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

Chris Boardman opens new £750,000 inclusive cycling centre in Stockport

Chris Boardman MBE has officially opened the Bradbury Cycling Centre, a new £750,000 inclusive cycling centre at Seashell Trust in Stockport, Greater Manchester. Boardman was supported by young people from Seashell and key partners and organisations from the local area who will be supporting the centre. The new centre will …

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Firefighters issue e-bike safety warning after lithium-ion battery failure causes fire in Bethnal Green

The failure of a lithium-ion battery on a battery pack is believed to have caused a fire in a shop selling second-hand electric bikes in Bethnal Green. The London Fire Brigade (LFB) said the fire was discovered when the staff heard a loud bang and smoke issuing from an electric …

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Just 1% of London bike thefts lead to formal sanction, data shows

Police data has revealed which London boroughs have been hit hardest by rising bike crime. The five London boroughs that have seen the greatest increase in bike thefts are Sutton (32%), Hounslow (25%), Bexley (13%), Kingston Upon Thames (7%) and Havering (5%). The data was collated by London criminal defence …

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London sites lit up by Cycling UK to show cycling’s role in fighting climate change

London sites were lit up last night to show the role cycling can play in fighting climate change. The light projections aim to remind UK decision-makers that cycling has a role to play in ‘tomorrow’s solutions to today’s problems’. Charity Cycling UK coordinated the projections to call on political leaders …

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The next year ‘might be difficult for bike industry’ but interest in cycling ‘will not disappear’, says WBIA president

The next year ‘might be difficult for the bicycle industry’ but there is a ‘tremendous interest’ in cycling ‘that will not disappear’, WBIA president Erhard Büchel has said. The annual General Assembly of the World Bicycle Industry Association (WBIA) took place remotely on Friday 21st October, with delegates exchanging on …

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UK Cycle Logistics Federation merges with the Bicycle Association

The Bicycle Association (BA) and the UK Cycle Logistics Federation have merged, strengthening the industry’s voice at a ‘key moment’ for cycle logistics. Steve Garidis, executive director of the BA, said: “This is a timely move for cycle logistics in the UK, as well as for the wider UK cycle …

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Brompton Bike Hire offers free rentals during London train strikes 

As rail strikes return to London this weekend, Brompton Bike Hire will be offering free rentals of its folding bikes to help people get around during the disruption.  There will be strike action on the London Underground Saturday 5th, Monday 7th, and Wednesday 9th November.  In response to the action, …

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Jesse Norman appointed Minister of State (decarbonisation and technology) in DfT

Jesse Norman has been appointed Minister of State (Decarbonisation and Technology) in the Department for Transport (DfT). Norman, who was appointed on 26th October, was previously Minister of State at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office from 7th September to 26th October. Before that, he was Financial Secretary to the …

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TfL moving forward with Greenwich to Woolwich cycleway plans

TfL has published a consultation report outlining the next steps for a new cycleway between Greenwich and Woolwich. The consultation, which took place before the pandemic, showed that 77% of people responding believed the planned changes would result in more people cycling, while 70% said the same about walking. Will …

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Cycling UK’s director of influence and engagement Matt Mallinder to step down

Cycling UK’s director of influence and engagement Matt Mallinder is hanging up his cycling cap at the beginning of November after more than 20 years in the cycling sector. The charity’s chief executive Sarah Mitchell said he will be stepping down to have a career break and support family members …

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