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26 May 2020

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced in yesterday's conference that non-essential retailers will be able to reopen stores in England from June 15 as long as social distancing measures are...

21 May 2020 | 2 comments

The ACT's new guide for IBDs getting back up and running safely after business closure

21 May 2020

Leading cycling brands, retailers and organisations are launching a new joint campaign to show the UK public that #BikeIsBest and inspire a new demographic to take up cycling

18 May 2020

Selaine Saxby (MP for North Devon) has been appointed co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Cycling and Walking (APPGCW) alongsideRuth Cadbury.

14 May 2020

Open shops and small businesses are urged to add themselves to the new ‘We are open' interactive map

14 May 2020

More than a million businesses forced to close during the coronavirus lockdown may know whether insurers will have to pay previously rejected business interruption claims in a matter of months....

14 May 2020

Earlier this week the Northern Ireland Assembly announced the legalisation of the use of e-bikes (electrically assisted pedal cycles or EAPCs)

14 May 2020

ActSmart are offering three months of FREE access to to a range of services and support with the ActSmart bronze subscription in return for a small charitable donation

13 May 2020

Free Out of Home campaigns will help local entrepreneurs across the UK to highlight how they've adapted to continue trading in the current circumstances.

13 May 2020

A summary of the specific guidance for shops on working safely

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UK Government pledges funding for new cycling routes

Posted on in Cycles News , Outdoor News

BikesThe UK Government has pledged to invest £20 million towards the creation of 22 new cycling routes, as well as the improvement of current cycling routes and improved links to other transport modes.

The funding was pledged with the intention to reduce congestion, ensure the safety of road junctions for cyclists, create more accessible paths and improve road signage. The National Cycle Network scheme already helps 4.5 million people to make journeys each year without using a car.

Cycling Minister Chris Heaton-Harris said: "This funding will put the right infrastructure in place, so people can enjoy new routes on foot or by bike, supporting the government's ambition for cycling and walking to become the natural choice for shorter journeys by 2040."

The cycling and walking investment strategy was originally published in 2017 and sets out the government's plan for active and more environmentally friendly travel. Almost £2 billion is projected to be invested over this Spending Review period in cycling and walking in the 4-5 years between 2016/17 and 2020/21, and investment per head has increased three-fold since 2010.

Schemes such as the National Cycle Network are part of a country-wide effort on both the government's behalf and cycling charities to encourage Britain's population to ditch their cars and use a method of travelling that is more beneficial to the environment, their health and their pockets. As a nation, Britain continues to strive for successful cycling - in 2017, cyclists travelled 3.3 billion miles on British roads, 3% further than in the previous year, and 29% further than 20 years ago. As these figures continue to increase with schemes such as this one propelling them forward, IBDs are presented with opportunities to promote their shops to the increasing amount of potential customers.

An easy way to ensure your store is visible to consumers is through adding your shop to The Cycling Experts directory, which customers can use to find IBDs near them and also view whether they are Cytech qualified.

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