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APPCG enquiry into the Cycling & Walking Investment Strategy

24th May 2016

Houses of Parliament

The All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group (APPCG) yesterday held an enquiry into the government's Cycling & Walking Investment Strategy (CWIS). Cycle campaign organisations have been critical of the pitiful level of funding planned. Robert Goodwill gave evidence to the enquiry. Read about APPCG enquiry into the CWIS...

Passing distance petition

6th May 2016

French cyclist passing distance sign

A petition to Parliament asks for a minimum passing distance when overtaking cyclists. It says the current requirement to leave 'plenty of room' is too open to individual interpretation. Read about passing distance petition...

Stage 3, Tour de Yorkshire 2016 race report

1st May 2016

Thomas Voeckler won Stage 3 of the Tour de Yorkshire 2016, and with it the overall GC. Read our Stage 3, Tour de Yorkshire 2016 race report...

Draft cycling and walking investment strategy published on Easter Sunday

27th March 2016

Houses of Parliament, London

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...

London Mayor's cycling report

25th March 2016

Cycle Superhighway 2, London

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...

Geraint Thomas wins Paris Nice

14th March 2016

Geraint Thomas at the Tour de France 2014

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...

Cycling Embassy of Great Britain's design principles

14th March 2016

Spanish cycle infrastructure

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...

Support for segregated cycle infrastructure - poll

4th March 2016

Leeds-Bradford cycle superhighway, junction

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 about support for segregated cycle infrastructure...

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...

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...

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...

UK Cycling news

NHS to help create healthy new towns

3rd March 2016

Cyclist on Leeds-Bradford cycle superhighway

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...

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...

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...

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

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...

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...

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...



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...

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...

Hedgehog Guides

Guide to the Tour de Yorkshire 2016

Tour de Yorkshire 2015 in the North York Moors

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...

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.