Proposals for new cycle network approved

Published on: Friday, 17th January 2020

Proposals by Derbyshire County Council to implement a Key Cycle Network throughout Derbyshire have been approved by its cabinet members.

The Derbyshire Cycle Plan launched in early 2016 set out aspirations to create the most connected and integrated county for cycling in the country.

In 2017 Cabinet agreed to the development of a Key Cycle Network for the County identifying the most important routes for commuting, leisure and tourism which included both established and new routes.

Now a revised network of routes has been approved following a 12 week public consultation period which gave Derbyshire residents the opportunity to have their say on the proposals offering amendments and recommendations.

Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure Simon Spencer said: “These plans show our ambition to cement Derbyshire as a world class cycling destination for everyone. The council has recently pledged to tackle climate change with our Carbon Reduction manifesto which includes supporting and promoting the development of low carbon travel and more environmentally friendly modes of transport.

“Establishing a Key Cycle Network will make a significant contribution to this pledge offering quality routes for low carbon travel which are safe and enjoyable to use for both residents and visitors to the county.”

There are 127 sections of the network that have been prioritised for investment which have been grouped in short, medium and long term categories.   A number of routes around Erewash are incorporated into plans - including for the Great Northern Greenway and the Nutbrook Trail around Ilkeston and the East Derbyshire Greenway and Trent Valley Greenway around Long Eaton.

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