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NHS could save '£250m per year' with cycling

The NHS could save at least £250 million every year if 10% of the trips in England and Wales were made by bike, researchers at Cambridge University found.

Cycling more would make the public happier and healthier, researchers said. Credit: PA

Research commissioned by British Cycling found there would be an almost 5% reduction in the number of sedentary lifestyle related illnesses, like heart disease, diabetes and stroke.

Dr James Woodcock, a senior researcher at Cambridge University's centre for diet and activity research, said: "Cycling is a great way for people to embed physical activity in their everyday lives.

"If we can get people to stay active throughout their lives then it can make a huge difference to their health."

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Sir Bradley: 'I never imagined I would become a knight'

Sir Bradley Wiggins will receive his Knighthood for services to cycling today at an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

Speaking after being named in the New Year's Honours List, the cyclist said: "It's quite something really.

"I never imagined that I would ever become a knight so it's an incredible honour, but there's a slight element of disbelief, and it will take a while to sink in.

"There was never any doubt whether I'd accept it or not, it was more a case that I never saw myself as a Sir, and I probably never will.

"I don't like profiting from status so it's more for my family. It's nice for my parents and grandparents to be able to say I'm a knight, and for my kids in the future."

Wiggins to be awarded Knighthood at Palace ceremony

Sir Bradley Wiggins is to be formally awarded a Knighthood today at an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

Bradley Wiggins is to be awarded a Knighthood for services to cycling. Credit: Press Association

It was announced in the New Year Honours list that Britain's most decorated cyclist was to receive the honour for services to cycling following his Tour de France win and gold at London 2012.

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Cycling initiative 'intensive and far-reaching'

A Metropolitan Police bike safety initiative launched in the wake of a spike in the number of cyclist deaths in London will be "intensive and far-reaching"

Every road death is a needless tragedy that wreaks devastation on the victim's friends and family. Every serious injury is life-changing and distressing.

This operation will be intensive and far-reaching. Our aim is to reduce the appalling number of people who die or are injured on London's roads each year.

Traffic and Safer Transport officers will be out in force, and even officers who don't specialise in traffic policing will be watching and dealing accordingly with anyone they see breaking the law.

– Superintendent Rob Revill, Safer Transport Command

Met to deploy 650 officers to cycling accident hotspots

A surge in cycling deaths in London has prompted the Metropolitan Police to deploy 650 officers to the capital's busiest junctions later today.

The Metropolitan Police will deploy 650 officers to busy London junctions today in response to the recent wave of cycling deaths. Credit: PA

The surge wiill see 2,500 officers will hand out leaflets and fixed penalty notices at 166 junctions marked as the capital's worst after six cyclists died in two weeks in collisions with lorries, buses, and coaches - some mere hours apart.

Anti-cyclist tweeter subject of 'malicious threats'

A young woman who boasted on Twitter about clipping a cyclist while driving her car has told Daybreak that she has since been the subject of "malicious threats".

Emma Way, 22, lost her job after tweeting: "Definitely knocked a cyclist off his bike earlier. I have right of way - he doesn't even pay road tax! #bloodycyclists"

Ms Way was acquitted of driving without due care and attention and has apologised for her "spur of the moment" and "stupid" tweet.

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