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

Government responds to business rates inquiry

Independent Retailers Confederation (IRC) member ACS has called on the Government to “get on with” its fundamental review of business rates after broadly dismissing recommendations made by the Treasury Select Committee. As reported by the ACT, the Government’s official response to the Treasury Select Committee’s inquiry on business rates, published …

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Bafang’s Suzhou factory up and running following coronavirus shutdown

Bafang is once again in operation at its Suzhou facility following an extended shutdown due to the coronavirus. Initially ordered to be closed down until 8th February, it has taken until today for the all-clear to be given. During that time, over 60 R&D personnel were set up to work …

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Velorution, Fat Llama partner on e-bike rental service

Velorution has partnered with Fat Llama to provide a ‘try-before-you-buy’ e-bike rental service. The new service, which is initially being trialled at Velorution’s Hackney location, allows customers to go in-store, complete a quick verification on their phone, and head straight out. The GoCycle GS (RRP £2,499), for example, is available …

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HSBC ending deal with British Cycling should be ‘warning’ to sports sponsors

HSBC ending its deal with British Cycling should be a warning to potential sports sponsors, says Conrad Wiacek, head of analysis and consulting at Sportcal… The sports sponsorship industry should be taking note of HSBC’s decision to end its deal with British Cycling four years into an eight-year stretch. While …

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Mayor triples protected cycle space in London ahead of schedule

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has tripled the amount of protected cycle space in London since 2016. There are now 162 kilometres of protected lanes that are either complete or under construction, up from 50 kilometres in 2016. Laid out end to end, this would stretch from Leicester Square …

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Renewed Scottish cycling budget a “breakthrough”

The £15 million increase in the Scottish Budget for cycling and walking is a “breakthrough” for the country’s potential for carbon footprint renewal, according to Cycling UK. The extra investment in active travel is the result of an eventual agreement between the Government and the Scottish Green Party, which was …

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Hull cycle lanes to be painted green amid safety shake-up

Cycle lanes in Hull are set to be painted green as part of a ten-year plan to make them safer, reports Hull Live. Routes will also be branded and given their own individual numbers. Council officials are also looking at how to separate some cycle lanes from traffic using raised …

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Local authority cycling spend at ‘just £2 per head’

Local authorities have spent on average just £2 per head of population per year on cycling infrastructure over the last ten years, according to research by Nottingham Business School, part of Nottingham Trent University. Researchers Dr Seamus Allison and Aoife Allison made freedom of information requests to 55 English Unitary …

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Partner Content: How OnBuy.com is revolutionising the global marketplace industry

Cas Paton, founder of OnBuy.com, outlines how the company is disrupting the global marketplace industry, and why its unique approach benefits sellers The online marketplace sector has come a long way since its birth in the 1990s. Services like Amazon and eBay were some of the most notable eCommerce success stories …

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Edinburgh’s rentable e-bikes to be available next week

Edinburgh Cycle Hire’s rentable e-bikes will be available to ride from 2nd March, Transport for Edinburgh and the scheme’s operator, Serco, have confirmed. The new electrically assisted e-bikes have a maximum supported speed of 15 mph and provide a constant electric assist while users pedal. 168 e-bikes will be phased …

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