Top seven stories of the last seven days

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BikeBiz is the only destination to receive all of your news from the cycling industry. Every week we cover the biggest unfolding stories from around the nation, along with cutting edge analysis and the last seven days are no exception. Below you’ll find seven of the biggest stories to hit the site in no particular order.

1. Road safety orgs rip into Govt's plans to rip out speed bumps
The Government is to pay local councils to rip out speed bumps, a measure which road safety organisations say will lead to deaths and a reduction in walking and cycling. The plans, leaked last year and now confirmed by the Department for the Environment, are said to be a way of tackling air pollution because motorists accelerate after being slowed down by speed-reduction measures and this acceleration leads to more emissions. Living Streets, Campaign for Better Transport and Cycling UK have written a joint protest letter to Environment Secretary Michael Gove. Read the full article here.

2. Independent bike shop threatened with fine by council for free pump

Isambard’s Cycles, situated at the top of the famous Brick Lane in the London borough of Tower Hamlets has attracted the attention of the national media this week due to the actions of the local council. The shop, which is well known in the local community for its cycle advocacy and outstanding service, was threatened with a fine from Tower Hamlets Council for placing a free-to-use pump directly outside its premises. The official reason for the £100 fine was the ‘obstruction of a public highway.’ After a widespread demonstration of support from the public, the council has now agreed to waver the proposed fee to keep the pump in place. Read the full article here.

3. Dockless bikes impounded by council for "blocking parking spaces"
More than a hundred dockless bikes have been impounded by a London council because they have "blocked pavements" and are guilty of “blocking parking spaces." Pavement-parked cars have not been impounded by Wandsworth Borough Council.The council reports that the "bike plague" was "being tackled." "The company that’s flooded London with a rash of yellow rental bikes without any warning might be scratching their heads and asking themselves why so many have vanished from the streets of Wandsworth," says the council. Read the full article here.

4. EU research funding for cargobikes needs industry support, says ECF

The European Cyclists' Federation is asking bike companies to send letters of support in aid of a EU funding application to stimulate cargo biking across Europe. The request has come from the ECF's industry-facing Cycling Industry Club."Cargo bikes have the potential to replace 23-25 percent of the commercial deliveries in cities, 50 percent of the commercial service and maintenance trips and 77 percent of shopping, leisure, child transport trips," said the Cycling Industry Club's Kevin Mayne. Read the full article here.

5. Interbike moves from Las Vegas to Reno-Tahoe

Interbike is to move from Las Vegas to "Less Vegas", as industry wags are describing Reno-Tahoe. During a conference call with media Interbike direcror Pat Hus: “After seven months of extensive research starting with our survey of visitors we have chosen a clear cut winner in Reno Tahoe.” He added: “This is an opportunity to hit reset on Interbike."The show will become a week-long celebration of cycling, including a consumer-facing bike festival. Interbike Marketweek will Start with World-Class Consumer Cycling Festival. Read the full article here.

6. Scott Montgomery becomes CEO of Reynolds Cycling

Industry veteran Scott Montgomery has become the CEO of Reynolds Cycling of Snady, Utah. Montgomery has been chairman of Lifeboat Events and prior to that he was responsible for reintroducing Scott USA to the US market. Previously was one of the top executives at Cannondale, a company founded by his father. Latterly he has been running his own consultancy, CrankTank, and before that had leadership roles at Nutcase helmets and at Club Ride apparel. Read the full article here.

7. GoPro appoints Canoe as UK PR
GoPro has appointed London based creative communications agency Canoe to oversee all PR activity in the UK with immediate effect. "We all use GoPro, we all love GoPro; getting the call from the world's most versatile camera brand is something that Canoe could not be happier about. When you are fortunate enough to be able to draw the attention of brands such as GoPro it fills me with pride for what we have achieved to date and excitement towards what we will be able to do for them in the future,” said Canoe managing director Chris Carr. Read the full article here.

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