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22 Aug 2023

Journeys made using Transport for London’s (TfL) cycle hire scheme this year are at their lowest in a decade, with the organisation blaming recent bad weather as a potential cause.

21 Aug 2023

The manager of ACT Gold Member Pedal Revolution in Norwich has demonstrated the strength of the cycling community, after rallying support for a local cyclist who had to sell his four bikes to...

21 Aug 2023

A report in Cycling Industry News says that 60% of Fix Your Bike vouchers that were issued during the peak Covid lockdown period were redeemed at smaller bike shops and...

10 Aug 2023

One in five UK consumers (20%) prefer using mobile payment services such as Apple Pay over cash (17%) or chip & PIN card payments (10%) for in-store purchases, a new survey has reported.

9 Aug 2023

Fully funded training for school and college leavers is available for the Cycle Maintenance Apprenticeship for those under 19 years of age at the start of the apprenticeship.

9 Aug 2023

ACT Gold Member Luchos, which has pioneered a new energy block for cyclists and endurance athletes that acts as a natural alternative to energy drinks and gels ladened...

9 Aug 2023

VOLT e-bikes has announced the launch of a unique Cancel Anytime Subscription model in
conjunction with e-bike rental provider Blike.

8 Aug 2023

The CE mark, which is used in the EU to certify that a product meets certain safety standards is to be retained indefinitely, after the government announced an extension of CE mark recognition...

8 Aug 2023

ACT member and Cytech-accredited Bridgtown Cycles in Cannock has been named Premium Bike Shop of the Year in the Midlands Enterprise Awards. Now in its sixth year, the awards showcase the...

26 Jul 2023

“Red tape and barriers to trade” currently affecting businesses because of Brexit have been blamed by cycle distributor FLi Distribution after it ceased trading with immediate...

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Norwich named the UK’s most cycle-friendly city

Posted on in Business News , Cycles News

Norwich has triumphed ahead of Newcastle and Belfast to be named the most cycle-friendly city in the UK, scoring  high marks for categories like cycle routes, bike sharing schemes and cycle-friendly weather conditions.

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Around 2,000 adults were surveyed as part of Saga's Cycling Cities campaign to determine the most cycle-friendly cities in the UK.

Newcastle came second with the largest number of sharing scheme options followed by Belfast, Nottingham and Glasgow, which also scored highly across these categories. In other locations, cities such as Edinburgh received praise for their extensive network of cycling routes, however, the city received a zero score in terms of bike availability, as its bike sharing program was discontinued in 2021.

Just missing out on being in the top five, Manchester came in sixth place, scoring highly for its cyclist safety, bike shops and bike sharing schemes.

London came in last place at number 17, below Birmingham.

The factors considered in the survey were bicycle usage, the availability of bike share schemes, cyclist safety, the likelihood of bike theft and the impact of local weather conditions, such as average rainfall, on cycling.

The survey also found:

  • 19% of over 50s choose cycling as an activity to keep physically active, while 86% cycle for leisure or as a hobby.
  • Dangerous roads are the biggest barrier to cycling — cited by 57% of non-cyclists.
  • Most people learnt to ride a bike between the ages of 5 and 10 (59% of respondents).
  • London is the region where cyclists are most likely (35%) to say they cycle to stay physically active, compared to 17% in the East of England.

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