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 this page for events and issues. Also, follow our Facebook and Twitter for the very latest information, including 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.
Following pressure from Dundee Cycling Forum and the 1105 people (and counting) who signed our petition, Dundee City Council have submitted a second bid for Space for People funding. This time they have been a little more ambitious. See this Courier article for more details.
The Scottish Government is providing grants for cities to create "Space for People", essential as we start the long return to some kind of post-lockdown normality. The signs are good that the new application will be successful, but let's keep up the pressure. If you haven't done so yet, plese head over to our petition at http://chng.it/nLkKqMP298 and add your support for our calls for more to be done. And if you have the opportunity, tell your local councillor that you support making Dundee more cycling, walking, and wheeling friendly.
So, how do you occupy yourself in a lockdown? Learn a new language? Join Joe Wicks' exercise classes? Or ... start a Blog!
We have started a new Blog called "The Dundee Cycling Blog". (Duh! So what's that about then?). We hope it will be a good place for us to talk about cycling issues, both in general and also about any specific issues that come up. But the best part is, if you have something to say, then we'd love to hear from you. We reserve editorial control, but we hope that the posts will include a wide range of views, even those that we don't really agree with. The main rules are: this is a Blog about Dundee and Cycling, and what you have to say must be polite and constructive.
So head over to https://blog.dundeecycling.co.uk and help us get the conversation started.