Tag Archives: COVID-19

Halfords reports surge in cycling sales

Halfords has reported strong growth in cycling sales during the COVID-19 lockdown. Group sales for the 13 weeks to 3rd July were down 2.8% compared to last year and down 6.5% on a LFL basis, “significantly better” than anticipated in late-March, Halfords said, and an improvement on the 23% LFL …

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Cycle to Work scheme participation more than doubles

The number of employees joining the Cycle to Work scheme has more than doubled as commuters make plans for returning to the workplace, amid growing concerns about the safety of using public transport as lockdown eases. New data from the Cycle to Work Alliance shows that in June there was …

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Euston Road temporary cycle lane construction begins

Construction has started on a brand new temporary cycle lane on Euston Road as part of the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and TfL’s Streetspace for London plans to transform streets to accommodate a possible ten-fold increase in cycling and five-fold increase in walking. The new protected temporary cycle lane …

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Best Small Shops 2020 relaunched with new COVID-19 innovation category

The Independent Retailers’ Confederation (IRC) has announced a special category in its search to find Britain’s Best Small Shop of 2020. The Best Small Shops Competition relaunched post lockdown on Independents’ Day, Saturday 4th July, celebrating the return of indie retail to UK high streets and shopping parades. The judges …

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HYPE Merseyside loans 186 bikes to NHS workers

HYPE Merseyside has loaned 186 bikes to NHS workers supporting the fight against COVID-19, following the launch of its #BikesForNHS campaign in April. The organisation, which focuses on getting people involved in cycling, has also seen 67 unwanted bikes donated by the public and is still appealing for more so …

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Insync to celebrate vital role of bike shops on Independents’ Day UK

Insync is championing the vital work of bike shops to mark Independents’ Day UK, 4th July. The brand, owned by India-based Hero Cycles, is celebrating the service provided by its network of local bike shops, which has proved invaluable during the pandemic. Independents’ Day UK is a campaign that exists …

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e-Cargobikes.com wins climate award

e-Cargobikes.com has won the Ashden Award for Clean Air in UK Towns and Cities, supported by HSBC. Ashden spotlights and supports climate and energy innovators around the world – including businesses, non-profits and public sector organisations which are delivering proven, ready-to-scale climate solutions. e-Cargobikes.com was among 11 winners at the …

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Sea Otter Classic 2020 cancelled, virtual experience planned

Sea Otter Classic 2020, scheduled for 1st-4th October, has now been cancelled. The event was originally due to take place from 16th-19th April but was postponed due to concerns surrounding COVID-19. The Bicycle Leadership Conference has now also been cancelled. “After frequent discussions with Monterey County health officials, it has …

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‘Major’ increases for cycling as #BikeIsBest campaign calls for more action

A national campaign to normalise cycling is celebrating the recent shift to pedal power from some of the UK’s major city dwellers, but warns more needs to be done by local authorities to make a lasting impact. Digital billboards outlining the rise in cycling will be placed on roads in …

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Combined Authority secures funding for cycling and walking plans in West Yorkshire

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority has been successful in securing its full allocation of £2.513 million from the first phase of the DfT’s Emergency Active Travel Fund, worth a total £12.5 million, to deliver the initial programme of proposals. The Combined Authority is agreeing the final details of schemes with …

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