Bicycle Association press releases
Our recent press releases are listed below.
Please contact us if you would like futher details or to contact one of the Bicycle Association team.
Moving the Nation: joint press release with the Cycling and Walking Alliance
A group of the UK’s leading walking and cycling organisations has launched ‘Moving the Nation’, a manifesto demanding new measures to prioritise cycling and walking in our towns and cities. The alliance of the Bicycle Association, Cycling UK, the Ramblers, British Cycling, Living Streets and Sustrans, has a combined membership of more than 330,000 people and span every form of walking and cycling, from the school run to Olympic success. The manifesto, ‘Moving the Nation’, was launched at a major conference on cycling in Manchester.
The manifesto unveils a new vision of a future where everybody in the UK can live, work and play in places that are healthy, vibrant and that make walking and cycling the natural choice for short journeys. Download the full press release (PDF) and the full 'Moving the Nation' document (PDF).
Electric mountain bikes - nothing has changed
The Bicycle Association and the Motorcycle Industry Association have issued a joint press release to stress to UK suppliers that a recently published "White Paper" and article about EU type approval for electric mountain bikes changes nothing: UK suppliers still need to stick to the 250 W motor power and 25 km/h cut-off speeds for electric bikes, mountain or otherwise, so that their customers can use them legally in public as bicycles. Download the full press release here (PDF).
Vnuk judgement - DfT consultation response
The Bicycle Association has submitted a 15-page response to the recent Department of Transport consultation about the "Vnuk judgement", the implications of which could result in third party insurance becoming compulsory for electric bikes, in a similar way as currently applies to motor vehicles. This prospect has raised widespread concern across the cycling community in the UK, as it threatens the potential of e-bikes to make a real difference as a low-impact, healthy and accessible mode of transport for all.
This Bicycle Association consultation response has been backed by all of the key organisations representing cycling in the UK, and we are very grateful for their endorsement: British Cycling, Cycling UK, Sustrans, CycleNation, London Cycle Campaign, Bikeplus, and TABS.
Bike Hub: 14 years of supporting cycling
The Bicycle Association has published a celebration and overview of 14 years of the Bike Hub cycle industry levy scheme, and the projects which it has supported (and continues to support). Read it online, or download the report as a PDF, here on the Bike Hub page.
Bicycle Association launches 'Start Cycling' manifesto as industry's annual economic contribution is valued at over £1 billion
A call to action, and an industry strategy, informed by a new report commissioned by the BA from data consultancy SQW (report is available to BA members). Read the full press release or download as PDF. Read the Manifesto itself here.
Bike Hub: Bicycle Association update
A statement about the Bike Hub industry levy fund, announcing a 14-year review and its future as part of a new wider fundraising effort to support cycling. Read the full press release.
Bicycle Association launches Code of Practice
The Bicycle Association has released a new Code of Practice for its members, committing them to high standards of professionalism, business ethics and legal compliance. Phillip Darnton, the BA's executive director, said:
"The Bicycle Association strives always to represent the best interests of the UK cycle industry – to government, stakeholders and the general public – with the highest standards of professionalism. It takes itself seriously, and expects to be taken seriously in return. Now, for the first time, we have set out a formal code of practice to which our members will be committed. It embodies the professional standards to which we, and the whole industry, should be proud to adhere. The code is a straightforward, practical and tangible demonstration of our dedication to that professionalism in all our affairs. It will underpin our advocacy work with government and other bodies, and it will allow our members to make explicit their commitment to these shared professional business standards."
View the Bicycle Association Code of Practice here.
Electric bicycles and mopeds: there are no 'grey areas'
A joint BA/MCIA press release on the limits of 'legal' e-bikes. Read the full press release.