Walking and Cycling

The District Council has promoted its Cycling Strategy for over 40 years, introducing many new and improved routes to make cycling and walking easier, often in partnership with Hertfordshire County Council and other local organisations.

We want to enable and encourage people of all abilities to use their bike to get around - particularly people who do not often ride a bike. We also want to make walking easier for everyone.

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the Three Rivers District

Take a look at our local cycling and walking knowledge base to help you get around. Let us know if you have any useful contributions. Use this page to find out more about promoted routes and support, or contact - new and current schemes are listed in the section below. 

Three Rivers Cycling Strategy

The District Council has developed and promoted its Cycling Strategy since 1981 with visible success in creating and improving the cycle routes it promotes across the Three Rivers District.

The map below shows the proposed promoted network, which is planned to link homes with workplaces, schools and key destinations. You can download the current Three Rivers Walking & Cycling Strategy here. This Strategy is supported by the Southwest Hertfordshire Cycle Study 2013, published by Hertfordshire County Council which you can download here. 

The strategy will be supplemented by our emerging Local Cycling & Walking Infrastructure plan, under development and due to be published in 2022 - more information is available here.

Recent schemes to enable and encourage local cycling and walking

Croxley Green Walking Wayfinding Scheme

New way finder signs are being introduced across Croxley Green to promote local visitor destinations and encourage people to walk rather than drive.

The Three Rivers District Council funded scheme will provide regular directions and estimated walking times displayed on around 50 street name signs.

The signs show people how easy it is walk to local destinations as an alternative to using a car, and are designed to help change popular perceptions that local places are too far to walk to. This is based on the principle that people are more likely to walk if they know how long it will take, rather than how far it is.

The new directional signing project – which has previously been piloted in Abbots Langley – is also designed to reduce street clutter by minimising the number of posts at junctions. Traditional pedestrian signing schemes typically use directional arrows on finger posts sited at road junctions – under the new scheme street names plates and directional arrows will be combined.

Due to the lower cost, more directions can be included along the route, designating clear routes that are easy to follow. As the street naming authority, the district council is responsible for placing street name plates to help people find their way around the local area. Similar signs are already in use throughout Watford borough.

The council promotes the use of more sustainable ways to travel, helping towards improving the local economy and creating a safe, attractive, healthy and high quality local environment.

The new signs are due to be installed over the coming weeks and months, and may be installed in other areas of Three Rivers district subject to future funding.

Three Rivers Community Street Audits
A large-scale survey of walking routes around Three Rivers was carried out in Autumn 2022 with the aim of improving the experience of walking in the district. People were invited to take part in the Community Streets Audit by Three Rivers District Council to find out what residents and visitors think works well, and what can be improved for walkers.

The council is conducting the audit in partnership with national charity Living Streets – which has been campaigning for better streets over the past 90 years, as well as running the largest national Walk to School Campaign.

Six proposed ‘Walking Zones’ were surveyed over the summer by Living Streets along with groups of local volunteers to produce assessments of the quality of the walking environment in Abbots Langley, Chorleywood, Croxley Green, Rickmansworth, Sarratt, South Oxhey.

Community Street Audits are a method for evaluating the quality of public space –streets, housing estates, parks, and squares – from the viewpoint of the people who use it most. The surveys will result in recommendations for change, action and improvement to inform new highway schemes and local streetscape improvements to make local towns better for everyone to walk around.

Easier access to town centres and retail parades will be enabled by identifying physical and other barriers to access for people walking, using passenger transport or walking from car parks to visit shops and services.

New cycle parking

New parking is being introduced around the District - you can see our familiar Green cycle stands outside stations and at busy shopping parades and town centres.

New cycle parking capacity has been introduced at Croxley and Rickmansworth Stations, which were identified in our Strategic Review of Cycle Parking. More is planned for town centres and key destinations in Three Rivers, through our Cycling & Walking Strategy and the Retail Parade Revitalisation programme.

Bike parking at Rickmansworth Station