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Cycle theft figures are a thieves’ charter

Cycle thieves in the UK are almost guaranteed to get away with their crime. An investigation by The Daily Telegraph has found that in 87 per cent of cases, no suspect is identified or charged. Without GPS trackers it’s almost impossible to detect bicycle theft, which is why the police give so little priority to the crime. That’s the conclusion…

Be careful what you wish for: Larger parking spaces will mean fewer parking spaces

The size of a standard car parking space may be about to grow to keep pace with the ever-increasing width and length of cars. The dimensions of a standard parking space were prescribed over 50 years ago and over the last half century cars have become increasingly bloated. Safety features like side-impact bars have contributed towards the increasing size of…

Tandem mobility scooters are illegal – we’d like to know why

Tandem mobility scooters are no different from a conventional driver-only model, other than their stretched chassis and additional seat. However, they are not currently legal to use on British roads or pavements. We wrote to the Department for Transport to ask why and this is what they said: Tandem mobility scooters cannot legally be used on pavements or roads in Britain.…

Win a luxury bicycle bell

The Oi bicycle bell reimagines a much-underrated accessory that’s largely unchanged since its invention in 1877. Unlike a traditional bicycle bell, the Oi is not a dome. The design wraps discreetly around the handlebar in a way that looks as good on a vintage ride as it does on a road bike. The standard aluminium model comes in four finishes:…

20mph default limit for Wales

Wales is to introduce a default speed limit of 20mph making it the first UK nation to lower the default national speed limit from 30mph. Despite only 2.5 per cent of Welsh roads currently being 20mph zones, over a third of the country’s roads are expected to adopt the lower limit next year. According to the minister for climate change,…