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The latest cycling news from Harrogate.

Station Parade taxi rank has worst air quality in Harrogate district

15th September 2016

Taxi rank, Station Parade, Harrogate

Harrogate's air quality deteriorated in 2015, according to the Borough Council's report, and the worst single location to breathe in is the taxi rank on Station Parade. Concentrations of NO2 have increased across the district at the majority of locations where monitoring takes place. Read about Station Parade taxi rank has worst air quality in Harrogate district.

Harrogate cycling news: Prologue Café Bash

25th August 2016

Café, Prologue Cycling, Harrogate

The Prologue Café Bash is on Sunday 28th August 2016. A 69.2km loop takes participants to Ripley, Pateley Bridge, up Greenhow Hill, to Otley, and back to Harrogate via Farnley, Lindley Wood reservoir, and Beckwithshaw. Read about the Prologue Café Bash 2016.

Harrogate cycling news: young cyclist injured on Harcourt Drive, Harrogate

9th August 2016

A 14 year old riding a bike suffered leg, shoulder, and head injuries when hit by a black Ford Mondeo on Harcourt Drive, Harrogate, near the junction with Kingsway, reports the Harrogate Advertiser. The incident happened about 1pm on Friday 5th August 2016. Witnesses are asked to call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2, and ask for traffic Constable Rob Roberts of Harrogate Roads Policing Group.

Harrogate cycling news: incident on Penny Pot Lane

1st November 2015

Penny Pot Lane, Harrogate

Police closed Penny Pot Lane to traffic this morning, a short distance beyond the army barracks. A black Toyota Aygo and a Giant bike were by the side of the road. I don't have any other details, but I hope it turns out that it isn't too serious.

Harrogate cycling news: cyclist hit and injured in Bilton area of Harrogate

13th October 2015

A 24 year old female cyclist was hit and injured on Hall Lane, in the Bilton area of Harrogate, on Friday 9th October, reports the Harrogate Advertiser. She was riding towards Bilton Lane on Friday morning, when a red or orange hatchback began overtaking her. A white Ford Transit type van was coming in the opposite direction, and it seems from the Advertiser report that the driver of the hatchback avoided colliding with the Transit by hitting the cyclist. 

The driver of the hatchback failed to stop. The cyclist was left with minor injuries to her foot and ankle.

Harrogate cycling news: cyclist seriously injured on A59 near Skipton

12th October 2015

A cyclist was seriously injured on the A59 near Skipton on Saturday 10th October 2015, reports the Craven Herald. The cyclist was a man in his 50s riding towards Skipton. The collision involved a blue Land Rover Discovery towing an Ifor Williams trailer, and happened at about 3.30pm, west of Skipton, at the turn-off for Carleton-in-Craven, close to Broughton Hall.

The cyclist was airlifted to Leeds General Infirmary. The driver, a man in his 60s from the Keighley area, was not injured. The road was closed for about 6 hours for police investigations.

Harrogate cycling news: mud and stones still on Nidderdale Greenway

30th September 2015

Mud and stones on Nidderdale Greenway

A section of the Nidderdale Greenway is covered with mud and stones, and has been since mid-July. It seems to be caused by tractors involved in logging operations by the Nidd Viaduct. It would be nice to know how long this will continue, and whether the muck could be swept away from time to time while the work continues. Read more about mud and stones on the Nidderdale Greenway...

Harrogate cycling news: Veloheads home mechanic courses

10th September 2015

Veloheads

Veloheads in Starbeck are running bike maintenance courses starting at the end of this month. There are Home Mechanic courses for beginners, or to consolidate existing skills, and Advanced Home Mechanic courses. Read about Veloheads home mechanic courses...

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...

Harrogate cycling news: mud and stones on the Greenway

10th September  2015

Map showing Holme Bottom & Sig's Wood

There is a large amount of mud and stones on a section of the Nidderdale Greenway, where a tractor has been driving along it, churning up muck from the side. It is on the Ripley side of the Nidd viaduct, near Holme Bottom, and has been there since (from memory) mid-July.

Initially, it was only on a stretch north of Holme Bottom. I was hoping it would soon be swept away. Not only has that not happened, but another stretch south of Holme Bottom has now been covered in mud and stones.

It makes the path difficult to ride with a road bike, there's a risk of punctures, and everyone is forced onto the narrow section of path furthest from the tractor tracks, with the least mud on it, making it awkward to pass other Greenway users.

Harrogate cycling news: 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...

Hedge-blog: painted 'no cycling' signs on the Stray

22nd July 2015

No cycling sign painted on path across Stray, Harrogate

The timing was unfortunate. It was almost exactly a year after the Tour de France in Harrogate that the council painted huge 'no cycling' signs onto paths across the Stray. Why did they do it? Read about the painted 'no cycling' signs on the Stray...

Hedge-blog: the case for recreational cycling in Harrogate

1st July 2015

The cycling statistics released by the DfT last month show that Harrogate has the seventh highest rate of recreational cycling in England. Although nearly all political debate in the last few years has been focused on 'hardworking people' making money, that's not all there is to life. It is also valid to have a nice time with recreational cycling in Harrogate...

Harrogate cycling news: Harrogate sportive on Sunday 19th July 2015

1st July 2015

Kettlewell, Yorkshire Dales

The Harrogate Sportive, in its second year, and part of the Tour de France legacy, takes place on Sunday 19th July 2015. Held in aid of Epilepsy Action, the ride begins and ends at the Army Foundation College on Penny Pot Lane. Entries close on Wednesday 15th July.

There's a long (72 mile, £35) route, and a medium (30 mile, £25) route. The prices include drink stations and a finisher's T shirt. 

The long route heads out into the Yorkshire Dales, to Grassington and Kettlewell, then up to Middleham, and back via Masham, Risplith, Sawley, and Hampsthwaite. The medium route doesn't go as far west or north, heading to Dacre, Summerbridge, Pateley Bridge, then to Sawley, and back to Harrogate the same way as the long route.

Harrogate cycling news: Colling guilty of causing death by dangerous driving

1st July 2015

Brian Colling was found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving, after he clipped Darren Greaves, 38, who was riding his bike, the Harrogate Advertiser reported yesterday. Greaves fell into the path of another car, and was killed. The incident happened on 17th October 2014. Read more...

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 cycling news: Leeds & Liverpool canal Skipton cycling project update

25th June 2015

Leeds & Liverpool canal towpath near Bradley

In February 2015, the government and the Canal & River Trust announced a DfT grant of £450,000 to surface the towpath between Skipton and Bradley, with work to start in April. We report on the latest progress. Read our Leeds & Liverpool canal Skipton cycling project update...

Harrogate  cycling news: Harrogate Big Bike Bash report

22nd June 2015

Criterium race at Harrogate Big Bike Bash

Harrogate Big Bike Bash on the weekend of 20th & 21st June 2015 was a success. Large numbers of local people turned out to visit the event village and take part in Ride the Route on closed roads in the town centre. Saturday evening culminated in Criterium races. Read more about the Harrogate Big Bike Bash 2015 (report)...

Harrogate Cycling Delivery Plan consultation

11th June 2015

Cycle signs in Harrogate

There's a week left to comment on Harrogate's draft Cycling Delivery Plan. The plan, launched in March, contains a list of proposed schemes to improve cycling infrastructure in Harrogate & district. Read more about the Harrogate cycling delivery plan...

Harrogate cycling news: Big Bike Bash preview

9th June 2015

Bike on Cold Bath Rd

The Big Bike Bash is due to take place in Harrogate on Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd June 2015. The centrepiece is criterium races on Saturday evening, but there's a chance to ride the route on closed roads on Saturday afternoon, and there'll be an event village all weekend on West Park Stray. Read about the Big Bike Bash...

Harrogate cycling news: £450,000 for Skipton cycling project

1st March 2015

Leeds & Liverpool canal, Skipton

The government last month announced cycle funding of £450,000 for a 2.5 mile section of the Leeds & Liverpool canal at Skipton. It is intended to be a 'cycle gateway' into the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

The Canal & River Trust says that it will be an all-weather hard surface along the towpath from Skipton to Bradley. The work will start in April, and last about 3 months. Ultimately, the Trust aims to upgrade the whole canal towpath in Yorkshire, which would improve access from Leeds to the Yorkshire Dales.

Other National Parks, including the Peak District, are set to benefit from cycle funding too.

Harrogate cycling news: toucan crossing for Skipton Rd/Claro Rd junction

1st February 2015

Toucan crossing

Work will begin tomorrow, Monday 2nd February 2015, to build a new toucan crossing of the Skipton Road, at the junction with Claro Road, reports the Harrogate Advertiser. The crossing will have a traffic island. There is also to be work to Claro Road, including an Advanced Stop Zone for cyclists, and resurfacing as far as Devonshire Place.

The money for the work is coming from North Yorkshire County Council's Local Sustainable Transport Fund. The road works are expected to take eight weeks.

Harrogate cycling news: cyclist injured by lorry on Otley Road

10th January 2015

Junction of Otley Road and Arthur's Avenue

A cyclist was hit by a lorry on Otley Road, between the junctions with Arthurs Avenue and West End Avenue, around 6.05pm on Thursday 8th January, reports the Harrogate Advertiser. The cyclist was left with serious head injuries, and was taken to Harrogate District Hospital. The driver of the black and red Volvo lorry did not stop, but was traced to an address in Knaresborough.

Harrogate cycling news: cyclist dies after colliding with pedestrian

17th August 2014

A 77-year old cyclist died after a crash with a 72-year old pedestrian on Follifoot Lane, near Kirkby Overblow. The incident took place on Wednesday 13th August 2014, according to the BBC. The pedestrian was treated at Harrogate District Hospital before being released.

Harrogate cycling news: cyclist hit by caravan near Bedale

30th July 2014

A cyclist was injured when she was hit by a caravan on Sunday 27th July, reports the Harrogate Advertiser. The incident happened as the cyclist, a 45-year-old woman, was riding her mountain bike on the A684 towards Bedale. She was overtaken by a white mini-van towing a caravan, and as the vehicle pulled back in, it hit her and knocked her off her bike. She was airlifted to hospital. The driver did not stop.

Harrogate cycling news: cyclist/pedestrian crash in Pateley Bridge

24th July 2014

The Harrogate Advertiser reports that there was a crash involving a cyclist and a pedestrian in Pateley Bridge on Tuesday (22nd July 2014). The pedestrian, a woman in her 60s, was knocked over, and is in hospital with serious, life-threatening head injuries. The 18-year-old cyclist suffered a cut to his elbow.

Harrogate cycling news: Tour de France decorations in Harrogate

29th June 2014

Tour de France bunting outside Harrogate Library

With less than a week to go until the Tour de France, Harrogate is getting ready, with Tour de France decorations around the town. See a video and photos of the Tour decorations in Harrogate...

Harrogate cycling news: three cyclists knocked off bikes in a weekend in Harrogate Borough

13th June 2014

Road over Fewston reservoir, Harrogate

There were three incidents between 6th & 8th June 2014 in Harrogate Borough, where cyclists were knocked off their bikes by vehicles. Two of the drivers failed to stop. Read about the three cycle incidents in Harrogate Borough...

Harrogate cycling news: cycling feasibility study to be crowdfunded

9th June 2014

Cycle lane on East Parade, Harrogate

The cycling feasibility study proposed by Councillor Helen Flynn has been rejected by the council, but is to be crowdfunded. Read about the project, and how to contribute to the crowdfunding of a Harrogate cycling feasibility study...

Harrogate cycling news: 12,000 people expected to watch the Tour in Ripley

27th May 2014

Ripley Castle

Up to 12,000 people are expected to watch the Tour de France in Ripley. The village, which on the route of Stage 1, on Saturday 5th July 2014, just a few miles before the finish in Harrogate, believes that this is Ripley's chance to shine. 'It's one of the world's biggest events...we are going French for a full two weeks,' said Lady Emma Ingilby. There'll be camping, parking, food and drink, and children's activities. Read about the Tour de France in Ripley...

Harrogate cycling news: cycle accident near Bainbridge

27th April 2014

Bainbridge, Yorkshire Dales

North Yorkshire Police have reported that there was a serious accident near Bainbridge in the Yorkshire Dales on Saturday 5th April 2014, involving a collision between a car and a cyclist. With many cyclists expected to ride the county's roads in advance of the Tour de France, and specifically the narrow roads of the Dales, the police have been distributing cycle safety leaflets and posters, pointing out the dangers, and urging cyclists to take care. 

Harrogate cycling news: North Yorkshire cycle casualties 2013 & cycle safety campaign

26th April 2014

Let's look out for each other

North Yorkshire County Council road casualty statistics show that 52 cyclists were killed or seriously injured in 2013, up from 47 in 2012. Meanwhile, with an increase in the number of cyclists on North Yorkshire's roads anticipated due to the Tour de France, the Council is launching a Think! Bike cycle safety poster campaign. Read about cycle casualties 2013 and the cycle safety poster campaign...

Harrogate cycling news: parking problems for Nidderdale Greenway

15th April 2014

The Nidderdale Greenway is a victim of its own success. The car park on Bilton Lane only takes six cars, and there are frequently up to 30 cars parked on the side of the narrow lane, causing problems for pedestrians and cyclists. Bilton Conservation Group wants the car park extended. Read about Nidderdale Greenway parking problems...

Harrogate cycling news: council debate on a cycling feasibility study

15th March 2014

LibDem councillor Helen Flynn has initiated a debate over a feasibility study into Harrogate cycling projects. The idea comes from Sustrans, who say that without such a study, it is much more difficult to get funding from central government. Read more about the Harrogate BC debate about a cycling feasibility study...

Harrogate cycling news: £4m to spent on road improvements in Harrogate

11th March 2014

Cyclists dismount - less of this in Harrogate?

North Yorks CC has announced £4m of road improvements for Harrogate. This includes road resurfacing in advance of the Tour de France, and changes to signals and junctions. There are some, very limited, measures for cycling, including the Yorkshire Showground greenway. Read about the £4m road improvements in Harrogate...

Harrogate cycling news: council to make Tour de France grants to community groups

1st February 2014

Harrogate council has made a number of grants to community groups for Tour de France legacy projects. This includes money for the Tour de Starbeck trail, and for Harrogate Cycle Action. Read about Harrogate council's grants to community groups for Tour de France projects...

Harrogate cycling news: row over parking in cycle lane

22nd January 2014

Clothes shop Snooty Frox, on Hookstone Road, has been at the centre of a row over parking in the cycle lane outside its premises.

Road.cc reports that the shop was challenged over a sign it produced, stating, 'Parking IS permitted in the cycle lane.' The sign was based on incorrect advice from a Police Community Support Officer from North Yorkshire police. After being challenged on Twitter, Snooty Frox realised that the sign was not appropriate. The relevant rule is in section 140 of the Highway Code, which states, 'Do not drive or park in a cycle lane marked by a broken white line unless it is unavoidable.' The sign has now been taken down.

The sign appears to have been an honest mistake. One comment below the Road.cc article says, 'I live round the corner from this shop...this new cycle lane is a...joke anyway, it lasts about 100 metres and its forcing the cars to funnel down at the top of the road and has made cycling at that part of the road more dangerous than before.'

The wider issue is that Harrogate BC has stated and promised that a cycling legacy from the Tour de France is fundamental, but it is not yet clear if these are just empty words, or if there is something more substantial to come in the future. It is clear that short, isolated stretches of cycling infrastructure, just involving paint, will not be enough to make Harrogate a bike-friendly town. 

HedgehogCycling has reviewed the bikes lanes a short distance from this area, and made suggestions for improvements.

Harrogate cycling news: Local Highway Authority report for proposed Penny Pot Lane housing development

14th December 2013

North Yorkshire County Council produced a report dated 5th December 2013, assessing the traffic impact of building six hundred houses on land at Penny Pot Lane (the site shown on this map). The County Council is the Local Highway Authority (LHA) responsible for traffic and transport. 

The report says that the LHA assessed the capacity of Penny Pot Lane and the traffic signals at Oak Beck Bridge (which is single file). It is 'satisfied that there is sufficient capacity within Penny Pot Lane to accommodate the increase in traffic. Modelling of the Oak Beck Bridge signals also demonstrate [sic] that the signals will not exceed their theoretical capacity.'

Under the heading 'Sustainability', the report says that the developer will provide a bus link from the northern end of the site into the Jenny Fields Estate. 'This will provide connectivity from the site to the town centre. In order to restrict the use of the access to buses, cyclists and pedestrians a bus gate will be provided.'

See our blog for HedgehogCycling's comments.

Harrogate cycling news: Lib Dem PPC promises to make Harrogate more cycling friendly

1st December 2013

The Harrogate Advertiser reports that the Lib Dems have chosen a Prospective Parliamentary Candidate to fight the 2015 general election. Councillor Helen Flynn has been selected to represent the party.

Amongst her key policies will be making Harrogate more cycling friendly. She told the Advertiser, 'Harrogate's roads are massively clogged. There are pots of government funding we could apply for. I would like to do more to make Harrogate cycling friendly, and with the Tour de France coming next year, there is a real opportunity.'

North Yorkshire County Council remains the key decision-maker, as it has responsibility for highways, including cycling infrastructure, but Mrs Flynn's words are nevertheless encouraging.

Harrogate cycling news: Boneshakers bike shop closed until further notice

13th November 2013

Walking past Boneshakers bike shop in Harrogate yesterday, we noticed that it was closed up, with signs in the windows saying, 'Closed until further notice.' We don't have any more information at the moment. The website is up as normal.

We hope it will reopen in the same or new premises.

Harrogate cycling news: Harrogate man invents Ultrabike for the blind

26th October 2013

A Harrogate man has invented a bike for the blind and visually impaired, the Harrogate Advertiser reports. Dr Paul Clarke has developed an ultrasound sensor for the handlebars of a bike, which warns the rider of any obstacles in their path. Whilst it would not be enable blind people to cycle on the public roads, it could be used in a velodrome, and so could revolutionise cycling as a Paralympic sport. 

An Ultrabike is on display in the science museum, and the idea has generated a lot of interest from organisations which work with the blind and visually impaired. Dr Clarke has been working with the blind and visually impaired to trial the bike.

This BBC report from an RNIB conference in Glasgow in September 2013 as a video of the bike being tested out. See also this report from Tony Shearman, who rode the bike in July 2013.

Harrogate cycling news: Harrogate Cycle Manifesto launched

20th October 2013

Harrogate Cycle Action launched their cycling manifesto for Harrogate on Monday 14th October 2013, at Harrogate Cricket Club. (There is also a short version of the manifesto).

There were presentations by Hugh Larkin, a local cardiologist, and by Mike Babbit of Sustrans, at an evening attended by councillors from Harrogate BC and North Yorkshire CC.

The manifesto was presented by Martin Weeks. It sets the aim of encouraging cycling as an enjoyable activity and an alternative mode of transport. Harrogate Cycle Action's objective is to work with agencies, including local authorities, for better facilities for cyclists - in particular, cycleways. They wish to consult with the public (online and face to face) to establish priorities.

Two particular suggestions are that linking Harrogate to the Spofforth-Wetherby cycleway would be a suitable Tour de France legacy project; and there should be a legacy/anniversary ride based on the Tour de France route, in July 2015.

There is a report on the evening from Cycle Harrogate.

Beryl Burton resurfacing under way

10th October 2013

Beryl Burton cycleway

On a bike ride along the Beryl Burton cycleway to Knaresborough yesterday, we came across a vehicle and a team of employees from North Yorkshire County Council, at the junction near Bilton Hall. They were about to start work resurfacing the section of cycle route between Bilton Hall and the river Nidd in Knaresborough. So, work is under way, or should be by now. 

They mentioned that the route may be closed at times over the next few days, so that the work can take place.

The route was originally due to be resurfaced in May this year, but North Yorkshire CC backtracked, and said it would ony tackle 500m of it. Then in September 2013, there was another change of heart. The council managed to reduce the cost of the works from £80,000 to £60,000, bring forward some cycle infrastructure spending from next year, and get a contribution of £10,00 from Harrogate Borough Council. As a result, they had enough money to resurface the whole cycleway this year, after all, and took the decision to do so.

Update 20th October 2013

The cycleway has been resurfaced from Bilton Hall down as far as the first cattle grid and blue bench. Further down, preparatory works have been undertaken, putting wooden boarding on one side of the path. In the other direction, towards Bilton Lane, no work has so far been done. 

Beryl Burton resurfaced Beryl Burton cattle grid Beryl Burton boarding