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Everyone's favourite-named news outlet The Stray Ferret reports there are more delays for Harrogate's active travel schemes to be funded by the £1 million won by North Yorkshire County Council in November 2020.
The council had previously said designs for cycle lanes, improved crossings and reduced speed limits would finally be announced in the summer, but now it seems this will be pushed back until at least the New Year, more than two years since funding.
Cllr Keane Duncan told The Stray Ferret: "We are still in the detailed design stage for active travel schemes on Victoria Avenue and the A59 near Knaresborough.
"Following discussions and guidance from Active Travel England we would like to amend the designs further for improved pedestrian and cycling use. A public consultation with final designs is likely to take place in the New Year. The study of Oatlands Drive will review the existing designs and prepare new ones, based on the data we collect, to give us some options for active travel and traffic calming improvements in the Oatlands area that could be trialled.
"We hope to launch the public consultation at the start of October."
[📷: Markus Stitz]
Check out the full story of Mark Beaumont's latest mind-boggling achievement...
Correctly uploaded with the appropriate title when posting a leg-breaking super-human ride (take notes, Remco and Annemiek)...
fuxker (in the best possible way).
Has to be one of the biggest understatements on strava👏👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/7B1iDHXEFY
— Real Gaz on a proper bike (@gazza_d) September 25, 2022
Long live the nonchalant 'Morning ride'...
Meet Rien Schuurhuis. Born in Groningen, the Netherlands, in 1982, the 40-year-old finished 40th out of 48 in last year's Dutch national time trial championship, more than five minutes down on Tom Dumoulin. Yesterday, however, Schuurhuis pulled on the yellow and white of the Vatican City...
Obsessed with the Vatican rider being in this pic. pic.twitter.com/iEkvYhwvqp
— Katie (@medicinexthings) September 25, 2022
Yes, for those wondering, he was a DNF, but in great company on that front alongside Mathieu van der Poel, Luke Rowe, Ben O'Connor and 61 others...
The DfT has banned councils from enforcing 15mph speed limits
It rejected a request from Tha City of London, due to concerns over speedometer accuracy https://t.co/aXXSyFn3Wo
— APPGCW (@allpartycycling) September 24, 2022
The government has prevented the City of London from enforcing 15mph speed limits due to concerns about the accuracy of speedometers at low speeds, and the fact that some are not marked with a 5mph scale. The Independent reports other councils in built-up areas were expected to follow the City of London's lead, a plan the authority outlined last year, but the Department for Transport has now stepped in.
The government department told the Independent it would be difficult for some drivers to comply with the lower limit and it would be problematic to enforce. In response, the City is expected to set an "advisory" 15mph speed limit, but it will not be legally enforceable.
Shravan Joshi, chair of the City of London Corporation's planning and transportation committee, said: "Evidence shows that lower speeds help to reduce road danger and prevent injury to people travelling in the Square Mile.
"Despite this, we will continue to work to achieve a culture of slower speeds through street design and behaviour-change initiatives to help achieve our Vision Zero goal."
London Living Streets chair, Jeremy Leach, said the news is "disappointing", while Dr Suzy Chapman of the Road Safety Foundation said there is "no doubt that reduced speeds are absolutely critical to achieving a goal of zero road deaths and serious injuries."
Christchurch Bicycle Club's chairman David Orme sprung to the wider cycling community's defence to try to explain some of the reasons why riders might opt against using a cycle lane, choosing to ride in the road instead.
A Poole community Facebook group post took off when a local suggested, "all the cycle lanes in the world won't help with congestion if cyclists don't use them"... ah yes, we're doing the cyclists cause congestion thing again...
How public transportation reduces traffic congestion pic.twitter.com/U0TLZzrYko
— H0W_THlNGS_W0RK (@wowinteresting8) September 17, 2022
Others said riders on the road "drives them nuts"...
Responding to the complaints, David largely echoed the sentiment of the Highway Code, saying cycle lanes are to be used at cyclists' discretion, where they make our journey "safer and easier".
He told DorsetLive: "If there's a proper, designated cycle lane that is safer and easier than travelling on the road, then 99.9 per cent of cyclists will take it. The trouble is the vast majority of cycle lanes are either badly designed, they're inconvenient or cars block them."
Time for this classic to be reposted in all its glory...
He added that riders cycle on the road, ignoring the cycle lane, normally "because it's less convenient or less safe — they're usually the two reasons that people don't use the cycle lanes."
David said: "As a cyclist you can go the way that motorists go, or you can stop for every single junction and wait at the traffic lights. If I'm trying to get somewhere in a hurry, why should I want to stop at each individual lane, when I could just do what the traffic does which is a lot quicker?
"It's also dependent on how efficient the lane is. If it's inefficient and you're trying to get somewhere you'll take a shortest route because you don't want to go around the house or keep stopping. Stopping takes up so much energy as a cyclist. If you have to keep stopping, it just uses twice as much energy.
"If I take people on rides, and I see a cycle lane in a place that I don't know, I often don't take it because I know that nine times out of ten I'll go on it and suddenly it will dump me into a dead end road or pavement. It's the trust in them that they're not going to just dump me after ten yards and it becomes a bit of a waste of time going on it."
I know your pain https://t.co/uUh3gh4DmL
— MERSEY ROAD WATCH (@UKCYCLIST) September 26, 2022
Some reaction from Twitter to our main live blog story of the morning...
Another problem with cycle lanes is many of them appear to have been designed by someone who has only seen a picture of a bike in a book somewhere, or last rode one when they were 10 years old.
— 💧Antifa - just like my dad (@Leaping_Leroy) September 26, 2022
Plus, if they took the time to get up close and have a look at the condition of these lanes (e.g. potholes, debris, width, length, poor planning) they might see why some avoid them. Just yesterday I walked along a new one in Liverpool and it was literally full of broken glass
— Kelza Pilkington 💙🏳️🌈☮ they/them/she/her (@KelzaPilkington) September 26, 2022
Forget Down Under, road.cc reviewer Ed Morgan won the U23 Men's National Road Series this weekend after a burst water main on the Central U23 Classic meant the final of the three events was cancelled. With Ed in the lead, he's the winner, adding to a very impressive 2022...
The final race of the shortened U23 Men’s National Road Series, the Central U23 Classic, has been cancelled due to a major burst water main on the circuit.
This means Ed Morgan (Wales Racing Academy) is the Series winner after two rounds.
— The British Continental (@BritishConti) September 24, 2022
For a sneak peek at what Ed's got on-test at the minute, check out our recent five cool things...
Disappointed neither of these were uploaded as 'Morning ride', but whatever...
[📷: Alex Broadway/SWpix.com]
Maybe it's because I got up at 6am on Saturday morning to get our race report ready and watched every pedal stroke of the final 70km, but I have to admit I found Annemiek's win far more enjoyable than Remco's. Both fantastic, in different ways, but the adrenaline-packed final of an injury-battered underdog snatching dramatic victory did more for me than a prodigy proving his greatness with a prolonged procession.
If I'm no longer allowed entry to Belgium for this opinion then that's just something I'll have to live with...
[📷: Alex Broadway/SWpix.com]
Netflix better have been there or we riot. It really was the least expected day...
— Annemiek van Vleuten (@AvVleuten) September 26, 2022
Quiet news day in Belgium this morning?
World Champion 2022! 🇧🇪🌈🥇🔥
Dreams do come true, can’t wait to wear the Rainbow Jersey next season!! 🙏🏼
Thanks to the entire team for the amazing work today, a perfect race for us and very proud to finish it off!! 👊🏼
We are Belgium ❤️ pic.twitter.com/2mSUAp2sJT
— Remco Evenepoel (@EvenepoelRemco) September 25, 2022
Remember before the Vuelta when everyone was asking whether Remco would ‘ever’ deliver on his promise of greatness? I mean…🤣
— Orla Chennaoui (@SportsOrla) September 25, 2022
From one champion to another 🌈
Julian Alaphilippe congratulates Remco Evenepoel on succeeding him as men's world road race champion 🤝
— Velon CC (@VelonCC) September 25, 2022
To be a fly on the wall of Patrick Lefevere's residence these past 24 hours. Specialized is, of course, very happy with the win too — the bike brand's sixth men's world champ in nine years, a run that includes a trio of Sagan rainbows, a duo of Alaphilippe's, and now a Remco win to go alongside Michal Kwiatkowski's 2014 success too.
The brand is quick to point out in its post-Worlds celebratory press release that it hasn't exactly been slouching on the women's side of things either...with five wins since 2015 too.
— Specialized Bicycles (@iamspecialized) September 25, 2022
Anyone who has attempted to snap a photo of a moving cyclist — whether that be at the Tour de France, club 10 or just a mate spinning past the pub — will know it's not always that easy to get your photo to look as polished as the pro snappers manage...
How you think your photo is going to look... (credit to Alex Whitehead for SWpix in Wollongong this weekend)...
How it actually looks...
SHIT CYCLING PHOTOGRAPHY - THE FINAL
One of these images will be crowned as The World's Shittest Cycling Photograph.
This is it, the big finale, your votes count. We've whittled down your favourites to the last four.
— Shit Cycling Shots (@ShitBikePhotos) September 26, 2022
Have a browse through the final four and be sure to let them know which is your favourite, just don't expect to see many bikes...
What a weekend it was Down Under...
We started with Van Vleuten's improbable victory: fractured elbow bandaged to the maximum, working all day for Marianne Vos, dropped on the climb, heading for a sprint... and still the Dutch superstar found a way to win. Incredible scenes for just gone eight on a Saturday morning...
Giro, Tour, Vuelta and Worlds. Is that the best season of any pro rider ever? I think Ryan's got a feature to update...
Then, yesterday, the drama kept on rolling. First, off the road, with Mathieu van der Poel's arrest following a hotel corridor incident (we'll have an update on that one shortly) and then with Remco's coronation as Belgium's king of world cycling.
Elsewhere on road.cc this weekend:
Plenty to get your teeth into to ease yourself back into work!
Dan joined road.cc in 2020, and spent most of his first year (hopefully) keeping you entertained on the live blog. At the start of 2022 he took on the role of news editor. Before joining road.cc, Dan wrote about various sports, including football and boxing for the Daily Express, and covered the weird and wonderful world of non-league football for The Non-League Paper. Part of the generation inspired by the 2012 Olympics, Dan has been 'enjoying' life on two wheels ever since and spends his weekends making bonk-induced trips to the petrol stations of the south of England.