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Going from Letchworth to Hitchin (no great distance) it's clear there's a shared-use path - in the other direction you wouldn't have a clue.

Road closure with no proper provision for cycling.

Road closure with no proper provision for cycling.

Northern access to Walsworth Common, Hitchin

Ramp and steps to Walsworth Common, Hitchin

Footpath to Walsworth Common, Hitchin

End of the route past Sainsbury's, Hitchin

Route past Sainsbury's, Hitchin - no link to the cycleway across the stream.

Path through Bancroft Gardens, Hitchin

Junction of paths out of Bancroft Gardens, Hitchin

Footpath from Sainsbury's to Bancroft Gardens, Hitchin

Route past Sainsbury's, Hitchin

Route past Sainsbury's, Hitchin

Cycle parking, Bancroft Gardens, Hitchin

Bike shop, Hitchin

Cycle stands as you enter Hitchin town centre

One side of Hitchin's Market Place is a cycle route

There are a couple of cycle stands at each corner of the Market Place in Hitchin

No Motor Vehicles in Hitchin churchyard (except for loading) and a traffic-free road alongside.

Cycle parking on the edge of Hitchin's shopping centre

The gate to Hitchin's High St - now traffic-free 7 days a week.

2 cycle stands opposite the gate to Hitchin's High St - now traffic-free 7 days a week.

Family cycling (in the distance) on the path across Butts Close, Hitchin

Start of byway from central Hitchin to the Oughtonhead Common Nature Reserve

Byway to central Hitchin

Link from the byway between central Hitchin and the Oughtonhead Common Nature Reserve

Start of byway to central Hitchin

Start of byway to the Oughtonhead Common Nature Reserve, Hitchin

Rough stretch of the byway from the Oughtonhead Common Nature Reserve to Hitchin

Byway from the Oughtonhead Common Nature Reserve to Hitchin (and parallel footpath to the right).

Byway past the Oughtonhead Common Nature Reserve, Hitchin

Gate on the footpaths out of the Oughtonhead Common Nature Reserve, Hitchin

Footpath through the Oughtonhead Common Nature Reserve, Hitchin

Footpath out of the Oughtonhead Common Nature Reserve, Hitchin

Cycle route through the Oughtonhead Common Nature Reserve, Hitchin

Overhead barrier with No Horses sign - no cycling either on this footpath out of the Oughtonhead Common Nature Reserve, Hitchin

Unnecessary barrier on this link from Burford Way to the Oughtonhead Common Nature Reserve, Hitchin

Link from the Oughtonhead Common Nature Reserve, Hitchin

Cycle route through the Oughtonhead Common Nature Reserve, Hitchin

Map of cycle routes through the Oughtonhead Common Nature Reserve, Hitchin

Unnecessary obstructions at the start of the route through the Oughtonhead Common Nature Reserve, Hitchin

Convenient service road parallel to the A600 Bedford Road, and crossing to a path with a No Cycling sign (although OpenCycleMap shows it as a cycle route).

End of the paved bridleway past Hitchin Rugby Club to Bedford Road

Paved bridleway past Hitchin Rugby Club to Bedford Road

Entry to Hitchin Rugby Club and start of the bridleway to Bedford Rd - there's an unsigned left turn almost at once.

Paved footpath off Strathmore Avenue, Hitchin

Modal filter, Hitchin

Start of on-road cycle lane

Northern exit from Ransom's Recreation Ground, Hitchin

Routes at the north end of Ransom's Recreation Ground, Hitchin

The route through Ransom's Recreation Ground, Hitchin

Narrow start of the route through Ransom's Recreation Ground, Hitchin

Crossing from the Ransom's Recreation Ground, Hitchin

Left-turn cycle lane - not so much for access to Dacre Road, but for the crossing to Ransom's Recreation Ground

Tiny subway wouldn't be complete without a 'cyclists dismount' sign of course.

Cut-through needing improvement in central Hitchin

A good crossing here and a cycle route up Windmill Hill (yes, I know there's a bit of a climb) would provide an excellent link between Hitchin Girls School and the town centre.

Covered sheffield stands at Hitchin Station.

Covered double-deceker cycle racks at Hitchin Station.

Covered double-deceker cycle racks at Hitchin Station.

Well-integrated cycle parking and build-outs for pedestrian crossing.

Paul's Bikes, Hitchin

Segregated route from the cycle parking at Hitchin station

Double-deck parking at Hitchin station - how quickly this has become ubiquitous!

End of obvious cycle route out of Hitchin on service roads parallel to the main road to Letchworth

No reason why these service routes can't be signed as cycle routes.

Hitchin and Letchworth are close, linked by a busy main road with no cycle facilities.

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