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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

3 Jan 2024

Bike theft in the UK has effectively been 'decriminalised' as more than 365,000 cases went unsolved in the last five years, the Liberal Democrats have claimed.

3 Jan 2024

A new year means new challenges – but also new opportunities for cycle traders too and planning now so you can gain a competitive advantage and thrive in the warmer months will be key to...

2 Jan 2024

Hudjo is the first online marketplace that lets cyclists park with locals, which relieves the anxiety of parking your bike. 

20 Dec 2023

The ACT office will be open as usual (9am-5pm) for the majority of the Christmas period, with some exceptions.

19 Dec 2023

Bira's CEO, Andrew Goodacre, took the spotlight on BBC Breakfast this week and later spoke with Nicky Campbell on BBC Radio 5 Live, shedding light on the rise in retail crime and shop theft,...

14 Dec 2023

The Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) has issued a new safety message, highlighting the steps people should take when owning or thinking of buying an e-bike or scooter.

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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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