“Short Term” Closure of Terry Avenue

The Environment Agency, in planning flood-prevention works has submitted a planning application that involves the closure of Terry Avenue – for 18 months!  I rather suspect that this plan has been formulated by someone in an office far from York, who knows nothing about York and almost certainly nothing about cyclists and cycling, and has simply settled on the easiest, most obvious answer to a problem. Their alternative route for cyclists involves Skeldergate Bridge, New Walk and – depending on the direction of travel – St George’s Field car park or Tower Gardens . This is intimidating, excessively long, and actually quite technically difficult in places for some users (I’ve seen at least one person doing the school run along Terry Avenue with kids in a Bakfiets; I wouldn’t want to try riding one of those over Blue Bridge). I think it’s also questionable whether some parts of that route, such as Tower Gardens, can safely cope with such a big increase in cycle traffic.

More details: https://yorkcyclecampaign.bike/2019/05/17/terryavenueclosure/

The planning application, where you can object.

The petition covered in today’s Press should be available to sign at Cycle Heaven from tomorrow (Wednesday 22nd May).

York Rally Ride

Please see the notice below from Andrew Richardson:

I have agreed to lead the same ride as last year at York Rally, on behalf of Wednesday Wheelers.  The date is Saturday 22 June. It would be good if I could again have a few volunteers to help in case we get large numbers. A back marker/ leader if we have to split the group would be good. I am assuming that the start time will be 9.10 as last year from the Knavesmire, but I will confirm it later. We will be back by lunchtime.

This is the route https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27667022


Coxwold Cyclists’ Service – 12th May

The 93rd Coxwold Cyclists’ service takes place this coming Sunday, 12th May at 1.30 p.m. at St Michael’s Church in Coxwold. This (short) very beautiful service was set up to commemorate the fallen of the First World War, but also to celebrate the joy and fellowship of cycling.  It has taken place every year since 1927. All are welcome – those of any faith or none. Even if you don’t want to join us at the service, please come and eat sandwiches and cake at Coxwold Village Hall from 11.30 onwards – the local Women’s Institute raises funds by selling us their lovely home made food.

Nun Monkton – Beningbrough Ferry

This from Andrew Richardson:

Interesting article in the Yorkshire Post suggesting that the ferry will be carrying bicycles free of charge. I believe that last year, they weren’t allowed to take bikes because The National Trust has forbidden it. Does anyone know any more about this development. Useful if correct!


Triennial Veterans’ Ride (Tri-Vet)

Andrew Richardson points out that, though there isn’t a Tri-Vets ride being organised for North Yorkshire, there is one not too far away. Huddersfield CTC ore organising a ride on Sunday 16th June, starting and finishing in Fairburn. Details: http://www.huddersfieldctc.org.uk/trivets-2019-registration/ .  Andrew is planning to enter, should anyone wish to join him.

CTC North Yorkshire April Events

Notice of forthcoming events, from Andrew Richardson.

Please support the following events in April:

Saturday 6 April – Wiggy 100km Audax ride – start 10am from Wigginton Recreation Hall. Stops at Boroughbridge and Ripley.
Alternative 60km standard ride – same start. Lunch at Easingwold.
Entries please ASAP to Keith Benton – see Audax UK website http://www.aukweb.net/events/detail/19-128/

Sunday 14 April – GHS Memorial ride. 50 miles in 5 hours – start 10am St Nicholas Street Car Park, Norton. (George Herbert Stancer was an early Pioneer of the CTC. He was from Pocklington, where the event meets other rides from other areas at lunchtime. See https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Herbert_Stancer)

Sunday 21st April – Thornton le Dale 50 miles in 5 hours – start 10am from Thornton le Dale Car Park – see Margy Storer (organiser) for a discount slip before paying for Car Park. Nice route with lunch in Helmsley.

For full details of all events, including routes, see the CTC North Yorkshire website http://www.ctcnorthyorkshire.org.uk/19evts/index.html and join the Facebook Group (search CTC North Yorkshire) for updates, reports and pictures.

Wigginton Road / Ring Road Roundabout

From Richard Williamson:

Be good if Wheelers could look at the York Council proposals for “improvements” to Clifton Moor and Wigginton Road roundabouts. These are up for public consultation at the moment. There is some provision for a new cycle path alongside the current ring road which is good but no underpass for crossing Wigginton Road roundabout travelling north or south out of town. Cyclists are being asked to play chicken either by cycling across the roundabout or by walking a bike across several lanes of traffic. Proposals are at web link below. Be good to give council cyclist feedback.