Bicycle Association launches cross-departmental “industrial case” for cycling
("Cycle industry is bigger than steel industry, argues new BAGB research"):
The Bicycle Association has today unveiled new research that shows the national strategic importance of cycling, and that if the government met its own target to double cycle usage by 2025 then cycling would deliver a £10 billion boost to the economy, sustaining more than 100,000 jobs.
The cycle industry isn’t currently considered to be “strategic” by the UK government. That needs to change, argues the Bicycle Association’s new report, launched today in London’s Guildhall. The Value of the Cycling Sector to the British Economy was written by Carey Newson and Lynn Sloman of the sustainable transport consultancy Transport for the Quality of Life.
The report was unveiled before an industry panel convened at the Bicycle Association sponsored International Cycle History Conference hosted in the Guildhall by the City of London Corporation. Bicycle Association operations director Steve Garidis revealed the main findings of the report in front of industry figures such as Raleigh MD Pippa Wibberley and Moulton’s Dan Farrell.
“The UK has the opportunity to lead the world,” said Garidis.
“We can make the use of smart, clean bikes and e-cargobikes a key part of a new green transport system which can power our future economy.
Garidis wants the industrial case for cycling to lead government support for the uptake of ebikes and e-cargo bikes:
“The Office for Low Emission Vehicles does not currently recognise e-bikes as ‘low emission vehicles’. The Bicycle Association is calling for OLEV to recognise the potential of e-bikes to positively impact our transport systems, and public health, and to help ensure they are seen as a priority by including them within its definition of low emission vehicles.”
Garidis wants the government to provide financial subsidies for e-bikes.
“Providing a subsidy for e-bikes, alongside electric cars, would kick-start public awareness of e-bikes and drive their mass uptake – just as they have in the rest of Europe,” said Garidis.
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The Value of the Cycling Sector to the British Economy: A Scoping Study
Paper 1 in a series
to develop the evidence base on the contribution of the bicycle industry to Britain’s industrial strategy
This is the first paper in a series for the Bicycle Association, intended to develop the evidence base on the current and future potential contribution of the bicycle industry to Britain’s industrial strategy. This scoping paper explores the current value of the bicycle industry and cycling in general to the British economy, through a review of existing evaluations. Future papers will look at
how the economic value of the bicycle industry and cycling might increase, under different scenarios, if the popularity of cycling continues to grow; the potential impact of cycling for regional economies; the economic and industrial case for greater support for electric bikes; and the potential for ‘last-mile delivery’ using bikes and e-bikes to tackle the growing problem of congestion in British cities caused by increased van traffic.
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