Chris Boardman is a gold medal-winning former Olympic cyclist: While public transport use has dropped by more than 90 per cent since lockdown began, and car journeys by 60 per cent, cycling has risen. Last month there were a record 170,000 extra bicycle trips in Greater Manchester in just one day. That’s the equivalent of 1,950 tightly packed double decker buses — or thousands more if social distancing measures were in place. It’s a similar picture across the country. Why, then, are cycling statistics excluded from the daily ministerial briefings? Cycling is central to the back-to-work strategy, but ministers risk sending mixed messages if statistics for trains, buses and cars are presented each day, but not bicycles. The data is out there, officials just have to prioritise gathering it. The £250 million fund for cycling infrastructure, announced last month by the transport secretary, is a significant boost. But the public needs to see, day in and day out, that the government regards cycling as a viable option. The boss of Halfords, Graham Stapleton, is right when he says a daily reminder that cycling is a legitimate choice will encourage more people to get back on a bike. The decisions made in the next two weeks will set the transport agenda for the next two decades. If cycling really counts, it’s time to count cycling.
Times 1st June 2020 read more »
A Scottish e-bike retailer has experienced an 80% rise in e-bike sales and 200% rise in service sales during Covid-19 lockdown. Sales of electric bikes at the Edinburgh-based Electric Cycle Company have increased by at least 80% during the 10 weeks of lockdown compared with the same period in 2019. The Granton Road company said five new members of staff have been contracted and it has donated £1,500 to North Edinburgh charities during its busy period, through an online poll.
Herald 31st May 2020 read more »