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British Cycling gets £1.67m facilities grant

The British cycle sport governing body has received stage one approval for a £1.67m grant from Sport England's Community Club Development Programme. Sport England's Community Club Development Programme makes £60m available to 16 sports, in two bands. British Cycling's bid is part of Band 2 in which 12 sports bid for a share of a £20m pot, spread over a three year period.

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Cash boost for ETRA

At today's ACT AGM, the board agreed to provide an extra £1000 to ETRA, the European Two-Wheel Retailers' Association. This is on top of the £1730 annual subscription. The ACT was the last national bicycle organisation to agree to the cash boost. ETRA - run by Annick Roetynck - was facing "enormous financial stresses" ACT members were told today. The lobbying body survives on annual subs from member associations but orgs in Switzerland and Finland recently pulled their membership, and there's little representation from the powerful dealer orgs in Germany, the biggest bike market in Europe.

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Public want to see more bobbies on bikes

Earlier this week the BBC website - one of the most visited sites in the world - carried a poll to vote on ten 'social innovation' ideas supplied by readers. With 23 percent of the global vote, the winner was a scheme to make sections of tipping sites open to the public so 'rubbish' could be examined and possibly recycled. The idea with the next highest number of votes was for 'more police to patrol on bicycles'. The poll is now closed and was to mark International Social Innovations Day.

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Amba’s brand portfolio expands to include Danish P&A

Sögreni was founded in 1981 by Søren Gregers Nielson. The company started by producing stylish, one-of-a-kind bicycles (a wooden bike is on the way) but now produces cycle accessories as well as Conran-esque kitchen goods and street furniture. Neilson was Danish Designer of the Year in 2002.

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