Are you coming on our Space for Cycling ride around the Green Ring on Saturday 22 April? The meeting point is the cycle stands at Westminster Lodge, 10am for 10.30 departure. We have invited candidates to join us and see Space for Cycling in action.
This is one of many Space for Cycling rides being organised across the UK, details on the Cycling UK Space for Cycling blog We hope to have some Space for Cycling flags and postcards to give out.
We have also issued candidates with our canvassing briefing (aka county council election guide to why cycling is the answer to just about everything). Your copy is attached, please use to impress candidates with the benefits that cycling (and walking) bring for everyone. We have already had positive feedback from several candidates, we will add these to the Space for Cycling campaign page on our website, keep checking back!
STACC will be holding a public meeting in the Council Chamber of St Albans Civic Centre at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday 25th May which will consist of a presentation by Phil Escritt of the Ramblers' Association on the methods for achieving improvements to rights of way for both cycling and walking. With new housing developments seeming to surround the district, it is important that new rights of way for non-motorised users be established through and around them. The presentation will be preceded by a short AGM.
Join STACC for an organised a Space for Cycling ride around the Green Ring starting at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday 22nd April outside Westminster Lodge.
The last link of the Green Ring?
Following the lack of any evident work for the installation of a toucan crossing near Walton Street across Sandpit Lane as part of the Green Ring during the previously advertised road closure in February, the notice-boards at the roadside now say that Sandpit Lane will be closed from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. for two weeks from 6th March. This time something is definitely happening as holes have been dug in preparation for the installation of traffic lights.
Green Ring closure alert: the bridge over the railway at Jennings Road will be closed from 13th February for 5 days for "bridge works".
The Green Ring will also be closed in another sense - Sandpit Lane will be closed for the same period but only in the evenings (8 p.m. to 5 a.m.) to install a toucan crossing near Walton Street.
Space for Cycling is a national and local campaign to make sure that cycling is brought to the attention of candidates for County Council elections in particular, and local politicians in general. Nationally, the campaign is co-ordinated by Cycling UK, and they have been running campaigner workshops. STACC will be represented at the workshop in Southwark, London, on Saturday 28 January. If you would like to come too, register with Cycling UK. Keep checking the STACC website Space for Cycling page for local updates and useful links.
Conference!!! Big success!! Cyclenation were very impressed by the high local turnout, so well done us. We have had lots of feedback on how highly the delegates rated the event, so many thanks to all those who made it happen. We are continuing to update the Conference tab on our website with reports and feedback.
Congratulations to two of our members, Tom Spaven and Doug Nevell. They have been given Cycling UK's Award of Merit, and they were presented with their Certificates at the conference by STACC Chair John Metcalf, St Albans District Council Leader, Julian Daly and Cycling UK's Campaigns and Policy Director, Roger Geffen. Full report on Cycling UK website.
Have you booked for the conference yet? CycleNation - Cycling UK campaigners' conference is on Saturday 19th November, with participants from across the UK and top speakers - if you were at our AGM earlier this year you already know about Professor Martin Williams. More information, including programme and bookings, can be found via the STACC-website Conference tab. If you missed the earlybird offer of a £5 discount, no problem, as being a STACC member you can access the reduced rate of £10 using the discount code STACC10.
We also need volunteers to help at this event; please offer some time if you possibly can by replying to this e-mail.
Rights of Way - very important! STACC members are invited to a FREE seminar on mapping rights of way - see item in this newsletter for more detail.
The SPACE FOR CYCLING campaign is stepping up again. This is especially the case in London, with local and mayoral elections coming up.
Here in Hertfordshire, STACC is working on an update of our Space for Cycling briefing document, now with a cycle schemes appendix. We are maintaining a working-version long list of cycling schemes, but our top schemes are now in the briefing document.
MEMBER ACTION: You can check via the Cycling UK Space for Cycling webpage to find out if your County Councillor has already signed in support of Space for Cycling, and then either thank them or ask them to sign. They will be receiving STACC's briefing soon.
February has been as it often is, a short month with horrible weather. Not a lot of STACC news in this short month, and elections and the referendum will shortly be disrupting much of everyday life. Our next Committee meeting is on Monday 29th February, 7.30pm in Committee Room 2 at the Council Offices, just off St Peters Street. Your committee does a lot, but more help is needed if we are to achieve more for cycling. If committees really are not your thing (even a committee as informal and focussed as the STACC one) then do please help out by writing letters to local newspapers and responding to consultations.
It has been great to have some additional support for the committee recently, do come long to a committee meeting if you are interested in finding out what goes on. We have just had our last meeting of 2015; we take a break in December and resume on Monday 25 January, 7:30 pm at the Council Offices, St Peters Street.
There are a few Member Actions you can take over the next few weeks, see the items following.
Our AGM was attended by sixteen people, formal business was quickly concluded. Relatively quickly that is, the chair had a lot to report, it has been a busy year.
The meeting continued with a presentation on the St Albans Cycle Study (SACS) and the Space for Cycling campaign. SACS was commissioned by Herts County Council in 2011, STACC was consulted, but it was never published. STACC committee has however recently been issued with a draft, which we were able to discuss with HCC's Cycling Strategy and Programmes manager, which has been helpful to all concerned.
STACC has compiled a Briefing Document on Space for Cycling, which relates the national campaign themes to our local conditions. We are finalising it and it should be formally issued soon.
After the presentation and discussion, and an update from Cllr Sandy Walkington on the Cottonmill Level Crossing, those present able to peruse the latest STACC Suggested Cycle Schemes list. The list has been updated with progress since 2011, and expanded to include the St Albans Cycle Study and Space for Cycling considerations.
MEMBER ACTION A copy of the schemes list is attached please review and let us have any feedback.
AGM report: formal business was swiftly concluded, although it did take some time for the chair to report on STACC's activity and achievements; we have had another busy and productive year. Our thanks to the committee for their hard work, and also to the members who are active in supporting the committee's efforts. The committee is not very formal, meetings are open, so even if you can't make them regularly, if you can drop in you are most welcome. We also hope that members will continue to respond to requests for member action, see below.
Our speaker was Rona Wightman, who gave an illustrated talk on Space for Cycling issues in St Albans district.
1. With this email you will receive the current 'suggested cycle-schemes listing'. This has been formulated to reflect the Space for Cycling themes and also to incorporate the St Albans Cycle Study report, which STACC were invited to review with Hertfordshire County Council's cycle-schemes engineer. Please look at the list and let us know of any additions, and also any feedback on the schemes already listed.
2. Visit the Space for Cycling website and invite your county councillor to show their support. If you are represented by one for the four St Albans councillors who have already signed up - Chris White, Sandy Walkington, Aisleen Lee and Dreda Gordon - you can thank them for their support.
Save the date - the STACC AGM is Thursday 1 October, 7.30pm in Committee Room 1 at the Council Offices, just off St Peter's Street in St Albans.
We will be presenting the St Albans Cycle Study and launching the STACC Space for Cycling campaign.