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Extra investment needed in Harrogate district's cycling routes

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Published by May Norman at 10:05am 16th November 2018. (Updated at 10:11am 16th November 2018)

  • Significant investment required for two North Yorkshire cycling paths
  • Follifoot underpass - quality of route needs improving
  • Wetherby Railway Path - path extension required

There are calls for extra investment in cycling routes across the Harrogate district.

Cycling charity Sustrans has highlighted the Follifoot underpass and Wetherby railway path extension routes as priorities.

These involve crossing major roads with some parts having unstable surfaces.

Follifoot Underpass
Follifoot Underpass

Rosslyn Colderley, Sustrans Regional Director for the North of England said:

“The National Cycle Network is a well-loved, well-used asset that’s enjoyed by millions of people across the UK every day. We are proud that Yorkshire has the highest amount of Network of any English region, at over 1000 miles, which is also a fantastic asset for tourism thanks to popular long distance routes such as the Way of the Roses and the Trans Pennine Trail.

"We are working with local authorities across the region to ensure the Network is part of wider plans for walking and cycling and helping to create links to routes across the UK.


Wetherby Railway Path extension
Wetherby Railway Path extension

Malcolm Margolis, founder of Harrogate's Wheel Easy, Cycling club, said:

"Across Harrogate and North Yorkshire, there many cycling paths but it's not a completely joined up network. There is a lot of work and effort into trying to improve the network and make it work for everyone.

"We want to give people every encouragement to leave the car at home and to enjoy the health benefits and environmental benefits of cycling and to make it a normal part of their daily life so it's not something exceptional, it's normal."


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