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

Rental e-scooter trials to be allowed from this weekend

New regulations allowing trials of rental e-scooters will come into force on 4th July, transport minister Rachel Maclean has announced. The first trials are expected to begin the following week. Local authorities and devolved administrations hosting the trials can allow or run the rental schemes in their areas, as outlined …

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Plans for Greater Manchester bike hire scheme move forward

The development of a Greater Manchester Bike Hire scheme has this week reached a major milestone as TfGM launches the search for a service provider. The £10 million scheme, which is being part-funded by the Mayor’s Challenge Fund, is planned to launch in spring 2021. As part of the first …

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Free bike share launches in Edinburgh and Glasgow

Free bike share will be provided in Edinburgh and Glasgow from today, 29th June, to encourage people to consider cycling for everyday journeys. Through Scottish Government funding, the cycle share initiative comes into effect as more COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, easing pressure on public transport and helping those who don’t …

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Bridgend active travel routes get £620,000 funding boost

Bridgend County Borough Council has received almost £620,000 from the Welsh Government for temporary and permanent active travel routes. The successful bid, submitted by the local authority in May, is aimed at promoting walking and cycling in the area by improving the safety conditions of walking and cycle paths both …

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Long-term plans to increase permanent cycleways in Oxfordshire

Longer-term plans for permanent increases in cycleways are set to lead to a step-change in Oxfordshire’s cycling infrastructure. A series of plans by Oxfordshire County Council, combined with a £2.9 million two-stage Government grant, will transform residents’ experience of cycling as part of a move to support active and healthy …

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BA calls for e-bike incentives as sales “stall” in April

The Bicycle Association (BA) is calling for e-bike incentives after sales figures for April show “explosive” growth for lower-priced bikes but a “stall” in the e-bike boom. The official industry statistics on UK bike and e-bike sales under lockdown have boosted the case for e-bike purchase incentives, according to the …

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Lime launches advocacy partnership programme

Lime has launched a new advocacy effort called Lime Action, aimed at transforming one million of its riders into advocates for safer streets, and more equitable and sustainable cities. Through direct engagement and an easily-accessible online platform, Lime Action connects riders to advocacy organisations focused on safer streets for active …

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Improvement works complete on traffic-free cycling and walking route in Plymouth

Improvement works are now complete on a traffic-free cycling and walking route in Plymouth. With more than £380,000 of funding from Highways England, cycling and walking charity Sustrans has revamped the traffic-free route into the city and has improved its accessibility too. Sustrans has resurfaced the path, changing it from …

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BTN BikeShare celebrates one millionth journey milestone

Brighton and Hove’s BTN BikeShare scheme is celebrating its one-millionth journey. The six-figure number was hit over the weekend. Over 120,000 residents, visitors and commuters have cycled more than two million miles around the city since its inception. BTN BikeShare, operated by Hourbike, was launched in September 2017 thanks to …

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E-cargo bikes to help local council deliver goods and services

Harlow and Gilston Garden Town has received funding for a fleet of e-cargo bikes that will enable local council services to move away from traditional van and car use and towards active and sustainable travel. Arriving in Harlow this summer, the e-cargo bikes will have a container for transporting goods …

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