This will add to the amount of anti cycling drivers. It cuts off a main escape route out of Harrogate town centre via Victoria Ave. and will add load onto the Prince of Wales roundabout and to top of Station Parade junction with the Stray.
It will end up being dangerous to pedestrians and children if they walk etc on the road of Beech Grove. It’s effectively changing that section of road into a play area.
They will disengage brains as they do and are all over the place. Abbey Road in Knaresborough is an example of this. Lived there and cycled it from 1970 to 2005.
The only time that I ride my bike into Harrogate is to visit one of the 3 bike shops. Yes I use the Greenway but stay clear of the town centre. Why, no secure cycle parking/ garages.
I didn’t see this before, so I’m only replying now.
I don’t agree that our objective should be to appease “anti-cycling drivers”. That will get us nowhere. There is majority support for better cycle infrastructure in Harrogate.
I use Beech Grove regularly by bike and on foot. It was through traffic that caused the danger there before, and it is much safer and more pleasant now.
Through traffic should stay on main roads; residential streets shouldn’t be part of the network for through traffic. If there are queues at the top of Station Parade meaning a journey takes a few seconds longer, it’s not a disaster. It might even encourage some people to go by bike instead – especially if there are safe routes.
HDCA Supporters support the creation of a safe cycle network in Harrogate. It’s fine to disagree about exactly how it should be done, but it’s not the right forum for people who are hostile to the basic idea of a cycle network.