Work set to start on new cycle way in Verulamium Park

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News release: 07 March 2012
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Plans to put in place new cycle routes in Verulamium Park in St Albans are set to come to fruition, with works due to begin later this month.

Cllr Daniel Chichester-Miles, Portfolio Holder for Environment at St Albans City & District Council, met with members of the Verulamium Park Consultative Forum on 5 March to discuss the project for delivery of cycling in the park.  Cllr Chichester-Miles presented plans and answered questions from the Consultative Forum.  The feedback from the meeting was positive and provided some clear areas for further investigation prior to implementation of the new cycle way. The slides presented as part of the project discussion can be seen on the Council’s website at http://www.stalbans.gov.uk/transport-and-streets/walking_cycling/Cyclinginverulamiumpark.aspx

This new cycle path initiative follows a decision by Full Council last July to work in partnership with Hertfordshire County Council to provide east/west and north/south cycle routes in the park.  Consultation with residents and the need to take into account the safety of all park users were seen as important criteria.  Council’s decision came after a petition was presented at the July Council meeting by the St Albans Cycle Campaign.

Cllr Chichester-Miles said:  “After many years of delay, this scheme highlights our desire to deliver facilities that benefit all residents of St Albans and the new leadership’s commitment to promoting a sustainable, environmentally friendly community, in this case through the provision a quality cycle route. I am very much looking forward to seeing the end result soon.”

The design work for the new cycle way incorporates ideas put forward by residents, elected members, Hertfordshire County Council, District Council officers, external experts and other groups. 

The safety of all park users is fundamental to the design.  Speed bumps and different coloured surfaces are both featured.   Signage is being kept to a minimum and will be as unobtrusive as possible, in keeping with the park setting. 

The ongoing involvement of key stakeholders, including access groups and others, will be vital in successful delivery of the project. 

It is currently envisaged that works will begin later in March. 


Member contact:
Cllr Daniel Chichester-Miles, Portfolio Holder for Environment
St Albans City and District Council
Tel: 01582 766479;  Mobile: 07701099503


Contact for the press:
Claire Wainwright, Principal Communications and Marketing Officer
St Albans City and District Council
Tel: 01727 819572
E-mail: claire.wainwright@stalbans.gov.uk
www.stalbans.gov.uk