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Have your say on walking and cycling routes

21 September 2022
Cyclists

Would you like to get around more safely in North Herts and without using your car?

Please have your say on our new Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) which sets out ideas for creating safer pavements, footpaths, pedestrian crossings and cycle routes. The consultation is being held by Hertfordshire County Council (HCC), in partnership with North Herts Council, and will run from 26 September to 7 November.

Councillor Ruth Brown, North Herts Executive Member for Planning and Transport, said: “This consultation is relevant to everyone, whether you walk, cycle, use a pram, wheelchair or mobility scooter. It’s about making pavements wider, junctions safer, and adding more pedestrian crossings, as well as creating more segregated routes for cycling.

“The council declared a Climate Emergency in 2019 and this walking and cycling plan is an important step in improving the options for sustainable travel within the district. We want to provide realistic alternatives to using a car and encourage travelling on foot or by bike as much as possible, especially for shorter journeys. It not only reduces carbon emissions, which is good for our environment, but is also beneficial to our physical and mental health.

“Please take this opportunity to have you say, so we can ensure that precious funding is used to make improvements where they will have the most impact.”

Cllr Phil Bibby, Executive Member for Highways and Transport at HCC, added: "By increasing access to walking and cycling initiatives in North Hertfordshire we'll help to improve health, air quality, road safety and reduce traffic congestion. Our aim is to offer all residents a cleaner, greener and healthier Hertfordshire. Having an up-to-date walking and cycling plan for the district puts us in an excellent position to help achieve this."

All relevant information - the plan and short consultation survey - can be found on the HCC website: Local cycling and walking infrastructure plans (LCWIPs).

You can also find out more at one of the events below:

Hitchin

Councillors’ Community Surgery – Saturday 1 October, 10.30am-12pm, at Market Place

Town Talk – Tuesday 11 October, 6.30-7.15pm, at Christchurch, Bedford Road

Royston

Town Talk – Wednesday 12 October, 6.30-7.15pm, at Royston Town Hall (Hardwicke Room)

Engagement event – Monday 17 October, 3:15–7pm, at Royston Town Hall (Committee Room)

Letchworth

Councillors’ Community Surgery – Saturday 15 October, 10.30am-12pm, at Garden Square Shopping Centre

Knebworth

Engagement event – Thursday 20 October, 3.15-7.30pm, at St Martin's Parish Centre

Baldock

Town Talk – Monday 31 October, 6.30-7.15pm, at Baldock Community Centre (Youth Wing)

Engagement event – Thursday 3 November, 3:15–7pm, at Baldock Community Centre (Youth Wing)