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Carlisle viaduct could become cycleway

Monday 1 September · Carlisle

A long-disused railway viaduct in Carlisle could finally be opened up for cycling and walking access – thanks to, of all people, the Highways Agency. The Government body, which runs…

Oxford junction plans fail to win over cyclists

Friday 29 August · Oxford

The final design for a busy Oxford junction has received a thumbs-down from local cyclists. Frideswide Square, outside the railway station, is being rebuilt by Oxfordshire County Council. Early designs were criticised by

New Forest scraps cycle hire scheme

Tuesday 19 August · Lymington

The New Forest National Park has attracted the condemnation of cyclists after scrapping a proposed cycle hire scheme – amid accusations of “NIMBYism”. The scheme, announced earlier this year,…

20mph for Manchester and Edinburgh

Tuesday 19 August · Edinburgh · Manchester

The 20mph revolution rolls on with two of Britain’s cities taking steps towards more bike-friendly streets. This week sees large swathes of inner Manchester become 20mph zones, including Hulme, Rusholme,…

Ordnance Survey introduces new maps for cyclists

Tuesday 5 August

Hot on the heels of its new OS Ride app for cyclists, Ordnance Survey has announced another bike-focused product – a new series of ‘Activity Maps’. The new paper maps show cycle routes…

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Monday 1 September · 11:03am

Cool down by pedalling more

With weather forecasters promising a brief Indian summer, perhaps the time has come for this pedal-powered ice cream parlour, spotted in Los Angeles. Peddler’s Creamery, in their words, “produces high quality artisan bicycle-churned organic dairy and non-dairy ice cream  and frozen desserts”. And you can even churn your own: the Peddler’s Club invites locals to come along and pedal constantly at a 15mph speed to make ice-cream. “After pedaling 75 miles, you get a pint of ice cream to enjoy; after pedaling 175 miles, you get a flavor named in your honor for a week.” Like an exercise bike… just with ice cream at the end. Via Link »

Friday 29 August · 6:18pm

Turn your push-bike into an e-bike

If you’re feeling left out by the current craze for electric bikes, a Kickstarter-toting entrepreneur might have the solution: an affordable(-ish) conversion kit. For £350 plus shipping, the curiously-named Barak comprises a motor for the hub, a battery, and a controller. It’s the brainchild of Micah Toll, who has a good pedigree in the e-bike industry, so should prove more than a flash in the pan. (Or, of course, you could just pedal like the rest of us.) Via Link »

Friday 29 August · 11:34am · Lymington

Fight goes on for New Forest bike hire

Cyclists are not taking the cancellation of the New Forest cycle hire scheme lying down – including some of the most prominent in the realm. The chairs of the All-Party Parliamentary… More »

Friday 29 August · 11:10am · Swindon

Free bike parking for Swindon organisations

Small businesses, charities and other Swindon organisations can get free bike parking for their premises – courtesy of the local council. Swindon Borough Council, working with charity Life Cycle, is… More »

Friday 29 August · 10:48am · Birmingham

Brompton hire comes to Birmingham

Birmingham might not have a city bike-hire scheme yet, but you can now hire a Brompton from Moor Street railway station. The foldable bikes will be rentable from each of… More »

Tuesday 19 August · 1:07pm

No kickstand? No problem

If you don’t have a kickstand on your bike, check out the new ‘Bicyclick’ – an intriguing solution to standing your bike up. As long as you have a cycling friend, that is. The invention replaces your handlebar end plugs, and allows two bikes to click together, such that they stand up when placed next to each other. The inventors are seeking to raise $25,000 on Kickstarter in the next 30 days: at present they’re at $6,600. Via Link »

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National Trust plans “blue remembered cycle routes”

Monday 4 August · Much Wenlock

The National Trust is raising funds to create two new off-road cycle routes in the beautiful Shropshire Hills. The two “family-friendly” routes will follow Wenlock Edge, the rural landscape that…

Cycle Windermere with new off-road routes

Wednesday 9 July · Windermere · Ambleside

Finding a safe place to cycle in the heart of the Lake District has never been easy, with busy traffic squeezing into the narrow valleys. A new series of off-road cycle…

Cambridge bike lanes finally approved

Wednesday 9 July · Cambridge

The long-awaited segregated bike lanes for Hills Road and Huntingdon Road in Cambridge have finally got the go-ahead after a last-minute wobble. Concerns over bus stop safety had seen the…

New Superhighway could be best yet

Wednesday 9 July · London

Transport for London has released its plans for the Oval–Belgravia bike route, Cycle Superhighway 5 – and it looks like they could be a step-change in conditions for London cyclists. …

Bristol’s bike strategy promises to “make cycling simple”

Monday 7 July · Bristol

The city of Bristol, led by cycling mayor George Ferguson, has unveiled a new cycling strategy that aims to “simplify cycling” with new, attractive, safe bike routes. Mayor Ferguson, one of the founding…

Government pledges cycling plan

New Monday 7 July

Prime Minister David Cameron has promised a “cycling revolution” – but outside a few chosen cities and National Parks, not much has yet changed on the ground. Now, the Government is finally…

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