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How do developed countries encourage people to use bicycles? (Part 2)

It was not until the late 1980s and early 1990s that cycling and pedestrian priority policies were implemented. Among the factors that contributed to this change was the oil crisis of the 1970s, the social movements of the 1960s and 1970s to oppose the planning of streets to build highways.

Among the new highways for cycling, there is a route between Amsterdam and Amstelveen (a suburb of the capital). Another route connects the town of Groningen with Assen – a city in the province of Drenthe which is known as the “cycling province” of the Netherlands.

The UK

In the UK, former Prime Minister David Cameron once said that the country would invest about £ 94 million in upgrading infrastructure and improving traffic safety to attract more people to ride bicycles.

One of the popular methods used by many places is to provide free bikes. As in the Australian city of Adelaide, free bicycles are available in many places for residents and tourists to use.

The city of Birmingham, UK, offers bicycles to low-income people if they agree to use them. Residents of Gothenburg City, Sweden, if they commit to using less personal cars, will be granted free bicycles by the city government.

But increasing the number of vehicles and bicycle users is not enough, it is necessary to have transport infrastructure as well as policies to encourage and use bicycles. Like New York City, USA, thanks to the investment policies for infrastructure in the past few years, bicycle lovers can cycle continuously for 25 miles without any hindrance.

The city of Bristol also applies the same rules on some major routes. The speed restriction will make traffic on the roads safer, convenient for cycling, and walking.

Paris, France

Another rule that is also supported by people, is the day of banning cars, also known as car-free days. Previously, every year in the capital, Paris, France, people would have a day where the 5-mile stretch from Arc de Triomphe to Nation Square would completely ban cars so people could walk or cycle.

Many questions have been raised about whether one year of only one day of car ban, how can one encourage people to cycle. In fact, the experience of the day of banning cars has fascinated Parisians and demanded more days of banning cars. And now Paris has a car ban day once a month.

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How do developed countries encourage people to use bicycles? (Part 1)

Due to the increasing traffic pressure in urban areas, bicycles are considered as one of the effective solutions to solve the problem of congestion and air pollution.

Netherlands

The number of bicycles in the Netherlands is more than the population. The number of bicycles in the Netherlands is 23 million, out of a total of 17 million people.

The number of bicycles in cities always accounts for over 70% of vehicles. This achievement is thanks to reasonable policies, tireless efforts, and above all the love for bicycles as well as the consciousness and spirit of the Dutch people.

With 17 million people and 23 million bicycles, the Netherlands is a rare country with more bicycles than people. The government hopes to increase the number of bicycle highways as well as encourage more people to use bicycles to work.

According to the Dutch Ministry of Water and Infrastructure Management, 15 routes will be developed into “bicycle highways” (bicycle-only roads), 25,000 bicycle parking lots will be erected, and more than 60 facilities. Bicycle storage will be upgraded to accomplish this goal.

Many Dutch people already love using bicycles for daily activities. According to the Dutch Institute of Policy Analysis, in 2016, more than a quarter of all Dutch trips were made by bicycle.

The Dutch government encourages to use bicycles to go to work, school and other daily activities

Of these, 25% of trips are by bicycle for business purposes, while 37% are for relaxation. The remaining trips are for going to school, shopping, and other activities.

According to Stientje van Veldhoven, more than 50% of the Dutch population lives less than 15km from the workplace, and more than half of the car journey to and from the workplace is made under 7.5km.

In order to encourage people to reduce car use, the Dutch government also spent money on this ideal plan. Accordingly, the Netherlands currently has a policy of rewarding bicyclists with a tax credit of US $ 0.22/km.

The company and its employees will confirm the distance an employee has cycled to work. However, this benefit is currently less known, and not many companies support it.

The Dutch government hopes to change this situation by promoting the program more effectively and promoting more partnerships. There are a number of major companies in the Netherlands committed to taking measures, such as funding bicycles for employees.

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Tour de France rescheduled to August because of Covid-19 pandemic

Tour de France, the world’s leading road bike race, has been rescheduled to August this year, due to the effects of the Covid-19 epidemic. The original schedule of the Grand Tour on French soil this year was from June 27 until July 19. Meanwhile, the reorganized schedule will take place from August 29 until September 20 this year.

The reschedule of Tour de France 2020

Currently, France is still one of many countries in Europe that are executing orders to close and isolate society when more than 15,000 people die of corona virus. In this situation, many people are concerned that the Tour de France – a “sports icon” of France – will not take place in 2020.

However, when decided to reschedule the Tour de France schedule. By August, Director Prudhomme believed that this was originally a sign that France in particular, and the world in general, was gradually recovering from the threat of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The UCI World Tour 2020 is currently heavily affected by the Covid-19 epidemic. While the organizers of the Giro d’Italia (Grand Tour in Italy) have not yet made an official decision on the fate of this year’s tournament, that the tournament will be canceled or rescheduled like the Grand Tour in France, the tournament.

Tour de France will take place 2 months later than the original schedule and plan. Historically, there has never been a tournament taking place at such a late time, but this year’s tournament will be postponed and will take place from August 29 until September 20 this year.

The Grand Tour in Spain – Vuetla a Espana, and the UCI World Road Bikes Tournament (to be held in Martigny – Switzerland) are still “motionless”.

The thing is, with the Tour de France moving to August and September, both of these tournaments will be greatly affected, as Vuelta a Espana 2020 is scheduled to take place from August 14 to September 6, while the World Championship expected to take place from September 20 to September 27.

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Chris Froome will retire from Ineos at the end of the season

Chris Froome will retire from Ineos at the end of the season, racing for Israel Start-Up Nation, Dave Brailsford said the cause.

Although UCI’s professional road bike racing village has not been able to resume the tournaments, it has witnessed a great event. British horned Chris Froome, who has won the Tour de France’s four-time yellow jersey for the Tour de France, decided to break up with the Ineos team (formerly the mighty Sky team) at the end of this season to move to Israel.

Chris Froome said goodbye to Ineos

The 35-year-old racer was born in Nairobi (Kenya), who won the title of individual champion in all three grand tournaments. This includes Tour de France (Grand Tour in France), Giro d’Italia (Grand Tour in Italy) and Vuelta an Espana (Grand Tour in Spain), recently signed a long-term contract with the Israel Start-Up Nation bicycle racing team (only established from 2015 to present) and will leave Ineos at the end of this season, after 10 years of sticking together.

The fact that Froome, a veteran expert at Tour de France, announced his decision to break up Ineos in the middle of the season. This caused a lot of turmoil and disturbance. But clearly, people can understand his decision.

Although he will bid farewell to Ineos later this season, Froome’s name is still “structured” on the roster of teams attending the Tour de France 2020, with Bernal and Thomas. His goal is still aiming to win the 5th gold shirt, but “must depend on the situation” on the track.

Froome also said goodbye to the racing team

To clarify all the issues, shortly after, Brailsford gave a more detailed explanation of the reason Froome had to break up with Ineos. Cycling commentator Brian Nygaard (Danish, who used to be a media official when Ineos was named Sky) was very interested in Froome’s “new move” and excitedly waited for him to face the team.

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The demand for bicycles significantly increases (Part 2)

In Europe, Giant will be more active in the future because it has built a large factory in Hungary. This is part of the Taiwanese manufacturer’s gradual transformation program to bring production out of China and gain closer access to consumer markets.

The renaissance of Taiwanese bicycles

Gina Chang, general secretary of the Taiwan Bicycle Association, said at first manufacturers were also reeling in the first quarter due to orders canceled or postponed when the corona virus was first released but then, demand turned on.

The Covid-19 pandemic can be considered the latest chapter in the renaissance of Taiwan’s bicycle industry. In the past, the island maintained its position as the world’s No. 1 bicycle manufacturer until the 1990s, when China’s economic reforms enabled many businesses to capitalize on the labor force.

Although Chinese factories continue to play a dominant role in terms of quantity, Taiwan’s bicycle production is rebounding, especially with higher quality bikes and in the bicycle market segment. Electricity is growing rapidly.

Last year, Taiwan exported non-electric bikes worth US $ 1.36 billion, lower than the US $ 1.5 billion the previous year, but 2019 recorded an increase in electric bicycle exports to 863 million USD, much higher than 377 million USD in 2018 and most to Europe.

Export of electric bicycles from January to April this year reached a record level of 301 million USD, up 23.6% over the same period last year. And Taiwanese bicycles are often higher quality models at a higher price.

The pandemic will help encourage people to choose bicycles as a form of long-term travel after the threat of corona virus has diminished because this is exactly what many governments, especially Europe, looking forward to a fresh atmosphere.

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The demand for bicycles significantly increases (Part 1)

The deserted roads, the feeling of footsteps and the fear of Covid-19 infection when using public transport in Europe and the United States have created a launch pad for the soaring demand for bicycles.

Many people ride the streets of Dublin, Ireland. The Covid-19 pandemic has boosted demand for bicycles in Europe and the US.

Covid-19 opened up growth opportunities for the bicycle market and brought great rewards to Taiwan, the world’s leading bicycle manufacturer. Thanks to the early control of the Covid-19 pandemic, Taiwan did not have to completely blockade, so production activities were not affected. Currently, Taiwanese factories are racing to find parts to meet busy bicycle orders.

The demand for bicycle significantly increased thanks to COVID-19 pandemic

At Giant, the largest bicycle company in the world, its production and business activities in the past few months have been extremely busy.

Orders continue to rise, dealers report out of car and new queue status takes place throughout Europe and North America. In the UK, the Bicycle Business Association says about 20,000 vehicles are pending production and deliveries have been sold or reserved. Buyers of many components, some people have always ridden to work before, some have never ridden a bike…

Sales of commuter bicycles and sport bicycles rose 66% in March, promenade bicycles jumped 121% and electric bicycles increased 85%, according to market research firm The NPD Group.

According to Giant CEO Bonnie Tu, demand in the US and Europe is focused on bikes that cost $ 1,000 or less.

Chicago police, USA, ride a bicycle while following protest groups during the Covid-19 season.

Giant’s plants in Taiwan are still operating, but many of their facilities in China were temporarily closed when the corona virus originated in Wuhan. The 100% production recovery was delayed due to problems with sourcing parts from suppliers.

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Cycling in the UK in the midst of COVID-19 pandemic (Part 2)

Except for the convenience of avoiding Covid-19, British residents also find cycling to work as well as exercise, health promotion during isolation.

As a result, they became increasingly fond of bicycles. Many optimists believe that even at the end of the pandemic, UK road traffic will not return to the situation of cars, many congestion as before.

Expand the trend to other European countries

After the UK, many other European countries also encourage residents to switch to cycling. In Germany, people extend the bike lane, marked by lines and signs. In France, Paris has deployed an additional 650 km of “corona bicycles”. Particularly Milan (Italy) also established some routes only for permanent bicycles.

In addition to bicycles, in the UK, there is another means of transport suddenly taking the throne is the tram. In the past, they were often banned from running on public roads and sidewalks because of the danger. During the quarantine period, electric vehicle sales in the UK doubled compared to last year.

In the first week of May 2020, Pure Electric, Somerset electric retailer, consumed 135 units / day. Meanwhile, last year, the total sales were 11,500 units (an average of 31 units / day).

Although bicycles and trams are convenient during the quarantine period, campaigners who switch to bicycles are still worried about traffic safety. In 2019, television host Emily Hartridge (35) was killed in an accident while riding a streetcar in south London.

The current concern in the UK is road safety for bicyclists. The government has to deal with bad roads, potholes, and bicyclists are self-protective with protective accessories such as helmets, knee belts, elbows, etc.

As can be seen, cycling is still one of the most popular choices of people in the UK in the midst of Covid-19 pandemic. This means of transportation promised to be a good solution while the public transportation is not in use due to the pandemic.

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Cycling in the UK in the midst of COVID-19 pandemic (Part 1)

In the midst of the crisis, there was a commodity that suddenly surged in sales in the UK, making experts struggle to understand why. It is bicycle sales. As for why, you will know in the following article.

According to a survey result from a recent UK poll, 61% of the population is insecure about having to use public transport. They are extremely worried about the possibility of being infected with the corona virus on the way to work.

At London subway stations, passengers are required to be at least 2m apart. This distance is intended to be safe from Covid-19, but it also causes a major inconvenience. That is the delay.

London is the city with the most jobs in England. The spacing reduces the capacity on the subway by 15%, and buses by 12% compared to normal. Trips are delayed up to 8 million / day, the transportation system is only 1/5 of capacity. This also means that many workers are unable to catch trains or buses to work on time.

To cope with the above situations, British residents have flexibly switched to cycling. “People are competing to get their old bikes out of a warehouse, repair and replace broken parts,” said Stuart Taylor, manager of a retail bike shop in London. In early May 202020, the company supplies bicycle parts, motorcycles, cars Halfords happy to announce: their stock price soared 23%.

Many bicycle retail stores in the UK consume 50 bicycles a day

In the heart of the old Bicester market, Oxfordshire, bike distribution companies usually send to each retailer 20 – 30 pieces / week. Now, many stores are reaching sales of 50 units a day and there is still no sign of satisfying the thirst for bicycles. Orders were piled up, up 200% from the previous year.

Across the major UK cities such as London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Bristol, Leicester, Sheffield, Newcastle and Cambridge, the road system frees up and adds space for bicycles. Currently, the UK has more than 160 kilometers of road converted to temporary service for cyclists. They are located right on the main roads, taking up part or part of a car lane.

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Top great places for cycling in the UK (Part 3)

New Forest National Park

While the peaks of the New Forest are not as long or steep as previously mentioned, beautiful forest trails are undulating in this national park.

With diverse landscapes, all looking very different until the end, believe it or not, the deep forests to pass through, you also have open landscapes that can be further challenged by the fierce winds at sea, leading to the horse-drawn landscape along the sea.

Lymington and the Solent is a beautiful area for you to stop by. Beaulieu and its famous motorbike museum are also a beautiful place to visit while riding with plenty of bike-friendly cafes with open arms, some even giving loyalty cards. Be stamped when you cycling for them.

You can also get into other attractions by going down to Buckler’s Hard and the Solent National Nature Reserve north. Brockenhurst and Lyndhurst are the regional centers of the region, with roads leading in all directions.

Pembrokeshire

Located in the deepest southwest of Wales, the beautiful coastal roads of Pembrokeshire are among the most beautiful in the country, some great beaches, cliffs and vast expanses of open land.

Head north from the sea and walk on the hills and valleys of historic Welsh countryside and hamlets. Celtic Trail West at 575km and Teifi Trail 162km, by Sustran, are the perfect place to bring them in. While they cover most of the landscape of Wales, you can make a small portion of both routes while riding in Pembrokeshire.

Cycling to Tenby’s colorful harbor to dine on the beach on the beach to enjoy the clear blue water in the south of the county, or head to the Strumble Head lighthouse in the northwest, cycle out until you have to walk across the bridge to reach the landmark.

Cornwall

Cornwall is a true gem of the south coast. Of course, many cyclists flock to Land’s End to begin their adventure to John O’Groats in Scotland, but Cornwall has a lot of trips you don’t have to look for in the north.

Mount Loop Michael’s Land is an 83km long ride that takes you around some of the best areas south of Cornwall with lots of ups and downs to cycling on the route. You can get out of Polzeath to Rick Stein’s fries restaurant in Padstow, explore Rock’s delights and then ride to Doc Martin’s house at Port Isaac.

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Top great places for cycling in the UK (Part 2)

In the south of the area, you can climb the hardest anywhere. There with Zoncolan in Italy and Angliru in Spain, Harknott Pass is a nightmare road.

With slopes reaching over 30 percent leading to a Roman fortress. This is a list of interesting experiences for many cyclists. Wrynose Pass, the climb from the other side could not be easier, with the same slope to the top.

Cairngorms National Park

It’s a pity if you miss out on one of these best UK climbing spots. Cairngorm National Park is the perfect place if you love sports and wildlife because both have plentiful supplies.

With some of the best cycling routes in the country. This is really a beautiful place for you to ride a bicycle. You also have some real challenges for you as well as marking Laungorm mountain off the list of paths to go up.

Admittedly, you only ride to the parking lot before taking the ski lift to the top. But it is still a great thing to ride on your bike by yourself. And with views on Loch Garten, it’s really worth it. Aviemore is a great center to move out, where you can truly escape in every direction to explore some of the most stunning roads in the country.

Scottish Islands

In the far north, Isle of Skye, Mull, Arran, Jura, Cumbrae of Scotland and the rest are places that should never be taken for granted and if you come here by bike, make sure that You appreciate the landscape but don’t hurt this incredible wilderness.

The roads are scarce on these islands, you’re not here to climb and famous names. You are here to see some of the most beautiful scenes in the world and some of the rarest wildlife you can find.

The Cumbrae Island round trip is a beautiful one on a sunny day, at about 16km around it is a very short, but worth a visit.

Of course, if you go further north, you’ll come to Hebrides, where you can follow the Hebridean 297km roundabout route to give you a real challenge, cross 10 islands and six routes and include two ferries. The route takes two to six days depending on the capacity.

Isle of Mull is another popular spot for adventure-seeking cyclists. Mull is an island much larger than Cumbrae and appears about 70km around. Beware of large numbers of red deer on the island as well as golden eagles.