The latest book in the series of Hedgehog Cycling Guides is now available in paperback.
Find out more about Bike Rides In and Around York.
10th August 2022
Cycling was up 47% in England on weekdays between March and July 2022 as petrol prices rose, but Cycling UK says people need more and better cycle infrastructure.
Read about Cycling Up 47% in England.
8th August 2022
Active Travel England is asking local authorities to self-assess their performance on active travel. Councils will be awarded a Level between 0 and 4, and this will affect the funding they receive.
Read about Self-Assessment for Active Travel England.
7th August 2022
The Red Kite Mountain Bike Trail is a 20-mile mountain bike ride starting and finishing in Wetherby. It takes bridleways along field edges and through woods. Map, GPS, photos and route notes.
Read about the Red Kite Mountain Bike Trail.
5th August 2022
North Yorkshire County Council is to rip out the modal filters on Beech Grove when the trial period ends on 14th August. Why?
Read about North Yorkshire to Rip Out Beech Grove LTN.
3rd August 2022
York & North Yorkshire are a step closer to getting a directly-elected Mayor, probably in May 2024. With the Mayor will come a new Mayoral Combined Authority, as well as new funding and powers.
Read about the Devolution Deal for York & North Yorkshire.
Updated 1st August 2022
The canal towpath ride from Leeds to Saltaire is an enjoyable one, all the more so after the latest resurfacing efforts - albeit that the odd decision was taken to use a smorgasbord of different surface types.
Read about the Leeds to Saltaire Cycle Route.
Bike Rides in Harrogate and Nidderdale is now available in paperback and ebook.
Find out more about Bike Rides in Harrogate and Nidderdale.
The clock counts down to midnight on 2nd May 2024, which was the date of the next General Election under the Fixed Term Parliaments Act.
It still gives a pretty good idea of when we will have another General Election.
22nd July 2022
Active Travel England is to deliver a golden age of cycling and walking. That's according to the press release that accompanied the publication of ATE's framework document yesterday.
12th July 2022
There's a new government road safety campaign, Travel Like You Know Them, as part of the wider THINK! initiative. It's to promote recent changes to the Highway Code.
Read about Travel Like You Know Them.
7th July 2022
The DfT published its second Cycling & Walking Investment Strategy yesterday. It sets out how to achieve the ambition of 50% of trips in towns by active travel, and the funding to make it happen.
Read about CWIS2.
29th June 2022
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?
3rd June 2022
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.
1st June 2022
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.
24th June 2022
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?
18th June 2022
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.
20th May 2022
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.
11th May 2022
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.
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.
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.
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.
Read about the Nidderdale Greenway.
25th July 2022
A look at the Emission Reduction Pathways for York & North Yorkshire, with a special emphasis on transport. How much will private car use have to be reduced for the region to become Net Zero by 2038?
19th July 2022
The Navigation Road active travel scheme was made permanent today, and decisions were taken on other cycling projects too.
30th June 2022
The ambitions and objectives in York's draft Climate Change Strategy are about right, but do the city's actions match its words?
22nd June 2022
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?
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.
25th July 2022
West Yorkshire Combined Authority's transport and buildings projects are not aligned with its own decarbonisation goals, according to a recently-published report. What does the report recommend WYCA does about it?
19th July 2022
Sir Patrick Vallance gave his climate science briefing to 70 MPs. The government chief scientist introduced presentations by three professors.
Read about the Vallance Briefing on Climate Science.
8th June 2022
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.
11th June 2022
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.
18th May 2022
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.
2nd May 2022
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.
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 Hedgehog Guide to mountain biking at Sutton Bank.
This mountain bike ride is simple and quite short, but very enjoyable.
It takes you north west from Poppleton, on a path on the right bank of the Ouse, to the confluence of the Ouse and the Nidd, then back via Moor Monkton on farm tracks.
Read about Right Bank of the Ouse Mountain Bike Ride.
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.
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 the Hedgehog guide to the York to Beningbrough cycle route.
The latest in Hedgehog's Sustrans Slow Tour of Yorkshire series, Stage 6 is a nice ride on quiet back roads from Settle to Clapham. There's just enough hill-age to make it interesting, and there are plenty of options for a cup of tea or a pint of beer.
Read about Stage 6, Settle to Clapham.
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