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

E-bike use ‘could cut car emissions by up to 50%’

E-bikes could cut car carbon dioxide emissions in England by up to 50% if used to replace car travel, University of Leeds researchers from the Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions (CREDS) have found. This equates to about 30 million tonnes per year, researchers said. Even replacing just 20% …

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Car-free streets to enable safe walking and cycling in London

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and TfL have today announced plans to transform parts of central London into “one of the largest car-free zones in any capital city in the world”. This is necessary to enable safe social distancing on public transport in London as lockdown restrictions are eased, …

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Temporary cycle network to aid Liverpool’s COVID-19 recovery

A network of temporary cycle lanes will be introduced in Liverpool to help kick-start the city’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson has greenlit a £2 million package to introduce potentially up to 100km of pop-up cycle lanes along key routes into and within Liverpool city …

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Are we slowing losing interest in cycling events?

Cycling Insight has shared search trends into bike shows and sportives over the past eight years. In this time, there has been a gradual decline in interest for bike shows, it said. The London Bike Show peaked in 2013 for search interest and in 2019 it was 70% lower. This …

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Northern Ireland scraps “outdated” e-bike rules

Cycling UK has welcomed the Northern Ireland Assembly’s decision yesterday, 12th May, to relax regulations on the use of e-bikes (electrically assisted pedal cycles or EAPCs). The move comes into force today and brings Northern Ireland into line with the rest of the UK, where e-bikes are exempt from the …

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E-scooters to be trialled in Birmingham and Coventry

E-scooters are set to appear on West Midlands streets in a trial to help get the region moving once lockdown restrictions start to be lifted. Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), Birmingham City Council and Coventry City Council will now work together to test the technology and better understand the benefits …

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£250 million ‘emergency’ active travel fund unveiled

Transport secretary Grant Shapps has unveiled plans to boost greener, active transport and create a “new era for cycling and walking”. Pop-up bike lanes with protected space for cycling, wider pavements, safer junctions, and cycle and bus-only corridors will be created in England within weeks as part of a £250 million …

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100 miles of pop-up cycle lanes ‘could enable millions to cycle safely’ post-lockdown

Millions of commuters could travel to work safely if only 100 miles of pop up cycle lanes were installed across ten English cities, Cycling UK has said. The charity is calling on the Government to support and encourage local authorities to start installing temporary cycle lanes and wider pavements across …

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Greater Manchester pledges £5 million for ‘bold’ active travel plans

Greater Manchester’s council leaders have committed to creating enhanced space for pedestrians and people on bikes across the city-region, to enable people to keep their distance for safe essential journeys and exercise during the COVID-19 lockdown and through recovery. Brought together under the Safe Streets Save Lives campaign, local authorities …

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Cycling Insight shares e-bike trends over past five years

Newly-launched research company Cycling Insight has shared e-bike trends over the past five years, and how they compare to other bike sales. The five-year average search trend for electric bikes is 35/100 but in the last 12 months, the average is 57% higher at 55. E-bikes as a category are …

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