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

E-scooters to be trialled in Birmingham and Coventry

E-scooters are set to appear on West Midlands streets in a trial to help get the region moving once lockdown restrictions start to be lifted. Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), Birmingham City Council and Coventry City Council will now work together to test the technology and better understand the benefits …

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£250 million ‘emergency’ active travel fund unveiled

Transport secretary Grant Shapps has unveiled plans to boost greener, active transport and create a “new era for cycling and walking”. Pop-up bike lanes with protected space for cycling, wider pavements, safer junctions, and cycle and bus-only corridors will be created in England within weeks as part of a £250 million …

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100 miles of pop-up cycle lanes ‘could enable millions to cycle safely’ post-lockdown

Millions of commuters could travel to work safely if only 100 miles of pop up cycle lanes were installed across ten English cities, Cycling UK has said. The charity is calling on the Government to support and encourage local authorities to start installing temporary cycle lanes and wider pavements across …

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Greater Manchester pledges £5 million for ‘bold’ active travel plans

Greater Manchester’s council leaders have committed to creating enhanced space for pedestrians and people on bikes across the city-region, to enable people to keep their distance for safe essential journeys and exercise during the COVID-19 lockdown and through recovery. Brought together under the Safe Streets Save Lives campaign, local authorities …

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Cycling Insight shares e-bike trends over past five years

Newly-launched research company Cycling Insight has shared e-bike trends over the past five years, and how they compare to other bike sales. The five-year average search trend for electric bikes is 35/100 but in the last 12 months, the average is 57% higher at 55. E-bikes as a category are …

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More details unveiled on Mayor’s Streetspace Plan to increase cycling post-lockdown

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and TfL have unveiled their London Streetspace programme which will rapidly transform London’s streets to accommodate a possible tenfold increase in cycling and a fivefold increase in walking when lockdown restrictions are eased. “With London’s public transport capacity potentially running at a fifth of …

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PM urged to improve walking and cycling provision in COVID-19 recovery plan

Sheffield City Region mayor Dan Jarvis and active travel commissioner Dame Sarah Storey are urging the prime minister to improve walking and cycling provision in the COVID-19 recovery plan. As South Yorkshire begins to recover from the impact of COVID-19, passengers on public transport are likely to need to socially …

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Free nextbike memberships offered to Cardiff’s key workers

Frontline workers in Cardiff will be able to use the city’s nextbike scheme for free following a joint venture between the operator and two of Cardiff’s universities. Nextbike, Cardiff University and Cardiff Metropolitan University have jointly funded the scheme to enable NHS workers and those offering critical support during the …

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Transport Committee launches e-scooters inquiry

The Transport Committee has launched an inquiry to explore the safety and legal implications of e-scooters, their impact on congestion and potential contribution to reducing the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions. The UK is the last major European economy where e-scooters are banned everywhere except on private land (with the landowner’s …

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Mayor’s Streetspace Plan could see cycling increased tenfold post-lockdown

As the UK lockdown heads into its second phase, Mayor of London’s walking and cycling commissioner Will Norman outlines how London could adapt to enable socially-distanced travel… With London’s public transport capacity potentially running at a fifth of pre-crisis levels, up to eight million journeys a day will need to …

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