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

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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Milan to expand cycle paths after COVID-19 lockdown

Milan is to introduce a scheme to reallocate street space from cars to cycling and walking after the COVID-19 restrictions are eased. Local authorities have announced that 35 kilometres of streets will be made more accessible to cyclists and pedestrians over the coming months. The Strade Aperte plan aims to …

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Transport Committee asks for views on COVID-19 impact

The Transport Committee is asking transport workers, stakeholders and members of the public to write to them about the transport issues they face during the COVID-19 outbreak. MPs will explore the impact felt by the industry, its workers and passengers in a rolling programme of work to monitor the impact …

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Roadmender Asphalt develops Elastomac repair material

Sheffield-based SME Roadmender Asphalt has developed a new road repair material, Elastomac, which seeks to provide local authorities with a solution for permanent pothole repairs. The product aims to be “greener, faster to install and more cost-effective” than traditional asphalts, with trials showing that it can halve the costs of …

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Councils urged to make space for cyclists during lockdown

Councils in England, Scotland and Wales are being urged to follow the examples of Brighton, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Glasgow and install measures to make cycling and walking safer. Cycling UK has written to council leaders in Great Britain providing a guide on how councils can put in place measures during …

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35% of cyclists “have been involved in a road traffic accident”

One-third of cyclists in the UK have been involved in an accident on the road, with almost one-fifth of these incidents caused by cars, according to a survey by the personal injury team at JMW Solicitors. The survey of more than 1,500 cyclists revealed that 35% of respondents have been …

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