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

Budget funding “may not be enough” to fix UK potholes

More than two million potholes a year could be left unrepaired on UK roads even after extra funding from HM Treasury, according to new research by Citroën UK. In the 2020 Budget, announced on 11th March, chancellor Rishi Sunak confirmed a £500 million bonus each year for the next five …

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What does the 2020 Budget mean for cycling?

Making it easier for people to travel healthy needs to be a priority of the Government for the long-term health of our society and economy – in order to fight climate change, rising levels of congestion, toxic air, inactivity and social isolation. The 2020 Budget, announced yesterday, allocated £27 billion …

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Cyclehoop to “transform” on-street cycle parking services with mobile technology

Cyclehoop is to “transform” on-street cycle parking services with mobile technology, as part of a cloud-based mobile resources management system from BigChange. Using tablets and phones running a mobile app called JobWatch, field operatives synchronise in real-time with the office as part of a paperless management system that has “transformed …

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Congestion “cost UK economy £6.9 billion” in 2019

Congestion cost the UK economy £6.9 billion in 2019, a report by transport data firm Inrix has found. The findings also show that on average, UK drivers wasted 115 hours in congestion, costing an average of £894 individually. London ranked as the most congested city in the country where the …

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Bike Friendly Business scheme helps organisations become more cycle-friendly

Organisations participating in a scheme to help employers across West Yorkshire become more cycle-friendly have said their carbon footprint, car parking issues and productivity have “all improved” as a result. 300 organisations have signed up to the Bike Friendly Business scheme, which is delivered by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s …

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First wave of Watford’s “transport revolution” launches

Watford Council has launched Hertfordshire’s first bike share scheme and a digital travel app, in the first wave of its “transport revolution”. The new and free travel app, named ‘Travel Watford’, is available on iOS and Android phones and already has over 600 individual downloads. It draws on large banks …

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£10 million cycling investment helps people swap four wheels for two

Highways England has delivered a £10 million boost to cycleways across the East of England in the last five years in a bid to encourage more people to out into the great outdoors and onto their bikes. As a part of Highways England’s Cycle, Safety and Integration Designated Funds programme, …

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Over half of UK residents “support more investment in cycling”

Over half of residents (58%) in UK major urban areas support more investment in cycling, compared to 42% for driving, according to a new report. The Bike Life report, published by the charity Sustrans and 12 major cities and urban areas, found that 55% of residents agreed with the statement …

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“Revolutionary” new Portsmouth transport plan to include bike hangars

Portsmouth City Council has launched a 16-year transport plan, reports local Portsmouth newspaper The News. It sets out ways to create a more “people-centred travel network”, starting this year and running up to 2036, and replaces a 2011 strategy. Encouraging cycling in the city is key to the scheme’s first …

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Contractor appointment for Stockport’s ‘transformational’ new transport hub

Stockport’s plans for a modern transport interchange have taken a step closer with the appointment of a contractor and delivery partner. Willmott Dixon has been appointed to help develop first stage proposals for the multi-million-pound interchange development, which includes a striking rooftop park, and a cycle- and foot-bridge linking the development …

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