31 October 2012, 15:08
People power in St Albans has resulted in the first section of a new cycle path open for the city's cyclists.
Mayor of St Albans Cllr Eileen Harris officially opened the first phase of the Verulamium Park cycle path this morning (Weds 31st Oct).
The new north/south stretch of cycle route runs through the park between Abbey Mill Lane and King Harry Lane.
The 670m stretch of path (about 0.4 miles) provides an important link between a number of other green transport routes. St Albans City Council told Heart they're keen to see improvements in safety and facilities for cyclists and to develop a more cycle friendly culture in the District - the new route will allow cyclists to avoid busy city centre routes including Holywell Hill.
The path was constructed following a 1,000 strong petition organised by St Albans Cycle Campaign and representations from the public.
Engineering and concrete works were carried out along the entire length of the route and the resulting path is newly surfaced - safety fencing, signs and speed restriction measures and bollards are being installed.
Speaking to Heart, Environment City Cllr Daniel Chichester-Miles said: "After many years, cyclists and park users are able to cycle through Verulamium Park. Such projects are complicated when you are dealing with what was historically a pedestrian route with an Ancient Scheduled monument. I am very pleased we managed to overcome the issues and press on to deliver what will become an important route for cyclists coming into the city."