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30 Nov 2023

New research from Lime entitled “Tackling the Gender Pedal Gap” has most women facing barriers to cycling, including poorly lit streets and isolated routes. The report claims...

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Cycling UK has released its annual 100 Women in Cycling list for 2023, the seventh such initiative to celebrate women across the British cycling community and those who inspire others to cycle.

27 Nov 2023

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...

23 Nov 2023

Retail sector leaders have expressed a range of concerns, from taxation to business rates, following the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement this week.

15 Nov 2023

The British Independent Retailers Association (BIRA), which works with over 6,000 independent businesses of all sizes across the UK, has outlined its expectations from the government...

14 Nov 2023

ACT member and Cytech-accredited Stonehaven shop Bike Remedy has been given permission to expand its offering by building a bike shelter and tool station outside its premises.

14 Nov 2023

As more people turn to cycling, more jobs are being created in the industry, according to an article in The Sun.

14 Nov 2023

Cytech Training Scotland, proudly operated by Bike for Good, is thrilled to celebrate a year of remarkable achievements in providing top-notch Cytech bicycle maintenance training. Over the past...

14 Nov 2023

The ACT is urging any cycling retailers affected by technical issues being reported with the 'buy now, pay later' app Klarna to consider whether they may be better served by switching to an...

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Colchester e-bikes aim to get people out of their vehicles.

Posted on in Business News , Cycles News

Colchester has introduced an electric bicycle scheme in a bid to encourage short journeys without relying on cars with pay-as-you-go electric cargo bikes now available to hire.

Colechester bike kitchen

Colchester City Council's fleet of eCargo bikes has been purpose-built to meet various needs, including carrying groceries or children.

Residents who want to use the environmentally friendly transport must complete a training session first.

The purpose of the induction program is to ensure users are "competent cyclists and well-informed about the safe operation of eCargo bikes", the council said.

The bikes, available from the city's secure bike park off Sir Isaacs Walk, can be ridden on cycle paths, bus lanes, roads and bridleways and can be hired for £10 a day, or less for shorter periods.

Andrea Luxford Vaughan, the council's portfolio holder for the environment, said:

"Our electric cargo bike rental program is designed to make sustainable transport accessible and affordable for city centre residents.

"Cycling, as a practical, flexible as well as an eco-friendly and health-conscious mode of transport, plays a vital role in shaping our city's future."

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