News via BikeBiz.com:
CTC: Cyclist numbers in the UK highest in 17 years
Cycling increased 12 per cent from 2007 to 2008 and cycling deaths fell to 115 from 136 – its second lowest level ever.
OK, still a loooong way to go, but it’s a start. The more people who get around by bike, the more people will follow the social trend and give it a go, and the more likely your local councillors will do something to improve bike conditions in your area.
And here’s the most positive big-name news I’ve heard on the bike front in a while:
Asda launches £70 and £50 not-for-profit bikes
The promotion is to highlight Pedal Power, an Asda initiative “to get more Brits on their bikes by making cycling more accessible to all” via support of Bike Club, the CTC’s new community programme.
Asda has brought tens of thousands of the bikes.
A company statement said: “[Asda] will not be making a penny from the sales, such is the supermarket’s commitment to getting the nation on their bikes.”