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Smart Turns – new on cycle.travel's route-planner

New Saturday 23 April

Today cycle.travel’s route-planner gets the biggest single improvement since it launched – a new feature we call Smart Turns. cycle.travel now casts a forensic eye over every turn…

River Rhone becomes latest Euro route

Tuesday 22 March

The Rhone Cycle Route, a 1,100km tour beside the river through Switzerland and France, has been anointed as the newest member of the EuroVelo route network. The designation as EuroVelo route…

Coming soon: red lights that turn green for bikes

Wednesday 17 February

Traffic signals in Austin, Texas, are to respond to approaching cyclists by staying green for longer. An innovation being piloted by the city will encourage cyclists to use a dedicated…

America’s longest rail trail escapes the axe

Saturday 23 January

The John Wayne Pioneer Trail, the longest rail-trail in the US at 300 miles, has escaped closure at the hands of hostile Washington state lawmakers. Two Republican members of the Washington…

Taiwan aims to be “paradise” for bike tourists

Friday 22 January · 1

A new 750-mile round-the-island cycle route is spearheading Taiwan’s efforts to become a “cycling paradise”. The ambition is that of no less than Prime Minister Mao Chi-kuo. Taiwan is already a leading country…

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Wednesday 17 February · 9:43am

Why cities love bike hire schemes

Researcher Alexandros Nikitas, from the University of Huddersfield, makes a convincing case for the growth of urban bike hire schemes across the world – saying “they are seen to complement the city’s public transport services, and give the city a more human-friendly feel”. His research also suggests that such schemes are effective in promoting cycling to motorists. Via theconversation.com. Link »

Sunday 24 January · 5:49pm

Coast-to-coast across America... on a hire bike

Cycling forums are forever full of “what bike should I choose for my epic trip?” questions. It’s a fair bet that no-one has ever answered “a New York hire Citibike”. But that’s what Jeffrey Tanenhaus chose for his trans-American. Yes, he could have got a better bike for the $1,200 fine levied for late return. That’s kinda not the point… Via theguardian.com. Link »

Friday 22 January · 12:24pm

Community bike station in Washington

Here’s a lovely little idea: a free-for-all bike repair station and information centre in Bellingham, WA. It’s been erected by a local building company on a busy street simply because “we want to support bike riders and pedestrians”. More please!

Thursday 21 January · 11:28am

The badass who cycled 1930s Africa

Riding from North to South Africa is an amazing achievement today. In the early 1930s it was almost unthinkable.  Kazimierz Nowak did it, not once but twice. The Adventure Journal uncovers the tale of this “unequivocal badass”. Via adventure-journal.com. Link »

Thursday 21 January · 10:25am · London

Boris's bike advisor calls for new routes

Andrew Gilligan, the Mayor of London’s cycling commissioner, is drawing up a list of new superhighways he wants to see constructed after Boris Johnson’s term comes to a close. The “legacy plan” includes a new segregated route along Westminster Bridge Road. Via london-se1.co.uk. Link »

Thursday 21 January · 10:02am

San Francisco mayor vetoes stop law

The advance of the ‘Idaho Stop’ has come to a, well, stop in San Francisco. Mayor Ed Lee has vetoed proposals to introduce the practice, where cyclists are allowed to roll through ‘Stop’ signs – treating them as ‘Give Way’/‘Yield’ – and also to turn right on a red light. The SF Bicycle Coalition says the veto is “a major step away from [his] promise to eliminate traffic deaths and severe injuries”. Via sfist.com. Link »

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Colossal Nottinghamshire viaduct could become cycleway

Thursday 21 January · Nottingham · Derby

The 450-metre Bennerley Viaduct, one of the most impressive disused structures to survive from Britain’s railway age, could become a new cycleway if a Lottery bid succeeds. Cycling charity Sustrans has been…

Japan to get its own National Cycle Network

Wednesday 26 August

Japan is the latest country to establish a network of bike touring routes. Roads selected for the Japanese national cycle network will have low traffic numbers, bike rental facilities, and a…

Our newest route guide: the Morecambe Bay Cycle Way

Tuesday 16 June · Morecambe · Lancaster

The newly opened Bay Cycle Way, an 80-mile tour around Morecambe Bay, opened this weekend – and we’re pleased to celebrate with the latest addition to our detailed UK…

New: cycle.travel directions for the US and Canada

New Saturday 6 June

We’re delighted to bring our acclaimed route-planner and bike map to the US and Canada. You can now use cycle.travel/map to find an enjoyable, safe bike route between any two…

Utrecht's whizzy displays show bike spaces

Wednesday 3 June

Utrecht has long been the world capital of bike parking, with a 4,200-space park at the station and plans for 8,000 more. But with all this parking comes one…

Britain's first cycling pub

Tuesday 2 June · Faversham · Whitstable and Herne Bay

There are dozens of cycling cafés around the world, but surprisingly, it’s taken until now for Britain to get a cycling pub. The new pioneer is the Freewheel in Graveney,…

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