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29 Jun 2023

With this Saturday and Sunday marking Independents’ Day weekend, the culmination of the annual campaign to promote independent retailers around the UK, ACT member Elmy Cycles in Ipswich...

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The new Consumer Duty comes into force on 31 July 2023 for new and existing products and services. The aim is to set higher and clearer standards of consumer protection and to require firms to...

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Bicycle sales slowed sharply in Europe in 2022 after strong growth during the pandemic. But whilst traditional bicycles were less in demand electric bikes continued their explosion, the European...

29 Jun 2023

gogeta says it is set to shake up the Cycle to Work Scheme industry by offering partner bike shops the lowest commission fees in the industry at 4%, with an introductory offer of 3% until 31st...

26 Jun 2023

Transport for London (TfL) has launched a new Cycling Action Plan with the aim of increasing the number of journeys made in the capital by bike by a third by the end of the decade, with...

16 Jun 2023

Giant UK have partnered with Activate Cycle Academy and the Association of Cycle Traders (ACT) to provide a Cytech Technical e-Bike qualification

15 Jun 2023

Hubtiger has been revolutionising service and repair operations for numerous service-based shops with their powerful software. Now, they are thrilled to announce the expansion of their software...

15 Jun 2023

A new and improved traineeship programme for women and non-binary people being implemented by  Bike for Good, which delivers Cytech training in Scotland, is proving successful.

14 Jun 2023

The introduction of a 'death by dangerous cycling' law, proposed by then-Transport Secretary Grant Shapps last year, is unlikely to be passed before the next general election due to a lack of...

14 Jun 2023

ACT Gold Member Don Valley Cycles, dubbed “Doncaster’s favourite” cycle shop, has marked its 30th anniversary in business with a 300-mile bike ride.

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Active travel now accounts for 20% of all minutes of activity taken by adults in England

Posted on in Business News , Cycles News

More people than ever are regularly walking or cycling rather than using the car due to increases in the cost of living.

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Active Travel England (ATE) has welcomed new figures released today from Sport England’s Active Lives survey, which show that 33% of adults took part in active travel at least twice in November 2022.

The survey, which engaged just under 180,000 people and used data from all England local authorities, has revealed that activity levels have returned to pre-pandemic levels, with more adults active in England in 2022 than in the previous year and travel habits seeing the biggest change of all.

In total, 3.2 million more people regularly used active travel in England in the year up to November 2022 than they did in the previous 12 months, with walking and cycling as a form of transport now accounting for around 20% of all minutes of activity taken by adults in England. This is the largest increase in any activity in a given year.

Sport England’s Activity Check-In survey, published in February 2023, has also found that 1 in 5 adults are now walking or cycling rather than using the car due to cost of living increases. This is a smaller survey of 2,000 adults and 450 children and young people that tracks attitudes and opinions at semi-regular intervals during the year.

Sport England Chair and National Active Travel Commissioner, Chris Boardman, said:

It’s fantastic that more people are choosing to walk, wheel or ride for everyday trips. Just a few minutes of activity every day can make a huge difference to people’s physical and mental health and, of course, it’s free transport, so it’s saving them money too.

Active Travel England is supporting this increasing appetite for walking, wheeling, and cycling by working alongside councils to deliver high-quality routes and crossings to high streets, schools, and workplaces. More and more people are joining the movement for moving and we’re here to help put the joy back into their journeys.

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