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

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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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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