Cyclescape is an online campaigning toolkit for cycle campaign groups around the UK.
Don't be fooled by common myths about cycling - use these explanations to help spread the truth!
Is your child's school trying to ban or discourage cycling? Here's a guide designed to help tackle the sort of barriers that keep cropping up
The Local Transport Plan sets out the transport strategy for Hertfordshire. The Plan covers all modes of transport - including walking, cycling, public transport, car based travel and freight - and takes account of the effect of transport on wider aspects including the economy, environment, climate change and social inclusion.
The current plan covers the period 2011-2031. There are a number of supporting strategies of interest to cyclists, including the Active Travel Strategy and the Road Safety Strategy.
The BIGHERTSBIGIDEAS project forms a package of complementary sustainable transport schemes which aims to improve the local economy and reduce carbon emissions in Watford, St Albans and Hemel Hempstead.
Hertfordshire Year of Cycling runs from May 2014 to late summer 2015 and is coordinated by Jez Cox for Hertfordshire County Council. Follow @cycleherts on twitter and check out the photo pool on flickr.
In March 2015 the Department for Transport published its response to the consultation on the draft Cycling Delivery Plan. They noted in section 1.18 that many respondents advocated national cycling infrastructure design standards. Section 1.19 however states "The Government does not consider that the adoption of a single national cycling infrastructure design standard is the best way forward for England at this present time". Instead they suggested that local authorities draw on Welsh Active Travel Design Guidance and the TfL London Cycle Design Standards.
Lack of secure and convenient cycle storage is one of the factors limiting the take up of cycling, so it is important that adequate cycle storage is provided in all new developments. Guidance for new developments varies widely and is not always easy to find. Here are some links to relevant documents for Hertfordshire authorities as well as some neighbouring authorities for comparison. Provision for new residences varies from one space per dwelling to one space per bedroom.
The following quote is from the Three Rivers District Council website and sums up planning obligations quite succinctly:
Planning obligations are private agreements negotiated, usually in the context of planning applications, between local planning authorities and persons with an interest in a piece of land. They are intended to make acceptable development which would otherwise be unacceptable in planning terms. There are two types of obligations. These are a bilateral agreement known commonly as a "Section 106 Agreement", or a "unilateral undertaking". Both are entered into under Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act.
On 9 April 2014 Andrew Wayne Mangham gave a presentation to Welwyn Hatfield Cycling Forum called "Planning for Cyclists", in which he explained how Section 106 agreements work and answered questions about how they can be used to improve cycling facilities. Each local administrative area has their own page on planning obligations:
From the Herts Direct website:
A Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) is a legal order, which allows the Highway Authority (Hertfordshire County Council) to regulate the speed, movement and parking of vehicles. The act governing Traffic Orders is the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 and is enforceable by law.
On this page, you will be able to download and view all the traffic regulation orders that are currently being implemented in each of the local administrative areas.
Consultation is a regulatory process by which the public's input on matters affecting them is sought. Its main goals are in improving the efficiency, transparency and public involvement in large-scale projects or laws and policies. It usually involves notification (to publicise the matter to be consuled on), consultation (a two-way flow of information and opinion exchange) as well as participation (involving interest groups in the drafting of policy or legislation).
You can find out more about Hertfordshire County Council consultations and e-petitions here.
Keep abreast of council proceedings. This page has a calendar of forthcoming meetings and minutes of previous meetings of Hertfordshire County Council. Links to local council meeting minutes are listed below:
This map shows nearly every reported fatality and injury that occurred on roads in Great Britain in the period 2000 to 2010 as a result of a collision involving a motor vehicle.
The CycleStreets Photomap is an excellent place to quickly record examples of good and bad cycling infrastructure. Apps are available for smartphones to upload pictures with captions and automatically place them on the map using your phone's GPS.
TravelWest has collated some useful key evidence from peer-reviewed literature. Over 100 PDFs on subjects such as "Traffic noise and health" and "Representation of cycling in newspapers".
Hertfordshire County Council produces annual Traffic and Transport Data Reports