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12 Feb 2024

People across England are missing out on a slew of health, wellbeing and environmental benefits due to half a century of “chronic underfunding” of its streets, according to Cycling...

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ACT member and Cytech-accredited Pauls Cycles in Dereham, Norfolk has said its electric bike sales have increased by a quarter since October, despite predictions they would drop off over...

9 Feb 2024

Guy Opperman, the Minister for Roads and Local Transport at the Department for Transport, whose focuses among other things on cycling and active travel, has attended a meeting of...

2 Feb 2024

The Department for Transport (DfT) has published new information on how to safely purchase, charge and use e-bikes and e-scooters in an effort to improve consumer safety.
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30 Jan 2024

Cyclists in Warwickshire rode around the world during December as part of an initiative to encourage safe winter cycling.
 

30 Jan 2024

An  analysis of almost 380,000 people living in Scotland suggests that commuting by bike reduces the risk of mental ill-health.

30 Jan 2024

A North Yorkshire cycle shop, which has become one of the largest bike businesses in the area, is celebrating its fifteenth anniversary.

30 Jan 2024

For our latest retailer profile, we spoke with Dallas Wiseman from BikeWise & Run, a Ceredigion-based bike shop that has become a hub for cyclists in the region.

30 Jan 2024

New data from market research firm Mintel suggests the UK bicycle market could on the road to recovery, with sales of new bikes set to reach almost £1 billion this year.
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25 Jan 2024

With more than 500 cycle businesses having now signed up to its campaign for change to the Cycle to Work scheme, a delegation from the Association of Cycle Traders has met with All Party...

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Bikes should have number plates to stop cyclists being a danger on London’s streets, former Met chief says.

Posted on in Business News , Cycles News

The former commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Lord Hogan-Howe, has said number plates should be introduced on the back of bikes to stop so many cyclists being a danger on London’s streets.

Cyclist on Lonson street

He presented the idea during a debate in the House of Lords on regulating pedicabs which is going to happen under a new bill.

He told the Lords: “If we learn any lessons about holding pedicab drivers and owners to account, could we consider whether we take those lessons and apply them to cyclists?

“I fear that my list of people who are dangerous is longer than just people who have electric scooters and electrically charged cycles.

“I fear that cyclists, particularly in London, seem to be entirely unaccountable.

“Even having a registration plate somewhere on the back would not be a bad idea to make sure that people are held to account, and it is not totally without consequences if they choose to ignore things that are meant to keep us all safe.

“On occasion they have terribly injured people, and on some occasions killed them.”

The Pedicabs (London) Bill will “correct a long-standing anomaly, where pedicabs are the only form of unregulated transport operating on the streets of London”, new transport minister Lord Davies of Gower explained.

The Bill aims to tackle problems caused by unregulated pedicabs such as extortionate fares, loud music at night, traffic congestion, blocking of pavements and cycle lanes, as well as safety concerns around unchecked vehicles and unvetted drivers.

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