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21 Oct 2021

A recent article featured in Forbes has advised independent retailers to plan ahead this Christmas, especially with regard to e-commerce, stock quantities and COVID restrictions.

19 Oct 2021

The FCA have recently announced significant increases in their base ratefees that will have an unfavourable effect, particularly on smaller independent retailers.

19 Oct 2021

This is the £200 threshold that determines the response by the police, and theft below this level does not always merit a police visit and offenders can plead guilty by post.

18 Oct 2021

#BikeIsBest,the cycle industry campaign supported by leading brands, retailers, organisations and cycling advocacy groups, has launched its latest campaign: When more people cycle,...

18 Oct 2021

Cycling Industry News has announced the launch of its 2022 Market Data drive and once again invites UK-based independent bike retailers to participate.

14 Oct 2021

Originally due to end on 31 December 2021, it has since been announced (4th October 2021) that the scheme has been extended until March 2022.

13 Oct 2021

Cytech continues to be in record-breaking demand as it now sees the highest ever number of technicians certified within one month in September 2021 - with over 115 in the UK alone!

13 Oct 2021

According to UK Finance, 'The new £100 limit is designed to balance security, convenience and consumer demand."

11 Oct 2021

With current incentives andfunding grants in place employers taking on new apprentices could receive up to £4,000 per apprentice.

11 Oct 2021

Your Business Journey to Net Zero, is a series of locally focused virtual events, designed to help small businesses who want to play theirpart in climate change, but don't know where is best...

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APPGCW report launched on upcoming Cycling & Walking Investment Strategy (CWIS2)

Posted on in Business News , Cycles News , Political News

With the Coronavirus pandemic bringing into sharp focus the importance of mental and physical health, the role that cycling and walking can play in improving these outcomes cannot be underestimated. Building exercise and movement into daily routines through the simple act of riding a bike can dramatically lower the risk of a range of health problems, as well as removing the stresses that so often come with driving or being on crowded public transport.

Seeing more people embrace active travel was a small silver lining, all things considered, but an important one all the same. Especially as we look at how to tackle our inactivity crisis, reduce strain on the NHS and move towards a green recovery. If we're going to meet climate and air quality targets then mass adoption of cycling and walking is imperative.

The recent sixth assessment report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is a stark reminder of the urgency to tackle climate change. The evidence could not be more clear; human action is directly causing a warming of the atmosphere, ocean and land - and the consequences are severe. From wild-fires across Europe to increases in freak weather events around the world, it is abundantly clear that we cannot continue with things as they are.

In light of the report, many people are asking what can be done to heed this report and turn concern into tangible action. In the UK, transport is the single largest emitting sector of greenhouse gas emissions, producing over a quarter of our total emissions in 2019. With 68% of trips in England being taken by car under 5 miles, there is a real opportunity to drastically reduce our emissions from transport by 

This inquiry by the the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Cycling and Walking (APPGCW) is a vital piece of work and Brompton are proud to support it. The report focuses on what the Government should consider including in their upcoming second Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy (CWIS) to harness the wider positive work already being done in this area. 

Summary of recommendations:

  1. Call it the Active Travel Investment Strategy
  2. Significant further increase in funding for active travel
  3. Five-year settlement for each transport/highway authority
  4. Support for the active-travel industry
  5. Levelling up e-bikes
  6. A fair deal for disabled cyclists
  7. Set national active-travel targets consistent with Net Zero
  8. Transport/highway authorities to negotiate local targets consistent with national targets
  9. Develop national targets for mobility justice in active travel
  10. Active Travel England to establish active-travel quality mark
  11. Active Travel England the funder for inclusive projects, national projects and "what works?" research
  12. Active Travel England to act as trusted mediator
  13. Active Travel Plans to set out detailed, costed five-year programmes
  14. Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans providing a coherent, balanced active-travel network that includes rights of way
  15. Active Travel England to have meaningful influence over development proposals and policies
  16. Central government to support transport/highway authorities in rapidly acquiring skills and capacity
  17. Central government to acquire the skills needed for its changed role
  18. Exacting quality standards for pedestrian environments
  19. New standards for equity and engagement/consultation
  20. A new Highways Act
  21. Use best practice in project development and engagement to win hearts and minds
  22. Intensive support for struggling authorities
  23. Obtain robust numbers to support future target- and budgetsetting
  24. Establish monitoring arrangements that will keep progress on track
  25. Seek appraisal methods consistent with growing active travel
  26. Improve understanding of exclusion from active travel
All ACT members are able to access the full report using the link below:

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