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Tom Watson MP to talk at cycling fringe event at Labour Party conference

The new lobbying group Labour Cycles and Cycling UK have arranged high-level speakers to talk at a fringe event at the Labour Party annual conference, which starts in Liverpool on Sunday.  The cycling fringe event starts at 3pm and will hear from Labour Party deputy leader Tom Watson MP, London’s deputy …

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‘Turn graveyards into cycle parks’ – UKIP election candidate

UKIP election candidate Peter Burkinshaw has suggested that graveyards could be turned into cycle parks, and that Cambridge ought to cater more for motorists. Burkinshaw is standing for election in the Cambridgeshire ward of East Chesterton, but he feels no need to curry favour with local cyclists, telling the Cambridge …

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The Brexit effect

This article was written by Rory Hitchens of Upgrade Bikes We are all experiencing uncertainty about how trade will be affected when we leave the EU. The ripples of the initial Brexit shockwave can still been felt one year on, with the industry more cautious to stock in than before, …

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Labour Cycles aims to get protected cycleways into election manifesto

Labour Cycles is a new, cycle-specific lobbying group aiming to get the Labour Party to include provision of protected cycleways into its next election manifesto. Other measures called for include ambitious targets to increase cycle use. "A protected cycle lane is a statement of social justice; that a resident on …

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Brexit blamed for disappointing Black Friday sales figures

The British Retail Consortium’s CEO is blaming Brexit for lacklustre retail sales figures in the three months to the end November. Sales of non-food items fell by 3.7 percent in this period, reveals the BRC’s latest Retail Sales Monitor. “Black Friday, the big retail event of the month, failed to fundamentally shift …

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Irish dockless bike-share firm Urbo seeks to raise €5m to expand

Urbo of Dublin is seeking cash to expand its roll-out of dockless bike share bikes. The self-funded start-up is looking to raise an initial €5m before another round of fundraising in 2018. The firm launched its first scheme in London last month, dropping 250 of its lime-green bikes in Waltham Forest with the …

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Bike industry isn’t one of the 58 sectors evaluated for Brexit impact

The Department for Exiting the EU has today released a list of 58 industry sectors for which it has done Brexit impact studies – the bike industry doesn’t make the cut. DEXEU has so far refused to publish the impact studies. The 58 sectors – including aerospace, aeromotive and broadcasting – account for …

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Government admits it has never assessed Cycle Superhighway benefits

The Government has admitted that it has not made "any assessment of the impact of cycle lanes on congestion in London" or studied any "implications for the environment." This admission was revealed by a parliamentary question from crossbench peer Lord Mawson. Instead, the Government said such assessments had to be …

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Mango Bicycles ceases trading thanks to Brexit, seeks buyer

At the end of last month we revealed that debt-ridden Mango Bikes of Cirencester had been sold back to one of its founders for a pound, had made staff redundant and would relocate to Newcastle. However, co-founder Ben Harrison has now told BikeBiz that the company has ceased trading. He …

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Halfords sees sales boost in the midst of Brexit-driven staycations

Halfords has reported a first-quarter boost in sales, according to Retail Week.  Revenue increased 4.8 per cent in the 20 weeks to August 18th, while sales rose 6.2 per cent in retail. Digital Look reported that cycling sales were up 5.2 per cent, “boosted by growth of premium bikes, a growing …

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