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Small change for banks - Santander to sponsor Boris Bikes

Friday 27 February · London

You and I may call them ‘Boris Bikes’, but London’s cycle hire scheme has officially been known as ‘Barclays Cycle Hire’. Barclays signalled last year that it didn’t want to…

Cycle Superhighway 1 takes the backstreet route

Tuesday 24 February · London

East London is to get a new Cycle Superhighway – but a very different creature to the dramatic plans for the cross-London routes. Whereas the recently approved North-South and East-West…

Tough drill makes light work of bike-friendly kerbs

Monday 23 February · London · Coventry

As segregated urban cycleways become more common in Britain, traditional straight-up kerbs have come in for criticism. Standard vertical kerbs reduce the width available to cyclists, and make it more…

Old railway earmarked for Swindon cycleway

Friday 13 February · Swindon · Highworth

Swindon cyclists are campaigning for an old railway to become a cycleway to the nearby town of Highworth. Highworth has a population of 8,000 and is just four miles from…

Get your kicks on Bike Route 66

Friday 6 February

An ambitious plan to create a cycle route following the iconic US Route 66 is set to go ahead following crunch meetings with California transport officials. The Adventure Cycling Association…

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Tuesday 24 February · 3:53pm

Cargo bikes “the next big thing”

North American publication Grist reckons that cargo bikes are the coming thing, serving as delivery trucks, minivans, food delivery vehicles, and emergency escape bikes – while being cheaper than ever. “The recent arrival of cargo bikes from China,” it says, “is making them more commonplace and affordable.” Check out the full article. Via grist.org. Link »

Tuesday 24 February · 3:43pm · Swindon · Wootton Bassett

Negotiations for Wootton Bassett cycle route

The long-held dream of a safe cycle route from Wootton Bassett to Swindon is inching closer, with Sustrans and Wiltshire Council working together to design a new route. The Gazette and Herald reportsMore »

Monday 23 February · 12:35pm · Ellesmere Port

Towpath upgrade for Ellesmere Port

The Shropshire Union canal towpath in Ellesmere Port, part of the Cheshire Cycleway, is to be given an all-weather hard surface. As well as forming part of the round-Cheshire route,… More »

Wednesday 11 February · 10:55am

Towpath bike charges dropped

A proposal to require towpath cyclists to pay for an annual permit has been dropped. Not on the British canals – where towpath access has been free since a short-lived permit scheme on the Kennet & Avon in the 1990s – but in the US, where the owners of the 185-mile Chesapeake & Ohio Canal towpath were seeking a new way to raise funds. A public outcry has led to revised proposals where the price rises will fall mostly on drive-in campsites. Via bikingbis.com. Link »

Monday 9 February · 7:44pm

Cycle touring, 1930s style

If you’ve ever grumbled at the unpaved bits of (say) Coast & Castles, take a look at this small but evocative collection of photos of touring the Scottish Highlands. Tarmac? Luxury! Via imgur.com. Link »

Friday 6 February · 10:52am

Every junction should be fitted with one of these

Exactly what you need when setting off from a city intersection after a perfectly executed track stand: a trumpet fanfare. Watch »

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New cycleways for National Parks

Thursday 5 February · Skipton · Matlock

Five National Parks are to share in a pot of £2.7m to develop new cycle routes. The second tranche of funds follows an £12m award in 2013, although several of…

Oxford revamp angers cyclists

Wednesday 4 February · Oxford

A new layout for a busy Oxford junction has caused an upsurge in accidents – to an outcry from local cyclists. The busy junction between Worcester Street, Hythe Bridge Street,…

Superhighways are go

New Wednesday 4 February · London

The news that London has been waiting for came today – the East-West and North-South Superhighways, nicknamed ‘Crossrail for Bikes’ have been approved. Designed with Dutch-style segregation from traffic, the…

We're back! (Where've we been?)

Monday 2 February · 2

2015’s shaping up to be a big year for cycle.travel. Here’s a hint of what’s coming up in the next few months. You’ll have noticed that we’ve not updated…

Cardiff: Wales’ first Cycling City?

Monday 2 February · Cardiff

Cardiff cyclists have launched an ambitious bid to create Wales’ first Cycle City – and “the best cycling city in the UK”. In a manifesto unveiled this week, they call…

Another east-west cycleway - and this one floats

Thursday 2 October · London · 1

London may be getting a new east-west Cycle Superhighway soon, but that hasn’t stopped a team of architects from proposing a second one. And whereas Boris’s route will run along…

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