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Cycling minister Jesse Norman: response to the Alliston case

2nd October 2017

Jesse Norman cycling minister

Jesse Norman, minister responsible for cycling in the DfT, by Policy Exchange, Licence CC BY 2.0

The new minister with responsibility for cycling in the DfT, Jesse Norman, responded to the Charlie Alliston case by announcing a review to look at introducing new offences of causing serious injury or death by careless or dangerous cycling. Mr Norman claims that there are already strict laws which 'ensure drivers who put people's lives at risk are punished'. Is he right? Is this review cynical and populist, or genuinely trying to improve road safety in an even-handed way? Is Mr Norman applying double standards, to bike riders and other road users?

Read about cycling minister Jesse Norman's response to the Charlie Alliston case.

A Country in a Jam

28th September 2017

Traffic on Otley Road Harrogate

In August this year, the LGA produced a report called A Country in a Jam, looking at innovative solutions to congestion being employed by local authorities. This includes investment in active travel in Bristol. The report calls for more powers for councils to deal with traffic jams in various ways. Read about A Country in a Jam.

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Europe

Inspiration from Dutch cycle infrastructure

Bikes in Zandvoort

Bike lanes in the Netherlands are designed with thought and intelligence to create a joined-up, easily  usable network. I took a few photos of cycle infrastructure in Zandvoort, and I've added some comments about the intention of the planners. In the UK, we should pay particular attention to the way they give bike routes continuity, instead of making them give way to every side street.

Read about inspiration from Dutch cycle infrastructure.

Harrogate Cycling

New Hedgehog Guide: 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.

Read more about cycling in Harrogate.

About Hedgehog Cycling

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I started Hedgehog Cycling after the announcement that Yorkshire had been chosen to host the Grand Départ of the 2014 Tour de France. It was an exciting time for cycling in Yorkshire. There were guides to the Yorkshire (and Cambridge and London) stages on Hedgehog. 

The Tour de France in Yorkshire has been and gone, but Hedgehog Cycling is still going strong. In keeping with its origins, it covers the Tour de France, and cycling in Yorkshire, including the Tour de Yorkshire, and guides to Yorkshire cycle routes. There's also cycling-related news from the UK and Europe. 

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.

York to Selby cycle route

York to Selby cycle route, near Terry's factory

HedgehogCycling's guide to the York to Selby cycle route, including 'cycle the solar system'. This is a quality route, mainly on a tarmacked path on an old railway track bed, and is perfect for family cycling. Read our guide (with video and photos) to the York to Selby cycle route.

Other Hedgehog guides

UCI World Championships 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

Butter Tubs, Yorkshire DalesNidd viaduct and shared path signTour de France peloton on Côte de Blubberhouses

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