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.
The Budget presented yesterday by Chancellor Rishi Sunak is a
high-carbon splurge on a massive road-building programme, while
active travel is totally ignored. As the climate goes haywire, are
the Tories the wrong people to be in government?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.