UK (was CTC). Regular rides and socials throughout the year.

Livewell hold weekly sessions open to all (not just Livewell clients).

Cycle Mickleover – “Mission is to get Mickleover cycling safely and regularly by providing accessible ride opportunities for all abilities both on and off road.”

The Derby Leisure and Social Cycling facebook group.

Cycle Spondon are a group of cyclists that meet up regularly and love to encourage others to ride.

Erewash Borough health rides every Monday evening. These can be booked via the British Cycling Let’s Ride link above.

Bike Hire

Derby Telegraph wrote an article detailing the various bike hire centres around the Peak District in early 2021. No guarantees that the Derby Telegraph have the facts correct. See the article here.

Peak District cycle hire – various centres on the off road ex railway paths. Fairly expensive (in my view!) but popular with tourists.

Carsington Water – bike hire including electric bikes

Blackwell Mill – on the Monsal Trail near Buxton. Claim cheapest prices on the Monsal Trail although their cafe is VERY expensive

Stolen Bike links

Stolen-bikes – a web site to help get you reunited with your stolen bike

The Crime Prevention Website is concerned with all aspects of reducing crime including that of cycles.