19 May 2015

Sandridgebury Lane drainage works

Sandridgebury Lane is scheduled to be closed from 26 May for 20 working days, between 0730h and 1700h to enable drainage repair works to be carried out.  Naturally the announcement does not indicate whether cycle and pedestrian access will be possible.  They do state that emergency vehicle access will be maintained and that they will try to maintain access to properties and businesses.  They note that the programme may change due to weather. Diversion route is via Harpenden Road, Beech Road and Sandridge / St Albans Road.
If you are not prepared to chance it, look up www.hertsdirect.org/roadworks or ring 0300 123 4047 or email hertsdirect@Hertfordshire.gov.uk and quote permit number BR5201 0000 87705

11 May 2015

NCN 20th anniversary celebration

On Saturday 9 May three STACC members participated in the NCN 20th Anniversary celebration tour organised by WelHatCycling.  The tour started in Welwyn Garden City mid-morning and collected a STACC member and several others at the Galleria en route to lunch at the Inn on the Park.  Two more STACC members joined the ride here, while the first one peeled off for home as we headed towards Harpenden.
It was great to meet up with neighbouring campaigners - as well as friends from WelHatCycling we got to know people from Luton & Dunstable Cycling Forum

NCN routes ridden were (assuming start from WGC)
NCN12 (WGC to Hatfield);
NCN 61 (Alban Way);
St Albans Green Ring (Alban Way to Batchwood Drive);
NCN 6 (St Albans to Harpenden)
lanes and bridleways across south east Harpenden
NCN 57 (Marquis Lane to Leasey Bridge)
the Lower Luton Road to Wheatampstead - yes, we would prefer a cycle-friendly alternative!
NCN57 again (Ayot Greenway)
NCN 12 (Ayot Green to WGC)

Well done and thank you to WelHatCycling and the Sustrans active travel champions for a super day out.

16 Apr 2015

50 Mile Ride 3 May 2015 Hertford (Not STACC organised)

I have been asked to publicise this event - in aid of a foundation in memory of Ellis Clark a victim of Bone Cancer in childhood you can read more about it at www.ellisharrietclark.com.

(As I have had to extract the text from a PDF document sent to me the presentation of this post is a bit ragged.)


On 3rd May 2015
Start 7.30am-9.30am set off - HERTFORD
Don’t miss your last chance to enter our cycling event through Hertfordshire’s finest countryside,
and tackle that one timed hill. From first timers, to passionate peddlers, everyone is welcome!
For more information visit; www.ellisharrietclark.com
or call Billie 07944 684 411                       @EHCFoundation

• The best looking, most passionate crew of marshals you’ll ever come across
• 3 x free fuel stops along the route for all entrants
• BBQ, Beers, Live Band, Bouncy Castle and brilliant atmosphere at the finish line. A great way to enjoy the Bank Holiday Weekend
• Travelling mechanic on call for any bike issues on the day; Sponsored by the mighty team at www.highwaycycles.co.uk
• A fully timed course with a confirmation of your completion time TEXT to you on completion! (if you
provide your mobile number on entering)

• Full Retul Bike Fit worth £125 at FIT-ME-UP for the Most Passionate Peddler on The 1 Timed Hill (week
day appointment only)
• A meal for 2 at the picturesque Millstream Pub for the Best Dressed Rider
• A nights bed and breakfast at the legendary Hertford House Hotel for the Highest Fundraiser
• £100 Voucher at Britains Best Bike Shop wwwhighwaycycles.co.uk for the rider with the best
passion, pace and panache

ENTER NOW! Go To ellisharrietclark.com and click on ENTER.  (Entry on the day subject to availability)


Can I ask anyone who enters the event to  add a comment to this blog entry for info.
Enjoy ,

15 Apr 2015

Tour of Hertfordshire Series

If the wording on the poster is a bit tiny, go to www.hertscycling.com to get the details.  Four days of circuit racing and fun.  STACC members - please note Sunday 5 July is Fete du Velo in Redbourn - do come along and help staff a STACC stall and have a great day out.

26 Mar 2015

Alban Way interest

You have until 6th April to visit the excellent exhibition in the community room at the Museum of St Albans on Hatfield Road.  The exhibition is called Bringing the History of Smallford Station to Life.  Fascinating stuff, with pictures of the Alban Way down the years from the 1860s.
No vegetation whatsoever in railway days, all open views, which puts a perspective on the current adverse reactions to selective clearing of trees and scrub along the Alban Way to create and maintain a more diverse set of habitats for flora, fauna and people.

20 Mar 2015

Jennings Road bridge link works - and Sutton Road closure

Works on the Green Ring are happening at various locations, most of which don't particularly affect you (traffic controls / walk past).  But the Jennings Road link bridge to Lemsford Road is due to be worked on for five days from Monday 23 March, so you may need to divert via York Road (steps) or Sandpit Lane (busy road with splitter islands) . 

Update 25 March: Road works for the Woodstock Sth to Sutton Road progressing, note Sutton Rd adjacent to the Rats Castle is closed approx 9.30 - 16.00 at present.  If you want to join the Albans Way in Fleetville use Morrison’s gate; take great care going through the car park!

The Green Ring is shown on the new fully revised St Albans District Cycle Map. The new map is now live on the St Albans District Council cycling webpages. STACC member households got a copy with their 2015 membership cards.    You can pick up a copy of the map at local libraries, cycle shops, Tourist Information Centre and at the Council offices. You can also ask to be sent a copy by emailing cycling@stalbans.gov.uk.

21 Jan 2015

Film Night - Tuesday 10 February - SUCCESS!

The STACC Winter Public Meeting this year is in a different format - a film night!  We will be showing the documentary 'Bicycle', issued last year and very well received.  The film tells the story of cycling in Britain, weaving in bicycle design, sport and transport.  The film is 86 minutes long
The screening is in the Council Chamber, St Albans District Council Offices, St Peters Street, St Albans.  Doors open 7.15pm for 7.30pm start.  Admission is free, donations towards the cost of the screening can be made. 
UPDATE: we were a bit nervous, as putting on a film show does incur significant outlay.  But when there were already ten people in the room at ten past seven, and all seats were taken by seven thirty, we were very glad we had given it a go.  We had some very positive feedback.  The film packs a lot in, with Chris Boardman in particular spanning from athletic effort (the Barcelona Olympic Gold Medal on the Lotus superbike, designed by Mike Burrows, also featured in the film) to everyday cycling.