STACC is campaigning for cyclists in the St Albans area
Active travel, health and the economy:
Investment in cycling and walking infrastructure pays back five times the cost! Says the UK government. In 2014. Claiming the Health Dividend report - click here.
So glad that LTP4 has now been approved by Hertfordshire County Council, prioritising active travel.
Next: South West Herts Growth and Transport Plan - your holiday reading! Please try and make a comment on this, a once-in-a-decade opportunity to affirm the need for investment in cycling infrastructure. The plan is to run to 2031. This will affect existing and proposed cycle routes between Hemel, St Albans & Watford, including - Nickey Line north-south extension A4147 cycleway A414 cyleway Hemel - Park Street A1081 cycle corridor Luton - St Albans A405 cycleway Grand Union Canal & A411 corridor A414 J8 cycle bridge Hemel magic-roundabout cycle bridge Comment by 17 September. Link to the consultation web-page: https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/about-the-council/consultations/transport-and-highways/south-west-herts-growth-transport-plan-consultation.aspx
Campaigning work continues We meet with HCC and SADC engineers to discuss schemes and priorities several times a year. 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!
HCC Local Transport Plan, LTP4, has now adopted by the County Council. It 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 have had several reports recently of youths on motorbikes on both the Alban Way and the Nickey Line, behaving in a threatening manner and sadly even an actual assault. Please be watchful, keep out of their way, avoid confrontation and report any antisocial behaviour to the police using 101. If you or someone else is in danger, ring 999.
On a happier note, there are a lot of good people out there, and two riders report a positive outcome on NCN57 Great Northern near Aldwickbury. The cyclists thought that the walkers ahead had twigged them, however it turned out the walkers had thought it was runners approaching, and got a bit of a fright when all of a sudden there were cyclists alongside them. Apologies and friendly chat ensued. The message for sharing on railway-type routes is - use a bell to give a clear signal that it is a cyclist approaching. As simple as that! Add to that, the basic highway code 'slow down and give them plenty of room' always works, as it did in this instance. Picture below: further along the line, when it has become NCN6.
The Cole Green Way now has a Greenspace Action Plan, it is an impressive document, and the consultation comments were incorporated. Not always to everyone's complete satisfaction, as there are conflicting preferences amongst the various path users, but the GAP does a good job of optimising.
The Alban Way is nearing the end of its current GAP, expect consultation soon on the next five-year plan 2019-24.