Hertfordshire Cycling is primarily promoting the health benefits of cycling and also providing Bikeability training to children and adults. It began with a 'year of' from May 2014 to June 2015 using cycling events such as the Women's Tour stages around Welwyn Garden City (2014), Waltham Cross, Stevenage and Hemel Hempstead (2015) and the 2014 Tour of Britain stage finish in Hemel Hempstead and the 2015 'Tour of Hertfordshire series' of cycling festivals to catch the interest of the public. The Tour Series ran again in 2016, sponsored by Tarmac.
Space for Cycling is a national campaign for better conditions for cycling. It was started by the London Cycling Campaign and is now running nationwide. This campaign is getting more active in advance of County Council elections in 2017.Take action! We have set up a page on our website devoted to our local campaign. There you will get the link to send an email to your County Councillor asking them to support cycling. You just put in your postcode and the website comes up with a prepared email which you can edit before it goes. There are also links to the national and London camapaign sites.
HCC School Journey Planner lets you input your address and the school that you want to get to, and it will give you travel options for public transport, walking, cycling and driving. It gives distances and times and also calories. There are some oddities in the suggestions, but useful for making comparisons.
Places to go locally
EnjoyStAlbans – attractions, events, places to eat and accommodation in the district. Also has maps.
The Chiltern Cycleway is a 170 mile loop around the Chilterns. It passes through Harpenden and Redbourn. Created by the Chiltern Conservation Board with help from CTC/Cycling UK and the Chiltern Society.
And for lots of information, events, rides, bike hire, and so on, go to Cycle Chilterns Also known as the Chilterns Sustainable Gateways Project, this is a three-year project (2012 – 15) to increase car-free tourist travel from gateway towns in the Chilterns, linking to the Chilterns Cycleway.
Maps and Guides
The National Cycle Network is a series of traffic-free paths and quiet on-road routes that connect to every major city and passes within a mile of 55 per cent of UK homes. It now stretches 14,700 miles across the length and breadth of the UK.
CycleStreets is a UK-wide cycle journey planner system, which lets you plan routes from A to B by bike. It is designed by cyclists, for cyclists, and caters for the needs of both confident and less confident cyclists.
Bikeability is the national cycle training scheme. There are three levels, with levels 1 and 2 offered at all Hertfordshire primary schools. But Bikeability is for all ages. Registered trainers are listed on the Bikeability website in this section.
Cyclenation is the national federation of Cycle Campaign Groups.
Cyclists’ Touring Club (CTC) now renamed Cycling UK – national cycling organisation that has always campaigned for cycling and cyclists, as well as advising members on touring and technical matters.
Sustrans - developed the concept and co-ordinates the development of the National Cycle Network, working with Local Authorities and partner organisations to identify future routes and, in some cases, providing the funding to build extensions. Also works with communities and local authorities, promoting Active Travel, Safe Routes to Schools etc.
Bikeweek is the biggest nationwide cycling event in the UK. Bike Week encourages over half a million people to join in events, rethink their everyday journeys and switch to cycling as the most convenient way to get around. Usually the third week in June.
Brake is a road-safety charity that exists to stop the needless deaths and serious injuries that happen on roads every day, make streets and communities safer for everyone, and care for families bereaved and injured in road crashes. Brake promotes road-safety awareness, safe and sustainable road use and effective road-safety policies.
The ETA (Environmental Transport Association) is a carbon-neutral provider of vehicle breakdown, bicycle and travel insurance for the environmentally concerned consumer.