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
Summer of cycling - as well as enjoying your day-to-day cycling, there are lots of organised events in the coming months, and we highlight some of them in this email. There are also some campaign actions for you to take.
Hertfordshire Year of Cycling summer cycling festivals dates and venues now confirmed, see file attached to this email. Lots of news this month, read on.
A week to go, and you can raise cycling issues with parliamentary candidates using the CTC's campaigning Vote Bike website, which aims to identify cycle allies in the new Parliament after 07 May. It enables constituents (us!) to seek their candidates’ support for five campaigning topics relating to: ambition for growth, funding, design standards, safety and positive promotion.
At time of writing, five of then ten candidates from the larger parties in St Albans and Harpenden have responded positively.
The five questions for candidates are :
Ambition. Will you support measures to increase levels of cycling to 10% of trips by 2025 and 25% by 2050?
Funding. Will you support an average government spend of at least £10 per person per year on cycling?
Design standards. Will you support action to create consistently high design standards for cycling in all highway and traffic schemes, new developments and planned road maintenance work?
Safety. Will you support measures to improve cycle safety by strengthening road traffic law and its enforcement and revising the Highway Code?
Positive promotion. Will you support the positive promotion of cycling, including cycle skills training, for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities?
For further information on Vote Bike, visit the website www.ctc.org.uk/votebike.
To send a message or to see candidates' responses use the online action at www.votebike.org.uk