Our aim is to support and promote cycling in our local area.
We know cycling is one of the most sustainable forms of transport. Cycling is better for the environment in terms of air quality, noise, resource use and our carbon footprint. But cycling should also be fun, inspiring and accessible to everyone. So how can we best share our love of cycling, expertise and support in our local area?
We have lots of ideas – but we need people to work with! So whether you are a cycling enthusiast already, or keen to start cycling again – sign up to receive Cycling group updates here.
Things we are doing already
- Bicycle health checks/basic repair services via TDEG’s Repair Cafe
- Establishing a network of local cycling enthusiasts and experts, who can be consulted for route ideas and equipment advice
- Finalising arrangements to make a community bicycle repair kit available to Tideswell residents and visitors in a central village location, for free use by anyone in need – with thanks to a Tideswell Parish Council endorsed grant from the village’s former COVID-19 support group, Tideswell Cares
- Developing connections with other related groups in the wider area, Derbyshire County Council, and national organisations such as Cycling UK
- Planning a launch event for Autumn 2022
Community cycling survey
In June 2022 we circulated an online survey to hear your views on what we should prioritise, to help support and promote cycling locally. We will use the responses we received to plan activities and development work.
We received 46 responses in total. Here are our main findings:
- Engaging with local schools, and advocacy work to voice local concerns/campaign for action, were the top two activities respondents felt would benefit the community most (both equally popular, being requested by 44% of respondents)
- Promoting local cycling initiatives, organising confidence-boosting sessions, and offering local repair services were the other most popular initiatives
- Local concerns focused especially on safety, including at the Anchor junction, and respondents wanted us to help share information about safe routes and success stories, and look at the possibility of installing more bike racks in prominent village locations
- The vast majority of respondents only used their bikes for recreational purposes; the requested developments would help people to feel more able to consider using their bikes for transport
- The most effective methods for keeping in touch with you are the TDEG website and associated emails, Facebook, and the Village Voice
Are you interested?
- Sign up to our local network of cycling enthusiasts/experts, to support others in gaining cycling confidence – join TDEG and select to receive Cycling updates here
- Find us at TDEG’s Repair Cafe – we only have a limited number of repairers at the moment, but will offer bicycle services at as many session as we can
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org to tell us your cycling ideas or concerns, and help us to develop what the group offers and represent local views
- Ask us about bike exchange possibilities at email@example.com or at a Repair Cafe session – if you have a bike you no longer need or you are looking for a bike, we might be able to link you up with someone you can help/who can help you.
- Join the Tideswell and District Environment Group Facebook group for information about other cycling initiatives, events and opportunities, or to contribute to community discussions about cycling/broader TDEG activities.