Harrogate District Cycle Action is the cycle campaign group for Harrogate District.
The origins of Harrogate District Cycle Action
Harrogate District Cycle Action began as Harrogate Cycle Group in 2003. It was formed in response to a request from Harrogate Borough Council (HBC), for local cyclists to help and guide the council in building a cycle network.
North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) later took over responsibility for Harrogate’s road network, and Harrogate District Cycle Action then engaged with both councils.
What does Harrogate District Cycle Action do?
The members of Harrogate District Cycle Action (all volunteers) meet four times a year, to discuss progress (if any!) on our priorities – improvements to the existing cycle network and new routes.
Some committee members attend regular Cycle Forum meetings, where they meet councillors and officials from HBC and NYCC to discuss our priority schemes, find out what progress has been made, and make requests for action.
Sub-groups are involved in specific tasks – for example, examining the design of the proposed Otley Road cycleway, and suggesting improvements to it.
Harrogate District Cycle Action manifesto
Harrogate District Cycle Action has set out its aims and objectives in a manifesto, as well as the actions we intend to take to achieve them.
The aim of the Association is to encourage cycling as a healthy, safe and enjoyable activity for all ages and as an alternative mode of transport.
Our key objective is to work for the provision of better facilities for cyclists in Harrogate District, to enable local journeys to school, work, and to the shops to be possible by bike. The benchmark level of safety is that the routes should be suitable for a 12 year old child.
The actions we intend to take include establishing a base of supporters, and developing a community-led, prioritised list of projects so as to improve cycle facilities and so achieve our objectives.