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.
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.
This email is to promote Cycle to Work Day on 3rd September and also to alert you to the level crossing closure where the Green Ring crosses the Abbey Line.
We hope you are all having an enjoyable Summer of Cycling, even if the weather is rather British! The rain held off just about on Sunday 5 July for the Fête du Vèlo in Redbourn. STACC had a great time on our promotional stall, which was shared with South Herts CTC. It was good to work together promoting cycling, and the maps were very popular with Fête-goers. Staffing a stall for an hour or so is a fun way to contribute to cycle campaigning, so look out for future opportunities to help!
Going out on organised cycle rides such as CTC rides or SkyRides is a good way to discover new routes around the area. Links to rides and to other groups and clubs are listed on the rides page and the information page of the STACC website