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

E-bike prices could be cut by up to a third to encourage more cycling

E-bike prices could be cut by up to a third to offer commuters a “sweat-free” way to cycle to work, The Times has reported. Details of the package are set to be unveiled next spring, with trials beginning in the next five months. According to The Times, the subsidy scheme will …

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Public e-bike share scheme launches in Penarth

A new public electric bike-share scheme has been launched in Penarth by nextbike, thanks to funding from The Vale of Glamorgan Council. The fleet of 50 e-bikes and five stations was launched on 12th November. Vale Council received numerous requests from the public to introduce its own scheme following the …

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Government releases £175 million for cycling and walking infrastructure across England

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has today given councils across England £175 million to create safe space for cycling and walking, as surveys and independent polls show strong public support for high-quality schemes. The money, part of the £2 billion announced for cycling and walking in May, will fund measures including …

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West Yorkshire Combined Authority secures £10 million funding from Active Travel Fund

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority has secured an additional £10.053 million from the Government’s Active Travel Fund. This newly announced funding is in addition to the £2.5 million already secured in July 2020, as a part of the first bidding phase, bringing the total secured to support the region’s transport …

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Greater Manchester to roll out AI-controlled road junctions to optimise traffic networks

Vivacity Labs and Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) have announced the roll-out of AI-controlled ‘smart’ traffic junctions to accommodate the increase of active travel modes, such as cycling and walking, in the city during the COVID-19 pandemic. Using sensors with inbuilt artificial intelligence, Vivacity enables TfGM to anonymously identify different …

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Madison teams up with Velorim to recycle old inner tubes and tyres

Madison has teamed up with Velorim in a bid to reduce the number of tyres that go to landfill every year in the UK and Ireland. Velorim is the cycle trade’s scheme for recycling and reprocessing bicycle rubber that would otherwise go into landfill – as much as 44,000 tonnes …

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Swansea-based Cycle Solutions becomes Velorim Centre

Swansea-based Cycle Solutions have become an early adopter of Velorim, the National Bicycle Tyre Recycling Scheme. As a Velorim Centre, Cycle Solutions will offer its customers and other cyclists the opportunity to recycle their inner tubes and tyres. Founded in 2018, Velorim began rolling out the scheme to trial sites …

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HumanForest launches £1 million crowdfunding campaign

HumanForest has launched a £1 million crowdfunding campaign with Crowdcube. Capital raised through the campaign will be used to buy more e-bikes, allowing the company to open in ten London boroughs next spring with 1,000 e-bikes, before adding five more boroughs and 500 e-bikes by July 2021. After London, the …

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West Sussex’s Government-funded temporary cycleways to be removed

The Government-funded temporary cycleways in Crawley, East Grinstead, Horsham, Shoreham and Worthing are to be removed, West Sussex County Council has announced. Government funding for the pop-up cycleways was announced in May this year, with the aim of providing more safe space for people to cycle and help reduce pressure …

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Free ride initiative extended in Norwich to help essential journeys

Norfolk County Council and Beryl have extended their free ride initiative to keep Norwich moving during the approaching lockdown. Starting from yesterday, 2nd November, Norfolk County Council and Beryl are offering 30 minutes free riding on the pedal bikes and 15 minutes on the e-bikes between 7:30am-9:30am and 3:00pm-4:30pm. The …

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