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COVID-19 and the UK cycle industry: Bicycle Association position statement

Published March 18, 2020

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The Bicycle Association represents 70+ leading companies in the UK cycle industry.

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In the extraordinary current circumstances, bicycles and cycling will play a key role in maintaining local transport resilience in the UK, and for the population to maintain fitness and wellbeing without risking the health of others. The risk of infection when cycling at a good distance from others is very low.

For those who must still commute, or for shopping trips, cycling is a lower risk option than using public transport, where social distancing may be hard to maintain.

Furthermore, cargo bikes, and in fact any bike adapted to carry luggage, are a vital tool for resilient last mile deliveries, particularly of food. Cycle use can be ramped up fast, at low cost, for example for food outlets moving to a delivery model.

All of this essential cycle use depends on a reliable infrastructure of local bike shops, and their supply chains, to keep bicycles working and in good repair, and to provide the accessories needed to cycle safely and in all weathers.

For this reason we urge Government to recognise that the cycle industry is a strategic industry, especially during the current COVID-19 outbreak.

Government must ensure that lockdown policy measures recognise and safeguard the cycle industry's continued operation as a strategic part of UK transport resilience.

 

Topics associated with this article: Coronavirus

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