2014 to be county’s ‘Year of Cycling’ as plans for Tour of Britain route get under way

Tour of Britain
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Hertfordshire’s role in a series of prestigious biking events has prompted public health bosses to name 2014 the county’s ‘Year of Cycling’.

While Herts County Council is supporting the first ever Women’s Tour of an elite group of about 100 racers through the county, it was also announced last month that the sixth stage of the Tour of Britain will finish in Hemel Hempstead on September 12.

The official launch of the Year of Cycling campaign will be held at the Hertfordshire County Show in Redbourn on Saturday, May 24.

The council’s director of public health Jim McManus said: “Cycling is a great way to get fit, keep fit and contribute to a healthy lifestyle. It is also an inexpensive way to travel and can help reduce traffic congestion and pollution.”

A series of Cycle Challenge events for businesses in Hemel Hempstead, Watford and St Albans are being planned for June and July.

Meanwhile, council cabinet member for highways Terry Douris has said plans for the Tour of Britain are already being put into place.

He said: “We will be out with the organisers of the race, looking at the route that it will take and we will make sure that the roads along that route are safe and proper for the cyclists that take part.”