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Market trends, Government policies and infrastructure updates for the bike trade

Khan pushes ahead with ULEZ expansion to reduce toxic air pollution

Newly re-elected Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has recommitted to expanding the world’s first Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in October this year to reduce toxic air pollution and protect public health. The expanded ULEZ will cover an area 18 times larger than the central London Ultra Low Emission Zone and …

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Cambridge ‘UK’s top hotspot’ for bike thefts, figures show

Cambridge is the UK’s top hotspot for bike thefts, recording more than double the number of its rival city on the list, according to new figures. MoneySuperMarket analysed bike theft data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and found that the rate of reported thefts per 1,000 people was …

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New research project launched to address transport-related barriers faced by young people

Sustrans has teamed up with the University of the West of England to launch a new research project that aims to address transport-related barriers faced by people aged 12-24 years in the UK. Transport to Thrive will explore why transport is important to young people’s ability to reach the opportunities …

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Citrus-Lime calls for Government to be ‘more transparent’ about commitment to increase cycling

Citrus-Lime has joined calls for the Government to be more transparent about its commitment to increase the take up of cycling. CEO and founder Neil McQuillan has echoed comments made by Roger Geffen, Cycling UK’s policy director, who has accused the Government of burying its own research. In May last …

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Proposed new EU battery rules will ‘harm’ manufacturers, warns LEVA-EU

Trade association LEVA-EU has warned that proposed new rules governing batteries for electric vehicles are ‘a sledgehammer to crack a nut’ and risk tying manufacturers of more powerful electric vehicles like motorbikes, e-scooters and electric mopeds in red tape. LEVA EU made its warning following the European Commission’s proposal to …

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New bike shelter installed at New Southgate station

Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) has installed a new shelter with two-tier racks for 18 bikes at New Southgate station. For safety and security, the shelter has low-wattage LED light, powered by a ten-square-metre solar panel on the roof. The new parking facility is on the west side of the station. …

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Study reveals England’s best areas to live without a car

A new study by GoCompare has analysed ONS data to find the best locations in England to live without needing a car. London came out on top, with Portsmouth second and Southend-on-Sea third. Completing the top 20 were Bristol, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Leicester, Brighton and Hove, Blackburn, Reading, Wallasey, Birmingham, …

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How much are local authorities spending on cycling and walking?

Cycling UK has released data revealing a variation in active travel spending by local authorities across the nation, from £34 a year per head of population to just 20p, ahead of 143 councils in England holding elections tomorrow. The figures, obtained by the national cycling charity through Freedom of Information …

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Pedal cycle traffic increases by 45.7% in 2020

Pedal cycles travelled five billion miles on Great Britain’s roads in 2020, 45.7% further than in the previous year, according to statistics from the Department for Transport. This is the highest level of cycling on the public highway since the 1960s, the DfT said. Pedal cycle traffic saw its highest …

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Plans announced for new 150-mile off-road cycling route in Cornwall

Cycling UK is to create a new long distance off-road cycling route in Cornwall, which will be ready for the public to ride from September. Called the West Kernow Way, the 150-mile route will begin and ends in Penzance and is designed to be ridden over three to four days. …

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