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12 Jan 2023

New banknotes featuring King Charles are to enter circulation by mid-2024. The King’s portrait will appear on four polymer banknotes (£5, £10, £20, and £50)....

12 Jan 2023

The government has announced it is to scale back support for businesses and their energy bills after warning that the current level of help was too expensive.

10 Jan 2023

With retail finance schemes remaining a preferable route for retailers to boost sales during recession than the financial hit required by heavy product discounting, the Association of Cycle...

10 Jan 2023

Portugal has become the first EU country to cut VAT on bicycle purchases this year, from 23% to 6%.

9 Jan 2023

Cycling UK says that its Big Bike Revival programme, which encourages people to get unused bikes out of their garages and sheds and start using them for everyday trips, has led to a third of...

9 Jan 2023

Transport for London’s (TfL) cycle hire scheme saw more bikes hired during 2022 than any other year in the scheme’s history, with 11.5 million rentals across the year.

5 Jan 2023

To celebrate the release of the new Independent Coffee Guide Scotland for 2023, a coffee road trip across Scotland has been unveiled with eight 'must visit' destinations. The road trip passes...

4 Jan 2023

Cytech are gearing up to exhibit at this year's Cycle Show once again at Alexandra Palace, providing practical advice and answering any questions visitors may have about working on their bikes.

4 Jan 2023

BBC analysis has shown that beauty salons and tattoo parlours have prospered on high streets while the number of banks and department stores has fallen. Places to eat and drink have also...

3 Jan 2023

Millions are being encouraged to walk and cycle more this year to get fit and save money, with an additional £32.9 million of government funding to accelerate walking and cycling schemes...

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A third of drivers want cyclists banned from public highways, new research suggests

Posted on in Business News , Cycles News

New research has suggested as many as one in three drivers believe cyclists shouldn’t be allowed on public highways and should be confined to cycle paths.

The same number said they felt too much cash had been spent improving infrastructure for cyclists. Seven in ten of the drivers questioned said cyclists should have insurance. The findings come from an online survey of more than 12,000 UK motorists by data collection firm Yonder. The poll included some questions from the BBC’s Panorama programme as part of its programme Panorama Road Rage: Cars v Bikes, which is available here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m001dj03/panorama-road-rage-cars-v-bikes

In January, the Department of Transport (DfT) unveiled controversial changes to the Highway Code which gave cyclists priority over drivers. It means drivers must give way to cyclists at junctions. Cyclists are also encouraged to ride in the middle of the road on certain roads to be more visible. Groups of cyclists should pedal two abreast under the changes, with overtaking motorists having to leave at least 5ft (1.5m) between the car and the closest bike.

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Grant Shapps, then transport secretary, suggested earlier this year that cyclists could be forced to have registration numbers, insurance and observe speed limits as part of a legal shake-up. He later appeared to backtrack, saying that he was ‘not attracted to the bureaucracy of registration plates’, adding: ‘That would go too far.’

A string of local councils across the UK have brought in schemes that aim to limit traffic from cars in favour of promoting cycling and walking.

In November 2020, the DfT announced an extra £175million in funding for councils in England to support cycling and walking schemes whilst saying eight out of ten consumers support lower car traffic.

Duncan Dollimore from Cycling UK told BBC Panorama that some people won’t get on a bike because of trouble with motorists.

‘There’s a whole group of people who would never go to work and swear or gesticulate at people, but occasionally they might do that behind the wheel of their car. It does prevent people from cycling. It puts people off,’ he said.

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