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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.

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Campaign for Safe Cycle Infrastructure on York's Picadilly Continues

20th May 2022

Banana Warehouse, Picadilly
Banana Warehouse, Picadilly

After Tuesday's Transport Decision Session, how are plans for Picadilly progressing and will safe cycle infrastructure be built there?

Read about Campaign for Safe Cycle Infrastructure on York's Picadilly Continues.

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.

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).

Petrol Prices Cut Car Trips - Will People Take to Two Wheels Instead?

16th May 2022

Petrol Prices
Petrol prices

Drivers are cutting back on car trips because of high petrol and diesel prices. Will people take to two wheels instead, and what impact will electric cars have?

Read about Petrol Prices Cut Car Trips - Will People Take to Two Wheels Instead?

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.

Stage 17 Tour de France 2022

Peyragudes climb
Montée de Peyragudes, by Anthospace, Licence CC BY-SA 4.0

Stage 17 is a short but tough Pyrenean mountain stage. A team could make it hard as soon as the climbing starts, around 53km.

The climbs are well-known: Col d'Aspin, Hourquette d'Ancizan, Col de Val Louron-Azet, and Peyragudes.

Read about Stage 17 Tour de France 2022.


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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.

64% Say It's Too Dangerous to Cycle on the Roads

4th May 2022

Cycling on Otley Road, Harrogate
Figure 6.21, LTN 1/20

64% say it's too dangerous to cycle on the roads, according to an Ipsos survey. How many people would like to cycle more, and do people support LTNs?

Find out in 64% Say It's Too Dangerous to Cycle on the Roads.

Possibility that HS2 Access Roads Will Become Walking & Cycling Paths

22nd April 2022

Stop HS2 poster
Stop HS2 poster, by John Winder, Licence CC BY-SA 2.0

There's a possibility that HS2 access roads could be turned into high-quality walking and cycling paths. What would be Benefit-Cost Ratio of the paths be compared to the railway?

Read about Possibility that HS2 Access Roads Will Become Walking & Cycling Paths.

Local Authority Toolkit for Active Travel

20th April 2022

DfT
DfT, by Steph Gray, Licence CC BY-SA 2.0

The DfT has published new active travel guidance for local authorities, including four actions they should be taking, and a toolkit.

Read about Local Authority Toolkit for Active Travel.

Penistone to Dunford Bridge Bike Ride

25th February 2022

Millennium Bridge, Bullhouse
Millennium Bridge, Bullhouse

This is Stage 15 of the Sustrans Slow Tour of Yorkshire. It's an easy, family-friendly ride on the trackbed of the old Great Central Railway, and it takes you to the edge of the Peak District.

Read about Penistone to Dunford Bridge Bike Ride.


Harrogate Cycling

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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?

Design vs UX on Harrogate Cycle Path

14th April 2022

Design vs UX on Harrogate cycle path
Design vs UX on Harrogate cycle path

I noticed someone's interpretation of this crossing facility and cycle path today. If the designer expects you to do something daft and inconvenient, do you do it, or do you ignore them?

Read about Design vs UX on Harrogate cycle path.

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

Abysmal Cycle Infrastructure Fail in North York Moors

10th May 2022

Cycling towards the White Horse
Cycling towards the White Horse

It's quite terrifying cycling on the A170 near the White Horse, but since North Yorkshire haven't provided any cycle infrastructure, that's what you have to do.

Read more about in Abysmal Cycle Infrastructure Fail in North York Moors.

York's Old Railways

1st May 2022

York's Old Railways
Map showing York's old railways

When cycling in and around York, you come across disused railways - some of them now bike paths, and others gradually fading into invisibility. I thought it could be interesting to map out the old railways around York.

Read about York's Old Railways.

York Local Transport Strategy

25th April 2022

Decorative cycle sign, York
Decorative cycle sign, York

York's new Local Transport Strategy is starting to emerge, but there is a contradiction at the heart of it - between the stated objectives and the projects and policies.

Read about York Local Transport Strategy.

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.

Howardian Hills Road Bike Ride

Howardian Hills
Howardian Hills

This is a 69-mile road bike ride, starting and finishing in York. It takes in Ampleforth, the Howardian Hills, Castle Howard, Malton, and Kirkham Priory.

Read about a Howardian Hills Road Bike Ride.


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 13.1km 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 199km 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.


Hedge-blog

Garmin GPS Battery-Saving Mode

9th May 2022

Garmin Edge Explore
Garmin Edge Explore

On a long ride I nearly ran out of battery and had to engage battery-saving mode on my Garmin GPS. Was it satisfactory?

Find out in Garmin GPS Battery-Saving Mode.

Creating Space for Cycling by Removing the Centre Line

3rd May 2022

Fig 6.21, LTN 1/20
Figure 6.21, LTN 1/20

If you need safe cycle infrastructure on a road but there isn't enough room for protected cycle tracks, what do you do?

Read about the Creating Space for Cycling by Removing the Centre Line.


Europe

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

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

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5 facts about Tom Dumoulin | Sustrans Slow Tour of Yorkshire

Yorkshire wildlife