Report on the #SustFest19 meeting on Healthy Streets is now available. It was a great evening, Caroline Russell is an inspiring speaker and we are fizzing with ideas to make our streets better for people. Do get involved!
Your help with campaigning work needed! The campaign field we would most like to develop is commenting at an early stage on planning applications, with regards to provision of cycle routes and storage for cycles on the premises. We need members to help with this! Please get in touch - the committee meets monthly and informally in central St Albans and usually goes for a beer afterwards.
HCC Local Transport Plan, LTP4 includes pretty well everything we as a cycle campaign would like to see happen - reduced car dependency, more active travel, more public transport. A key feature is the need for County and District / Borough Councils to work together to co-ordinate inter-acting strategies. We are working with other cycling groups in the county on this and other issues, under the CycleHerts banner.
Here are the 'tube maps' - proper name Cycling Network Quality Maps. They are diagrammatic picture of conditions for cycling, not a route-finding map. They are a work in progress, both in terms of assessing the network and - we hope and campaign for - needing to be updated as conditions are improved. They are based on the CycleBath format, and the idea is to 'turn the map blue'. Or green if looking at the St Albans city map. Three different map-makers, so three different styles. Feedback and comments very welcome.
This version extends further to include local villages:
Still relevant to ongoing campaigning - report on our Public Rights of Way meeting:
We are looking forward to many of you coming to our public meeting incorporating our (very short) AGM. This is in Committee Room 2, St Albans City and District Council, Civic Centre, St Peters Street, St Albans AL1 3JE on Monday 30th September. Doors open at 7.00pm and the meeting starts at 7.30pm.
The speaker will be Brian Deegan, who will discuss how to develop a collaborative and feasible network plan in St Albans and Harpenden, and design, deliver and monitor it to create a lasting cycling culture – and how to do it quickly.
Brian is one of the UK’s leading street-design engineers and an inspirational public speaker. He was co-author of the London Cycling Design Standards and is currently principal design engineer with Urban Movement, and cycling infrastructure lead for Greater Manchester Combined Authority. He has lived in Harpenden for 10 years, and knows the challenges and opportunities of creating a cycle network for the district.
Cycle networks, where people of all ages and abilities can cycle safely, are key to significantly increasing the numbers of people cycling, with benefits for all of improved air quality, reduced congestion and making our towns greener, healthier and more attractive places to live, work, play and do business.