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Halfords to open bike-only stores

Tuesday 23 September · London

Out-of-town bikes and cars retailer, Halfords, is to open a chain of bike-only stores in central London. The first branch of ‘Cycle Republic’ will open in Euston this autumn. The brand was previously used by…

Infamous CS2 to be upgraded

Tuesday 23 September · London

Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, has announced that the notorious Cycle Superhighway 2 through Bow and Whitechapel is to be torn up and replaced with a segregated route. The current route consists of little…

Bike detector makes HGV drivers “20% safer”

Friday 19 September · London

A London council is heralding a “20% improvement in driver behaviour” after fitting a cycle warning system to one of its construction lorries. Ealing Council says 15 potential serious collisions…

Explore Morecambe Bay with new touring route

Thursday 18 September · Morecambe · Barrow-in-Furness · 1

A scenic touring route is being devised to follow the coast around Morecambe Bay, from Barrow-in-Furness all the way to Lancaster and beyond. The 100-mile Bay Cycle Way will be…

Wye Valley cyclepath lives again

Tuesday 16 September · Chepstow

The Holy Grail of a cycleway up the beautiful Wye Valley could be in sight once again – now that local cyclists have revived the campaign to use an old…

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Monday 22 September · 10:54am · York

York Rally to return?

York’s long-running cycle rally could return in 2015. 70 years after the first event, in 1945, a group of local cyclists are drawing up plans for a rally which will… More »

Thursday 18 September · 2:53pm

Drop the white line, says CTC

A study commissioned by CTC says that removing central white lines, and imposing a 20mph limit, can make the roads safer for cyclists. It concludes: “A centre line may present… More »

Thursday 18 September · 9:55am · Cambridge

Six more streets to get contraflows

Cambridgeshire County Council is planning to add ‘cycle contraflows’ to six more city streets, enabling cyclists to ride both ways up otherwise one-way streets. The Cambridge News reports that Panton… More »

Monday 15 September · 12:34pm

Just what you need for autumn: a bike rain cover

Autumn is, sad to say, definitely on the way. Next time the weather forecast promises showers, consider the Dryve rain cover – a semicircular hood that fixes to your handlebars and the back of your saddle. That does, of course, mean that the sides are exposed, but it could be a neat solution for short-distance commutes. When it’s not in use, it rolls up into a compact stuff-sack. Unveiled at the Eurobike show this summer, it’ll cost around £100 though no UK distributor has yet been announced.

Thursday 4 September · 12:18pm · London

Transport Secretary: bikes? What bikes?

The day after London Mayor Boris Johnson unveiled ambitious plans for new cross-London cycleways, Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin, has given a speech on “Keeping London Moving” –… More »

Wednesday 3 September · 10:31am

European trains get more bike-friendly

Believe it or not, Britain’s long-distance trains are among the best in Europe for bike carriage. A First Great Western train to Cornwall has 6-12 bike spaces. A German ICE express has 0. But things are changing: carfree.fr reports that new French TGVs will offer up to three bike spaces, Austrian Railjets have six, and future ICEs will have eight. A new EU regulation requires that “railways shall enable passengers to bring bicycles on the train”, though with several caveats. Via carfree.fr. Link »

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Cycle touring festival lined up for May 2015

Monday 15 September · Clitheroe

The inaugural ‘Cycle Touring Festival’ has been announced for the weekend of 2-3 May 2015. In an age when organised cycling events are more and more common, not least the…

Tunnel thumbs-up brings Scottish C2C closer

Tuesday 9 September · Peebles

Scotland’s own Coast-to-Coast cycle route has moved a step closer, with the thumbs-up for a railway path to bypass a dangerous stretch of road. The path, west of Peebles, will…

Cambridge Uni follows London in banning dangerous lorries

Tuesday 9 September · Cambridge

Cambridge University is taking a stand by requiring HGVs to be fitted with bike safety features – the first organisation outside London to do so. The University is planning extensive development…

Across Europe by bike - in just 37 days

Monday 8 September

There’s a new world record in cycling – and we’re not talking about a measly 1km round a track, but the near-4,000 miles across Europe. James Bowtell and his ‘Velo7’ team…

National Park cycling projects run out of road

Friday 5 September · Bakewell · Matlock

The Government’s much-heralded £12m fund for cycling in National Parks is running into trouble – with one National Park almost entirely rewriting its plans, and concern that two others may…

Avoid HGVs with our new, upgraded route-planner

New Thursday 4 September

This is Britain’s quietest A road: the A844 on the Isle of Bute, with under 100 cars a day and barely an HGV to speak of. It’s a bit different to the Victoria…

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