Welcome to Harrogate District Cycle Action, keeping cyclists moving in Harrogate District.

About Harrogate District Cycle Action

Bikes at Cambridge Crescent, Harrogate

Harrogate District Cycle Action is an Association dedicated to encouraging cycling as a healthy, safe and enjoyable activity for all ages, and as a mode of transport.

Our key objective is to campaign for a network of safe cycleways in Harrogate District. We’re committed to engaging with local people on priorities for improvements to the existing cycle network and on new routes, as set out in our manifesto.

Read more about Harrogate District Cycle Action.

Sign up as a supporter

To make the case for better cycle routes in Harrogate District, we need you! We believe that the best ideas will come from the community; and they are much more likely to happen if they have strong local backing. Become a supporter and you’ll:

  • receive quarterly newsletters
  • get log in details for this website, to put forward your ideas for new or improved cycle routes in Harrogate and Knaresborough, and comment on news posts
  • be invited to the rides and talks we plan to organise

Sign up using the form at the top of the right hand sidebar on this page, or find out more about becoming a supporter.

Cycle Infrastructure Design

Birmingham A38 Blue Cycle Route
Birmingham A38 Blue Cycle Route

New Cycle Infrastructure Design guidance has been published as LTN 1/20. It is a truly excellent document, bringing together best practice from the UK and around the world. If – if – it is followed, it will result in superb cycle infrastructure.

Read HDCA’s (long) summary of Cycle Infrastructure Design, and find a link to the full document.

Carl Nelson

Carl at Veloheads
Carl at Veloheads

It is with great sadness that we have to report the sudden death of Carl Nelson, the owner of Veloheads and a committed and enthusiastic member of the HDCA committee.

Read more about Carl Nelson.

Post-lockdown active travel suggestions

West Park, Harrogate
West Park – dual carriageway + 2 rows for parking but no cycle provision

Throughout the country and around the world, local authorities are taking action to ensure there isn’t a big spike in traffic, and the congestion and pollution it causes, as lockdown is lifted.

We have suggestions for NYCC and HBC. Read about post-lockdown active travel improvements.


Segregated cycleway in Bradford

We’ve set out some of our priorities for new routes and improvments to existing routes. They will evolve over time as some projects are completed, and others identified.

Read about priorities.

Local areas

Cycle route signs on Slingsby Walk

This is a key focus of the website, where we are looking to gather views on routes from the local people who use them. It’s a chance to share your local knowledge and help improve the cycle network for everyone.

We’ve divided the District by wards, and each ward has (or will have) its own page, with a brief description of the main cycle routes, and an invitation to make your comments.

Find your local Harrogate area or Knaresborough area.


We’ve set up a forum so supporters can ask or answer questions, and discuss topics. The more discussions, the better!

Go to the forum.