Happy Cycling New Year!
A414 corridor strategy public consultation
We are working on comments on a Hertfordshire County Council public consultation on the A414 corridor. For Welwyn Hatfield this includes the A414 and A1057 Hatfield Road, routes across Hatfield including Comet Way (A1001) and then on east from Mill Green. The document recognises the need for “enhanced” cycle routes, but is thin on any detail such as lighting for the Alban Way, the lack of connecting off road routes across central Hatfield and the need for a parallel cycle path west of Mill Green. Another obvious issue is the lack of maintenance as can be seen form these photos:
You can find the documents about the A414 here: https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/about-the-council/consultations/transport-and-highways/a414-corridor-summary-of-consultation.aspx Sections 7-10 cover Welwyn Hatfield.
If you have comments on this route do please let us know. If local councillors would like to come for an inspection ride, we’d be very happy to arrange this. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
South Way bridge reopen
The spiral cycling and walking bridge over South Way has reopened after a major refurbishment given cyclists a smoother ride over the expansion joints. My thanks to Dave Hurle for the photo and permission to use them.
Following concerns from local residents about cyclists passing through The Sidings estate and crossing Ellenbrook Lane we were consulted on options. We comments on the blind spots caused by the fence round the former Level Crossing keepers house which prevents car drivers seeing bikes and suggested building out the kerb to narrow Ellenbrook Lane over the corssing. We also commented on car speeds as some drivers have been driving fast over the crossing when heading towards the dead end of the lane. At one stage it looked like we might see more gates obstructing the cycle path but instead this has now been changes to Look both ways warnings for cyclists and additional Slow markings for drivers painted on the surfaces. Unfortunately the HCC contractors forgot to do the middle junction, which is being chased up. The new markings look like this:
Facebook and Twitter
WelHatCycling are on both social media and so from time to time you will see us forward or post news to one or the other. Do please join us:
Diary date: Alban Way litter pick
As part of Clean Up Hatfield week we will be picking litter on the Alban Way in Hatfield on Saturday 6th April 2019. See the events section for more information.
Join us for coffee on Wednesday 9th January 2019
Finally, over the winter we continue to meet as a group to plan for 2019 and respond to local projects and issues. If you’d like to join use for coffee and cycling chat, you’ll normally find us at Humphreys, Campus West every second Wednesday at 7.15pm. Do join us if you can.