New cycle path on Woods Ave Hatfield – work in progress photos

By | 29th April 2018

I took a short ride up to see how works are progressing on the western end of Wood Ave, Hatfield.  These works extend the segregated cycle path up the hill from the existing path at Oxlease roundabout and ends at the entrance to the University Halls of Residence on Bishops Rise.  It was funded by planning gain from the rebuilding of the halls and is intended to help students cycle to and from the town centre and the station.

The new route starts at Oxlease with a short section of segregated cycle path to avoid the trees. The rest of the route is wide (3m) shared use path, as you can see in the foreground, as yet unsurfaced.

Start of extension cycle path works at Oxlease showing section where cyclists are routed away from pedestrians round the trees.

Woods Ave extension looking west from Oxlease

At Briars Lane we could have had a raised crossing to give pedestrians and cyclists priority over cars.  But despite references to this in district and county council policies, it’s not yet in their standards for cycle routes.

View of junction of Briars Lane where the cycle path crosses this road.

Briars Lane junction

From Briars Lane to Chantry Lane the route is complete apart from top surface and any markings.

Section of cycle path which has nearly been completed.

Woods Ave; nearly finished bit

At Chantry Lane there is even less excuse for not providing a raised crossing.  However, the corners have been tightened to improve sight lines.

View of junction of Chantry lane which the cycle path crosses.

Chantry Lane junction

From Chartry Lane to the roundabout on Bishops Rise works are still at an earlier stage.   This is looking east towards Woods Ave from the University side of Bishops Rise.  Paint on the road show there is some work not yet stared to do around the entrance to the University and plus a short section of shared use path heading south towards Hill Top.  This should enable cyclists turning right at this junction to turn onto the cycle path and go round the roundabout off road.    Sadly the obvious extension to local shops and residential areas is yet to be funded.

Photo of works on Bishops Rise to modify a traffic island for the cycle route.

Woods Ave extension: Bishops Rise

So on the plus side, a useful extension to cycle routes in Hatfield.  On the down side, still too much priority to road vehicles and not enough money to get to Hill Top.  We’ll keep campaigning.

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About Adam Edwards

Adam Edwards is the current chair of WelHatCycling. As a parent of two what matters most to him is utility cycling: getting to school, work, the shops. He is particularly keen on group rides which involve cake. With his son Freddy, he's ridden all the way from Hatfield to Edinburgh on a tandem.