Operation Velo to Target Close Passing in Cambridge

On Feb 22nd the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Road Policing Unit announced the launch of Operation Velo which will be targeting, amongst other things, unsafe passing of cyclists. Initially this will be launched in Cambridge City Centre but there are plans to roll it out across the county as well as Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.

CycleHerts has been lobbying for a close pass initiative in Hertfordshire for some time and has been compiling a map showing stretches of road where cyclists are reporting frequent close passing.


Stevenage Cycleway Inspection

On January 16th Councillor Jim Brown of Stevenage Borough Council accompanied HCC employees Ian Davidson (Highway Locality Manager, North Herts and Stevenage) and Mike Moralee (Assistant Highway Manager, North Herts Group) on an inspection of the Stevenage cycleway network. Here is Jim’s report.

Welwyn Hatfield Space for Cycling 2018

WelHatCycling have updated their Space for Cycling document for 2018. The document places the national Space for Cycling campaign themes in a local context, for district and county councillors and other stakeholders.

Air Quality Benefits from Active Travel

Eunomia and Sustrans have been working to develop a model that measures air quality benefits from increased active travel. It is estimated that more than 12,000 premature deaths from air pollution alone would be prevented over 10 years if both England and Scotland reached their respective goals to get more people to walk and cycle. In addition there would be £9.31 billion worth of benefits to the economy over the same time period. Read more.

New Member, 2018 Meetings etc

If you look at the CycleHerts website you may have noticed that it lists a new member organisation. The A10 Corridor Cycling Campaign is an independent campaign to improve cycling conditions along the A10 corridor between Royston and Cambridge.

Not so obvious are the 2018 meeting dates, but if you click on Meetings under Resources you will see that they have been set. The four meetings will all be on Thursdays at 19:30 – please put the following dates in your diary (venues yet to be decided):

  • Thursday 1st February
  • Thursday 19th April (AGM)
  • Thursday 19th July
  • Thursday 25th October

Hertfordshire County Council is consulting on the Local Transport Plan (LTP4).

2018 has been designated Hertfordshire’s first Year of Physical Activity.

On September 19th the Road Danger Reduction Forum, in partnership with West Midlands Police, held a training day on “Policing close passing of cyclists and related behaviours” courtesy of West Midlands Fire Service in Birmingham. Here is a summary of where police forces are with this.

Is your child’s school trying to ban or discourage cycling? Here’s a Cycling UK guide designed to help tackle the sort of barriers that keep cropping up.

Transport for London recently released a report on Understanding and Managing Congestion produced for them by Integrated Transport Planning Ltd. Meanwhile in the Guardian, Will Norman (London’s walking and cycling commissioner) wrote an article about how protected cycle lanes are one of the best ways to reduce congestion in London, carrying up to five times as many people per hour as a main road.

Getting the most out of Rights of Way

The STACC public meeting this Thursday 25th May will feature a presentation by Phil Escritt titled “Getting the most out of Rights of Way” in which he will talk about methods for achieving rights of way improvements for cyclists, walkers and horse-riders. The meeting will take place at 19:30  in the Marlborough Road Methodist Church, AL1 3XG

Update to “Ownership of Cycle Routes” Document

On our website there is a link to a table showing the body responsible for maintenance of various cycle routes. For the Cole Green Way the table showed “HCC Rights of Way Team” but that turns out to have been incorrect. Bob Fenton at Rights of Way explained that the Cole Green Way is not a recorded public highway or right of way, but the land is within the ownership of HCC and is maintained by the Rural Estates team as a permissive route. In wet weather sections of the route become wet and muddy and Rural Estates is aware of the problem but they do not currently have the money to fix it.

I asked Bob Fenton to review the document for other similar errors and he came up with three corrections:

  • Jersey Lane was listed as “HCC as highway authority” but that is just the tarmac bits, there rest is maintained by the rights of way team.
  • Ayot Greenway (like the Cole Green Way) was listed as “HCC rights of way team” but again it is actually under rural estates.
  • Finally there is Keyfield Terrace in St Albans which was listed as “HCC as highway authority due to right of way being hard surfaced”. Keyfield Terrace itself is public highway so it is maintained by HCC as highway authority. There is an adjacent right of way through the car park but it is just a footpath (St Albans City 19/HCC 67). Since it is not a cycle route Keyfield Terrace was removed from the table.