The UK cycle trade has hailed a ‘sea-change’ of opinion in central and local Government as having the biggest effect on the cycle industry in recent years.
Cycle to Work, Cycling Demonstration Towns and local Government-backed Bike Hub initiatives are among the factors that have had the most significant impact on cycling, the industry told BikeBiz.
Mark Bickerton, vice president of the Bicycle Association and UK agent for Dahon said: “The sea-change of opinion towards cycling in central and local Government, which after the fantastic support of the trade and industry (through the Bike Hub Levy Scheme), has been instrumental in generating the £140m three-year budget for Cycling England and probably influencing Transport for London in investing £111m in cycling infrastructure in 2010."
CTC commercial director Nick Fish added: "I think the introduction of the C2W scheme has had the biggest impact. It's encouraged a lot of people who already cycle to buy more expensive, better bikes than they might have bought and it’s also encouraged a lot of people thinking about buying a bike to buy one."
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