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Hertfordshire County Council

Cycle training day

We sent members of our Integrated Transport Projects team and Development Management Implementation team to cycle training, to get a perspective of what it's like being a cyclist and using the roads and cycle paths we currently provide around Hertford town. We wanted to find out how designs may work on paper, but don't work as well as predicated in real life.

The aim of the training was to help our designers understand how their designs and proposals affect the public - in particular pedestrians and cyclists. This will help them to change their thinking and improve designs to keep these users safe.

The training was given by Hertfordshire County Council Cycle Group, who offer training at schools, colleges and other locations, to make sure that cyclists are competent and aware on the roads.

Hackney Cycle Conference 2018

Williams Sale Partnership, who help us to complete highways projects, sent people to visit Hackney Cycle Conference 2018 on our behalf, with over 200 people attending, hearing from expert speakers from across the UK and Europe.

We learnt about air pollution and how poor design at junctions increases harmful gasses. 'Quietways' - cycle routes on quieter London roads - are helping to reduce this problem by blocking roads off using bollards, planters or other methods in order to encourage more cyclists to use routes that are less dominated by vehicles. If people feel safe then they are more likely to use alternate modes of transport rather than the conventional automobile.

We also learnt about 'pilot schemes'. These are schemes that get put on the ground without consultation, with questions being asked after the trial period as to whether the public believed it to be a success or failure. We learnt that people get used to change, and more positive results are achieved once the idea has been experienced.

The use of technology was also a dominant theme throughout the conference, with emphasis on using applications to pinpoint where new infrastructure could make a difference. The application would identify routes without good sustainable transport schemes in place, or where existing infrastructure could be improved.

We'll have more information about what we learned soon - contact us to find out more.