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

How much are local authorities spending on cycling and walking?

Cycling UK has released data revealing a variation in active travel spending by local authorities across the nation, from £34 a year per head of population to just 20p, ahead of 143 councils in England holding elections tomorrow. The figures, obtained by the national cycling charity through Freedom of Information …

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Pedal cycle traffic increases by 45.7% in 2020

Pedal cycles travelled five billion miles on Great Britain’s roads in 2020, 45.7% further than in the previous year, according to statistics from the Department for Transport. This is the highest level of cycling on the public highway since the 1960s, the DfT said. Pedal cycle traffic saw its highest …

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Plans announced for new 150-mile off-road cycling route in Cornwall

Cycling UK is to create a new long distance off-road cycling route in Cornwall, which will be ready for the public to ride from September. Called the West Kernow Way, the 150-mile route will begin and ends in Penzance and is designed to be ridden over three to four days. …

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Research project on use of off-road e-bikes launches

British Cycling has joined forces with other cycling organisations and recreational land managers to support a new, long-term research project to be undertaken by Edinburgh Napier University into the use of off-road e-bikes, including electric mountain bikes. The research will focus on current and future trends as well as the …

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Poll shows support for ‘record’ cycling and walking spend in Scotland

47% of people in Scotland support allocating at least 10% of the Scottish transport budget to cycling and walking, while just 20% oppose it, a YouGov poll has found. This would represent record spending on cycling and walking and an increase on the 3.5% of the 2021 transport budget allocation, …

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Southern Railway donates bikes abandoned at its stations to Cycling UK

Fifteen young people in South London will learn cycle maintenance skills and earn a renovated bike of their own, thanks to a partnership between Cycling UK and Southern Railway. Southern Railway has donated the bikes, which they had found abandoned and left unclaimed at its stations, to the cycling charity. …

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Roll out of cycle parking across Edinburgh to be boosted with additional 1,200 spaces

A project to roll out secure on-street cycle parking across Edinburgh will be boosted with an additional 1,200 spaces over the next two years, subject to funding, in response to increasing demand. Contractors Cyclehoop began installing covered bike storage containers around the city in January 2019, with the intention of …

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63% of young people in Wales in favour of higher active travel spend

Nearly two-thirds (63%) of those aged 16-24 support allocating 10% of the Welsh transport budget to cycling and walking, while just 8% oppose it, a YouGov poll has found. In a poll carried out this month by YouGov on behalf of Cycling UK, 1,194 people were asked whether they would …

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Tier e-bikes launch in York to boost sustainable transport options

York is expanding its e-scooter trial with the roll-out of 50 e-bikes from Tier. Riders can pick up the e-bikes from various locations in the city, including both of York’s university campuses and York Hospital, and ride them on a number of dedicated routes. Renting an e-bike will cost the …

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49% of UK school pupils ‘worried’ about air pollution

49% of UK school pupils are worried about air pollution near their school – an increase of ten percentage points since a similar survey ran in 2018, new figures have revealed. A YouGov poll, commissioned by Sustrans, surveyed 1,305 pupils aged six to 15 years old across the UK about …

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