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E-bikes: Addressing a cultural shift

We are standing before a cultural shift that will have a longstanding impact on the way that bicycles are consumed and used in the UK. That cultural shift concerns e-bikes. The electrification of bicycles continues to be a point of controversy among a limited few. There remains a lingering macho attitude to cycling. Riding a bike is seen by some consumers as a means to an end: getting in shape, rather than getting from A to B. Electric bikes are painted by some as cheating because for those enthusiasts, cycling is an athletic pursuit. But perpetuating this myth within the industry is not helping anyone.

Gatwick Airport to invest £1.1bn over next five years

Gatwick Aiport has unveiled its refreshed five-year plan to invest £1.1bn in infrastructure improvements through to 2024.

Cameras to replace wing mirrors on London buses

Cameras have replaced the wing mirrors of a London bus for the first time. 21st Century is behind the SmartVision Camera Monitoring System (CMS) recently added to a Transport for London (TfL) Metroline ADL.

Friday, 09 August 2019

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  • What is the Government doing to encourage more people to cycle?Organised by a range of organisations including NGOs, bike manufacturers and cycle to work scheme providers, Cycle to Work day, taking place today, 8th August, encourages thousands of commuters to leave their cars at home and instead opt to cycle, as a cost-effective and environmentally friendly way of travelling. It is collaborating with Love to Ride, an online platform which motivates people to cycle by being a member of the online community, setting goals and recording rides they take part in.
  • Winners announced in TfL’s Best Cargo Bike competitionTransport for London (TfL) has announced the winners of its inaugural competition to find the best cargo bikes for sustainable business deliveries and family trips.
  • New Santander Cycles docking station opens at Victoria Park to boost capacityTfL and Tower Hamlets Council have unveiled a new Santander Cycles docking station in Victoria Park.
  • E-bikes: Addressing a cultural shiftWe are standing before a cultural shift that will have a longstanding impact on the way that bicycles are consumed and used in the UK. That cultural shift concerns e-bikes. The electrification of bicycles continues to be a point of controversy among a limited few. There remains a lingering macho attitude to cycling. Riding a bike is seen by some consumers as a means to an end: getting in shape, rather than getting from A to B. Electric bikes are painted by some as cheating because for those enthusiasts, cycling is an athletic pursuit. But perpetuating this myth within the industry is not helping anyone.

Coach and Bus Week

  • Diamond Bus North West takeover First Manchester depot this SundayRotala-owned Diamond Bus North West will commence operations formerly operated by First Manchester’s Bolton depot from Sunday, 11 August.
  • Tees Valley to pilot demand-responsive bus serviceThe Tees Valley Mayor and Combined Authority Cabinet have agreed plans to pilot a demand-responsive bus service – and further investigate the potential for a partnership system for the area’s operators.
  • Is new Stagecoach branding moving a step closer?Designed by Ray Stenning of Best Impressions, the ‘Beach ball’ branding as it is commonly known in the industry has been gracing thousands of Stagecoach UK Bus vehicles since 2000, when it replaced the original striped livery.
  • North of Tyne Mayor calls for public control of bus servicesFollowing comments by Prime Minister Boris Johnson at a speech in Manchester last week, in which he said he wanted “higher frequency, low-emission or zero-emission buses, more bus priority corridors, a network that’s easier to understand and use,” North of Tyne Mayor Jamie Driscoll has said he will take up the Prime Minister’s offer to extend London-style bus networks to any area of the UK where local leaders want it, and that it would be fantastic if the local government delivers on the Prime Minister’s promise.
  • Testing timesJonathan Prime, recently-appointed Director Sales Mercedes-Benz, and Managing Director Michael Thielmann update Andy Izatt on recent developments at EvoBus (UK)

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