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6 Oct 2022

To coincide with Cycle to School Week, Sustrans has been calling on local authorities and Central Government to guarantee protected cycle lanes on main road routes to schools.

5 Oct 2022

The Government has been accused of failing in its duty to contact statutory consultees within the cycling and equestrian sectors as part of a significant national trail overhaul plan.

5 Oct 2022

The Financial Conduct Authority has confirmed plans to introduce a new Consumer Duty that will set higher and clearer standards of consumer protection across financial services and require firms...

4 Oct 2022

More than three quarters of British people do not believe the police would bother to investigate instances of bicycle theft, a new YouGov survey has found.

4 Oct 2022

Paper £20 and £50 notes are no longer legal tender.

29 Sep 2022

With household budgets under pressure, a new study has revealed that half the population believe e-bikes are the natural replacement for cars.

29 Sep 2022

New research from Ankorstore, an online B2B platform that connects brands and shops in Europe, has shown that independent retailers are relying on the support of local shoppers, rather than the...

26 Sep 2022

Following the Chancellor’s mini-budget last week, the retail industry has been reacting to the support package for small businesses and independent shops….including some of the...

26 Sep 2022

Bookshop Day – the annual celebration of bookshops big and small taking place across the UK and Ireland – is coming up on Saturday 8 October and in many parts of the country plans...

22 Sep 2022

More than £1.2 million has been paid out to cyclists who have fallen off their bike on Edinburgh's tram lines over the last decade.

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Get on your bike - Car Free Day gives communities glimpse of a world without traffic

Posted on in Cycles News , Outdoor News

This Thursday, September 22nd is World Car Free Day, an annual worldwide event that gives communities the chance to imagine a life without traffic. It also encourages families to come together and enjoy a range of outdoor community celebrations with the focus on play and neighbourhood get-togethers - with no cars, vans or lorries spoiling the fun.

Car Free Day 2022

Car Free Day is also an opportunity to encourage people to try travelling on two wheels instead of four. The event is being marked in several areas when streets in some locations will be transformed into Play Streets as part of the local authorities’ environment and sustainability strategies.

In London, folding bike firm Brompton’s using a dilapidated former petrol station as a hub for cyclists. The petrol station will be open between 8am-8pm, to offer test rides and track facilities for both standard and electric bikes.

In Scotland, initiatives like Street Play in Glasgow will enable residents to close roads to host parties and workshops between 22nd and 25th September. Edinburgh Council will be shutting Waverley Bridge for special events, and more than 200 Kidical mass rides are planned across Europe, which protect children cycling in areas without segregated bike lanes through temporary measures.

And on Tyneside, an office park is offering members of its community the option of a carefree commute.

Quorum Park’s new fleet of e-bikes can be hired on a daily or weekly basis, and members of its workplace community that cycle to work on World Car Free Day this Thursday will be rewarded with a “range of incentives”.

The park is one of a number of businesses across the borough to be working with North Tyneside Council Climate Change Action group to encourage people to ditch their car for the day as part of the annual initiative, or perhaps longer.

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