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Cycling Up 47% in England

10th August 2022

Cycling on Victoria Avenue
Cyclist on Victoria Avenue, Harrogate

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.

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Self-Assessment for Active Travel England

8th August 2022

Active Travel England logo
Active Travel England

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.

Red Kite Mountain Bike Trail

7th August 2022

Red Kite Mountain Bike Trail
Red Kite Mountain Bike Trail

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.

North Yorkshire to Rip Out Beech Grove LTN

5th August 2022

Beech Grove LTN
Beech Grove LTN

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.

Devolution Deal for York & North Yorkshire

3rd August 2022

Walmgate Bar, York
Walmgate Bar, York

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.

Leeds to Saltaire Cycle Route

Updated 1st August 2022

Canal towpath at Saltaire
Canal towpath near Saltaire

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.

3rd Consultation on Harrogate Station Gateway

27th July 2022

Harrogate Station Gateway
Visual showing Harrogate Station Gateway plans

A third consultation on Harrogate Station Gateway is under way. Why so many consultations, and how do you respond to it?

Read about 3rd Consultation on Harrogate Station Gateway.


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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, 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.

Active Travel England to Deliver a Golden Age of Cycling & Walking

22nd July 2022

Chris Boardman
Chris Boardman, by TfGM

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.

Read about the Active Travel England to Deliver a Golden Age of Cycling & Walking.

Travel Like You Know Them

12th July 2022

Travel Like You Know Them
Travel Like You Know Them video

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.

CWIS2

7th July 2022

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

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.

Tell Councils How to Achieve 50% Active Travel Target - CCC

29th June 2022

Transport Decarbonisation Plan target
Transport Decarbonisation Plan target

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?

Read about Tell Councils How to Achieve 50% Active Travel Target - CCC.

The Chimp Paradox - Review

3rd June 2022

The Chimp Paradox
The Chimp Paradox

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.

Bristol - 40% Reduction in Vehicle Miles Needed

1st June 2022

Bikes and buses in Bristol
Buses and bikes in Bristol, by Geof Sheppard Clifton Moor, Licence CC BY-SA 4.0

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.


Harrogate Cycling

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What Happened to Harrogate's Active Travel Fund Projects?

24th June 2022

Victoria Avenue, Harrogate
Victoria Avenue, Harrogate

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?

Read about What Happened to Harrogate's Active Travel Projects?

Why Harrogate Station Gateway Must Go Ahead

18th June 2022

Harrogate Station Gateway
Harrogate Station Gateway

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.

Read Why Harrogate Station Gateway Must Go Ahead.

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.

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?

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.


York Cycling

York & North Yorkshire Emissions Reduction Pathways

25th July 2022

York & N Yorkshire Emissions Reduction Pathways - Transport
Graphic from Emissions Reduction Pathways document

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?

Read about York & North Yorkshire Emissions Reduction Pathways.

City of York Executive Transport Meeting 19th July 2022

19th July 2022

Cycling sign in York
Cycle sign in York

The Navigation Road active travel scheme was made permanent today, and decisions were taken on other cycling projects too.

Read about City of York Executive Transport Meeting 19th July 2022.

York's Climate Strategy: Fine Words Butter No Parsnips

30th June 2022

York's walls and Minster
York city walls and minster

The ambitions and objectives in York's draft Climate Change Strategy are about right, but do the city's actions match its words?

Read York Climate Strategy: Fine Words Butter No Parsnips.

Councillor Aspden Promotes Debunked Theory that Road-Building Reduces Congestion

22nd June 2022

Another Motorway - No Thanks
Another Motorway - No Thanks, by JL57, Licence CC BY-NC 2.0

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?

Read about Councillor Aspden Promotes Debunked Theory that Road-Building Reduces Congestion.

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.

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.


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WYCA Projects Not Aligned with Decarbonisation Goals

25th July 2022

Traffic jam
Traffic jam

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?

Read about WYCA Projects Not Aligned with Decarbonisation Goals.

Vallance Briefing on Climate Science

19th July 2022

Sir Patrick Vallance
Sir Patrick Vallance, by British Government, Licence Open Government 3.0

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.

State of the UK Climate 2021

29th July 2022

Dallowgill
Dallowgill

A State of the UK Climate 2021 report analyses the year's weather, plus longer-term trends.

Read about State of the UK Climate 2021.


Europe

Cycling in the IPCC 6th Assessment Report

8th June 2022

IPCC AR6 and cycling
IPCC AR6 and cycling

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.

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.


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Mountain Biking at Dalby Forest

11th June 2022

Mountain biking at Dalby Forest
Mountain biking at Dalby Forest

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.

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.

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.

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 Hedgehog Guide to mountain biking at Sutton Bank.

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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