From March 29th 2021 in England, another marker on the road out of lockdown was met. After a long wait, being able to do fitness together brings a sigh of relief, and it will be interesting to see how people change their daily exercise regimes with the new freedoms. Cycling, in particular amongst women, has experienced a sharp rise over the past year, with an increase of more than 35% on previous years in London and by almost 50% in the South East.
In Autumn last year, we spoke of the great steps the UK cycling industry had taken toward realising the 'Golden Age of Cycling'. However, recent events in towns throughout the country have sadly followed the same trajectory: the closure of temporary bike lanes through local councils conceding to minority public pressure. Moreover, the subsidies that were promised for eBikes last year still remain to be seen, although we hope the rumours of a spring announcement hold true.
As part of the Government's commitment to cycling since 2020, TFL has announced some 900 new spaces will be created along current cycling routes as well as a further 1,100 spaces of on-street cycle parking, residential cycle hangars and new cycle hubs at tube and rail stations across London.
With the final arrival of autumn comes the promise of lovely cycling conditions, including orange sunlight and fresh mornings. But the later months can also be miserably wet, cold and very dark. ARCC is here with some attire suggestions for tackling the autumn cycling season.
Following our blog last week on things to keep in mind whilst cycling, pandemic legislation has already put the initial push back to the workplace on hiatus. Nevertheless, for those who still need to get to the office, this week will highlight further important points to remember before you start using your bike to commute.