16 Nov 2014

ABBEY LINE Temporary Closures for upgrade work

This is important news for all passengers, especially those who make multi-mode journeys, bike-on-train, on the Abbey Line between St Albans & Watford.

Though a bus replacement service will operate in the periods of closure, I have
 confirmed that there is no facility for carrying bikes on the buses.


First closure period is  
       from 19:40 on Saturday 29 November 2014
       to      05:54 on Monday  29 December  2014
There are additional weekend closures during November (dates/times not  specified on the leaflet which I have used for reference).


Further weekend closures cited for 2015 are
      from Saturday  14 February to Monday 16 February
      from Saturday  21 February to Monday 23 February
      from Saturday    3 April        to Monday   6  April

Useful information sites
      nationalrail.co.uk/watford
      londonmidland.com/abbey

Customer Relations 0121 634 2040

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27 Oct 2014

Green Ring - work on Alban Way between Morrisons and Sutton Road


The pinch point is now just a little squeeze.  Thanks to CycleHerts for the picture, taken on 2 November 2014.  Thanks to SADC for carrying out the work, this is part of the Green Ring route.

Improvements are also being varied out at the Hatfield end of the Alban Way - pruning aplenty.

17 Aug 2014

Smoothie Bike

LUSH had their smoothie bike at the St Albans shop - in the Maltings - over the Bank Holiday weekend.  They invited Hertfordshire Year of Cycling and STACC to come along and help promote the health benefits of cycling.
Two dedicated STACC members handed out loads of leaflets and got very many positive reactions.  Our thanks to LUSH for their hospitality and support.

14 Aug 2014

Fete du Velo - Redbourn Common Sunday 17 August from 2pm to approx 9pm

Post event update:
Following the success of last year's Fete, the Hubmeister organised another Fete this year.  STACC had a presence, six members had a wonderful time in the sunshine, handing out membership forms and cycling maps.  We were supported by South Herts CTC, who had brought along Space for Cycling leaflets.
The advance publicity said: An afternoon of cycling activities and racing. Bike related events on closed roads for all ages and elites. Fastest lap times for all. Food and entertainment on the common. Fun for the whole family.
And so it was.

http://www.hubcoffeebikes.com/events/Fete

14 Jul 2014

Green Ring - get involved

You have until the end of this week to submit comments on Herts County Council's design proposals for four sections of the Green Ring:
D - Ladies Grove, Waverley Road and Everlasting Lane
E - Batchwood Drive and Harpenden Road
F - Boundary Road and Walton Street (and they have added a second option in this area)
G - Lemsford Road
H - Jennings Road, Woodstock Road

You have until Friday 8 August to comment on the other three HCC sections:
A - Hatfield Road and Sutton Road
B2 - Holywell Hill crossing
C - St Michael's, Branch Road, Verulam Road and Oysterfields

There are consultation sessions this week at St Albans District Council offices:
Tuesday 15th, 5.45pm to 8pm
Thursday 17th, 12.45pm to 4pm

STACC will be submitting a response, but we strongly encourage our members to make individual comments also.

All the information is available online, simplest way to access it is via SADC Green Ring webpage

3 Jul 2014

Big Herts Cycle Challenge

Anyone working in Hertfordshire is invited to Join the Fun between 30 June and 20 July.
Big Herts Cycle Challenge is a cycling promotion where workplaces  compete to see who can get the most people riding a bike.  Recruit workmates to ride a bike to climb up the leaderboard and win the Challenge.  People only need to cycle for 10 minutes, but more is OK! There are incentives and prizes.  Any business in Hertfordshire can register and see the results of the rides they log but only businesses registered in St Albans, Watford, Hemel Hempstead, Kings Langley, Abbotts Langley, Apsley, Bricket Wood and London Colney are eligible for prizes.
Unfortunately you have missed the St Albans city centre promotional event with smoothie bikes, BMX stunt displays and Brompton try-outs and more.  It happened today.  Fortunately, some STACC folk did find their way there, so the organisers now have a contact for the cycle campaign.
More info on www.bighertscyclechallenge.org.uk
and on http://www.lovetoride.net type in 'hertfordshire'


One of the 'more' things was Clearspace Buildings.  They make modular buildings, mainly for schools, but they have developed a modular cycle park and shower unit, with support from Rob Hayles, a famously innovative Olympic and World Champion cyclist.  The video on the website shows the unit installed at Watford General Hospital.  The units are proving popular - clients are wanting quality showers and cycle parking in their company buildings as it is something that helps in recruitment of staff.

16 Jun 2014

New Mayor takes office

St Albans City and District Council have announced that Cllr Geoff Harrison has been sworn in as Mayor, and Cllr Janet Churchard as Deputy Mayor.
STACC is delighted to note that the Mayor's CV includes the following 
"Whilst living in Yorkshire, the Mayor helped the charity Sustrans to develop several cycle paths across the county."