Working to make cycling an everyday experience in Dundee
Hello! We aim 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. 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.
This year’s Cycling Scotland Conference was held in Dundee. Dundee Cycling member Donald Baddon was there and you can read his impressions here.External link.
Highway Code Rule 163, states that motorists should "give motorcyclists, cyclists and horse riders at least as much room as you would when overtaking a car". Police forces in many areas of the UK have been running Operatopn Close Pass to educate drivers about this important rule of the road. It was started by the West Midlands police, who believe that the operation has contributed significantly to the 20% reduction in the number of cyclists killed or seriously injured on the county’s roads in the first year of their operation.
This video from national charity Cycling UK shows what too close looks like from the car driver's and cyclist's point of, and shows the correct way for car drivers passing cyclists.
If you are the victim of a close pass, make sure that you report it to the police. Calling the non-urgent Police phone number 101 will make sure that the incident gets formally logged, but less formally you can report it on the Police Scotland contact page at http://www.scotland.police.uk/contact-us/contact-us-form. Try to get the car's number plate and even a witness to support your report, but even if you don't have these there will be merit in reporting the incident.
Whether or not you report it to the Police, please let us know about it. Send the details (where, when), including your name and address, to this special campaign email address and we will collate them and pass a summary report to the Police. We won't share your details and you won't end up on a mailing list!