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.
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.
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.
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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?
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/.
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.https://www.fillthathole.org.uk/