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.
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 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:
Bike Week 9 to 17 June, and our stall on St Albans Saturday market distributed maps and dispensed advice. One of the people we met currently WALKS home from St Albans to Wheathampstead, as his shift finishes after the last bus has gone. He had asked for advice on buying a bike. This illustrates the importance of inter-urban cycling links, as public transport does not always run in evenings or weekends.
Air-Quality day is 21 June and St Albans will be encouraging sensible and considerate driving, i.e. switch the engine off rather than sitting there polluting.
Alban Street Festival on 24 June, 12 - 6pm in St Peters Street is including a celebration of Hertfordshire Year of Physical Activity (HertsYOPA18). There will be a Bike Zone with stunt shows at 1pm, 3pm and 4.30pm and also drop-in try-out sessions on the bike ramp.
Bike Month - HertsYOPA18 focuses on different aspects of physical activity throughout the year and this month it is cycling. It is also #ThisGirlCan, focus sing on women, so expect to see female cyclists throughout the month, at events and on the lively HertsYOPA Twitter feed. A certain Cycle Campaign's secretary might appear at some point.
Fete du Velo Cycling Festival returns for a 5th year to the Village of Redbourn on Sunday 1st July on Redbourn Common. This community-driven festival prides itself on helping to keep the village active and it helped to take the village to the latter stages of Village of the Year 2017. There will be activities for all the family on the day. For more info please visit www.thebikeloft.co.uk