This section keeps you up to date with our Space for Cycling local campaigning. The campaign is co-ordinated nationally by Cycling UK and in London by LCC.
County Council Elections, 4 May 2017 - we have issued a briefing to our members and to Conservative, Green, Labour and Liberal Democrat candidates. We have already had positive feedback from several candidates, we will update this page shortly. The briefing is attached to this page or click the link to download STACC canvassing briefing v2.pdf
Space for Cycling Roadshow workshops for campaigners were held over the autumn and winter. It is well worthwhile looking at the diary of reports on the workshops they were all different, so the sum of the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. STACC went to the one in Southwark in late January.
Our Space for Cycling briefing document was issued to our ten ward County Councillors in August 2016, along with the Faculty of Public Health briefing on Air Pollution mitigation. Our Space for Cycling briefing can be downloaded below.
STACC Space for cycling priorities-briefing 2 August 2016.pdf
Forty percent of Hertfordshire County Councillors who have already signed up to Space for Cycling represent St Albans district wards - well done us!. Let's get the other six on board! The Cycling UK councillor sign-up tool and map make contacting the councillors very easy.
Maintenance of cycle facilities
These cycle routes are maintained by St Albans City and District Council. Problems with these routes should be reported to the Green Spaces Team telephone 01727 819366.
Rest of Nickey Line - contact Dacorum Borough Council on 01442 228000 and ask for Clean Safe and Green.
• Alban Way (to district boundary)
Rest of Alban Way - contact Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council on 01707 357000
These cycle routes are looked after by Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) as Highways Authority. Use their website to report highway, cycleway or footway hazards to HCC highways department. You can phone to report the hazard to 01438 737320 or use the HCC Customer Call centre 0300 1234 047
CYCLE ROUTES ALONGSIDE ROADS:
• London Road
• A1081 Harpenden Road / St Albans Road
• Cross Lane (Harpenden)
• Keyfield Terrace (St Albans)
• Jersey Lane
• Greenwood Park NCN6 (jointly with St Stephen’s Parish Council)
• Verulamium Park routes (although the park is owned and managed by St Albans District Council, the public rights of way are maintained by HCC)
• NCN6 north of Harpenden to county boundary (jointly with Sustrans)
These routes are bridleways and are maintained by the HCC Rights of Way team. Report any issues to the Customer Call Centre 0300 1234 4047 or email firstname.lastname@example.org:
• Ayot Greenway
• NCN57 old GNR railway line from Leasey Bridge to Harpenden
Report litter and dumped rubbish to District Council teams: St Albans 01727 819285 Welwyn Hatfield 01707 357000 Watford 01932 278503 Hertsmere 020 8207 2277 North Hertfordshire 01462 474000 Dacorum 01442 228000, or report via the Fix My Street website or mobile-phone app.
Potholes Please report these for repair direct to the Cycling UK Fill That Hole website or mobile-phone app.
SUPPORTING THE ACTIVELY CONSIDERATE CYCLIST ON SHARED PATHS
This is the St Albans Cycle Campaign guide to enjoying Space for Cycling where the space is shared with pedestrians. It is a very simple guide, because the skills and techniques for cyclists in shared spaces are very basic.
Shared space is best enjoyed at gentler pace. Always slow down as you approach a walker. Be ready to stop altogether.
As you approach anyone else, let them know you are there. The easy and recognised way to introduce yourself is with a bell. Ring it as soon as you see someone ahead. Ring it again as you get closer. If there is no response from the pedestrian, slow down some more and perhaps call out a friendly greeting. If still no response, slow right down and pass as wide as you can. You might have to stop and wait. For those of you without a bell, improvise with some whistling, singing or kind words.
GET YOUR PRIORITIES RIGHT
Pedestrians have priority. Cyclists give way to pedestrians on shared paths. Many pedestrians are happy to ease your passing if they know you are there – so do say thank you when pedestrians have been good to you! Legally, on segregated paths (those with a white line separating walking and cycling space) walkers are allowed on either side of the line, cyclists aren’t! Shared paths are for pleasure not speed. Be social and enjoy the human and natural environment. It is reasonable for walkers to stroll side-by-side in this environment, don’t expect them to jump out of the way for you!
THIS IS FOR WALKERS TOO!
Most cyclists on shared paths are sensible and considerate; they want a good relationship with those on foot. They appreciate a response in kind, so if you hear a bell, could you give a little wave or other acknowledgement that you know there is a cyclist near?
While some may feel that having cyclists on the path makes it too busy, this can be a good thing for feeling safer in isolated places or at quiet times. And campaigning by cyclists’ groups can result in improvements that benefit walkers too. Cyclists are allies in the cause of safer, healthier and more environmentally friendly conditions for human-powered travel.
TROUBLESHOOTING and TIPS
I rang my bell like crazy but the walkers still jumped out of their skin and glared at me when I rode slowly past. Possible reasons for this are deaf walker or daydreaming walker. It can be worse if the weather is bad, their ears can be covered by hoods, hats and scarves. Go even slower next time, and try a voice call as well as the bell. If the walker is plugged into a personal music player or is fiddling with their phone, the same techniques should be used.
Always slow down and pass as wide as you can. Dogs and children often suddenly move to the side so it is best to not get between dog/child and owner/parent.
Look out for other cyclists. It is usual to keep left as you pass oncoming cyclists, and to ring or call out before passing a cyclist you have caught up with.
Slow down at bends and where there is poor visibility such as at path junctions or where there are hedges and trees.
Use lights after dark.
Use courtesy at all times.
If you are not prepared to be courteous, and to forgo any time schedule.... PLEASE DON'T USE SHARED PATHS. STACC expects its members to set a good example and to encourage all cyclists to enjoy the pleasures of Actively Considerate Cycling.