With more than 270 miles miles of traffic-free cycle routes across the county, there are plenty of paths to choose from to explore Derbyshire or simply get from A to B. And the new interactive cycling map is a great place to start for ideas about where your bike could take you.
There are plenty of flat, off-road routes such as the Monsal Trail, Five Pits Trail, and the recently created Clowne greenway which are perfect for cyclists just starting out.
New to cycling? Or just looking to brush up on your skills? Then take a look at County Rider - the free cycle training course for adults. Provided by us, the course is ideal for all ability levels and great for building confidence to ride on the road. You can book up to four sessions with a trained cycle instructor.
Cyclists in the Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire area might also be interested in getting their bike serviced for free. We have teamed up with Inclusive Pedals to run a series of “Dr Bike” events where cyclists can get their bike serviced for free by a mechanic, email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a slot on the next Dr Bike event near you.
Free bike maintenance sessions are also available for cyclists who want to learn how to maintain their bike themselves. Simply email email@example.com for more information and to book a space.
Councillor Carolyn Renwick, our Cabinet Member for Infrastructure and Environment, said:
“Whether you’re a keen cyclist or just starting out, Derbyshire has many miles of traffic-free trails which are perfect for cycling - and we’re in the process of adding more as part of our ambition to make Derbyshire the most connected and integrated county for cycling.
“We recognise the benefits of cycling not just for health but for the environment too and with rising fuel prices it’s also a low-cost alternative to running a car.
“That’s why we’re supporting cyclists by making it easier for them to plan routes, keep their bikes well-maintained and brush up on their riding skills.”
We are providing Dr Bike and cycle maintenance courses with funding from the Government’s Department for Transport.