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Hedgehog's guide to the Tour de Yorkshire 2016 includes a detailed guide to each of the three stages, with the route, timings, sprints and climbs, and information on the towns, villages, and attractions along the route. We also have all the latest race news. Read the Hedgehog guide to the Tour de Yorkshire 2016...
17th April 2016
Bradley Wiggins is amongst the riders to take part in the Tour de Yorkshire 2016. So far, just some of the participants have been named, and they include Peter Kennaugh and Luke Rowe of Team Sky, and Adam Yates of Orica GreenEdge. Lizzie Armitstead is the headline act in the women's race. Read about riders announced for the Tour de Yorkshire 2016...
27th March 2016
In a bizarre move, the Department for Transport published its draft cycling and walking investment strategy today, Easter Sunday. One might speculate that the publication date was chosen for media managment reasons, to generate minimum adverse publicity. British Cycling and CTC have condemned the dismal funding committed to cycling and walking. Read about draft cycling and walking invetment strategy published...
25th March 2016
The outgoing London Mayor, Boris Johnson, has produced a report on the achievements of his 'cycling vision', with suggestions for his successor. In the foreword, he says, 'my biggest regret as Mayor is that I did not do it sooner'. Read about the London Mayor's cycling report...
23rd March 2016
Lizzie Armitstead will ride the women's Tour de Yorkshire 2016, which is the same route as the men's stage 2. It's to be the most lucrative race on the women's cycling calendar. Read about Armitstead to ride the Tour de Yorkshire 2016...
14th March 2016
Geraint Thomas held off an attack by Alberto Contador in yesterday's final stage of Paris Nice, to take overall victory. It is the biggest victory of the Welshman's career. Read about Geraint Thomas wins Paris Nice...14th March 2016
The Cycling Embassy of Great Britain published draft design
principles for mass cycling last month. They suggest categorising roads
as 'through', 'distributor', or 'access', and providing for cycling
according to the road category. Read
more about the Cycling
Embassy of Great Britain's design principles...
A YouGov poll for British Cycling shows that 71% of people
support building segregated cycle tracks on main roads. Support holds
across social grades, age groups, and political preferences. Read more
for segregated cycle infrastructure...
2nd March 2016
Hedgehog Cycling's guide to Stage 2 of the Tour de Yorkshire 2016, from Otley to Doncaster, via Harewood, Scholes, Barwick-in-Elmet, Sherburn-in-Elmet, Monk Fryston, Knottingley, Pontefract, Wentbridge, N & S Elmsall, Hooton Pagnell, Conisbrough, Tickhill, Harworth, and Bawtry. Read more about Stage 2 of the Tour de Yorkshire 2016 from Otley to Donaster...
13th February 2016
There was more traffic on Britain's roads than ever before, in 2015, according to a DfT report. Traffic rose above the level before the financial crash, for the first time, and rush hour speeds decreased. Read about more traffic than ever before in 2015...25th January 2016
Research by the University of Bath's psychology department
shows that wearing a helmet may increase risk-taking. Read more about helmets may
12th January 2016
Hedgehog Cycling's guide to Stage 1 of the Tour de Yorkshire 2016, from Beverley to Settle, via Tadcaster, Knaresborough, and Pateley Bridge. Read more about Stage 1 of the Tour de Yorkshire 2016 from Beverley to Settle...
20th October 2015
The 2016 Tour de France route was announced today. A Grand Départ from Mont St Michel in the Manche department is followed by a transition through the Loire valley to the Pyrenees. Mont Ventoux will be climbed on Bastille Day, then the riders head to the Alps, before the final stage to Paris. Read about the Tour de France 2016 route announcement...
The NHS is to help create ten healthy new towns. It will work with town planners to build healthy living into the new housing developments which have been chosen for the project. Read more about NHS to help create healthy new towns...
7th February 2016
MPs debated funding for cycling, at Westminster Hall, on 3rd February 2016, on a motion by Conservative MP for Bolton West Chris Green. Read about MPs debate investment in cycling...4th February 2016
The number of cyclists entering central London during rush hour tripled between 2000 and 2014, according to a TfL report. Read more about increase in cyclists in central London...
18th October 2015
I had a look at the Leeds Bradford Cycle Superhighway today. It's said to be about 50% complete, and enough has been done to get some idea of the quality of what is being built. Read my account and see some photos of the Leeds Bradford Cycle Superhighway...
12th August 2015
The re-surfacing of the Leeds & Liverpool canal towpath from Shipley to Leeds, part of the Cycle City Connect project, is complete - or phase 1 of it is nearly complete, at least. I rode the full route yesterday to check it out and see what it's like. Read about the Leeds & Liverpool canal, Shipley to Leeds towpath upgrade. Do you use this route? What do you think of it?
Many bike paths in the Netherlands are dangerous because they
are so busy, and because some people are using their smartphones,
instead of being aware of what is going on around them. Read more about
create danger on Dutch bike paths...
26th July 2015
Utrecht is a cycle-friendly city, with good infrastructure for cycling, and a culture of cycling for short trips in and around the city. A large percentage of journeys in Utrecht are made by bike. What can we learn from Utrecht? For some answers, see HedgehogCycling's series of three 'cycling ideas from Utrecht' videos...
Our guide to cycling in Harrogate, with Harrogate cycling news, cycle routes, cycle clubs and websites.
18th September 2015
I talked to Harrogate's walking and cycling champion, Councillor Rebecca Burnett, about the cycling delivery plan, and the schemes in it (including a flagship Knaresborough-Harrogate-Cardale Park cycle route), to get an idea of the next steps and timetable for cycling improvements. Read the Rebecca Burnett interview...
14th September 2015
Harrogate is consulting on changes to the town centre, to make sure it remains busy and prosperous. James St and Princes St are to be pedestrianised, the old council offices at Crescent Gardens could be turned into a spa hotel, and sustainable travel, including cycling, is to be promoted. Read about Harrogate town centre strategy...
29th June 2015
Cycling rates remained static in the latest statistics published by the DfT, although 35 local authority areas showed significant increases. Harrogate's cycling rates are significantly above the national average, with more recreational than utility cyclists. Read more about the cycling rates, nationally and Harrogate and York...
Harrogate cycle routes
This section has information on cycle routes in Harrogate. This includes cycleways, town centre cycle lanes, and on-road routes.
The best and most popular cycleway in Harrogate, the Nidderdale Greenway goes about 4 miles to Ripley, using the trackbed of a disused railway. It opened in May 2013.
The Beryl Burton cycleway is an off-road cycle route from Bilton Village Farm to the Nidd at High Bridge, Knaresborough.
We also have a guide to the new (in Spring 2014) Great Yorkshire Showground Greenway.
We look at some of the cycling infrastructure in and around the town centre of Harrogate. There are maps and photos, and some suggestions for improvements. The latest review is of Otley Rd.
2nd August 2014
Our guide to the bike trail on Yorkshire Water's land at Fewston reservoir, through the Beecroft Plantation and Timble woods. Read about the Fewston, Beecroft, & Timble woods bike trail...
Read more about cycling in Harrogate...
The latest comment and opinion on everything bike-related from the Hedge-blog.
18th September 2015
I experienced impatient, inconsiderate driving, and abuse, on a residential street in Harrogate today, from the driver of Mitsubishi Warrior YG55ZVN. I wondered if there's anything that can be done to make the streets where we live less dominated by vehicles. Read about inconsiderate driving and abuse...
8th September 2015
What is a multi-tool needed for? What tools should it have?
How much should it weigh? Which are the best multi-tools? Read what we
think, and add your own ideas, in how to choose a
25th August 2015
Londoners wasted an average of 96 hours stuck in traffic in
2014, making our capital city the European Congestion Champion. 96
hours is 4 days! The Hedge-blog wonders, what else could you do with 96
hours if you didn't spend them in a jam? Read Londoners
waste 96 hours a year in traffic...
23rd August 2015
The Yorkshire Post today published an anti-cycling letter,
for amateur cycle races to be banned from public roads, but with a
litany of more general complaints about road cyclists. Read more about anti-cycling
letter to the Yorkshire Post...
18th August 2015
I've always cleaned my bike chain with bike cleaner and a brush, but I wondered whether I should use a chain cleaner kit with a special chain cleaning device. What kits are available, how much are they, and what do people think of them? Read which are the best chain cleaner kits?
16th August 2015
I've seen plenty of people messing around with their phones at the traffic lights or while driving along, but this was a new one on me: the driver of a silver compact Mercedes shaving his chin with an electric shaver at the traffic lights. I wasn't impressed and I didn't buy the company...
9th August 2015
Northern Rail only take two bikes per train, or none at all if the conductor decides the train is too busy. That means it's impossible to plan to take your bike on a train. Is this reasonable? How does their policy compare with other train companies? Read about Northern Rail's bike policy...
20th August 2015
There's a great cycle route from the centre of York to Beningbrough, partly on tarmacked path by the river Ouse, and partly on quiet roads. It ends up at Beningbrough Hall, an C18th National Trust property (where cyclists are entitled to a free cup of tea). Read HedgehogCycling's new guide to the York to Beningbrough cycle route...
3rd August 2015
HedgehogCycling's latest guide is to the York to Selby cycle route, including 'cycle the solar system'. This is a quality route, mainly on a tarmacked path on an old railway track bed, and is perfect for family cycling. Read our guide (with video and photos) to the York to Selby cycle route...
This was our guide to the Tour de France 2014 in Yorkshire, Cambridge, Essex, and London. There are route guides, videos, details of the climbs, and news of the preparations and events which were going on at the time along the route of Stages 1, 2, and 3.