New cycle map set to boost pedal power in St Albans City and District

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News release: 11 June 2010

A free cycle map is being launched by St Albans City and District Council as part of a move to encourage residents to leave their cars at home and take to their bikes instead.

cycle map, St Albans City and District Council

By opting for pedal power over driving, residents will help reduce carbon dioxide emissions in St Albans City and District and at the same time improve their fitness levels.

The map has been designed to help both new and experienced cyclists plan their routes across the District. It plots a variety of routes and includes information on road surfaces, points of local interest and locations for cycle parking.

The map, which is being launched during National Bike Week, will be available from 19 June at local libraries, local cycle shops, St Albans Tourist and Information Centre, Market Place, St Albans and the Council’s offices at the Civic Centre in St Peter’s Street, St Albans. You can also obtain a copy of the map by emailing cycling@stalbans.gov.uk, telephoning 01727 819359 or downloading it from the Council's website.

Cllr Melvyn Teare, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Sustainability at St Albans City and District Council said: “The map will help demonstrate to residents how they can easily travel around the District by bicycle and it is part of a wider move to help reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the District.”

More information about cycling in the District is available on the Council's website, including maps for local off-road cycling routes, The Alban Way, The Nickey Line and The Ayot Greenway.

Member contact:
Cllr Melvyn Teare, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Sustainability at St Albans City and District Council
Tel: 01727 868086

Contact for the press:
Amanda Wilkinson, Communication Officer
St Albans City and District Council
Tel: 01727 819317
E-mail: amanda.wilkinson@stalbans.gov.uk
www.stalbans.gov.uk

Notes:
Bike Week is from Saturday 19 to Sunday 27 June and will be packed with more than fifteen events organised or supported by the St Albans Cycle Campaign. In particular, there will be a range of cycle rides to suit all ages and abilities but also bike check-ups, barbeques and pub lunches. It is a great way to discover the quiet and beautiful lanes of the area and spend the day in family. Just take your pick by looking at the whole programme - available on the Campaign group's website.

St Albans District and City Council, in order to promote cycling, is also sponsoring a free biker’s breakfast on Tuesday 22nd June. Turn up with your bike and enjoy a FREE breakfast from Tasty Bites on St Peters Street, St Albans. See the Council’s website for more information.