Bike Week is nearly upon us! STACC will have a stall on the St Albans Saturday Market on 10 June, promoting cycling in the district and publicising local rides and events during Bike Week. We will have maps and leaflets to give out, and members will be on hand to give advice.
Please support STACC by telling people about the stall and by coming along and saying hello. Even better, we could do with some extra bodies to staff the stall. Could you be an active cycle campaigner for an hour? Please reply to this email saying what time you can come along. We aim to be there from 10am to 3pm. Thank you!
A listing of Bike Week cycle rides has been compiled by local cycling groups, you can view it via this link.
Transition St Albans have organised an event all about e-bikes:
In case any STACC members looking forward to the Better World Hustings have not heard, please see update from Transition St Albans given below, venue has changed.
Environmental, Social Justice and General Hustings - Questions to your St Albans Parliamentary candidates
Friday 2nd June
St Albans Cathedral
7pm doors open for 7:30pm start
Come along and hear your candidates answer questions on the environment and social justice alongside general questions. No booking required - but turn up early for the best seats!
The general Hustings event in May was cancelled due to the tragic events in Manchester and we have agreed to combine our Environmental and Social Justice Hustings with the General Hustings. We now have a very interesting two-in-one evening. We look forward to seeing you there.
Transition St Albans
A reminder that our spring Public Meeting, incorporating the STACC AGM is on Thursday 25 May, 7.30pm at Marlborough Road Methodist Church.
The public meeting is on Rights of Way for Cyclists. Our guest speaker is Phil Escritt, and he has summarised his theme as "getting the most out of the network of public rights of way".
Phil Escritt is highly regarded for his work with the St Albans Access Forum, where walking, cycling and horse-riding groups work together on access issues. In this illustrated talk he will outline the history of rights of way and explain how routes are created and protected.
Achieving rights-of-way improvements will result in more cycle routes and bridleways in town and country. The St Albans Rights of Way Improvement Plan includes many new cycle tracks but new legislation means that action is needed to make sure routes that are currently enjoyed are not lost.
It is a public meeting and will be of wide interest, the venue is large, so bring some friends.
We intend to conduct the AGM business swiftly and efficiently. The AGM is an opportunity to review our achievements since our last AGM and to look forward to future campaigning. It is an opportunity to step onto the committee, many hands make light work. STACC achieves an awful lot, but we could do more with your help as part of our committee team.
The General Election in June has meant that the STACC public meeting originally scheduled for the St Albans Civic Centre at 7.30pm on Thursday 25th May has been moved to the nearby Methodist Church, Marlborough Road, St Albans AL1 3XG.
Phil Escritt will give a presentation titled Getting the most out of Rights of Way on methods for achieving rights-of-way improvements for cyclists, walkers and horse-riders, resulting in more cycle routes and bridleways in towns and in the countryside.
Phil is an expert on rights of way and is highly regarded locally for his work with the St Albans Access Forum, where representatives of walking, cycling and horse-riding groups work together on access issues. The venue is spacious, so do bring along friends with an interest in rights of way.
Some new legislation on rights of way means we all need to be active to make sure we do not lose routes that we currently enjoy; Phil will outline what we can do.
The evening will include the STACC AGM; we run this very efficiently, so do not be put off by the inclusion of some brief formalities which should take only about 10 minutes.
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.