Well seems to me that at this point we have two choices: give up or turn up the heat.
I'm not feeling like giving up and here is why. I cannot accept that on a wide road like the one we are talking about some form of provision for cyclists can't be made so that cycling down Knaresborough Rd can be a pleasant, life affirming pastime rather than one that feels too often feels like that David Attenborough wildlife documentary. With the Cyclist as the wounded Buffalo and the cars and lorries as a pack of Komodo Dragons waiting for an opening to tear them apart. That doesn't seem to represent the kind of town I want to live in.
Having had a cursory glance through the Department of Transports cycle infrastructure design guide (the guidance) it seems like one idea contained in there which does have some merit is the cycle bypass. This is used to bypass pedestrian traffic islands which are part of the pinch point problem on the Knaresborough road.