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What do the party manifestos say about cycling?

New Monday 13 April

There’s a General Election coming up in the UK – you could hardly fail to notice it – and this week sees the publication of the parties’ manifestos. As each one is published, we’ll…

‘Bike hub’ brings 500 new spaces to Brighton station

Monday 13 April · Brighton · 1

Brighton railway station now has one of Britain’s biggest bike parks after the opening of a £1.5m cycle hub. 500 secure cycle parking spaces have been provided at the rear of…

Peak District towpath becomes bike route

Saturday 4 April · Stoke-on-Trent · Leek

A new canalside cycle route has opened to provide a picturesque, traffic-free route from Stoke-on-Trent to the heart of the Peak District. Four miles of resurfaced towpath along the Caldon…

Scotland takes the long-distance route

Tuesday 24 March

The Scottish Government has unveiled plans to build miles more long-distance cycling routes in the country, from the Highlands and Islands…

Old railway viaduct saves long round-trip

Tuesday 24 March · Lincoln · Retford · 1

A long-disused railway viaduct over the River Trent is being restored – to save cyclists an 11-mile round-trip. Torksey Viaduct, near Lincoln, was built in 1849. It was designed by John Fowler,…

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Tuesday 24 March · 11:27am · Oxford

Resurfaced Oxford canal towpath opens

The muddy, bumpy Oxford Canal towpath is now easier to cycle within the city after a much-heralded towpath improvement was completed. The towpath has been surfaced between Aristotle Lane and… More »

Tuesday 24 March · 11:24am · London

Designs shortlisted for Nine Elms cycle bridge

Four designs have made the shortlist for a new cycling and walking bridge over the River Thames at Nine Elms, between Chelsea and Vauxhall. The £40m bridge will link to the… More »

Tuesday 24 March · 10:33am · London

Work underway on cycle superhighways

Shovels have hit the ground on London’s flagship north-south cycle superhighway – and the principal opponent of the east-west route has backed down. Canary Wharf Group had aired the prospect of seeking judicial… More »

Friday 6 March · 2:36pm · Oxford

Oxford footbridge to become bike-friendly

A better bike route will be opened up in South Oxford when Network Rail replaces a footbridge across the railway. The bridge to South Hinksey is currently a steep structure where bikes… More »

Friday 6 March · 1:18pm

Re-educating drivers with a card

One Idaho cyclist got so annoyed at being upbraided by motorists that he designed a set of ‘bike law business cards’ telling it how it is. The cards point out that red-light jumping is allowed in Idaho, and that cyclists can ‘take the lane’ with impunity. You can buy them from Zazzle, or perhaps even create your own local equivalent… Via zazzle.com. Link »

Friday 6 March · 1:12pm · Swindon

Swindon’s first cycling café

The bike café boom has come to Swindon with the opening of @The Hub on Fleet Street. The new café also offers repairs and kids’ bike sales. Co-owner Kerry Richards told the … More »

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Cycling is so bracing

Tuesday 24 March · Skegness · Mablethorpe

A new cycle route could be created along the Lincolnshire coast, through the classic seaside resorts of Skegness and Mablethorpe. Sustrans and Lincolnshire County Council are working on a “coastal…

Upgrade planned for Worcestershire cycle route

Friday 6 March · Droitwich · Bewdley

Worcestershire’s main north-south cycle route will be upgraded and extended if a county council funding bid is approved. The ‘Local Highways Maintenance Challenge Fund’ is a national pot intended for fixing…

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 · 1

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…

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