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Mixed reactions as vast majority of North Yorkshire cycle route money is set to be spent in Harrogate

Three of four North Yorkshire routes are being built in town that hosted 2019 World Championships

A Richmondshire councillor has said it “beggars belief” that North Yorkshire is to construct three of its four planned cycle schemes in Harrogate, with the other in Whitby. “They are going for what are easy wins while completely ignoring the rest of North Yorkshire,” said Stuart Parsons. “It’s good for Harrogate, but not so for elsewhere.”

Over 300 active travel schemes were put forward as part of North Yorkshire County Council’s recent successful bid for £1m of emergency active travel funding.

However, responding to a petition from residents calling for a safe route serving villages near Richmond last week, Councillor John Weighell said they could face a wait of “hundreds of years” for such a scheme.

“It is the ones with the greatest benefits, with the greatest use, that will actually come to the top of the pile unfortunately,” he explained.

Richmondshire Today reports that the four schemes chosen are segregated cycle lanes and improved crossings at Oatlands Drive and on the A59 in Harrogate; pedestrian crossing improvements, segregated cycling infrastructure and bike storage facilities in Harrogate town centre; and walkways and cycle lanes along the park and ride route on Guisborough Road, Whitby.

“It beggars belief that they are looking to put almost all of that money into one town when the whole of the county needs schemes,” said Parsons.

Kevin Douglas, chairman of Harrogate District Cycle Action, said his group was happy with the plans – especially considering North Yorkshire had secured only half of the £266,000 it bid for in the first round of funding.

"Any money coming into Harrogate is always welcome so we are absolutely delighted with this,” he said.

"During the first round we felt there wasn't much consultation with residents, but that wasn't the case this time and a lot of work went into detailed designs which I think has paid off. This should be recognised and is a credit to the team at the council.

"The Oatlands Drive scheme will be really positive and provide children with alternative means to get to school. The Harrogate and Knaresborough cycle path should also help ease some of the pressure on the A59."

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Smoggysteve | 3 years ago

As someone who lives and cycles in Harrogate , I can tell you this money will be completely wasted by the complete shower of a local council.

The majority of the roads in Harrogate are in a permenant state of road works and contruction. The main artery route - Skipton road -as been an utter mess for months. The locals complained massively about the state of the stray after the world championships. I constantly feel unsafe on the inner roads compared to riding further afield to places like the North Yorks moors and towards Richmond and Catterick. There are roads that need a much better infrastructure in place instead of concentrating on a few square miles of a town which is actually horrible to ride in at any time. 

Gkam84 | 3 years ago

Harrogate hates cyclists though, so the "Any money coming into Harrogate is always welcome so we are absolutely delighted with this,” doesn't ring true, just remember all the grass the world champs killed and how Harrogate was going to sue them over it and didn't want cycling events like Tour of Yorkshire ever again...

Rik Mayals unde... replied to Gkam84 | 3 years ago
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....Until there's a whiff of easy cash. I wouldn't be surprised if some of the cash goes into 'repairing the damage caused by the selfish cyclists'.

HarrogateSpa replied to Rik Mayals underpants | 3 years ago
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That is not what the money is to be spent on.

HarrogateSpa replied to Gkam84 | 3 years ago

Harrogate District Cycle Action has worked with the local authority to make sure the money will make a difference to cycling short, local journeys.

I may have more local knowledge on this one.

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