Harrogate Cycling News

Cycling signs at York Place, Harrogate
York Place/Stray Rein

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?

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.

Destination Harrogate Supports Nidderdale Greenway Extension

7th March 2022

View of Upper Nidderdale
View of Upper Nidderdale

Destination Harrogate is an organisation that promotes Harrogate District as a destination for visitors.

What proportion of the District's economy relies on visitors? What are the priorities in improving Harrogate's appeal, and where does the Nidderdale Greenway fit in?

Find out in Destination Harrogate Supports Nidderdale Greenway Extension.

The Electric Bike Shop Opens in Harrogate

10th February 2022

The Electric Bike Shop Harrogate
The Electric Bike Shop, Harrogate

An exciting addition to Harrogate's bike shops, The Electric Bike Shop opens on the Leeds Road parade of shops this week.

Read more about The Electric Bike Shop Opens in Harrogate.

Harrogate Station Gateway Approved by North Yorkshire Executive

26th January 2022

Harrogate Station Gateway
Harrogate Station Gateway

Harrogate Station Gateway took a step forward yesterday as North Yorkshire's Executive voted unanimously in favour of it proceeding.

Read about Harrogate Station Gateway Approved by North Yorkshire Executive.

10 Key Points About Otley Road Cycleway Phase 1

23rd December 2021

Otley Road Cycleway
Otley Road Cycleway at Hill Rise Close

10 key points about Phase 1 of Otley Road Cycleway after a first look.

Read about 10 Key Points About Otley Road Cycleway Phase 1.

reCycled Gifts

5th December 2021

Penny Farthing Clock
Penny Farthing Clock

Are you on the look-out for a unique and eco-friendly Christmas present for someone? reCycled gifts are made from bicycle parts that are no longer needed.

Read about reCycled Gifts.

100 Pedestrians Per Hour Use Beech Grove Crossing

22nd November 2021

Beech Grove modal filter
Safe crossing created by modal filter on Beech Grove

People on foot are the biggest beneficiaries of the modal filter used to create a Low Traffic Neighbourhood on Beech Grove.

Read about 100 pedestrians per hour use Beech Grove crossing.

Harrogate Station Gateway Second Consultation

18th October 2021

Dutch roundabout, Harrogate Station Gateway
Dutch roundabout, Harrogate Station Gateway

A consultation on detailed designs for Harrogate Station Gateway gets under way today. The plans are broadly excellent, but there a few disappointments too.

Read about the Harrogate Station Gateway Second Consultation.

Otley Road - Space Reallocated to Motor Vehicles at Harlow Moor Road Junction

17th October 2021

Works to widen Otley Road at Harlow Moor Road Junction
Widening of Otley Road at Harlow Moor Road junction

Government guidance says cycle tracks should be created by reallocating space from motor vehicles. At the junction of Otley Road and Harlow Moor Road, motor vehicles are getting a lot more space. How much is left for pedestrians and cyclists?

Read about the Otley Road - Space Reallocated to Motor Vehicles at Harlow Moor Road Junction.

Failure on Cycle Infrastructure at Trinity Fields and Castle Gate, Knaresborough

13th October 2021

End of cycle pavement at Trinity Fields housing development
End of cycle pavement at Trinity Fields housing development

In theory, new housing development is an opportunity for new and improved cycle infrastructure. In practice, developers provide a few bits of joke cycle non-infrastructure.

Read about the Failure on Cycle Infrastructure at Trinity Fields and Castle Gate, Knaresborough.

Rossett Drive Barrier

11th October 2021

Barrier to cycling on Rossett Drive
Rossett Drive barrier

The metal barrier on Rossett Drive is inconvenient on a normal bike, and blocks access altogether to non-standard cycles. It's also illegal under the Equality Act 2010. You'd think it would be removed.

Read about the Rossett Drive Barrier.

Sustrans Shared Use Paths

4th September 2021

Twitter poll on shared use paths
Twitter poll on shared use paths

The people have spoken: no more shared use paths on the Sustrans National Cycle Network.

Read about Sustrans Shared Use Paths.

Cycle Infrastructure at J47 of the A1M

27th August 2021

Path at J47 of the A1M
Shared use path, J47 of the A1M

What's the point in a walking and cycling path that no one can get to? Does the path meet the current Cycle Infrastructure Design guidance?

Read about Cycle Infrastructure at J47 of the A1M.

Harrogate Station Gateway Consultation Results

22nd May 2021

Harrogate Station Gateway consultation results
Harrogate Station Gateway consultation results

The results of the Harrogate Station Gateway consultation are in. What did people say, and what are the next steps?

Find out in Harrogate Station Gateway Consultation Results.

Otley Road Cycleway Delayed Again

21st May 2021

Otley Road Cycleway timetable
Otley Road Cycleway timetable

The Otley Road Cycleway project has gone from serial missed deadlines to a new strategy of providing no timetable at all. Is the new tactic an improvement on the old, or just as bad but in a different way?

Find out in Otley Road Cycleway Delayed Again.

Buy Local By Bike Harrogate Knaresborough

28th April 2021

Buy Local By Bike Harrogate Knaresborough
Buy Local By Bike

Buy Local By Bike is a commendable initiative by Harrogate Borough Council.

Read about Buy Local By Bike Harrogate Knaresborough.

North Yorkshire Caves in on Oatlands Drive Before Consultation

19th March 2021

Killing lane on Oatlands Drive
Moord Strookje, or killing lane, on Oatlands Drive

North Yorkshire has abandoned its plans to make walking and cycling safer on Oatlands Drive, without even going through with its own planned consultation.

Read about North Yorkshire Caves in on Oatlands Drive Before Consultation.

Harrogate Business Groups & the Climate

2nd March 2021

Prospect Square, Harrogate
Prospect Square, Harrogate

The representatives of Harrogate's business groups are focused on 'cars, cars, cars', but is this compatible with the changes we need to make to avoid climate breakdown?

Read about Harrogate Business Groups and the Climate.

Transforming Cities Harrogate

21st February 2021

Harrogate Station Sqaure
Harrogate Station

Exciting new plans have been announced for Harrogate's 'station gateway', to make it less dominated by cars, and more easily accessible by bike.

Read about Transforming Cities Harrogate.

Beech Grove LTN

18th February 2021

Beech Grove LTN, Harrogate
Beech Grove LTN

Beech Grove Low Traffic Neighbourhood was finished yesterday. What are the benefits, and the answers to objections?

Read about Beech Grove LTN.

Harrogate Cargo Bikes

2nd February 2021

Cargo bike by JR Cycles, Harrogate
Hand-built cargo bike, by JR Cycles Harrogate

You can now order a tailor-made cargo bike, hand-built in Harrogate.

Find out more about Harrogate Cargo Bikes.

Otley Road Cycleway Update

26th January 2021

Cycling on Otley Road, Harrogate
Cycling on Otley Road, Harrogate

An update on the Otley Road Cycleway - not actual work starting, of course, but news on the Stray land exchange and Northern Powergrid's timetable for moving their services.

Read an Otley Road Cycleway Update.

Pedestrian Crossings in Harrogate

24th January 2021

Pedestrian crossing, Harrogate
Pedestrian crossing on red

How will we increase active travel in Harrogate if North Yorkshire County Council keeps prioritising cars over people?

Read about the Pedestrian Crossings in Harrogate.

Harrogate Cycle Tube Map

7th January 2021

Harrogate Cycle Tube Map
Cycle Tube Map

Here's a first draft of a London Underground-style map of Harrogate's cycle network. I'm not sure if it's of any value, except as colourful spaghetti.

Let me know what you think about the Harrogate Cycle Tube map.

Deeply Flawed HAPARA Report

11th November 2020

Pannal Ash Road
Pannal Ash Road

HAPARA, the Harlow & Pannal Ash Residents' Association, has produced a report which is supposed to be about sustainable development. Unfortunately, it dismisses cycling as a solution to transport problems, and calls for road-building.

Read about Deeply Flawed HAPARA Report.

Zero Carbon Harrogate Strategic Plan

9th November 2020

Zero Carbon Harrogate Strategic Plan
Pannal Ash Road

Zero Carbon Harrogate has published a Vision and Strategic Plan setting out how the District can become zero carbon by 2030.

Read about Zero Carbon Harrogate Strategic Plan.

Railways and Greenways

31st October 2020

Map of Harrogate's old railways
Harrogate's old and current railways

Harrogate once had a lot of railways, but most of the lines are disused. Wouldn't it be great if they were turned into greenways?

Read about railways and greenways.

HDCA Website Launch

28th February 2020

HDCA website
HDCA website

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.

Find out more about the HDCA website.

Transforming Cities Fund

21st November 2019

Harrogate station
Harrogate station

A group of councils including Harrogate BC and North Yorkshire CC is making a bid as part of the Leeds City Region for funding from the DfT.

The bid is for a share of the Transforming Cities Fund, which is money to make it easier, safer and quicker for people to travel and get to work, by improving transport connections across city regions.

If the bid is successful, part of the money is to be spent in Harrogate to improve the front of the station, and create better access for pedestrians and cyclists. It will also be spent on improved facilities for walking and cycling in the town centre, and improving public spaces in town.

The bid should be submitted on 28th November 2019.


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