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Sustrans NCN review

13th November 2018

NCN Route 67
NCN Route 67

Sustrans has released a report on the National Cycle Network it looks after, admitting that a lot of it is sub-standard. There are plans to improve and expand the network.

Read about Sustrans NCN review.

Highway Code review

21st October 2018

Highway Code

The DfT has announced a review of the Highway Code, to make the roads safer for cyclists and other vulnerable road users. The review is to consider measures on close passes, and the use of the Dutch Reach.

Read about the Highway Code review.

Toothbrush driving

11th October 2018

Hornbeam Park

Hornbeam Park

You've heard of drink driving, you've watched as everybody steers their cars while distracted by their phone, but what about toothbrush driving - is it acceptable?

Read about toothbrush driving.

Pros and cons of cars

3rd October 2018

I've enjoyed reading the diaries of John Dickinson, from Timble (1844 to 1912). He lived through the introduction of motor cars in Yorkshire, and commented on their pros and cons - comments which still resonate today.

Read about pros and cons of cars.

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 relief road

Harrogate relief road

A brief summary of events so far in relation to a so-called relief road being promoted by an Executive on North Yorkshire County Council - in spite of overwhelming oppostion from Harrogate councillors - and a couple of reasons why it is a terrible idea.

Read about Harrogate relief road.

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.

About Hedgehog Cycling

Hedgehog Cycling logo

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 Hedgehog guides to the Yorkshire (and Cambridge and London) stages of the race. 

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

The Hedgehog 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 2019 | Tour de Yorkshire 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

Yorkshire wildlife | Sustrans Slow Tour of Yorkshire

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