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.
Even if you haven’t known the name, just about all Wednesday Wheelers will have used the Nidderdale Greenway. Many parts of it feature regularly on our rides. It’s not just useful, but lovely. I have just become aware of a road-building proposal that threatens to ruin it. Despite much opposition from local residents, Harrogate’s MP and, not least, an overwhelming vote (14-2) of the North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) councillors representing the Harrogate and Knaresborough area, the NYCC Executive has ploughed ahead with plans for a “relief road”, including proposals that would ruin Nidd Gorge and the Greenway. Both of the councillors who voted in favour of the proposal sit on the relief road Steering Committee, and one of them, Councillor Don Mackenzie, is not only one of the two councillors responsible for that NYCC Executive decision but also – get the irony – NYCC’s Walking and Cycling Champion.
It is highly questionable whether any of the options would help reduce congestion in Harrogate. Of all the traffic in Harrogate, only 7% is through traffic, with 93% of journeys being into, out of or entirely within Harrogate. The more likely effect is that extra capacity afforded by any new road would generate more journeys and more congestion. See hedgehogcycling.co.uk/harrogate-relief-road.html for lots more background.
Please see, and share, the online petition.
Dave Bean sends the following update:
Since Flickr changed hands, they have decided to charge a yearly fee for all accounts with more than 1,000 photographs It has been decide that this fee will be paid to give a full Gallery facility to the Wednesday Wheelers Website. To get maximum value from this investment, the Gallery now includes photographs back to April 2009. This includes over 3,800 Photographs in over 400 Albums.
When time allows, the Gallery will be extended further using material in the hands of Mick L.
If any other Wheeler has photographs they wish to be included in the Gallery please forward them to me.
Please make the maximum use of the Gallery – there are some really interesting images in there!
Further to an earlier post proposing such a trip in September 2019, this has been postponed until June 2020; see the message from Murray, below. If interested, contact Murray (email, 0780 586 1696).
As some of you will know we have postponed this years Le Jog trip due to declining numbers, injury etc.
What we have now decided is to plan it for 2020.
Having spoken to the owner of Peak Tours, all the itinerary, bike pick up etc will remain the same as what we were getting for the 2019 Tour, so we have no issues there.
The date that we will be starting now is Tuesday 9th June 2020, as this fits in with Peak Tours other Le Jog holidays, as this is one of there busiest times.
With that in mind I want to get things started early so that more people have an opportunity of joining us for this fantastic tour.
If you would like to undertake the tour, could you please let me know by Sun 31 March 2019 so that I can start forward planning for deposits etc.
If you are looking to join us, I will be taking deposits starting in June so that we can get it booked.
If you don’t have the info that I sent out for the 2019 Tour let me know and I shall forward you a copy.
This gives us a good chance of getting over the 10 places we need to do an Adhoc Tour.
Thanks and hope you can all join the Big Adventure! Any questions please ask.
Jacqueline Mountford-Green has asked me to post the following invitation:
“Could you please mention to members that I’ll be celebrating my birthday with a ride from York to Scarborough on 3rd March. Leaving York station at 9am. I’m booked into Travelodge St Nicholas Street and would love to see some of the WW’s. I’d really appreciate knowing who will be there [Contact Jacqueline at: email@example.com] .
“Meanwhile, I’m collecting miles in Sunny Spain. Will be home in Feb.”
“Every three years CYCLING UK organises a “Triennial Veterans Ride” throughout the country and in 2019 TEESSIDE CTC is again hosting an event.
“The ride is aimed at cyclists aged 50 years and over. It is not restricted to CYCLING UK members and is opened to all experienced cyclists. This is not a race but an enjoyable challenge. The aim is to complete a 100-mile ride in under 10 hours. A 100km (62 mile) ride route is offered as an alternative if you want a shorter ride. The rides start in Saltburn-by-the-Sea and takes in beautiful views and villages of North Yorkshire and South Cleveland.”
See the poster for full details.
Richard Williamson suggests a read of this recent article.