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Annual show celebrates Britain's cycling industry

The event showcases the country's cycling industry

Exhibitors from the South have joined hundreds of others at the country's biggest cycling show. More than 30 thousand people were expected to visit the Cycle Show in Birmingham over the weekend of the 22nd - 24th September 2017.

However it comes as the Government has announced it is considering the introduction of a new law for cyclists, which would be the equivalent of causing death by dangerous driving. Kevin Ashford reports.

First shipment of Brighton's 'bike share' scheme arrives

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The first shipment of bicycles has finally arrived for Brighton's new 'bike share' scheme.

By early September 450 will be available for the use of residents and tourists.

Our reporter Andy Dickenson has been given the exclusive first ride of one.

Andy spoke to Operations Manager, Duncan Blinkhorn and Scheme Manager, Ian Davey.

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Oxford to benefit from investment in local cycling

Bicycles in Oxford Credit: Press Association

The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, has announced a £214 million funding package for eight cities, including Oxford, to make cycling safer and more popular.

I want to bring cycling down from the Alps and on to British streets. The inspiration and legacy of the 2012 Olympics and the Tour de France starting in Yorkshire this year has started a revolution in cycling for everyone, not just in velodromes,not necessarily in lycra, but for going to school or to work or to the shops. I'm committed to helping our dream of becoming a cycling nation, similar to places like Denmark and the Netherlands, become a reality. The rewards could be massive. Billions of pounds in savings for the NHS, less pollution and congestion, and a happier and safer population. In Government, we're putting the money down, now we need the public and local authorities to jump on their bikes and get us to the finish line. Some £114 million over the next three years will support the eight Cycling Ambition Cities - Bristol, Birmingham, Cambridge, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Norwich and Oxford - accelerate development of local cycling networks, increase protection for cyclists at dangerous junctions and help prevent accidents. Another £100 million will be invested over the next three years to improve the conditions for cyclists and walkers along the strategic road network, some of Britain's most important and busiest routes.

– The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg
Bicycles in Oxford Credit: Press Association

Oxford give new lease of life to bikes

Oxford City Council is working with the Broken Spoke Bike Co-op to mend the city's abandoned bikes for the benefit of the local community.

From now a proportion of the abandoned bikes which are retrieved by the Council and donated to the campaign.

Oxford council's dedicated abandoned bikes team collects bikes abandoned in Oxford in order to avoid obstructions on pavements and ensure bike racks are used appropriately.

In total, 119 bikes were removed in the last year.

Councillor John Tanner, Board Member for a Cleaner, Greener Oxford, says: “It is fantastic working in partnership with the Broken Spoke to provide a creative solution to the problem of abandoned bikes in our city."