On Your Bike!

Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation has today published a cycling strategy and launched a public consultation to find out what improvements residents would like to see to the Garden City’s cycle network. 

Since last autumn the Foundation has been working with transport advisors and local groups to identify what changes could be implemented and what could encourage more people to cycle; be that as a means of commuting, cycling for pleasure or to keep fit. 

Armed with this information, the Foundation set to work with transport consultancy, Steer Davies Gleave, to develop a strategy which reviews the existing cycling provision in Letchworth and makes suggestions as to how it could be extended further. Some of the suggestions include: improving cycle parking in the town centre, improving the cycling route across Norton Common and extending a town-wide programme of safety training.

The Foundation is now looking for residents to have their say on the suggestions and to vote for those they’d like to see introduced, so that these can be passed to those responsible for such improvements.  

Graham Fisher, Chief Executive of the Foundation (and a keen cyclist himself) commented: “I’m really pleased to be able to launch the consultation for Letchworth’s cycling strategy and I’m looking forward to seeing what comes from the next stage as we open this up for consultation. We’ve had some fantastic support by local groups such as Transition Town Letchworth and the Letchworth Forty Plus Cycling Club; this project wouldn’t have got off the ground without them. 

“Cycling is a fantastic way to keep fit and a great way to explore the green spaces in the town and get around the Greenway. We want residents to get involved in the consultation and let us know what they think and what they want us to consider when it comes to improving the cycle network and infrastructure of the world’s first Garden City.”

Visit www.letchworth.com/cycling-strategy to read the report, share your views and vote on which developments you’d like to see taken further. The cycling consultation will close on Friday 20 July. Responses will then be collated and the revised strategy presented to the local authorities for them to consider.