A new six and a half mile cycle track is now open for business in St Albans.
Labelled the St Albans Green Ring, the route takes people around the city’s green spaces and beauty spots. It links Batchwood, Clarence Park, The Wick, the Sopwell Ruins, Westminster Lodge and the Cathedral.
The route, which cost £1million to build, extends from Townsend in the north, to Fleetville in the east, Sopwell in the south and the Verulam Estate to the west.
The ribbon was officially cut on the new track by Deputy Mayor, Councillor Brian Gibbard on Thursday, October 25.
Cllr Gibbard told MyStAlbansNews: “The Green Ring is a fantastic new feature for our city and I urge everyone to take full advantage of it.
“It was a considerable challenge to link and enhance existing paths and cycle ways as well as create new ones to provide one continuous route. I am delighted all the various problems and obstacles encountered have been overcome and it is now complete.
“Residents can now enjoy a relaxing walk or cycle in the fresh air without worrying about the traffic or they can simply use the route to commute around the City.”
Some 13 green spaces are connected by the ring along with at least nine child-related destinations such as schools, play areas and parks.
It formed part of St Albans City and District Council’s 2009 Vision for the City and is intended to encourage green transport and exercise.