The Ranty Highwayman)
In my last post, I recounted a recent cycling safari which started in Hatfield and I left you with as close to a cliffhanger as I can get with kerbs at the edge of Welwyn Garden City. This post completes the journey which ended up in the New Town of Stevenage.
To recap, then. The cliffhanger was the entrance to an underpass;
To be precise, this is the junction of the A1000 Chequers/ Howlands/ Chequersfield which to those driving is nothing particularly exciting. For those walking and cycling, it’s something a little unusual. The roads approaching the roundabout ramp up which means that the ramp down into the underpass isn’t as steep as it might otherwise be and so keeps everything compact (relatively speaking);
The centre of the roundabout is open to the sky and the visibility through the tunnels is good (no 90° turns at a subway wall here). What is noticeable is the age of the infrastructure. This has been around a long time with the faded red cycle tracks, small clumps of weeds at the edge of the paving and not quite 100% perfect accessibility for pedestrians. However, what this also says is the original design and construction was pretty much bullet-proof. Let’s take a quick ride through;