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Highly commended for walking and cycling

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Luton Borough Council has been commended at the National Transport Awards for work that has led to significant increases in walking and cycling in Luton over the last three years.

​Recognition was made in the ‘excellence in walking and cycling category’ during a prestigious ceremony at the Westminster Park Plaza in London.

Luton’s submission outlined how we have achieved a 20 per cent growth in journeys undertaken on foot and 40 per cent increase in cycling from 2011-14, by encouraging modal shift. Special mention was given to journeys to and from school and work and the creation of realistic and alternative routes for walkers and cyclists.

Related schemes have also seen promotion of Luton’s parks and open spaces, and encouragement for residents to become more active and healthy.

Cllr Paul Castleman, portfolio holder for transport planning and infrastructure, said: “The award recognises a lot of hard work, not only by us, but also partners including Sustrans, the Luton and Dunstable Cycling Forum, Stockwood Park’s Discovery Bike Project and JMP, who led our successful personal journey planning promotion.”

Achievements include:

  • creating six new community cycle hubs, providing training, rides and maintenance for more than 500 young people and adults
  • cycling promotion with key employers, and improved cycle parking for businesses, community groups and rail stations
  • bikeability training for more than 7,000 school pupils
  • improved infrastructure for walkers and cyclists across the borough, through traffic calming, bus priority measures and 20mph zones

Cllr Castleman added: “Provision of the Luton Dunstable busway shared use path and work to refurbish the Riverside Way cycle and footpath has been particularly popular, and there is also now significantly improved access for walkers and cyclists around M1 J10a and into the town centre.

“The real success of our work is the knock-on benefits this will have on health, the environment and reducing traffic congestion.

“In a dense urban environment more than a quarter of Luton’s cycle network is off-road, which demonstrates our commitments to make better use of our open space and improving existing routes.”

Does your workplace need cycle parking?

Calling employers in Luton for last few orders to the Park that Bike Scheme!

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To apply for free cycle parking visit http://www.parkthatbike.info 

Luton businesses, community groups, surgeries, shops, offices, churches - in fact almost any organisation that has staff, visitors or customers who arrive by bike are eligible to apply to the Park that Bike Scheme.  We expect the Park that Bike Scheme for Luton to be complete by Christmas 2015 so put in your order now!

Organisations can apply for up to four cycle stands free of charge. Successful applicants will then be responsible for installing the equipment on their own premises in a location agreed with the scheme organiser

Heart-shaped stands, wall-mounted rails, PlantLocks (a combined planter and bike rack) and free-standing ‘toast-racks’ are available.

The Cycle Network grows!

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Luton's cycle network continues to grow, adding to well established routes such as the National Cycle Network Route 6.  In addition most of the residential streets are part of 20 mph zones where quieter routes can be followed by bike.

The new M1 Junction 10A has an off road shared use path to see cyclists and walkers safely across from London Road to the A1081 to Harpenden with a link into Capabillity Green Business Park.

The Busway from Luton town centre to Dunstable and Houghton Regis has an off road path for cyclists and walkers next to the route (not suitable for road bike tyres).  This provides a link to the Luton and Dunstable Hospital and the Luton Town Football Club.

Town Centre improvements - cyclists can travel along Guildford Street which is now a quieter route with local traffic only.  This includes an attractive new area with seating and cycle parking.

The new Inner Ring road by Luton Station from Huckleby Way to Hitchin Road has a shared use cycle and walkway along its full length.

There is also a new on road, signed, quieter route called the White Hill Way.  This shows cyclists the way from the town centre to the Inspire Sports Village in Stopsley and onwards to the Borough Boundary on Putteridge Road where a public byway and bridleway can be followed across country towards Hitchin.

Casual Cycle Trainer Vacancies

Are you a regular, confident on-road cyclist with a roadworthy cycle to use for training?

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Luton Borough Council is looking for experienced cyclists, who would like flexible working hours and the opportunity to help children and adults achieve the confidence to ride on the road.

Casual Cycle Instructors coach children and adults in groups and individually.  Working hours are flexible as most of the cycle training is carried out in school during weekdays, with some optional evening and weekend work.

Candidates must be willing to undertake appropriate nationally accredited cycle training, first aid training and to cycle around Luton for the purpose of training on a daily basis. To be a fully qualified National Standards Cycle Instructor you have to be 18 years old.   Applications from candidates are accepted from 17.5 years.

Luton Borough Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff to share this commitment. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS).

National Cycle Network Route 6 (NCN6)

National Cycle Network Route 6 (NCN 6) travels from Milton Keynes, Leighton Buzzard and Dunstable to Leagrave and Luton with mostly traffic free routes. To view the national cycle network go to www.sustrans.org.uk.

NCN 6: Leagrave - Luton

The route from Leagrave starts from the Horseshoe roundabout along by Bramingham Road and is signposted with blue way marker signs. The route follows the banks of the River Lea with a newly surfaced path, away from traffic, to Bancroft Road. Cyclists need to look out for walkers as the route is a shared use path with the Upper Lea Valley Walk. The route can be followed on the Luton Cycle Map where it continues along Riddy Lane to New Bedford Road, next to Barnfield College. The off-road cycle way / footpath travels passed the Bide a While gardens and Wardown Park and continues to the Telford Way bridge.  At this point cyclists may use the bus lane to the town centre cycle parking with cinema and shops by St George’s Square.

NCN 6: Luton - Luton Airport Parkway

National Cycle Network Route 6 links Luton town centre to the Luton Airport Parkway station. Following the Luton Cycle Map cyclists can continue to Capability Green Business Park and Luton Airport from NCN 6. Starting from the top of Park Street with St Mary’s Church and the University of Bedfordshire on the left hand side follow the on-road cycle lane along Park Street. After the junction with Cutenhoe Road, Park Street continues as a residential road to the old Luton Hoo gates. Just before the bridge turn left on the traffic free path that runs next to the playing fields. Turn right under a bridge to the road that leads up to Luton Airport Parkway station.

NCN 6: Luton Airport Parkway - Harpenden

This section is about four and a half miles long and is popular as a leisure and commuter route for cyclists. From Luton Airport Parkway station follow the on-road cycle lane on Parkway Road, just before the roundabout turn left onto the off-road shared use path next to Lower Harpenden Road. Surfaced paths follow a disused railway line from an entrance on Lower Harpenden Road next to the flyover bridge where blue waymarker signs can be followed. The route passes through beautiful countryside next to fields and woodlands. This section of the route is looked after by Sustrans, the sustainable travel charity. Sustrans commissioned a portrait bench for the route and this can be seen at the top of the first hill from Luton with the Luton Hoo estate in the background. There is a new leaflet by Sustrans for this section of the route called the Upper Lea Valley.  From Harpenden cyclists can continue on NCN 6 following roads to Harpenden town centre where the route continues off road to St Albans. Alternatively NCN 57 can be followed off road to Wheathampstead in one direction and to Hemel Hempstead in the other direction from Harpenden town centre.

Cycle Maps

Map of Luton and Dunstable for Cyclists

To download the latest cycle map please click here

The map is handy for both route planning and finding your way around Luton and Dunstable by bike and it clearly shows how the National Cycle Network (NCN) Route 6 passes through Dunstable and Luton from Leighton Buzzard and onto Harpenden. It is possible to follow off road and on road cycle routes shown on the map and also to follow Public Bridleways which cycles may use.

Cyclists are of course able to use all roads. For those who wish to plan a quieter cycle route the 20mph zones are displayed on the map. For those wishing to cycle to shops and other venues cycle parking is shown with a blue symbol. Places to cycle to such as schools, playgrounds, and community centres are also shown.

The cover side of the map has inset maps of Luton town centre and Dunstable town centre providing more detail for cyclists. There is also a map of the Marsh Farm Cycle Network in Luton and a National Cycle Network map showing the cycle routes in the surrounding area.

Read about road safety and cycling with information for cyclists on road signs, cycling and the law, code for cyclists, looking after your bike and cycling security.

Planning your Cycle Route

Planning your cycle route to work, college or university can be a great help to start off your daily commute.

Where to Cycle?

Cyclists are able to ride on all roads in Luton (except the motorway). Experienced cyclists feel confident cycling on major roads and do so for a quicker journey. It is possible to plan a quieter cycling route by using on-road cycle lanes, off-road shared use cycle way / footpaths and also the large areas of 20mph zones in Luton. With a mountain bike cyclists are able to use public bridleways that often have an earth track surface. Cyclists do not have a legal right to cycle on footpaths, please keep to roads, cycle ways and bridleways.

Resources to Plan your Cycle Route

There are websites with journey planners for cycling that can plan a route for you depending on your starting point and your destination. Journeys can be based on the quickest or quietest routes. Have a look at:

www.cyclestreets.net

routes.bikehub.co.uk

Cycle to School

Cycling to school is fun and enables children to travel independently. It is a good way of including activity in daily life and has environmental benefits. If you cycle with friends or family it also presents an opportunity to socialise.

The NHS recommends cycling or walking to school as a way of keeping active as a family, and it helps children to stay at a healthy weight. Children need to have at least 60 minutes of moderate activity each day and cycling to school provides an opportunity to build activity into the daily lives of children.

For each child who cycles to school, a parent's car is left at home. Leaving the car at home eases congestion around the school gate, improves local air quality and cuts down carbon emissions that contribute to global warming.

Benefits of choosing to cycle to school include:

  • Children working better in lessons
  • Children who feel fitter and more independent
  • Parents may choose to cycle to school with their children
  • Children may choose to cycle to school together

Cycle Clubs

Luton & Dunstable Cycling Forum

The Luton & Dunstable Cycling Forum represents local cyclists. It meets on a monthly basis, either for a formal meeting with council representatives or socially. It also runs a popular free led ride programme.

For further details e-mail (luton.dunstable.cycleforum@gmail.com) or visit their Facebook page.

CTC the national cycling organisation - http://www.ctc.org.uk
CC Luton – www.ccluton.com
Forty Plus Cycling Club – www.fortypluscc.co.uk
Icknield Road Club – www.icknield-roadclub.org.uk
iCycle – www.icycle.cc
Leighton Buzzcycles – buzzcycles.btck.co.uk

Sustrans, join the movement.  A charity enabling people to choose healthier, cleaner and cheaper journeys. www.sustrans.org.uk
 

Cycle Shops

Bloomfield Cycles, Luton - www.bloomfieldcycles.co.uk - 01582 454477
Dysons Cycles, Dunstable - 01582 665533
My Bike Shop, Luton - www.mybikeshopluton.co.uk - 01582 493636
Pedalworks, Dunstable - www.pedalworks.co.uk - 01582 478070
Halfords - www.halfords.com - Luton store: 01582 422525;

Halfords -  www.halfords.com - Dunstable store: 01582 609841
Cycle King, Luton - www.cycleking.co.uk - 01582 723333

Disclaimer: Travel Luton neither encourage nor discourage residents from using the shops listed and cannot be held responsible for services offered.

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