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

Manchester opens “UK’s first” CYCLOPS junction

The “UK‘s first “CYCLOPS (Cycle Optimised Protected Signals) junction has been launched in Hulme, South Manchester. The CYCLOPS junction has been designed to fully segregate cyclists from general traffic, improving safety for all road users. Pedestrians are also able to get where they want to be in fewer stages with …

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‘Major’ increases for cycling as #BikeIsBest campaign calls for more action

A national campaign to normalise cycling is celebrating the recent shift to pedal power from some of the UK’s major city dwellers, but warns more needs to be done by local authorities to make a lasting impact. Digital billboards outlining the rise in cycling will be placed on roads in …

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Combined Authority secures funding for cycling and walking plans in West Yorkshire

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority has been successful in securing its full allocation of £2.513 million from the first phase of the DfT’s Emergency Active Travel Fund, worth a total £12.5 million, to deliver the initial programme of proposals. The Combined Authority is agreeing the final details of schemes with …

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Rental e-scooter trials to be allowed from this weekend

New regulations allowing trials of rental e-scooters will come into force on 4th July, transport minister Rachel Maclean has announced. The first trials are expected to begin the following week. Local authorities and devolved administrations hosting the trials can allow or run the rental schemes in their areas, as outlined …

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Plans for Greater Manchester bike hire scheme move forward

The development of a Greater Manchester Bike Hire scheme has this week reached a major milestone as TfGM launches the search for a service provider. The £10 million scheme, which is being part-funded by the Mayor’s Challenge Fund, is planned to launch in spring 2021. As part of the first …

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Free bike share launches in Edinburgh and Glasgow

Free bike share will be provided in Edinburgh and Glasgow from today, 29th June, to encourage people to consider cycling for everyday journeys. Through Scottish Government funding, the cycle share initiative comes into effect as more COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, easing pressure on public transport and helping those who don’t …

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Bridgend active travel routes get £620,000 funding boost

Bridgend County Borough Council has received almost £620,000 from the Welsh Government for temporary and permanent active travel routes. The successful bid, submitted by the local authority in May, is aimed at promoting walking and cycling in the area by improving the safety conditions of walking and cycle paths both …

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Long-term plans to increase permanent cycleways in Oxfordshire

Longer-term plans for permanent increases in cycleways are set to lead to a step-change in Oxfordshire’s cycling infrastructure. A series of plans by Oxfordshire County Council, combined with a £2.9 million two-stage Government grant, will transform residents’ experience of cycling as part of a move to support active and healthy …

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BA calls for e-bike incentives as sales “stall” in April

The Bicycle Association (BA) is calling for e-bike incentives after sales figures for April show “explosive” growth for lower-priced bikes but a “stall” in the e-bike boom. The official industry statistics on UK bike and e-bike sales under lockdown have boosted the case for e-bike purchase incentives, according to the …

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Lime launches advocacy partnership programme

Lime has launched a new advocacy effort called Lime Action, aimed at transforming one million of its riders into advocates for safer streets, and more equitable and sustainable cities. Through direct engagement and an easily-accessible online platform, Lime Action connects riders to advocacy organisations focused on safer streets for active …

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