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24 Jan 2024

The Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) is taking enforcement action and warning consumers about a brand of e-bike battery – UPP – that has been linked to a number of...

16 Jan 2024

Walton Street Cycles, one of Oxford’s oldest bike shops, has been trading in the city since 1975.
 

16 Jan 2024

ACT Gold Member ICE Trikes has announced a new partnership announcement with British Cycling’s Limitless disability and para-cycling programme. This partnership will help to support the...

15 Jan 2024

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15 Jan 2024

The Guardian has reported that ministers decided to prioritise driving over active travel because of worries about “15-minute cities”.

15 Jan 2024

Go Outdoors, which operates 75 stores across the UK, has announced an apprenticeship scheme involving Cytech training with the aim of addressing what it terms a nationwide shortage of...

3 Jan 2024

gogeta, the new tax-free cycling platform that offers a better deal for retailers and bigger savings for customers, has published further details of its new Flexi Voucher, an industry first...

3 Jan 2024

Bike for Good, the Glasgow-based cycling charity and social enterprise, which delivers Cytech training in Scotland, has announced a Young Bike Mechanic Programme designed to create opportunities...

3 Jan 2024

With the UK economy set to tread water in 2024, the KPMG/RetailNext Retail Think Tank (RTT), an independent board of retail experts, expects this will impact growth within the retail sector.

3 Jan 2024

For our latest retailer spotlight, we spoke with Steven Grimwood from the brilliant Elmy Cycles in Ipswich, who has been working in the cycle trade since he was 14 years old

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Colchester e-bikes aim to get people out of their vehicles.

Posted on in Business News , Cycles News

Colchester has introduced an electric bicycle scheme in a bid to encourage short journeys without relying on cars with pay-as-you-go electric cargo bikes now available to hire.

Colechester bike kitchen

Colchester City Council's fleet of eCargo bikes has been purpose-built to meet various needs, including carrying groceries or children.

Residents who want to use the environmentally friendly transport must complete a training session first.

The purpose of the induction program is to ensure users are "competent cyclists and well-informed about the safe operation of eCargo bikes", the council said.

The bikes, available from the city's secure bike park off Sir Isaacs Walk, can be ridden on cycle paths, bus lanes, roads and bridleways and can be hired for £10 a day, or less for shorter periods.

Andrea Luxford Vaughan, the council's portfolio holder for the environment, said:

"Our electric cargo bike rental program is designed to make sustainable transport accessible and affordable for city centre residents.

"Cycling, as a practical, flexible as well as an eco-friendly and health-conscious mode of transport, plays a vital role in shaping our city's future."

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