A new CycleHerts blog post was well overdue and there is plenty to talk about. Our April meeting was cancelled due to Covid-19 so we had to organise stuff by email, including engagement with the process of allocating funds from the DfT Emergency Active Travel Fund. We have had a number of issues with this, see for example our Chair’s response to Hertfordshire County Council on the subject.
CycleHerts member organisations have been busy responding to the South Central Growth and Transport Plan. The public engagement closed on 30 March 2020 and we submitted a couple of response documents. PDF versions are available on the CycleHerts website:
Transport for New Homes believes that everyone should have access to attractive housing, located and designed to ensure that people do not need to use or own cars to live a full life. They have produced a single-page Transport for New Homes Charter, dedicated to the memory of Simon Norton, sponsor of Transport for New Homes.
The CycleHerts response to the A414 Corridor Consultation is now available on the CycleHerts website. CycleHerts only made general comments, but this document also includes detailed comments from St Albans Cycle Campaign on the proposals for cycling in the segments covering Hemel Hempstead, St Albans, and connections to St Albans.
WelHatCycling submitted detailed comments on the segments covering Welwyn Hatfield, which are available on the WelHatCycling website.
At our last meeting we had a presentation about Sustainable Travel Towns, which are a key part of Hertfordshire County Council’s Local Travel Plan. Anyone looking to put together a bid for their town might want to take a look at Smarter Cambridge Transport, a team of over 20 unpaid volunteers whose agenda is about “seeking out, developing and promoting the optimal balance of transport-related ideas for making Cambridge and the surrounding region a great place to live, work and study”. Lots of interesting articles there.
The first CycleHerts meeting of 2019 was held on Thursday 24 January at St Albans Council Offices and was well attended, with 4 people from Hertfordshire County Council, 4 from State Albans Cycling Campaign, 2 from WelHatCycling and 1 each from Spokes, Start Valley CTC and Sustrans. We had three presentations:
Lindsey Lucas (HCC) on the A414 Corridor Study
Trevor Mason (HCC) on Sustainable Travel Towns
Michael Melnyczuk (Sustrans) on the NCN Review
Minutes of the meeting are available online.
London Cycling Campaign and Living Streets have produced an excellent guide to Low Traffic Neighbourhoods.
Interesting to compare it with the 2014 Sustrans policy briefing on their Campaign for Safer Streets.
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.
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.
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.