Working to make cycling an everyday experience in Dundee
Hello! We are a new group, formed in October 2016 to promote cycling as an everyday activity in Dundee. We are open to anyone who cycles regularly, cycles occasionally or would like to start cycling. The aim is to help us all by making cycling a normal, everyday activity in Dundee. Watch the "News" panel and page for events and issues. Also, follow our Facebook and Twitter for the very latest information and cycling-related posts from further afield that have caught our attention.
We are mainly thinking about cycling as transport for work and leisure. Anyone who has been to the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, or even some cities in the UK will know that cycling works great as basic transport - it is quick, cheap and good for you. Dundee is a compact city and reasonably dry and sunny (for Scotland!) so it is an ideal place to join this 21st century revolution. There is a lot of work to do to catch up with the best cycling cities. The Netherlands started in the 1970s and Copenhagen in the 1990s. If we learn from their experiences we can catch up. It means changing the roads and changing minds.
So that is why we are here - to help Dundee join this healthy, practical, enjoyable trend. Which is not to say we will ignore our more-sporty friends - we are all part of the big cycling picture that is the future for communities throughout the world.
Who should be involved? If you cycle, would like to cycle or even just have an armchair interest in cycling, then it's YOU! You can get involved by following and posting to our Facebook and Twitter pages, by coming along to our meetings and by helping or attending our events.
Keep an eye on this site - it will be evolving rapidly. You will find details of how to get involved, details of our meetings and so on.
You will have noticed that the Riverside cyclepath (aka part of National Cycle Route 77) is undergoing serious disruption. You may not realise that it will continue for most of the rest of the year. Help us persuade the council to improve things.
We are supporting Cyclofun 2017, which is an event organised by four Fife Rotary Clubs. You can get all the details at http://www.cyclofun.co.uk
This Monday's meeting will be in room 2G12 of the Dalhousise Building on Hawkhill. It will start at 7pm. See you there!
We had a great turn out for the city centre cycle audit last Sunday. There'll be a full report once we have got it all written up properly. Thanks to all who came and thanks to Henry's Coffee House for not minding that we covered four of their tables with our map for two hours as we annotated it with our findings.
Small changes for big differences. We have the opportunity to advise the council on how best to spend a relatively small amount of money to make small changes within the city centre that will make a big difference to cyclists. They mean things like dropping kerbs, painting lines, unsuitable oneways etc. So we are going to do an audit of cycling provision in Dundee city centre. Please come along! Or if you can't make it in person, post your suggestions to the Event page on Facebook or send us a Tweet.
The PROVISIONAL details for the next meeting are 7.30pm on 20th March, in the Dalhousie Building on Hawkhill.