Dundee Cycling

Working to make cycling an everyday experience in Dundee

Welcome to Dundee Cycling

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.

Dundee Cycling Forum Cycle Parking Competition

It happens to us all. We go somewhere by bike only to find that we are hunting for a suitable place to park it and lock it securely. Dundee needs more bike parking. But a search online for bike parking shows uniform grey boring hoops and racks. Dundee is not boring. As a UNESCO city of design and home to so many excellent creative minds we can do better. Dundee Cycling Forum has obtained funding to create new cycle parking and want it to be both useful and eye catching. It is time to be creative and invent something that looks fantastic and is also really practical. This is open to all in Dundee, whoever you are - child, adult, organisation or business. We want your ideas and the very best will be fabricated and installed for everyone to admire and use.
So how do we go about choosing the best? Click the headings for our vision and judging criteria. Then draw your idea (you don't need to be a great artist - just good enough to get your idea across), decide where it would go, and enter the competition! The closing date is 28th June 2019.

    There is no point putting parking where people are not going, or at a place where there is already loads of places so pick a destination that doesn't have great cycle parking. There may be no parking at all, or there may not be enough, or it might be difficult to find, or just plain boring. We have some really useful places in mind - the housing offices at Lochee and at Pitkerro, the Neighbourhood Centre in Maxwelltown, the MacManus Gallery. But there are many other places too. Where do you want to go and be able to park your bike?

    Does the design reflect something about that place? What would you do for the train station? for the swimming pools? for the parks? for the shops?

    Why do people go to the place where you want to put the bike parking? What do they do there? Can your idea tell those looking at the bike parking about the area and the things that go on there? Are they shopping? Playing sport? watching wildlife? Studying?

    There are two things to this. A bike has to be able to be locked securely. That means the design has to have closed loops to put a lock through. It has to be capable of supporting a bike so think about how large it should be. And it has to be reasonably easy to manufacture though it is the idea that is most important as the final design will be worked out between the winners and the blacksmiths who will be responsible for fabrication.

    These are not boring stands. They will be quirky, fun and photographed by everyone. They will be cool, surprising and great to see even when they are not in use. Don't just think traditional either - we live in a 3D world so think 3D with your designs. Expect pictures to be shared around the world.

    Enter the competition!

Pedal On Parliament Came to Dundee

It seems such a long time ago, and yet what a great day it was. Around 50 cyclists came together in Slessor Gardens to support Dundee Cycle Forum's Cycling Manifesto. As a reminder for those who were there and to show the rest of you what you missed, click "View More" for some pictures from the day.

If you would like to get more involved in what Dundee Cycling gets up to, or just want to keep in touch, you might like to sign up to one of our mailing lists - see the Contact & Social menu and choose the list that suits you best.

Here are some pictures of the event!

Why were we Pedalling On Parliament?

To ask Dundee politicians and members of the public to sign up to our manifesto to make Dundee a cycle friendly city by tackling the barriers that prevent people of all ages and abilities from cycling the sort of journeys that make sense by bike.

What are we asking for?

  1. Increase funding for cycling in Dundee to 10% of the City Council's transport budget.
  2. Design cycling for all ages and abilities into Dundeeā€™s roads.
  3. Make 20 mph speed limit the default in residential areas.
  4. Cycling built into our local transport strategies.
  5. Better road traffic law and better enforcement.
  6. Tayside division of Police Scotland to run Operation Close Pass in Dundee to to help create an environment where cycling is a safe and attractive transport option.
  7. Car Free Zones at Schools.
  8. Better connections for walking and cycling between the Waterfront to invite visitors into our great city and to let Dundee citizens access our new 'living room'.
  9. Help tackle public health problems such as air pollution by making cycling an attractive everyday transport option.
  10. Secure cycle storage built into all new homes.
  11. Introduce traffic free days in Dundee City Centre.

If you have a cycling related issue and you want to raise it with your MSP or councillor you can use this link to email them https://www.writetothem.com/.

Fill That Hole

The winter may have been a mild one, but it has taken its toll on the road surfaces. National campaign group Cycling UK have set up a web page and a mobile phone app to make it easy to report them. The reports go to the appropriate local authority. Cycling UK say councils are generally quite quick to respond, probably because maintaining the safety of the road surface is legal requirement.