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.

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