STOP PRESS - URGENT
Cycling on Stray Paths – By-laws May Be Changed
On Friday, 7th November 2008, we learnt, through the pages of the Harrogate Advertiser, that Harrogate Borough Council are proposing to change existing by-laws and allow cycling on certain Stray footpaths. Their idea is to convert many Stray footpaths to dual use by both pedestrians and cyclists. This will involve widening many paths to 2.5 m – 8 ½ feet
The Harrogate Advertiser also says that HBC have initiated a consultation of local people about this issue. Evidently this will end on Monday 15th December 2008.
Please – make your views known to them – details below
The views of the Stray Defence Association on this issue are well known.
We believe that a change in the law to allow cycling would ultimately be detrimental to the Stray:
|• Widened Footpaths
• Increased Signage
• Increased Area of Tarmac on the Stray
• The Possibility of Lighting across the Stray
• Safety Issues and the Potential for Other Vehicles to Misuse the Stray
It is our opinion that the Council believes that cycling on the Stray is already a given as their web page about the matter also carries a great deal of information about cycling and cycling societies and states: ‘Harrogate Cycle Group has assisted us in the development of the Harrogate and Knaresborough Cycling Implementation Plan.’
It is also our opinion that as the Stray belongs to the people of Harrogate they must be the ones who decide its future and they should be properly and widely consulted.
Can we urge you please to respond within the time scale? And to encourage all family, friends, neighbours and colleagues to do so too.
This has to be printed off, filled in and returned before Monday 15th December 2008
Anyone without Internet access can obtain consultation forms or further information by contacting
Chris McGonigle, Chief Engineer, on 01423 556607
Meanwhile we are meeting with the Council and will keep you informed of any further developments.
For more information or to give us your views please email us at
Save Our Stray