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Derby Cycling Group pens open letter over “farcical” cycle lane plans

Derby Cycling Group has sent an open letter to Michael Gove MP and Therese Coffey MP, at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), Jesse Norman, minister at the Department for Transport with responsibility for cycling, and Matt Hancock, the health and social care secretary whose department deals …

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Public Health England’s air quality review is ‘a significant step forward’

Public Health England’s air quality review is a ‘significant step forward’, walking and cycling charity Sustrans has said. The publication outlined a set of recommendations on how the Government can improve air quality, including banning cars outside schools, investing more in clean public transport and foot and cycle paths, as …

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State of UK roads is “putting lives at risk”

New research has revealed the “alarming extent” of the UK’s pothole problem, with London’s pothole count currently exceeding 49,000, an increase of 33% in 2018 compared to the same period in 2017, according to new research collated by JMW Solicitors. The boroughs with the largest percentage increase in reported potholes …

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Pothole compensation claims cost councils ’25 times more per cyclist’ than for motorists

Pothole compensation claims are costing councils 25 times more in payouts for cyclists than for motorists, an investigation by Cycling UK has found. The charity, which runs the pothole reporting webtool and app Fill That Hole, published its research to mark the launch of its Pothole Watch week, from 3rd …

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eBikeLabs chosen for co-acceleration programme dedicated to new mobility in Europe

eBikeLabs​ has been selected by Allianz France to participate in the co-acceleration programme with Toyota Tsusho Europe. The programme will be dedicated to new mobility in Europe, and eBikeLabs has said its mission is to provide the "complete solution" for the e-bike shared mobility market. “We are proud to have …

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Sustrans calls for ‘school streets’ to be implemented to tackle air pollution

Sustrans has called for streets and public spaces to be redesigned and ‘school streets’ to be implemented in order to tackle air pollution. This comes as a joint survey by Unicef UK and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health found that 92% of child health experts believe the public …

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Government to fund research on pothole repair

Funding for new technology that could help stop potholes from forming has been announced by transport secretary Chris Grayling. The Government will provide £22.9 million for research and trials on new surface materials or pothole repair. Real-world tests of new road surfaces and technologies in eight local authorities will see …

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University of West England launches e-bike usage survey

The University of West England has launched a national survey in an attempt to gauge the UK’s usage and opinion on this emergent trend.  The survey asks:– Why do people buy or borrow e-bikes – or not?– What type of trips do people buy and use e-bikes for (e.g. commuting, …

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More cycling could “prevent 34,000 life-threatening illnesses” in seven UK cities by 2040

An estimated 34,000 incidences of eight life-threatening conditions, including type two diabetes, stroke, breast cancer and depression, would be prevented in seven cities between 2017 and 2040 if cycling increased at rates like those seen since the millennium in London, Sustrans has claimed.  The charity published a ‘first of its …

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Potholes ‘could be self-repairing by 2050’

Potholes could be self-repairing in the next 30 years, the Independent reports. A Radio 4 investigation into potholes that damage cars and injure cyclists concluded that the ‘crisis of cavities and craters’ could lead to innovations that ‘transform’ the UK’s infrastructure. Dr Mujib Rahman, a former road-repair engineer, told the programme …

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