Hedgehog Cycling is an online cycling magazine. We love all sorts of cycling - road biking, mountain biking, commuting, and family pottering on cycle paths and canal towpaths. We aim to cover cycling issues in Harrogate, the UK, and beyond. There are regular posts on our cycling blog. We're excited about the Tour de France coming to the UK in July 2014, and we have a guide to the three UK stages of the Tour.
Our Tour de France section has a guide to the first three stages of the Tour de France 2014 in Yorkshire, Cambridge and London, as well as the latest news in the build-up to the Tour, videos of the routes, and more.
Stage two begins in York, and heads west through Knaresborough, to Bolton Bridge, before turning south. It takes in Keighley, Howarth, Hebden Bridge, and Huddersfield, climbs Holme Moss, and finishes in Sheffield.
Stage three begins in Cambridge, then heads through the flat Essex countryside, into London, through the Olympic park, and finishes on The Mall.
In an interview with The Guardian, Bradley Wiggins reveals his plans for 2014. He has unfinished business with the Tour, but he accepts that he will be riding for Froome.
In an interview with The Independent, Mark Cavendish said that his season will be built around Stage 1 to Harrogate, and the Grand Départ will be massive and spectacular.
The Yorkshire Festival is to be launched in Harrogate with a chat-show style event, one hundred days before the Tour de France. Read about the Yorkshire Festival launch in Harrogate...
Ilkley has big plans for the Tour. There's a week-long Festival, starting with the White Rose Classic Sportive a week before the professional race, and continuing with led rides, town centre races, films and talks. Read about the Tour de France in Ilkley...
Harrogate BC is to create a Tour de France garden, with three bicycle sculptures, for the Spring Flower Show. Read more about the Tour de France garden...
Read our guide to the UK stages of the Tour de France 2014...
All that's good about cycling in and around Harrogate, and some of the things that could be even better.
We have a guide to the Nidderdale Greenway cycle route from Harrogate to Ripley.
We've begun our suggestions for road cycling in the Harrogate area, with a guide to a Penny Pot Lane loop, and ideas for improving this cycle route.
In Harrogate cycling news, there's been a storm over parking in the cycle lane outside a shop on Hookstone Rd.
In further Harrogate cycling news, we report on the lack of plans for decent cycle routes from the proposed housing development on Penny Pot Lane; the new LibDem Parliamentary candidate, and her ideas for cycling improvements in Harrogate; and the cycling manifesto launched by Harrogate Cycle Action.
Read more about cycling in Harrogate...
Our guide to cycling in the UK, including news reports on the latest developments in the world of the bicycle.
British Cycling launched its 'Time to Choose Cycling' manifesto on 10th February 2014, accompanied by research showing the health benefits of cycling. Amongst the recommendations is that cycle funding be set at £10 per person, rising to £20.
London is to introduce new measures to protect cyclists and pedestrians from dangerous lorries. This will include better mirrors, and side guards.
In interviews with Bloomberg and road.cc, Chris Boardman has criticised the lack of goals, strategy, budget, and measurement of progress, in the UK government's cycling policies.
The number of cyclists killed or seriously injured on London's roads is rising, according to a Transport for London report, as is the rate of KSIs per million journeys. Read more about London cyclist KSIs...
A survey for the European Commission reveals attitudes to urban mobility and cycling in Europe, including the UK. It shows that 69% of people in the UK never cycle; 32% are in favour of better cycle facilities; and 61% of people believe problems, including congestion and air pollution, will get worse. Read more about European attitudes to urban mobility and cycling...
Cycling and climate change
A report from the Climate Change Committee underlines the health benefits of cycling, and the way it can reduce congestion.
We also have reports on the Inquiry by the Transport Select Committee into cycling safety, the Shadow Transport Secretary's ideas on cycling, the DfT's Think! safety campaign, and the latest announcement about the Women's Tour of Britain 2014, which takes place in May.
We report on the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group, and its Inquiry and report in April 2013.
There's also a page with all the details of the government's Cycle City Ambition grants, which were anounced in August 2013. They provided cycle funding to eight cities and four National Parks.
Read our guide to the latest developments in the world of cycling in the UK...
Our blog on all the latest in the world of the bicycle.
16th January 2014: Cycling minister Robert Goodwill accuses 'Lyra mobs' of putting off new cyclists, and calls for more baskets on bike handlebars. Read the Hedge-blog's response.
11th January 2014: UKIP members of Cambridgeshire County Council have been grumbling about £20,000 allocated to celebrating the Tour de France. The Hedge-blog explains why this bunch of miserable so-and-sos are wrong.
4th January 2014: Victoria Pendleton on a baking programme...does it amount to sport?
14th December 2013: The latest post from our guest blogger the Peeky Rider, on nutrition.
2nd December 2013: Did you see this academic study on how much space drivers leave when they pass cyclists?
20th November 2013: we report on a study about expensive cars and driving psychology, and how this can affect cyclists.
6th November 2013: Oi Wiggo! A post from guest blogger the Peeky Rider, with his thoughts on Wiggo-related heckling (and the absence of Froome-related heckling).
26th October 2013: Why has the Think! saftey campaign chosen 'half a car's width' as the safe passing distance?
23rd October 2013: What do the readers of French sports paper l' Equipe think of the Tour de France coming to the UK? Well, it's not entirely positive...
Read the most recent posts on our cycling blog...
More on Hedgehog Cycling
There is sure to be high demand for accommodation on or close to the route of the Tour de France 2014. Many hotels will be booked up a long time in advance. More unconventional guest accommodation is also available, such as Ashville College in Harrogate, which is opening up its boarding houses to cycling fans.
Many people will camp. There will be pop-up campsites, which have been permitted by local authorities without the usual formalities. Such campsites have been planned, for example, by Harrogate Rugby Club, Spofforth Cricket Club, and the National Trust.
Read more about where to stay during the Tour de France...
We've begun looking at Harrogate's cycle lanes, and making comments and suggestions. See what we thought of the Oatlands Drive/Hookstone Drive/Hookstone Chase section, and add comments and suggestions of your own. These photos give an idea of what we've got, and what we could have (no prizes for guessing which is which):
Plans for Harrogate town centre, on the day of Stage 1 of the Tour de France (5th July 2014) are taking shape. One side of West Park, near the finish line, will be a private area for the race organisers and TV crews. The other side, around the war memorial, will be open to the public, with grandstands. There will also be big screens. Read more about plans for Harrogate town centre on the day of Stage 1 of the Tour de France...
Free tickets to watch the start of Stage 2 of the Tour de France on 6th July 2014 at York races went on offer at 9am on 23rd January 2014. By 1.30pm, they had all gone. Read more about the start of Stage 2 of the Tour de France at York races...
Yorkshire Festival of Cycling tickets on sale
Tickets for Harewood's Festival of Cycling went on sale on 7th November 2013. They also announced the programme of participation events over the weekend of the Festival (5th & 6th July 2014). There'll be led rides to watch the race, a family fun ride, and time trials within the Harewood grounds. Read more on the Harewood Festival of Cycling...
Utrecht cycling video
This is a glimpse of what cycling in towns and cities can be like. Utrecht, in the Netherlands, is a city where 33% of journeys are by bike. It's proof that if you build a quality, safe, complete cycle network, people will use it. See our video of cycling in Utrecht from the summer: