STACC is campaigning for cyclists in the St Albans area
Coming up - #SustFest19 STACC will be at the Market Takeover on Sunday 19 May and are hosting a meeting on Healthy Streets on the evening of 29 May.
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!
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:
E-mail sent by Rona Wightman, Wednesday, 27th February 2019 @ 7:40pm
Can you help bring School Streets to St Albans?
Streets around schools are often dominated by idling cars and speeding traffic at drop-off and pick-up times, resulting in air pollution and an environment that is generally unpleasant for walking and cycling.
‘School Streets’ are streets where the roads outside some schools are closed to most motor traffic at school opening and closing times. This helps make a safer, more pleasant environment for everyone, while making sure residents, businesses, pedestrians and cyclists can still use the roads. This short video from Hackney shows how effective the scheme can be.
Sustrans developed the School Streets programme, and increasing numbers of councils are introducing them. As well as Hackney, several London boroughs are piloting the scheme. Edinburgh began implementing it more than three years ago, and Solihull is rolling it out across the whole town. Friends of the Earth have produced an excellent guide for local groups.
Could this work in St Albans? Which schools would benefit most? Could YOU talk to a headmaster and help STACC to explore and develop a pilot scheme for a local school, perhaps the one your children go to?
It has turned cold! According to the NHS Hospital Episode Statistics for 2016/17, the second-most common cause of admission to hospital of cyclists in England was slipping on ice. Also, weather forecasts predict air temperatures, but ice can form when road-surface temperatures, which can be up to 5 degrees lower especially in the morning, drop below zero. The Sustrans blog has a relevant post on this topic.
Hertfordshire is not one of the authorities that currently lists 'traffic weather' online, but you can follow their #GritterTwitter - if they are gritting, expect ice on untreated roads and footways.
Radio Verulam's Environment Matters show invited Larry Heyman, Local Development Manager of Thameslink & Great Northern, Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), to come in and outline the proposals for St Albans City Station; you can hear Amanda Yorwerth interviewing Larry and STACC's Rona Wightman via the podcast which was broadcast on Wednesday 21st November.
20's plenty in the New Year - the St Albans city-centre 20mph zone is being extended. From 7th January 2019, Grange Street, Dalton Street, Bernard Street & Church Street will have limits of 20mph. The zone is also extending along Catherine Street to just south of the Dalton Street junction and along Hatfield Road as far as Upper Marlborough Road.