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Tell Councils How to Achieve 50% Active Travel Target - CCC

29th June 2022

Transport Decarbonisation Plan target
Transport Decarbonisation Plan target

The Climate Change Committee has published its June 2022 assessment of the UK government's progress on cutting greenhouse gas emissions. What are the implications for transport?

Read about Tell Councils How to Achieve 50% Active Travel Target - CCC.

HedgehogCycling Newsletter


Tour de France 2022

Stage 1 Tour de France 2022

Nyhavn Canal, Copenhagen
Nyhavn Canal, Copenhagen, by the European Commission

Stage 1 of the Tour de France 2022 is a 13.2km individual time trial in Copenhagen.

Read about Stage 1 Tour de France 2022.

Stage 2 Tour de France 2022

Great Belt Bridge
Great Belt Bridge, by St Hinni, Licence CC BY-SA 3.0

Stage 2 of the Tour de France 2022 is a 202km flat stage from Roskilde to Nyborg.

Read about Stage 2 Tour de France 2022.

Stage 3 Tour de France 2022

Sonderborg Harbour
Sonderborg Harbour, by Erik Christensen, Licence CC BY-SA 3.0

Stage 3 of the 2022 Tour de France is a 182km flat stage from Vejle to Sønderborg. Historic sights along the way include the Jelling Stones. The race is likely to end in a bunch sprint.

Read about Stage 3 Tour de France 2022.

Stage 4 Tour de France 2022

Cap Blanc Nez
Cap Blanc Nez, by Donarreiskoffer, Licence CC BY-SA 3.0

Stage 4 of the 2022 Tour de France is a 172km hilly stage from Dunkirk to Calais. It goes via Saint Omer to the Opal Coast. Windy conditions on the coast, plus climbs at the Cap Griz-Nez and Cap Blanc-Nez, could be decisive.

Read about Stage 4 Tour de France 2022.

Stage 5 Tour de France 2022

Paris Roubaix 2021
Paris Roubaix 2021, by Felouch Kotek, Licence CC BY-SA 4.0

Stage 5 of the Tour de France 2022 includes 20km of cobbles, and finishes in Arenberg. It resembles Paris-Roubaix, and riders who thrive in or survive the Hell of the North could do well.

Read about Stage 5 Tour de France 2022.

Stage 6 Tour de France 2022

The Ardennes
The Ardennes, by Vincent van Zeijst, Licence CC BY-SA 3.0

Stage 6 of the Tour de France 2022 is a 220km trek from Belgium to Longwy in France, through the Ardennes.

The punchy climb to the line was won by Peter Sagan in 2017, and would have suited Julian Alaphilippe in 2022 if he was there - but he isn't going to be.

Read about Stage 6 Tour de France 2022.


Latest News & Articles

IPCC AR6

27th June 2022

Snowless ski piste, Val Thorens
Snowless ski piste, Val Thorens

Many of us were concentrating on other things when the IPCC published its Sixth Assessment Report (AR6). I thought it would be useful to do a short summary of the findings.

Read about IPCC AR6.

What Happened to Harrogate's Active Travel Fund Projects?

24th June 2022

Victoria Avenue, Harrogate
Victoria Avenue, Harrogate

Harrogate's Active Travel Fund projects on Victoria Avenue and the A59 Knaresborough Road should have been completed by 31st March 2022, but no work has started. What has happened to them?

Read about What Happened to Harrogate's Active Travel Projects?

Councillor Aspden Promotes Debunked Theory that Road-Building Reduces Congestion

22nd June 2022

Another Motorway - No Thanks
Another Motorway - No Thanks, by JL57, Licence CC BY-NC 2.0

At a meeting of City of York Council's Executive, Council Leader Keith Aspden promoted the thoroughly debunked theory that road-building reduces congestion. Why are we still unable to have a debate based on reliable evidence not wishful thinking?

Read about Councillor Aspden Promotes Debunked Theory that Road-Building Reduces Congestion.

The Fundamental Law of Road Congestion

20th June 2022

Traffic jam
Traffic jam

I'm late to this party, but not as late as most highways authorities around the country. What happens to traffic when you add road capacity?

Read about The Fundamental Law of Road Congestion.

Why Harrogate Station Gateway Must Go Ahead

18th June 2022

Harrogate Station Gateway
Harrogate Station Gateway

In the last couple of days there has been anonymous briefing against Harrogate Station Gateway - an £11 million project to improve Harrogate town centre. This is after it has already been improved. The project can't be derailed at this stage.

Read Why Harrogate Station Gateway Must Go Ahead.

Who Will Win Stage 1 of the Tour de France 2022?

15th June 2022

Filippo Ganna
Filippo Ganna, by Fabio Ragagnin, Licence CC BY-SA 4.0

While Filippo Ganna is likely to be the outright favourite for the Stage 1 individual time trial, who are the other contenders?

Read Who Will Win Stage 1 of the Tour de France 2022?

7 Things I Learned Doing the Sustrans Slow Tour of Yorkshire

14th June 2022

TPT bike path at Terry's factory
TPT bike path at Terry's factory

It took me a few years to ride all 21 stages of the Sustrans Slow Tour of Yorkshire. What did I learn along the way?

Read about 7 Things I Learned Doing the Sustrans Slow Tour of Yorkshire.


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Bike Rides in Harrogate and Nidderdale

Bike Rides in Harrogate and Nidderdale cover
Bike Rides in Harrogate and Nidderdale

Bike Rides in Harrogate and Nidderdale is now available in paperback and ebook.

Find out more about Bike Rides in Harrogate and Nidderdale.


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.

The Chimp Paradox - Review

3rd June 2022

The Chimp Paradox
The Chimp Paradox

It's 10 years since The Chimp Paradox was published, but I started reading it only 7 years ago. In the book, I learned about the discipline needed for success in achieving my goals - but too late to make me finish it faster.

Read about The Chimp Paradox - Review.

Bristol - 40% Reduction in Vehicle Miles Needed

1st June 2022

Bikes and buses in Bristol
Buses and bikes in Bristol, by Geof Sheppard Clifton Moor, Licence CC BY-SA 4.0

In order to become carbon neutral by 2030, Bristol will need to cut vehicle miles by 40%. A very similar reduction in car trips is likely to be needed in other UK towns and cities - but how many people are aware of the scale of change required?

Read about Bristol - 40% Reduction in Vehicle Miles Needed.

Lack of Ambition & Failure to Follow Guidance Main Reasons for Failed ATF3 Bids

23rd May 2022

Poor cycle infrastructure on Beckwith Head Road
Poor quality cycle infrastructure on Beckwith Head Road

Be bold if you want funding for cycling and walking, is the message from the Active Travel Fund Tranche 3 allocations.

Read about Lack of Ambition & Failure to Follow Guidance Main Reasons for Failed ATF3 Bids.

Active Travel England Swings into Action (Sort Of)

17th May 2022

Chris Boardman
Chris Boardman (image by TFGM)

Active Travel England has swung into action - sort of. On Saturday, there was a semi-announcement of the ATF3 allocations, and some effective advocacy by Chris Boardman.

Read about Active Travel England Swings into Action (Sort Of).


Harrogate Cycling

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North Yorkshire's ATF3 Bid Fails

20th May 2022

County Hall Northallerton
County Hall, Northallerton

North Yorkshire's bid for money from the third tranche of the Active Travel Fund (ATF3) has failed. What are the likely reasons behind the DfT's decision to send the cash elsewhere?

Read about North Yorkshire's ATF3Bid Fails.

What Do the Local Elections May 2022 Mean for Cycling in Harrogate?

11th May 2022

Vote Bike
Vote Bike, by Tim Green, Licence CC BY 2.0

What do the local elections that took place on 5th May 2022 mean for cycling in Harrogate? I don't know, but I think I've written an informative article on the subject anyway.

Read about in What Do the Local Elections May 2022 Mean for Cycling in Harrogate?

Does Persimmon King Edwin Park Give 1st Priority to Active Travel?

5th May 2022

King Edwin Park housing development, Harrogate
King Edwin Park housing development, Harrogate

The National Planning Policy Framework says that housing developments should give priority to active travel, but does Persimmon's King Edwin Park estate in Harrogate do that?

Find out in Does Persimmon King Edwin Park Give 1st Priority to Active Travel?

Côte de Lofthouse Road Cycling Route

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.

Mountain Biking at Sutton Bank

View from Sutton Bank towards Gormire Lake
View from Sutton Bank towards Gormire Lake

Sutton Bank must be one of the best places in the area to go mountain biking.

There are trails for all ages and levels, and a cyclocross/all-weather cycle track paid for by the EU Rural Development Fund.

Read the new Hedgehog Guide to mountain biking at Sutton Bank.


York Cycling

Further Tadcaster Road Consultation

6th June 2022

Cycle lane bollard
Cycle lane bollard

A further consultation on cycle improvements to Tadcaster Road, York, is under way. What are the proposed changes to the original design?

Find out in Further Tadcaster Road Consultation.

How to Change the Way People Travel to Clifton Moor

1st June 2022

Map with suggestions for improving Clifton Moor
How to improve cycle infra serving Clifton Moor

Clifton Moor is a car-dominated retail park on the edge of York, with bad cycle infrastructure. How would you reduce traffic, make Clifton Moor a nicer place, and increase visits on foot, by bike, and by bus?

Read about How to Change the Way People Travel to Clifton Moor.

Illegible Cycle Infrastructure at Clifton Moor

30th May 2022

Bad cycle infrastructure at Clifton Moor
Priority to motor vehicles at Clifton Moor

The cycle infrastructure at Clifton Moor is illegible, as well as being of the lowest possible quality. Some thoughts on this, mingled with mentions of London Orbital by Iain Sinclair - but what is the relevance of that book?

Read about Illegible Cycle Infrastructure at Clifton Moor.

Yorkshire Wolds Road Bike Ride

Thixendale
Thixendale

This is a fantastic ride in the Yorkshire Wolds, an under-appreciated but beautiful area to cycle in. The ride starts and finishes in Stamford Bridge.

There are plenty of sharp climbs to keep it interesting, but they are only short because the hills are not very high. There are also some flat roads around Driffield and Hutton Cranswick, in the middle of the ride.

Read about the Yorkshire Wolds Road Bike Ride.

Bike Shops in York

Cycle Heaven at York Station
Cycle Heaven at York Station

All the bike shops in York for bike sales, servicing and repairs, and cycle hire; plus a map showing where to find each bike shop.

Find out about Bike Shops in York.


Hedge-Blog

Share the Road Campaign Should be Binned

4th June 2022

Share the Road campaign
Share the Road campaign

Share the Road is one of these "let's all be nice to each other" road safety campaigns that conflates physical danger and politeness. How helpful and effective is it?

Read about Share the Road Campaign Should be Binned.

A Level Difference Makes All the Difference

26th May 2022

White line segregation
White line segregation on Otley Road Harrogate

A level difference makes all the difference, and Cycle Infrastructure Design tells councils not to use white line segregation. Is there a satellite delay in applying the new standards?

Read about A Level Difference Makes All the Difference.


Europe

Cycling in the IPCC 6th Assessment Report

8th June 2022

IPCC AR6 and cycling
IPCC AR6 and cycling

The IPCC's 6th Assessment Report says that globally emissions from transport make up 15% of the total, and are growing. What role can cycling play in reducing transport emissions?

Read about in Cycling in the IPCC 6th Assessment Report.

Paris Plan Vélo 2021-6

24th October 2021

Carte du Paris Plan Vélo
Carte du Plan Vélo

Paris's Plan Vélo for the next 5 years includes 180km of new segregated cycle tracks, and a wealth of other good ideas too, showing a real commitment to promoting cycling.

Read about a Paris Plan Vélo 2021-6.


Hedgehog Guides

Mountain Biking at Dalby Forest

11th June 2022

Mountain biking at Dalby Forest
Mountain biking at Dalby Forest

Dalby Forest is a mountain biking destination with good quality trails, and it's so extensive that you can easily spend all day exploring the forest.

Read about Mountain Biking at Dalby Forest.

Malton to Pickering Cycle Route

18th May 2022

Malton Pickering cycle route
Malton Pickering Cycle Route

The Malton to Pickering Cycle route was only launched on 9th May 2022, so I may be one of the first people to test it out. It's a pleasant ride between two charming Yorkshire market towns.

Read about Malton to Pickering Cycle Route.

Hudson Way Rail Trail

2nd May 2022

Kiplingcotes Station, Hudson Way
Kiplingcotes Station, Hudson Way

The Hudson Way uses the trackbed of the old Market Weighton to Beverley railway line. It goes through pleasant Yorkshire Wolds farmland, and the destination is the interesting and historic market town of Beverley. Since the railway no longer exists, you'll have to pedal back again!

Read about the Hudson Way Rail Trail.

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 | Sustrans Slow Tour of Yorkshire

Yorkshire wildlife | Bookshelf (book reviews)