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Abu Dhabi: Sun, sea, sand...and cycling


THIS WINTER, spare a thought for poor Sir Chris Hoy, who has been selflessly cycling in Abu Dhabi to boost PR for cycling in the area. While there, Sir Chris met Aboubaker Al Sakaf, who is behind Abu Dhabi’s Fun Ride Sports which rents bikes to increasing numbers of cycle tourists cycling Corniche beach and gardens. Al Sakaf said: “It’s all really taking off now. A couple of years ago people here were a little bit wary about riding bicycles, there was no established bike riding culture like there is in Europe.” We at BikeBiz are unselfishly willing to head over for a ride too.


It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to cycle along sun- drenched beaches


Right environment for cycle training


Environment Minister Mark H Durkan paid a visit to Holy Family Primary School to meet pupils who are receiving on-road cycle training. The school has been working with Sustrans this year to help students learn to cycle safely, as part of the Active Schools Travel Programme funded by Department for Regional Development and the Public Health Agency. Local training company, Pedal Right, is delivering level 1 & 2 cycle training to schools in the North West as part of the Active Schools Travel Programme. Sustrans’ schools officer, Michele Murphy, said: “If every child in Northern Ireland equipped with on-road cycling skills, it would be a huge step towards a healthier, happier generation.”


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“DEVELOPMENTS IN recent months show that the bicycle season has not really picked up in full following the bad conditions during spring, despite good weather in the summer months in most countries. Therefore, there is no material impact of sales catching up and more products were sold at a discount at the end of the season than anticipated… “As our dealers are also encountering


the effects of a difficult season, less bicycles of the new model year are currently sold in pre-season sales; dealers are frequently moving orders to the spring. Nevertheless, Accell Group’s turnover will also increase in the second half of the year, which also


demonstrates that even during slow economic times the underlying long term trends of more consumer interest for mobility, health and sports are structural.” Accell Group CEO René Takens, November 19th


“When I rode alongside you [London Mayor Boris Johnson] to help you launch your vision for cycling in March this year, you made a verbal promise to look at the successful experiences of Paris and many other cities in restricting the movements of heavy vehicles during peak hours.


“London has an opportunity to


emulate and surpass Paris and to lead the way for the other ambitious cycling cities across Britain. “Let’s not waste this opportunity to


do something now. The longer we delay, the more lives will be lost.” Chris Boardman, November 19th


“Getting a cycle safety audit into the mainstream of transport planning is very high on our [Labour’s] agenda for the next manifesto so that cyclists and


pedestrians are not added in as afterthoughts but planned in right from the start.” Shadow transport secretary Mary Creagh, Monday November 18th (Source: The Guardian)


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