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More traffic than ever before in 2015

13th February 2016

Traffic in the centre of Ilkley

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...

MPs debate investment in cycling

7th February 2016

Westminster, London

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...

Increase in cyclists in central London

4th February 2016

Tower of London, London

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...

Helmets may increase risk-taking

25th January 2016

Bike helmets

Research by the University of Bath's psychology department shows that wearing a helmet may increase risk-taking. Read more about helmets may increase risk-taking...

Grand Départ 2015 generated €25m for Utrecht

16th January 2016

Grand Départ, Utrecht 2015

The Grand Départ 2015 in Utrecht generated €25m in spending by visitors to the city and region, according to a report by Utrecht University for the council. Read more about Grand Départ 2015 generated €25m for Utrecht...

Stage 1, Tour de Yorkshire 2016, Beverley to Settle

12th January 2016

Beverley Minster

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...

Smartphones create danger on Dutch bike paths

7th January 2016

Cyclist using mobile phone, Utrecht

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 smartphones create danger on Dutch bike paths...

Chris Froome awarded OBE

2nd January 2016

Chris Froome

Chris Froome was awarded an OBE in the New Year's Honours List. Read more about Chris Froome awarded OBE...

DfT publishes timetable and approach to Cycling & Walking Investment strategy

19th December 2015

Houses of Parliament, London

The government has published a document called 'Setting the First Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy', which sets out the timetable for publishing and consulting on the final strategy, which should be complete by summer 2016. Read more about DfT publishes timetable and approach to Cycling & Walking Investment Strategy...

Tour de Yorkshire 2016 route announcement

9th December 2015

Beverley Minster

The Tour de Yorkshire 2016 route was announced today. Stage 1 is Beverley to Settle, stage 2 Otley to Doncaster, and stage 3 Middlesbrough to Scarborough. Read about the Tour de Yorkshire 2016 route announcement...

Tour de France 2016 route announced

20th October 2015

Rohan Dennis in yellow during 2015 Tour de France

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...

Leeds Bradford Cycle Superhighway takes shape

18th October 2015

Cycle Superhighway at Thornbury

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...

UK Cycling news

Osborne's spending review slashes cycling funding

25th November 2015

Houses of Parliament, London

Chancellor George Osborne today betrayed Britain's cyclists, announcing dismal funding for cycling in his spending review. The result is spending per head in England which will be a tiny proportion of the £10 supported by David Cameron during the General Election campaign. Read about Osborne's spending review slashes cycling funding...

British Cycling: 3 lessons from Copenhagen

11th November 2015

Chris Boardman has produced a video for British Cycling, following his recent visit to Copenhagen with Cycling Minister Robert Goodwill, setting out three lessons the UK can learn from Copenhagen, to make cycling safer and more attractive. Read more about British Cycling's 3 lessons from Copenhagen...

Tour de Yorkshire 2016 host towns announced

10th October 2015

Otley

Welcome to Yorkshire has announced the host towns and cities for the 2016 edition of the Tour de Yorkshire. They include Scarborough, Beverley, and Otley. Read more about Tour de Yorkshire 2016 host towns announced...

Leeds & Liverpool canal, Shipley to Leeds towpath upgrade

12th August 2015

The Rodley Barge, on the Leeds & Liverpool canal

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?

European Cycling news

The Dutch cycled further than ever in 2014

21st October 2015

Cyclist in Utrecht

Cycling was more popular than ever in the Netherlands in 2014 according to new figures, which show an average distance cycled per person of 1018km. Electric bikes may be responsible for some of the increase. Read about the Dutch cycled further than ever in 2014...

Five fascinating facts about Tom Dumoulin

27th August 2015

Tom Dumoulin at Utrecht time trial

Dutch rider Tom Dumoulin yesterday took the overall lead of the Vuelta a Espana. A time trial specialist who may also be a future GC contender, he is rapidly becoming a star of road cycling. In case you don't know too much about him, here are five facts about Tom Dumoulin...

Cycling ideas from Utrecht

26th July 2015

Nachtegaal Straat, Utrecht

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...

Harrogate Cycling

Beryl Burton cycleway

Our guide to cycling in Harrogate, with Harrogate cycling news, cycle routes, cycle clubs and websites.

Rebecca Burnett interview

18th September 2015

Councillor Rebecca Burnett

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...

Cyclist hit and injured on Hall Lane, Bilton

13th October 2015

A 24 year old female cyclist was hit and injured by a vehicle on Hall Lane, in the Bilton area of Harrogate. The driver of the vehicle appears to have begun an overtake, then squeezed the cyclist's space and hit her due to oncoming traffic. The driver did not stop. Read about cyclist hit and injured on Hall Lane, Bilton...

Harrogate town centre strategy consultation

14th September 2015

James St, Harrogate

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...

Cyclist hit by tractor trailer near Pateley Bridge

9th September 2015

A cyclist was hit by a tractor's trailer on the B6265 near Pateley Bridge on 26th August 2015, and knocked off his bike, suffering minor injuries, plus damage to his bike. The tractor driver, and a colleague who was following in another tractor, failed to stop. Read about cyclist hit by tractor trailer near Pateley Bridge...

Latest cycling rates, nationally and Harrogate and York

29th June 2015

Big Bike Bash Harrogate, family ride

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.

Nidderdale Greenway

Nidderdale Greenway

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.

Beryl Burton cycleway

Beryl Burton cycleway

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.

Harrogate town centre cycle routes

Cycle lane, East Parade, Harrogate

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.

Fewston, Beecroft, & Timble bike trail

2nd August 2014

Bike trail in Timble woods

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...

Hedge-blog

Hedge-blog

The latest comment and opinion on everything bike-related from the Hedge-blog.

Inconsiderate driving and abuse on a residential street

18th September 2015

Parked cars in Harrogate

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...

How to choose a bike multi-tool

8th September 2015

Crank Brothers gold multi-tool

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 bike multi-tool...

Hedge-blog: Londoners waste 96 hours a year in traffic

25th August 2015

Queueing traffic in London

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...

Hedge-blog: anti-cycling letter to Yorkshire Post

23rd August 2015

The Yorkshire Post today published an anti-cycling letter, calling 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...

Which are the best chain cleaner kits?

18th August 2015

LifeLine chain cleaning kit

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?

Mercedes driver shaving at the wheel - I wasn't impressed, and I didn't buy the company

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...

Hedge-blog: Northern Rail's bike policy

9th August 2015

Steam train

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...

Hedge-blog: broken spokes and what to do about them

8th August 2015

Spoke wrench

As I was absorbed in a bike ride in the countryside, the 'ping' of a spoke broke my flow. A front wheel spoke had broken. Why do spokes break, what should you do on the roadside, and how do you replace a broken spoke if you decide to do it yourself? Read about broken spokes and what to do about them...

Hedgehog Guides

New Hedgehog guide: York to Beningbrough cycle route

20th August 2015

Beningbrough Hall

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...

York to Selby cycle route

3rd August 2015

York to Selby cycle route, near Terry's factory

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...

Tour de France 2014 in the UK

Cyclist on Buttertubs pass

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.