TTL want to encourage more walking and cycling in the town. We conducted a Cycle Survey (Survey Results) to find out where improvements could be made to make cycling a more attractive option and have formed a forum with local cyclists and cycling groups to produce a plan for a continuous network of safe cycling routes throughout the town (LetchworthCyclePlanEdition1).
Cycle and Scooter Parking
Transition Town Letchworth have been working in partnership with North Hertfordshire District Council Communities Team to utilise S106 sustainable transport funds to increase cycle and scooter parking at community venues across the town. Transition Town Letchworth cycle survey gave feedback on where additional bike parking would be beneficial. The needs of local schools, the scout and guide movement, churches (whose halls are used by many community groups) and social housing providers were identified. Scooter racks, bike racks and bike shelters have been manufactured for installation at eight schools, the guide hall, a scout hut, a local church, the leisure centre, the town centre and at four groups of flats where there is high cycle utilisation. Shelter Expert, who have provided and installed the majority of the equipment, refurbished two existing bike shelters which would have needed to be replaced, and this has not only helped the budget go further but has also lowered the projects environmental footprint. The project once completed will support increased cycling through the provision of 348 additional bike parking places and 185 scooter parking places across the town.
TTL promote evening courses in bicycle maintenance. We promote evening courses in bicycle maintenance. The courses,which takes place at St.Paul’s Church Hall, Pixmore way, Letchworth, runs for five weekly sessions (7:30pm-9:00pm) and costs £15 to £20 depending on the number of attendees.
The cycle maintenance course for non-electric machines covers fault finding, adjustments, basic maintenance, repairs, and get you home needs. Participants need to bring their bicycles with them as there is lots of practical work involved. The course is tutored by Frank, who is keen to get as many cyclists on the road as possible. In his spare time he also helps Sustrans, which is the charity which is creating the British national network of cycleways, including Letchworth’s very own Route no.12. Please contact us and we’ll put you in touch with the course co-ordinator.
TTL members also have a keen interest in the development of electric vehicles and a number of us now drive electric cars. There is lots of knowledge to be shared by the group if you are thinking of changing to an electric vehicle.
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