Updates

Updated nearly all the routes and subdivided them into

  • NCR (national cycle routes)
  • Routes (other routes)
  • Loops (day rides out of town)

I recommend downloading a printing off the council city/town maps if your planning to go into York/Hull/Beverley. They’re very good and hard to improve on.

I need to annotate the routes with various details but I’m uncertain of the best way. 95% of the paths posted are safe and have only light traffic which is the main thing.

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Right!

I’ve been working too much recently but plan to do some more work on the site with the weather getting nice again.

Beverley council are planning to build a cycle lane to Cottingham which is good news but I’m abit concerned by the valleys on that bypass, hopefully they’ll build over the nice flat farmland via Beverley park.

There is only short section of narrow roads that needs resurfacing.

Just discovered a new googlemaps feature that draws routes that automatically follow roads!

Cycle Trip

Hull Docks

Recently went to Europe with my bike on the ferry (I was the only bike). It was pretty ace, cycled from Amsterdam to Bruges and was really lucky with the weather. I will add a page with travel advice/details.

The cycle lanes were excellent although I was surprised to find I prefer some English ways. I prefer on road cycle lanes where bikes are seen as being equal to cars. In Holland/Belgium they aim to separate the two. This means that cars have to give way to bikes or visa versa at junctions. Either is pretty irritating, time wasting and in my opinion dangerous. I think if drivers and cyclist are polite and considerate they can coexist well on all but the busiest speediest roads.

I was most impressed on the inter-city routes. Most of the major roads had an adjoining cycle lane. This is a area I think england is sadly lacking. Holland’s cycle network especially was a joy to travel along and fairly easy to navigate (with little or no preparations).

Few photos

MP reply

Two replies in quick succession, it appears politics may be working…

Greg Knight to be fair to him was very amicable in his letter and apologised for the delay explaining he was waiting for a reply from East Riding Council. He makes the point that the car will be the main form of transport in East Riding for some time to come due to it’s rural nature which is understandable but appears to support the improvement of cycling provision.

Hopefully with sustained pressure the cycling provision can continue to be improved. My main objective is to connect the cycling network between Hull and Beverley along the A1174, its currently a very dangerous road and I think a lot more people would travel between these locations by bike if facilities where improved.

Council Reply

“In reply to your email dated 2/10/08 requesting further details with
regards to the A1174, with regards to your question about jointly funding a
project with Hull City Council.  Whilst do aim to work in partnership with
our neighbouring authorities, in this particular instance, Hull City
Council already have cycle facilities within their boundary.  It would
therefore be the responsibility of this Council to find the funding for
such a route

The Authority reduced the speed limit along the entire length of the A1174,
between Hull and Beverley from 60 mph to 30/40 mph in February 2000.  The
accident statistics for the 5 year period before and the 5 year period
following the implementation of the speed limit reduced by 26%.

You requested details of the costings/contractors of the cycle lane from
Beverley to Leconfield and the Woodmansey scheme.  The contractor for the
Beverley to Leconfield scheme (length approx. 5 km) was Wrights
Construction and the scheme cost £195,000.  The Hull Road, Woodmansey
scheme (length 1.2 km) including a zebra crossing was £215,000, contractor
Wolds Construction, but involved more re-construction and drainage work
than the Leconfield scheme.

The Council received approximately £3 million a year from Central
Government to deliver Local Transport Plan Integrated Transport Schemes for
the whole of the East Riding.  The Capital funding for these schemes are
overseen by a team of Capital Project Boards members which includes the
Team Leader, Ian Burnett, Transport Policy.”

The onus is on East Riding to connect the network along the A1174.

I will look for accident data and analyse the £3 million budget.

Council Reply!

East Riding coucil sent a nice reply to my enquiry about a cycling lane on the A1174 Beverley – Hull.

“With  regards  to  your  request for improvement of the cycle lanes between
Driffield,  Beverley  and  Hull,  especially  on the A1174 from Beverley to
Hull.
The  Council   is  committed  to  promoting  and  encouraging more cycling,
particularly  for  shorter  journeys  such as commuting, shopping or school
travel.
We  have  recently introduced numerous cycle schemes around the authority’s
area  including  facilities  between Woodmansey and Beverley, Leconfield to
Molescroft  and   Beverley Road, Driffield showground to station, the total
cost of just these three schemes was around £500,000.

With  regards  to  a  cycle route linking Woodmansey to Dunswell roundabout
along  A1174,  the  council  submitted  a  £2.5m  supplementary  bid to the
Department  of  Transport  in  2004  for  a Beverley to Dunswell Integrated
Transport  Bid  which  induded  a package of measures including an off-road
cycle  route,  however  this  was  turned down.  Since then the council has
provided  an  off-road  route  from  Beverley  to  Woodmansey village (King
Street)  and  zebra  crossing at a cost of approximately £250,000. Also, as
part  of the council’s Local Transport Plan budget road safety schemes have
been  implemented,  with  part  of  the A1174 speed limit reduction from 40
m.p.h.  to  30  m.p.h. which provides a safer environment for cyclists.  We
also  promote  a  quieter  lane route for cyclists from Beverley along Long
Lane  (Route  66/1).   Whilst we appreciate the remainder of the route from
Woodmansey  village  to  Dunswell  roundabout is not ideal, to date we have
undertaken as much as we can with the available funding.

Transport Policy – Asset Strategy
Senior Transport Policy Office
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It’s not surprising really, any serious investment in cycling has to come from the top and it appears cycling (and public transport) isn’t a serious priority to our supposedly eco friendly government.

I plan to get more details of contracts and get involved in the cyclist lobby. Theres no harm in providing feedback and maybe influence council policy although I fear I’m far too insignificant.

Still no reply from my MP, I might find out where he lives and hide in a bush outside his house until he appears.