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

Birmingham’s e-cargo bike pilot launches to support community food deliveries

Birmingham City Council received its first batch of e-cargo bikes last Friday, 18th December. Manufactured by Raleigh, the bikes will be used by the Active Wellbeing Society (TAWS) to support community food deliveries in the lead-up to Christmas. In May this year, Birmingham was one of the local authorities to …

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Scottish Government allocates £22 million for permanent active travel schemes

Over £22 million has been awarded to three permanent active travel schemes in Ayr, Hawick and Broughty Ferry. The money has been provided by the Scottish Government and allocated through the Sustrans Places for Everyone initiative. When complete, the projects will make it easier for people to walk, wheel and …

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Cycling UK urges councils to ‘be brave’ over cycle lanes

Cycling UK has published a report for councils urging them to ‘be brave in the face of a vocal minority of opposition’ to new cycle lanes. The Active Travel Funding report has taken evidence from four national opinion polls carried out in 2020 which show widespread support for more cycle …

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New cycle hire scheme coming to West Midlands next year

A new cycle hire scheme is due to launch across the West Midlands next year. The operator of London’s Santander Cycles has been appointed by Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) to offer bikes for hire in Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Wolverhampton and Walsall from next spring. Contractor Serco will …

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UK sees 82% rise in outdoor activity in Strava’s Year in Sport report

Strava has launched its annual Year in Sport report, revealing the 2020 activity trends from over 73 million global athletes. The report maps out the biggest trends in sport, this year revealing how the pandemic has shaped and defined people’s active lives. Strava’s platform – which records 21.5 million uploads …

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Greater Manchester to deliver cycling and walking routes using Government’s Active Travel Fund

A further 24 miles of permanent walking and cycling routes will be delivered across Greater Manchester using £15.97 million from the Government’s Active Travel fund, formerly the Emergency Active Travel Fund, Transport for Greater Manchester announced today. The funding will see 25 schemes delivered across all ten councils to provide …

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Cycling associations react to EU Commission’s Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy

The European Commission has released its Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy. The strategy is part of the European Green Deal, which aims to achieve a 90% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from transport, in order for the EU to become a climate-neutral economy by 2050. Cycling international associations ECF, CIE …

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TfL data shows ‘significant’ increase in cycling since pandemic began

TfL has published new data that shows a ‘significant’ increase in walking and cycling in the capital since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Following the Government’s advice in March for people to stay at home and stop non-essential social contact, Londoners were advised by the Government not to use public transport …

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New UK alliance forms for ‘green and fair’ transport to tackle climate emergency

Nine walking, cycling, public transport and shared mobility groups have come together to call for ‘rapid’ action to cut greenhouse gas emissions with less than one year to go until COP26 in Glasgow. The NGOs have formed the Sustainable Transport Alliance, a new UK-wide alliance for green and fair transport …

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Cycling UK to seek legal advice on ‘unreasonable’ removal of bike lanes

Cycling UK is seeking ‘urgent’ legal advice, through its Cyclists’ Defence Fund, about whether councils’ decisions to remove schemes designed to promote walking and cycling are ‘unreasonable’. This action follows in the wake of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s removal of a cycle lane on High Street Kensington …

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