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Is this the worst cycle path in Harrogate?

22nd October 2020

Oak Beck Road bike path
Oak Beck Road 'cycle path'

Is the surrealist work of bicycle-related art on the corner of the A59 and Oak Beck Road the worst cycle path in Harrogate?

Is this the worst cycle path in Harrogate?

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Stop selling SUVs - UK Climate Assembly

10th September 2020

Harrogate Tank
Harrogate Tank...helping destroy Earth's habitable climate

Stopping sales of SUVs as soon as possible is one of the top recommendations of the UK Climate Assembly - a group of people from all walks of life who were asked to consider the best ways of reaching net zero CO2 emissions by 2050.

Read about stop selling SUVs - UK Climate Assembly.

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.

Gear Change vision for cycling and walking

28th July 2020

Birmingham Blue cycle route
Birmingham Blue cycle route

The government's plans to boost cycling and walking are announced today, with a press release and a document called 'Gear Change, A bold vision for cycling and walking'. Plans include new standards for cycle infrastructure and an inspectorate to enforce them, Active Travel England.

Read about Gear Change vision for cycling and walking.


Crace goes rogue

28th August 2020

Low Traffic Neighbourhood
Low Traffic Neighbourhood, by Sam Saunders, Licence CC BY-SA 2.0

The normally intelligent and funny Guardian sketch writer John Crace has gone rogue with a rant against safe bike lanes and Low Traffic Neighbourhoods - all because he got stuck in a traffic jam going to the tip! I prove that there were never any traffic jams before the invention of the bike lane. (Not really).

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Paris to become "100% vélo"

9th February 2020

Paris cycle network 2024
Projected Paris cycle network 2024

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo has put the environment and sustainable transport at the heart of her 2020 re-election campaign, with parking spaces to be replaced by wider pavements and bike lanes.

Read about Paris to become "100% vélo".

ECF Safer Cycling Advocate Program

17th January 2020

Bike lane, Zandvoort, NL
Bike lane, Zandvoort, Netherlands

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.

Read about ECF Safer Cycling Advocate Program.

Harrogate cycling

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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.

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.

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.

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