24/02/2014 Inside Out Yorkshire and Lincolnshire


Toby Foster presents a Tour de France special ahead of the sport's arrival in Yorkshire this summer, looking at how the area compares to one of Europe's most cycle friendly cities.

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Tonight, as Yorkshire prepares to welcome the greatest cycling show on


Earth, we ask just how cycle friendly we are. We travel to


Holland to see how we prepare. Every town in Holland is connected by


cycle roads. We visit a Yorkshire village


prepared to welcome the Tour de France twice.


And Sue Smith attempts a section of the race to see how she shapes up.


Britain has lagged behind its European neighbours when it comes to


spending money on making cycling safe to.


The reasons are many and varied but however you look at it, the


resurgence in cycling is taking on a momentum of its own. Success in the


Tour de France, the buzz of its arrival in Yorkshire and the


emphasis on a healthier lifestyle have seen us dramatically rekindle


our love affair with the bike both for sport and as a key form of


transport. But away from the excitement of the race itself,


exactly how bike-friendly are we as a nation? And more importantly, how


safe is it to cycle on Britain's traffic-clogged roads as more and


more people are being encouraged to take to two wheels rather than four?


To find out how our true commitment to cycling shapes up, I've travelled


to Holland, whose capital, Amsterdam, always appears on lists


of the safest and most enjoyable places to cycle in the world. I'll


be comparing my experience there with a journey from Harrogate to the


centre of Leeds, the headquarters of Yorkshire's Tour De France Grand


Depart. The first thing you notice in Holland is the sheer number of


cyclists and the amount of information about exactly where


they're supposed to go and when. I'm heading into Amsterdam from a


dormitory town called Purmerend, and for people using a bike, it looks


like there's plenty of safe options. In Holland, there are more bikes


than inhabitants, so more than 16 million bikes, an average of two or


three bikes per person. It's part of our DNA. Now from this town, using


this cycleway provsion in both directions, fantastic. Loads of


traffic on the road all day long but loads of cyclists as well using


these cycleways as a way to get to work.


Back in Yorkshire, the start of my journey from Harrogate to Leeds is


not nearly so trouble-free. Here, I'm battling with the traffic from


the off, and for regular cycling commuters, like these hardy souls,


it's no joke. I encounter a little bit of a cycle path at the end of my


right. There's no reason why people can't do this route. It takes less


than an hour, door-to-door. My journey along the A61 today is among


the 2% of trips annually undertaken in the UK by bike, well behind that


in Holland, where cycling accounts for more than 25% of all trips. Fear


is part of the problem, with nearly 60% of people in the UK believing


that biking is simply too dangerous. Not as fit as I'd like to be, it's


time to say goodbye to my Harrogate chaperones and complete the rest of


this Yorkshire section on my own. Well, that's about five miles done.


Not really any provision for cyclists on the road to be seen at


all. The rush-hour is nearly over. Not for the faint-hearted! At the


moment, many passive cyclists are scared of going on the road. They


contribute by being part of the traffic. There's got to be a tipping


point where a family feel it is safe to go on the road. Back in Holland,


the Dutch have been outstripping us on creating a safe cycling


infrastructure for decades, spending around ?25 per head per year against


just ?1 per head in the UK. Now, this thing in Purmerend is fabulous


as the lights. Special provision at the traffic lights to tell you when


to stop and go and lots of space, not just between the cyclists, but


also away from the heavy goods vehicles and all the commuters in


cars. In Holland, everyone owns at least one bike. It's the only


country in the world where there's more bikes than people. And they


start young. 49% of primary school children cycle to school. Here, less


than half of us may have access to a bike and many of those that do won't


bother to ride it more than once a year. Now we're almost at the end of


our journey from Harrogate. We have got a classic problem piece of


English cycling territory. Three fast dangerous lanes of traffic with


no provision for cyclists at all, and here, is stripped of cycle lane


which is neither here nor there, really. But there are signs of


change here. A ?29 million boost has recently been announced in West


Yorkshire to create a cycling superhighway connecting Leeds and


Bradford, with seven other cities around the country getting further


significant cash. Back in Holland, my stress-free commute is


continuing. Well, this journey has taken us no time at all. We are half


an hour on an already modelling -- hurtling through the northern


suburbs of Amsterdam. There is still so much room between the traffic and


cyclists. If I can show you a map, every town is Holland is connected


by cycle roads. In the towns themselves, the most important parts


of the towns, schools, shopping centres, where most people go, you


can reach them by cycle roads. And that is very important to do


something like that. It took us 14 years. Your government could do a


little bit more on supporting your cyclists, your people, to do the


same as we do. I grew up with cycling. It's safe. Annual figures


show around 200 people die in cycle related accidents in Holland, where


more than a quarter of all journeys are undertaken by bike. In the UK,


only 2% of trips are made by bike but there are still more than 100


fatalities each year, a statistic which suggests the risk per journey


in the UK is far greater. How safe are we? Individually, fairly safe.


The irony we have got to look at is that as we do see an increase in the


number of cyclists, we retain the same proportion of accidents or


incidents, but more cyclists getting killed by number. That is where we


have got to be very careful. Well, back in Yorkshire, I've finished my


journey into Leeds. Some of it was OK but some was risky, often scary,


as a way of getting from A to B. The Tour de France will have a massive


impact and potential benefit. We will have lots of people wanting to


come out and watch, lots of people inspired, and we hope the legacy


will be a sustainable cycle culture in Yorkshire and England. Holland is


40 years ahead when they began to address this so we can learn from


their mistakes, but within the next five years, I hope we will see a big


change. In Holland, our journey is about to come to an end and we will


finish it by going across to central Amsterdam on this special ferry. And


if we really want to have a cyling culture, this is the kind of


commitment that it takes. They will be welcoming the pellet


on. But over in west Yorkshire, they will be hosting it twice. Not


everybody, though, is happy about it. I have been to see how the


locals are bracing themselves for the tour. It's a pretty enough


little backwater, but nothing in its past suggests it's ever been one for


hogging the limelight. Just the wrong side of Yorkshire Dales


National Park, just the right side of the teeming cities of Leeds and


Bradford, Addingham is the epitome of the sleepy rural Village. But in


a few months' time, this tiny little place is going to be shaken to its


very core. Addingham's population of just 4,000 people is expected to


explode to tens of thousands as for two head-spinning days, the most


famous bike race in the world passes through its ancient streets, not


just once, but twice. Its whether or not Addingham can cope with it. If


it means shutting it off, we'll have to. We need to make sure we protct


the integrity of the village. Unwittingly, Addingham is about to


become the epicentre of what some regards as the greatest show on


Earth, the Tour De France. What we can't have is differnet messages


coming out, which would be absoltley chaotic on the day if it went wrong.


It's December, seven months before the race is due to hit town and


villagers are getting their first taste of the cycling tornado that's


about to come. We don't want anybody racing up on the second day to get


that corner. Its managing the expectations and people. Mike Powell


is Bradford Council's emergency planning and today he's meeting the


village's hastily arranged Tour De France working group to make sure


the village isn't going to be overwhelmed. We've got a few issues.


I got elderly residents I have got to cater for, a pharmacy round the


corner, a doctor 's surgery, and it's making sure we get here as


well. The Tour De France is going to be the biggest thing ever to happen


to hundreds of unsuspecting communities on the route and as the


invasion looms, people here are split about what effect it might


bring. It's January, and with the countdown


beginning in earnest, the village is starting to realise this is more


than just a bike race. I cannot guarantee you getting out. For many,


it's the fear that they're being left alone to deal with the impact.


There is still not enough information about what is going to


happen in the village. The Tour de France Yorkshire on the weekend of


the fifth and 6th of July dominating 250 miles of road between Harrogate


leeds yorks and Sheffield. All roads affected will be shut for


a minimum of eight hours. And for Addingham, residents are having to


plan for virtual lockdown of 48 hours. Everyone along the route will


be affected. And even if you're not a sports fan, its impact on the


region's infrastructure can't be ignored. At the moment we have no


idea how many people will be swarming to the village, coming and


watching that difference, so we have got to ensure that we have got


enough facilities for all of those people and the residents. But along


with problems comes opportunities. Some businesses are licking their


lips at the prospect. We are in the kitchen, tell us what we have got


here. We have some baked camembert on the menu. Out in the marquee we


will have a lot of different things on the go, we will have the


Yorkshire stand, was quintessential Yorkshire food, and then a French


stand with quintessentially French food. Craig's pub The Fleece is one


of the businesses on the Main Street where the tour goes right past their


front doors. Through the narrow West Yorkshire streets will tumble a two


and a half hour cavalcade of publicity vehicles and floats - 130


professional riders and crews and an army of press trailing along in its


wake. I think it is going to be phenomenal. I do not think we will


be struggling for trade on those days. Yes, all hands on deck and


crack on with it. Obviously it flashes past year, it is not


finished there and then, there is a lot more to it. We will try to bring


people into the village of the calf to them so that they can see the


whole race. A few doors down the road the picture isn't quite as


rosy. With a freeze on any local transport, the landlady of The Crown


can see problems racing towards her. Tell me what your first thoughts


were when you heard that the true difference was coming to? Fear and


dread. As bad as that? Definitely. The result it to him many people you


conserve and look after. If you are going to do it, you will have to do


it properly. I do not have the toilet facilities are a big enough


kit tend to cater. -- big enough kitchen to cater. It is a bit of a


nightmare. Understand the problems and concerns. But this is


once-in-a-lifetime, it will never back again. We are just talking


about adding, but we need to look across the whole region. We need to


make sure that it comes in and goes out again and is not forgotten. Like


the Olympics, the Tour de France is a huge money-making machine and its


passage through Yorkshire is expected to generate millions of


pounds' worth of tourism and free publicity for this unique part of


the world. At Addingham's nearest bike shop, the benefits of the Tour


de France effect are already beginning to show. Within the last


few weeks this cycle shop has just moved into new purpose-built


accommodation and business is booming. We are definitely busier


and we're seeing more cyclist on the road. We have gone from 2-3 staff to


six staff. The main area of growth is the maintenance side. People are


bringing their old wakes out of the shed and tried to get them safe so


that they can enjoy raiding down -- riding again. What benefits will


there be? 100 million is what we're looking at at the moment. What we


are trying to do is catch the audiences that are coming in and


say, stay bit longer, see what this region is all about. Another key aim


is to use the momentum to massively boost the number of regular


cyclists. But that's all for the future. We're looking at at least


another 10% of the population starting to cycle. One man who's got


first-hand experience of the race as both a competitor and TV commentator


has some advice about how people in Addingham and elsewhere on the route


can make the most of the experience. Having the true difference is like


having the Olympics come to town for the day. There are 3500 vehicles


associated with this event and I think that there is a similar number


that follow the race every day. It is just enormous, it is a real


spectacle. I have seen it when it has come to the UK before, it is an


amazing thing to see. It is just a celebration of sport, it is a reason


to get together with family and friends, have a party and celebrate.


That is how the French use it, as a reason to get together and


celebrate. It's half past seven on a freezing Sunday night and the


prospect of a good Anglo-French party is exactly what 's bringing


these revellers flocking to Addingham Methodist Hall. As part of


the Tour's Cultural Festival, they're holding an Entente Cordiale,


an evening of French and traditional Yorkshire dance to coincide with the


Tour's arrival in the summer, and tonight members are practising some


of their Gallic moves. Originally dance was the only way that you


could mingle. That is why a lot of the French maids and English mates


require eye contact, because it was the only time you ever got to talk


to the opposite sex. I'm looking for the whole profile of Yorkshire in


general to be lifted and we can show the rest of the world, if the world


watches the tour, just what we have got. Perhaps it's the complex


relationship we have with the French that's giving this event such a


special feel, but as I prepare for my own Grand Depart from Addingham,


there's one man who'll be glad when the last visitor has said their


final au revoir. And I am guessing you have a holiday booked for


shortly afterwards? I will probably have a short break after this! You


do need it, it does tire you. But at the end of the day you have to make


sure that it is safe, right, and that everybody gets the day that


they want. I will probably have a really boring day in the control


room, but knowing that the planning beforehand was really good. This has


got me right in the mood. Riding a bike, how hard can it be?


I have been playing football for nearly 20 years at the top level, I


must be pretty fit. I train every day, working on endurance, speed and


stamina, offer that 90 minutes on match day. I have played for four


different clubs including Doncaster, Leeds and Lincoln and 193 England


caps. But what if I swapped my ball for a bike, could I cope with the


fitness demands of a totally different spot? I have taken up the


challenge of cycling 3.8: The tears. That is not even 2.5 miles, but this


is the dreaded Buttertubs pass in North Yorkshire. I want to see if I


can not only complete it, but get up in a time that proper Raiders will


not laugh at. For novice like me, the National Cycling Centre is


adopting place to come, especially when Team GB our training, but at


least it is warm and dry. Fortunately I will not be competing


against the Olympic and world champions today. My name is John. I


have joined a public session at the velodrome to get me started, but


this is all very new and a little bit scary. Because of your fixed


wheel you can actually get flung off your bike if you stop pedalling.


With a fixed wheel, you must keep pedalling all of the time. That is


the sort of advice I am not going to ignore.


This is much more complex than playing football.


So I am off, two laps of the flat part of the track to easily end. --


ease me in. That was not very good. I now know


that stopping is not so easy, especially when the bike has no


brakes. Do not push, just let it go. That could be two or three laps. Do


you want to set off? That would be great.


I am joined by professional bike racer Dean Downing, he's a multiple


race winner in the UK and Europe and as he warms up I am struggling to


keep up. I am struggling to catch on.


So what have I let myself in for? You took to it quite quickly, to be


honest, it takes quite a lot of people quite a few times when they


visit the track. What would you say is the difference with road cycling?


The differences that you can look out when you're on the road, but you


still have to concentrate on putting your power to the pedal and


concentrate on getting a decent speed. You will have to transfer


that, because if you stop pedalling in the velodrome is, you will go


backwards. -- on the Buttertubs. The next one is the gears, you have lots


of choices of gears. It will be trial and error as to what your you


want to be using to get you up the hill. You're letting yourself in for


something pretty big. Sadly I am off to mystery earlier, to spend a few


weeks with my team training camp. I will be checking in to see how you


are doing. Sorry about that. That is all right. So I am on my own then,


but I am going to need a break. -- bike. The beam of light tracks the


sensors on my body. That is quite tough, I thought it was going to be


a nice little bike session. You are probably at an intermediate


pedalling technique. You are retaining most of your momentum and


starting to use the calf muscles. All of my measurements go into my


made-to-measure bike. With just a few weeks before my attempt at the


Buttertubs, I really need to get out on the road. But combining preseason


football training and time on the bike is not proving that easy. I


wonder how many it -- how my friend Dean Downing is getting on down


under. Hollow from Adelaide, it has been pretty hot. I hope that the


baked treats you nice and you get used to the gears -- the bike treats


you nice. This is the picturesque deals


village of horse. In just over four months time this North Yorkshire


beauty spot will be heaving. I feel like I have not done enough


training. I hope that my winning mentality gets me through this.


If I'm going to make it to the top I am going to have to claim 732 feet,


that is a lot of pedalling. My word... Early on in the claim, what


is coming back to me is the advice I was given about not putting into


much effort to start off with, but it is released deep, this is tough.


-- it is really steep. This winding route with stunning views is Jeremy


Clarkson's favourite stretch of Yorkshire road. I'm certainly not


travelling as fast as hem and sadly too preoccupied to enjoy the


scenery. But I'm not just battling the road, I have set myself a goal


of getting all the way up in less than 20 minutes. The stopwatch is


ticking away and I'm up against the clock. The average gradient is 6%


and in one part it is 20%, but there are some surprising relief I had not


expected. Downhill it is amazing. But it is soon uphill again. I am


minutes away from the end now and I really need to put all I have got


left into those pedals. I just got soaked! That was hard work, I have


to say. At last, the finishing line, I have made it. Finally, a


chance to enjoy some of the amazing scenery. My reward for completing


this incredible claim in a time of 15.24, not too bad for a novice. I


have just heard your time for the Buttertubs challenge, that is pretty


impressive and puts you at third place on the website.


Congratulations, well done and I will speak to you soon. I have done


Buttertubs, I am really pleased. It is only four kilometres, just think


of the lead Raiders, they have to do 190 kilometres in one day. I did


just small part of that and that was hard enough stop.


That is all for tonight. Make sure that you join us next week when we


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Toby Foster presents an Inside Out Tour De France special. With the greatest cycling show on earth coming to Yorkshire this summer, we find out how we compare to one of Europe's most cycle-friendly cities. We send a footballer up one of the Tour in Yorkshire's hardest climbs and visit the village which will see the Tour cavalcade come through its streets twice in two days.

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