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20 May 2024

Cycling UK has launched the Inclusive Cycling Experience, a new programme funded by the Motability Foundation, to support disabled communities in Greater Manchester and Inverness to start...

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20 May 2024

People who cycle to work are less likely to be prescribed drugs to treat anxiety or depression than those who commute using different modes of transport, new research shows.

20 May 2024

The cycling industry may have experienced one of its most turbulent periods in recent history, but it still represents a great opportunity for investment, according to a report...

20 May 2024

The Sustrans Walking and Cycling Index, the biggest UK survey of walking, wheeling and cycling, found only 40% of residents on low incomes had access to a cycle. This compared to 59% in...

9 May 2024

John Lewis, the UK’s largest department store, will stock the UK’s leading e-bike brand, VOLT from today. The retailer will have four models from VOLT’s award-winning range of...

8 May 2024

Hundreds of independent bike shops around the country got involved with this year’s Local Bike Shop Day, according to organisers, the Association of Cycle Traders

8 May 2024

UK consumer confidence improved by two points in April, new data has shown, as optimism about personal finances for the coming year remained stable.

8 May 2024

More than 400 children and adults have cycled through Brighton and Hove to ask for the streets to be made safe for cycling with a network of separated cycle lanes.

7 May 2024

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has criticised the UK government for a “shocking lack of progress in making streets more attractive for walking, wheeling and...

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Bikes should have number plates to stop cyclists being a danger on London’s streets, former Met chief says.

Posted on in Business News , Cycles News

The former commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Lord Hogan-Howe, has said number plates should be introduced on the back of bikes to stop so many cyclists being a danger on London’s streets.

Cyclist on Lonson street

He presented the idea during a debate in the House of Lords on regulating pedicabs which is going to happen under a new bill.

He told the Lords: “If we learn any lessons about holding pedicab drivers and owners to account, could we consider whether we take those lessons and apply them to cyclists?

“I fear that my list of people who are dangerous is longer than just people who have electric scooters and electrically charged cycles.

“I fear that cyclists, particularly in London, seem to be entirely unaccountable.

“Even having a registration plate somewhere on the back would not be a bad idea to make sure that people are held to account, and it is not totally without consequences if they choose to ignore things that are meant to keep us all safe.

“On occasion they have terribly injured people, and on some occasions killed them.”

The Pedicabs (London) Bill will “correct a long-standing anomaly, where pedicabs are the only form of unregulated transport operating on the streets of London”, new transport minister Lord Davies of Gower explained.

The Bill aims to tackle problems caused by unregulated pedicabs such as extortionate fares, loud music at night, traffic congestion, blocking of pavements and cycle lanes, as well as safety concerns around unchecked vehicles and unvetted drivers.

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