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25 Jul 2023

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...

25 Jul 2023

ACT member BikeTown in Rutherglen is to hold a cycling festival in the lead-up to the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships.

24 Jul 2023

Eleven local authorities in England have been funded to enable health workers prescribe walking and cycling to patients.

24 Jul 2023

Cycling Electric has run an interesting article on the value of buying an e-bike from a local independent bike shop.

11 Jul 2023

Charity Cycling UK has launched The Big Bike Revival 2023 to support new and returning cyclists through a programme of free events.

11 Jul 2023

A survey undertaken by ACT members The Electric Bike Shop has shown that specialist bike retailers are continuing to see the benefit of having physical high street stores over a pure ecommerce...

11 Jul 2023

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

11 Jul 2023

As of 30th June 2023, the registered Head Office for V12 has relocated, and as a result their registered office address has changed.

3 Jul 2023

Cytech, the internationally recognised training and accreditation scheme for bicycle technicians, has announced that Whistler Adventure School (WAS), a private career training institution in...

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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Government will struggle to introduce 'death by dangerous cycling' law before next general election, report suggests.

Posted on in Business News , Cycles News

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 parliamentary time.

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The Sunday Telegraph has reported the Department for Transport telling campaigners, many of whom are bereaved relatives, that the proposed update to the law — which can currently see a cyclist who kills while riding recklessly jailed for a maximum of two years under the 1861 wanton or furious driving law — will struggle to be passed before the next election, expected to be held in January 2025.

It has been suggested that ministers may instead turn to a private member's bill — proposed by individual MPs or Lords, rather than the government — a DfT source telling the newspaper "handout private member's bills are a normal way for the government to deliver uncontentious new statute".

However, only a few bills of this type are enacted, raising fears among campaigners that the introduction of such a law, that would see cyclists guilty of the offence facing the same punishment as drivers convicted of causing death by dangerous driving, is being delayed and may never come about.

Matthew Briggs — whose wife Kim was killed by a London fixed wheel cyclist — said he was "deeply disappointed" to meet Roads Minister Richard Holden a few weeks ago and be told of the delay.
Mr Briggs launched his campaign after Alliston's sentencing and suggested the DfT has "become cowed by the militant fringes of the cycling lobby".

A DfT spokesperson added: "We are clear that dangerous cycling is completely unacceptable. There are laws in place to prosecute those who cycle irresponsibly, and we are considering legislation to further address this issue."

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