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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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The history and development of Peugeot bikes

Peugeot bicycle brand is most reputable and largest in France. Peugeot sports bikes are more beautiful and durable than other brands.

In 1882, the first bicycle manufactured in Beaulieu – to be exported under the Peugeot label until the 1980s, when the freight train to North America was banned and the right to use the Peugeot brand name. Peugeot produces universal composite frame versions.

In 1882, Peugeot introduced the Grand Bi bicycle model with a bigger front wheel size than the rear wheel. This model has a steering wheel and pedals attached directly to the wheel axle.

But driving such unique vehicles is not easy because when you drive your feet you cannot touch the ground, and it is even harder to stand than a one-wheeled vehicle with an auxiliary wheel. In 1886, Peugeot began to evolve producing bicycles of the same size in Beaulieu.

During the first half of the 20th century, bicycles continued to grow to suit the diverse needs of consumers. The system of multi-plate tires that can be exchanged back and forth while running was developed in France from 1900 to 1910 and gradually improved over time. 

In 1930, the European Bicycle Racing Organization allowed riders to use this system. This is extremely time consuming. This system helps riders save a lot of time when they want to change the speed of the car

Around the middle of the 20th century, the equipment system on the bike was completed such as a hand brake system, a lighter pedal ring, a dinamo light system mounted on the wheels, and the tires were also narrower to help reduce Friction allows the bike to move more smoothly and smoothly.

These bikes became very popular in Europe especially in the UK in the 1950s and were always improved during the remaining decades of the 20th century. And so the bike became a means of transportation. mainly in those days.

Since the beginning of the 21st century, peugoet bicycles have been greatly improved with the development of technology. In design, the chassis is made of different materials to reduce weight but still ensure durability as well as aerodynamic requirements.

Bicycles are carefully calculated by computer software that allows the production of bicycles that are safer for riders. And now new technology is applied such as making carbon fiber parts or electronic self-shifting system that makes the bike more and more modern.

Up to the present time, peugeot bikes have always been improved in parallel with the advancement of science and technology to meet the more stringent requirements of users.

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How trendy is cycling in the UK? (Part 2)

People can rent and exchange cars for short trips in the city area. The purpose of this program is to encourage the people of the capital to abandon bulky cars.

Pollution from the cars is one of the main causes of environmental pollution and chronic congestion to return to a bike that is both convenient and good. for health. The program also aims to build a friendly and environmentally friendly London image.

A major cycling culture trend is developing in London

From the program, the blue “Boris” bicycles have greatly increased the number of trips around London by bike, but they have created a more viral effect. It raises the awareness of road users, especially motorcyclists and cyclists.

There are many events and activities related to bicycles in London today. By connecting people with similar interests, she organized a bicycle parade to discover the beautiful architecture of the city of London, derived from the idea of ​​the Tweet Run program. took place in 2009.

So far, this event has attracted about 500 cyclists to meet every April every year with the principle of wearing a tweed outfit to join the bicycle parade.

Critical Mass is another bicycle-related event. An unofficial meetup will take place on the last Friday of each month with the participation of hundreds of cyclists to raise awareness of cyclists and motorcyclists.

A better news for London cyclists in the future is that the City of London recently announced a £ 1 billion funding package to improve vehicle transport infrastructure.

Under this plan, the capital city of London will have a clear distinction between bicyclists and motorcyclists on highways, adding two-way lanes for bicycles and most importantly, will increase the construction of more safe parking lots to create more favorable conditions for passengers to ride.

In addition, the city is also planning to implement the project “Bicycle superhighway”, in which the priority and safe lanes for cyclists will be built to help them move faster and safer. All of these projects are being implemented by the London Department of Transport to increase the frequency of using bicycles in the city to 4 times by 2025.

Not only Amsterdam of the Netherlands and Copenhagen of Denmark, so far including Paris (Franccycle superhie), Montreal (Canada), Barcelona (Spain) have succeeded in creating cycling habits for people. And with London, becoming a “bike paradise” is probably not too far away.

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How trendy is cycling in the UK? (Part 1)

For a long time Amsterdam of the Netherlands and Copenhagen of Denmark are known to the world as the “bicycle capital” because the number of vehicles here is greater than the city population. But now there are more London, England. 

Visiting the UK capital by bike will change your view of the city forever

The number of cyclists in London has doubled in the last 10 years, according to the London Cycling Campaign. With the increasing number of cyclists, the cycling culture in London is becoming increasingly fashionable.

From developing bike-themed cafes and investing in bike lanes, London is showing all the signs towards a “bike capital”.

London is aiming to become a “bicycle paradise”

The trend of cycling is increasing in the capital of England so many people have to shop for themselves a bicycle to match the fashion trend in London. Some people are not too concerned about fashion, they will choose the best car to help them move as quickly as possible when the traffic situation in London is getting worse.

However, in a city that values ​​fashion such as London, it is not surprising that many large fashion brands of bicycle styles have developed and developed, such as Nonusual and Cyclodelic. These brands have quickly launched a range of fashionable clothes and accessories for bike fans.

You can check your bike’s machinery at the bike cafe

An equally popular brand is London Cycle Chic – a stylish blog and an online store that sells beauty accessories for bicycling women such as helmets, car baskets , lights and other accessories. Even big fashion brands like H&M have launched their own line of cycling fashion, designed in collaboration with the major bicycle brand in London – Brick Lane Bikes.

Bicycling awareness is increasing

Since 2010, Mayor of London Boris Johnson has launched a bike-rental program across the city – borrowing the idea of ​​the Vellib bicycle rental system in France. The bikes in this rental service are called Boris Bikes (after the Mayor of London). About 6,000 bicycles have been deployed at docking stations around the city.

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Bicycle is the most popular transport in the UK

Around the time of coming to the UK to study, many international students have the first mentality of wanting to travel around to explore the scenery.

In order to do that, students need to know public transport in the UK and how to use it most effectively. In this article, we will introduce popular vehicles in the UK, which helps you make the right choices for you and explore the fog country.

Bicycles

Bicycles are recommended the most popular means of transportation in the UK. They are very useful for students, not only costly but also exercise and protect the environment.

Many UK cities also have bicycle lanes. To ensure the safety of your bike, do not forget to wear a helmet even if this is not required. You should also wear a luminous glow vest at night so that other vehicles can recognize it.

Subway / Metro

Metro is the most popular means of transportation in the UK, easy to use and also a simple way to travel around the city. In central London, the cost of a metro ticket is around £ 4, in other cities it may be cheaper with around £ 1.5 per trip. To save money, you should buy an Oyster card for students (up to 30% off). Oyster cards can be purchased online or at the ticket counter at the station.

Train

Traveling by train is also a popular way in the UK that students often use. Train stations are located throughout the UK, from big cities to small towns. Therefore, travelling in the UK by train is a great experience you should try in this country.

There are many types of train tickets: one-way tickets, round-trip tickets, free round-trip tickets (without return time determination). If you determine the train is a UK transport you use regularly, you can buy a season ticket to save, this ticket is valid from 1 week to 1 year.