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7 Jun 2023

NatWest is launching a software-only point-of-sale (softPOS) solution that will enable merchants in the UK to accept in-person contactless payments on Android NFC smartphones.

1 Jun 2023

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31 May 2023

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31 May 2023

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30 May 2023

ACT Gold Member ICE Trikes is looking for high quality independent bike shops to become new agents or dealers. The company already has dealers and agents in over 32 countries all the way from...

18 May 2023

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18 May 2023

It has been reported by This Is Money that HMRC now holds 55 billion items of taxpayers' data, including email and bank records, as it cracks down on tax avoidance. The data is held on its...

18 May 2023

Sustrans is working with local businesses to provide bike maintenance stations and pumps at key stops along the National Cycle Network in Scotland, which, it says, will support more people to...

16 May 2023

Cycling UK has opened nominations for its annual 100 Women in Cycling list, which celebrates the inspirational women working in the cycle sector.

16 May 2023

Bike sales in 2022 were lower than 2021 throughout Europe's main markets, Bike Europe has reported, but e-bike sales continue to thrive - although the UK seems to be the exception.

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Edinburgh leads the way as UK’s most cyclable city

Posted on in Business News , Cycles News

Data from City Ratings, which ranks global cities according to how cyclable they are, lists Edinburgh as the UK’s top city in 12th place.


In the global rankings, three countries fill the top ten positions. The Netherlands has three cities in the top ten including the number one spot: The Hague (88.97), Utrecht (84.05), and Amsterdam (82.8). Germany has two cities in the top ten, as does France and Belgium.

If it were a city, Hackney, in North London, would rank 18th, however London as a whole ranks 47th, a drop of three places from the previous year but still making it the only English city in the top 50. Manchester’s Metro area ranks 53rd and Birmingham 56th.

When compared to international cities, two London boroughs are ranked among the top 20 overall. Hackney at 18th is one place behind Colombian capital city Bogota while Southwark completes the top 20. Hackney leads all English boroughs surveyed with an overall rating score of 67.4, compared to the average of 49.8. This is likely due to the significant steps that the borough has taken in recent years, delivering high quality cycling infrastructure and measures to reduce traffic.

London scores 49.8 overall — achieving a score of 50 or higher tends to preface exponential growth in cycling which means there can be some optimism about the future of cycling in London.

According to PeopleForBikes, a US advocacy group that has been calculating the rankings annually since 2017, every ten points’ increase correlates to a linear growth in ridership. A score of 50 indicates there’s enough cycle infrastructure in place for more rapid cycling growth, a point at which ridership “breaks from a linear relationship to an exponential relationship.” At this point, cycling starts to become more convenient than driving.

Jenn Dice, CEO, PeopleForBikes said: ‘’Building safe, connected bike networks is key to growing cycling worldwide, which is why PeopleForBikes created the City Ratings program. We know that when people feel safe and comfortable riding a bike, they are more likely to cycle to everyday destinations like school, work, and the grocery store. We are excited to see a growing commitment to cycling and building better bike networks throughout the United Kingdom.”

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