Hedgehog Cycling

DfT decarbonising transport consultation

28th March 2020

Bus stop on West Park, Harrogate
Bus stop on West Park, Harrogate

The DfT has started the process of devising a plan to decarbonise transport. Their consultation document accepts that we'll have to use our cars less, and states that public transport and active travel will become the natural first choice for our daily activities. There's still a reluctance to accept reality in some areas of transport decarbonisation, with an insistence on airport expansion.

Read about about DfT transport decarbonisation.

HedgehogCycling Newsletter

Latest news & articles

Velo Birmingham refunds

22nd March 2020

Cycle route in Birmingham

Velo Birmingham have told their customers that they are cancelling the cycle sportive event scheduled for 21st June 2020, but keeping all the money. Is there a way of getting your money back?

Read about about Velo Birmingham refunds.

UK cycling news

Countdown to the next General Election:

The clock counts down to midnight on 2nd May 2024, the date of the next General Election under the Fixed Term Parliaments Act.

APPGCW manifesto

13th February 2020

APPGCW manifesto
APPGCW Manifesto

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Cycling and Walking (APPGCW) has launched a manifesto for cycling and walking, setting out the key funding and policy priorities needed to increase active travel.

Read about the APPGCW manifesto.

Johnson re-announces tiny cycling fund

12th February 2020

Birmingham Blue Cycle Route
Birmingham Blue Cycle Route

Boris Johnson yesterday re-announced a tiny cycling fund, with money for infrastructure which amounts to a miserly £1.18 per person per year. He described the fund in a different way, so it wasn't immediately obvious that there was nothing new in what he said.

How do these plans compare with the other parties' pledges on cycling investment? Find out in Johnson re-announces tiny cycling fund.


What we see and what we don't

18th February 2020

Parked bike
Parked bike, residential street in Harrogate

I remember my neighbour's reaction to a bike regularly locked to a lamppost near where we live. He was grumbling about it, and considering reporting it to the council. He didn't seem to see the 200+ cars parked on our street.

Read what we see and what we don't.


Paris to become "100% vélo"

9th February 2020

Paris cycle network 2024
Projected Paris cycle network 2024

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo has put the environment and sustainable transport at the heart of her 2020 re-election campaign, with parking spaces to be replaced by wider pavements and bike lanes.

Read about Paris to become "100% vélo".

ECF Safer Cycling Advocate Program

17th January 2020

Bike lane, Zandvoort, NL
Bike lane, Zandvoort, Netherlands

The European Cyclists' Federation has produced a report titled the Safer Cycling Advocate Program. It draws on Dutch and Danish expertise, and is designed to help people in other countries campaign for better cycling facilities.

Read about ECF Safer Cycling Advocate Program.

Harrogate cycling

Andrew Jones MP | Redwings 'not British enough' - rabbits

HDCA website launch

28th February 2020

HDCA website
HDCA website

Harrogate District Cycle Action is today launching its new website, alongside an updated manifesto and refreshed social media accounts. The website invites local people to sign up as supporters and contribute their ideas.

Find out more about the HDCA website.

Côte de Lofthouse road cycling route

View from the top of Côte de Lofthouse

This circular road cycling route starts in Harrogate, and heads up to Pateley Bridge then Lofthouse. It climbs the Côte de Lofthouse, which featured on the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire, then returns via Grewelthorpe, Kirkby Malzeard, Galphay, Studley Royal and Ripley to Harrogate. It's on quiet, country roads, features beautiful scenery, and there's the challenge of a steep ascent.

Read about this Côte de Lofthouse road cycling route.

Grassington Yorkshire Dales road cycling route

River Wharfe at Conistone

This circular road cycling route starts in Grassington, and heads north up Wharfedale then Littondale to Halton Gill. It climbs to Malham Tarn, then returns via Malham, Kirkby Malham, Airton, Hetton, and Cracoe to Malham. The roads are quiet, and the ride takes in lanes lined with dry stone walls, open fells, and villages of limestone-built houses, as well as views of Malham Cove.

Read about this Yorkshire Dales road cycling route.

Hedgehog Guides

Scarborough to Whitby Cinder Track

Trailways bike shop, Hawkser

A new Hedgehog Guide to the Cinder Track cycle route, along the old railway from Scarborough to Whitby, with full-colour (!) photos, including lots of Yorkshire sunshine. This 21.5 mile route has beautiful views, and there's wonderful wildlife along the way, for example house martins and swallows at Ravenscar. Read about the Scarborough to Whitby Cinder Track.

Lofthouse Scarhouse mountain bike ride

View of upper Nidderdale and Scarhouse reservoir
View of Scarhouse reservoir

A mountain bike ride in upper Nidderdale - from Lofthouse to Scarhouse reservoir, and back via Middlesmoor. It's an enjoyable ride in the countryside, with great views along the way.

Read about Lofthouse Scarhouse mountain bike ride.

Other Hedgehog guides

UCI World Championships 2019 | Tour de France 2019 | Tour de Yorkshire 2019 | Tour de France 2018 | Tour de Yorkshire 2018 | Tour de France 2017Tour de Yorkshire 2017Tour of Britain 2016Tour de France 2016Tour de Yorkshire 2016Tour de France 2014 

5 facts about Tom Dumoulin

Yorkshire wildlife | Sustrans Slow Tour of Yorkshire