Riders go distance as funding is confirmed

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HUNDREDS of workers from Hemel Hempstead joined others from Watford and St Albans to cycle a total of more than 41,000 miles – the equivalent of pedalling over one and a half times around the world.

The riders were taking part in the Big Herts Cycle Challenge, a month-long competition between workplaces which aimed to encourage as many new people to cycle as possible.

A total of 703 people from 43 organisations saddled up to see who could get the greatest percentage of staff taking part.

Of these, 133 people took to a bike for the first time in over a year as they did their bit to help their workplace ride to victory.

The event finished as it was announced that Dacorum Borough Council has been successful in a bid for funding of more than £2 million to invest in more sustainable methods of transport.

The share of £10 milliom allocated to projects in Dacorum, St Albans and Watford from a Department for Transport pot, will be spent on projects designed to encourage more environmentally friendly methods of travel around Maylands Business Park.

These include creating new pedestrian and cycling routes between the business park and Hemel Hempstead town centre, improving bus services between Maylands, the town centre and main railway station, and also improving the general environment in and around the business park and the surrounding area.

If you’d like more information about the projects and ways to travel to and from Maylands, you can visit the website at www.maylandsonthemove.co.uk