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

Mayor’s Streetspace Plan could see cycling increased tenfold post-lockdown

As the UK lockdown heads into its second phase, Mayor of London’s walking and cycling commissioner Will Norman outlines how London could adapt to enable socially-distanced travel… With London’s public transport capacity potentially running at a fifth of pre-crisis levels, up to eight million journeys a day will need to …

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BA calls on members to lobby local MP and council for ’emergency infrastructure’

The Bicycle Association has called on its members to lobby their local MPs and councils for emergency cycling and walking infrastructure. “It looks like we’ll soon be moving to a new phase in the UK response to COVID-19,” said the BA. “Before we do, there’s a short window of opportunity to …

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France to pay €50 per person for bike repairs after lockdown

France is to contribute €50 per person towards bicycle repairs after its nationwide COVID-19 lockdown ends on 11th May. Environment minister Elisabeth Borne announced on a €20 million euro plan for repairing bicycles, installing temporary bike parking spaces and financing cycling coaching sessions. Borne said the government will also accelerate …

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Edinburgh council set to introduce ’emergency’ measures for pedestrians and cyclists

The City of Edinburgh Council is set to introduce ’emergency’ measures to help pedestrians and cyclists travel safely while observing physical distancing guidance. It has been working closely with Transport Scotland and Sustrans to develop an approach to redesignating road space. This will benefit from support from a £10 million …

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36% of drivers will “walk, cycle or run more” after lockdown

36% of drivers will walk, cycle or run more after lockdown is over, according to a new AA survey. The AA-Populus poll of nearly 20,000 drivers also revealed that 22% will drive less (increasing to 24% of those over 65), 51% will drive as before and 1% will drive more. …

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Indoor cycling trends during COVID-19

Newly-launched research company Cycling Insight has shared indoor and virtual riding trends during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The significance of the search trend spike for turbo trainers from 15th March 2020 correlates to the start of the COVID-19 lockdown. The term ‘Turbo Trainer’ has 12,100 March monthly UK Google searches, up …

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E-cargobikes.com, Zedify making ‘vital’ deliveries during COVID-19

UK bike courier companies E-cargobikes.com and Zedify are both making deliveries for supermarkets and local businesses, food banks and NHS worker meals during the COVID-19 crisis. E-cargobikes.com is delivering for the Co-op and other local businesses in London and Zedify is delivering in nine locations around England. Cara Jenkinson, Ashden …

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£10 million pledged for pop-up active travel infrastructure in Scotland

The Scottish Government is to fully fund a new infrastructure programme for pop-up walking and cycling routes or temporary improvements to existing routes. This will be supported by a package of guidance and support to local authorities from Transport Scotland and Sustrans Scotland for improvements such as widened pavements and …

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Leicester creates temporary cycle lane to help key workers during COVID-19

A new cycle track has been put in place in Leicester to help key workers who are cycling to work during the COVID-19 lockdown. Highways bosses at Leicester City Council have created the temporary cycle route by coning off one lane of Aylestone Road between its junction with Almond Road …

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Lambeth produces ’emergency plan’ to improve road safety

Lambeth Council is producing an emergency plan focused on making changes to roads and pavements to improve road safety and support social distancing whilst making essential journeys. Pavements will be extended into the road at some of the busiest parts of the borough, such as under the railway bridge in …

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