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MCC AGM 2020

The Merseyside Cycling Campaign Annual General Meeting will be on Saturday 5 December at 10.15 for a 10.30 start.

Zoom link

Meeting ID: 714 875 4929
Passcode: MCC

Chairs opening remarks – Eddy Taylor
Annette Marti (Greenpeace) – Transform Transport campaign
Sustrans – Liveable Neighbourbhoods
New Cyclists (Cycle of Life)
Cycling Advocacy Network
Local campaigns for 2021
Proposed new positions including Volunteer Co-ordinator & Social Media roles
Election of Officers
Officer Reports
Area Reports (including Knowsley, Sefton, Wirral, Halton and Liverpool).

West Derby School Streets final design concepts announced

Sustrans has completed its designs for safe school streets at three schools in West Derby. 
Liverpool City Council will deliver the scheme during the next year.
Click on the links below to see the design proposals for each school:
St Mary’s CE Primary School
Mab Lane Primary School
St Paul and St Timothy’s Catholic Infant School and St Paul’s Catholic Junior.

Dr Bike sessions this week

Dr Bike Schedule – 21st-25th Sept 

Come and get your bike checked for FREE!

At these events you can expect mechanics to carry out a bike ‘triage’ service: fixing minor repairs and checking to make bikes safe and road worthy.  

21/09/2020 Britannia Inn 3-6pm  BikeRight!

21/09/2020 Sefton park 3-6pm Cheshire Cycles

21/09/2020 Princess Park 3-6pm Cycle of Life

21/09/2020 Tuebrook Police station 3-6pm St Helens – Pedal Power

22/09/2020 Myrtle st/Crown pk 3-6pm Cycle of Life

22/09/2020 Tuebrook Police station 3-6pm St Helens – Pedal Power

24/09/2020 Unity Youth Club 5-8pm  Cycle of Life

24/09/2020 Tuebrook Police station 3-6pm St Helens – Pedal Power

25/09/2020 Britannia Inn 3-6pm BikeRight!

25/09/2020 Sefton park 3-6pm Cheshire Cycles


The first phase of consultation for the Birkenhead to New Brighton cycle route is now live. Liverpool City Region will be undertaking a second round of consultation on the detailed proposals later in the year.
For more information (including technical drawings) and to leave comments, follow the link to Send your feedback by Sunday 6 September

Birkenhead Green Corridor

Wirral Council would like to hear your views on the Birkenhead Green Corridor proposals.
Download a PDF of the proposals HERE
An online presentation of the proposals will be provided by members of the project team on the dates provided below. If you would like to take part, register by contacting us at confirming which meeting you would like to attend:
Wednesday 12 August 2020
Wednesday 19 August 2020
The events will run from 6pm to 7pm on both days.

Pop-Up cycle lanes planned for Merseyside

Have your say about where pop-up cycle lanes should be created. On the interactive map you can either click and make a new comment, or you can read existing comments and ‘like’ them.






For more information on existing pop-up cycle lanes and plans for future installations go to our POP-UP CYCLE LANES PAGE

Merseyside Cycle Shops Open for Business

Barry’s Mobile Bicycle Maintenance, 07738 114243 [phone to book, priority to key workers]
Bernard Bicycles. 260 Smithdown Road, L15 5AH 9.30 – 5.00
The Bicycle Lounge, 46 – 48 Moor Street, Ormskirk L39 2AQ 01695 577 240
Bikeology, Smithdown Road 0151 7338799 10.00 – 4.00
Bikes & Boards, 170 Banks Rd, West Kirby CH48 0RH. 0151 625 5533
The Bike Shop Moreton, 453 Hoylake Road, Moreton, Wirral CH46 6DQ 01516060101
Birkenhead Cycles (re-opening 1st June) 258 Conway St, Birkenhead CH41 4AH. 0151 647 9966
Bromilow Cycle Shop, 13/15 North Road, St. Helens 01744 23018 9.30 – 4.00 Mon – Fri, 9.30 – 12.00 Sat
Cheshire Cycles, Warrington Call Mike 01925 594633 9.00 – 6.00 [drop off bikes for all work]
Coast Cycles, Aigburth Road 01514270003 9.30 – 5.00
College Cycles 177 College Rd, L23 3AT 01519240689 9.15 – 5.00
Cycle Republic 9.00 – 6.00
Cycleworld Upton 146 Ford Road, Upton, Wirral CH49 0TQ – 07749 759134
Giant, Parliament Street 0151 7076116, 10.00 – 6.00
Halfords Croft Retail Park, Bromborough, Wirral CH62 3PN – 0151 343 3180
Halfords Junction 1 Retail Park, Bidston Moss, Wallasey, Wirral, CH44 2HE – 0151 630 4216
Hightown Cycle Repairs, 07806 784917,
HYPE Urban Bike Centre Campbeltown Road, Birkenhead CH41 9HP
John Geddes Cycles, Prescot & Widnes Branches 10.00 – 4.00 [NHS Prioity]
Kcycles, 1186 New Chester Rd, Eastham 07835120078 10.00 – 2.00 Mon – Sat [NHS priority]
Little T Room 50 Grange Road West, Birkenhead CH41 4DA
MeCycle 59 Station Road, Ainsdale, PR8 3HH 01704 579353
Oban Cycle County Road 0151 2636332 [ring to check]
Off the Rock Cycles, 223 Seaview Road, Wallasey CH45 4PD
07515 730 550 / 0151 345 8358
Peloton Liverpool 07380111226, [Repairs and refurbished bikes, NHS priority]
Picton Cycles, Picton Road, Liverpool 10.00 – 4.00 [closed Sunday]
Quinns, Edge Lane 01512286262 9.30 – 5.00
Thatto Cycle, Thatto Heath, St Helens 10.00 – 3.00 [ring door bell]
Tracs (Wirral Country Park and Neston Community Centre) Bike repairs – currently collection only – 0151 319 2455
Rimmer’s Cycles, Prescot [ring to check]
Used Bicycles UK, Woolton Village 07736 461857
The Wheelbase 584 Old Chester Rd, Rock Ferry, Birkenhead, CH42 4NW 0151 644 9682

If you know of any other cycle shops open for business during these challenging times please email Pedal Press at

More address info on our bike shops page.

You can also follow a list of Bike Shops open for business compiled by the Association of Cycle Traders


Bike Shops are important to our communities – what a nice surprise!

On Monday 23rd March Boris Johnson announced that all non-essential retailers were being forced to close as part of the Government’s measures to contain the spread of the Coronavirus.  Giant Liverpool is a family owned independent bike shop and the family were expecting this announcement.  We made plans to all meet at the store to put signs on the door and alter our website.

What a shock then to see that we were listed as essential to the Government’s strategy and were allowed to remain open if we wished. Ministers had at last acknowledged the importance of daily exercise and listed cycling along with walking and running as being allowed. Key workers were possibly commuting by bike and needed to be able to get their bikes repaired or serviced. With participation in all sport being cancelled and gyms forced to close then perhaps there would be a surge in demand form people returning to cycling?

Of course we had to assess the risk on the health of our staff and customers. We thought we should try and support those who wanted to ride and thought we could trade safely.

Lots of people had campaigned for cycling and bike shops to be judged as a special case. The chief executive of British Cycling wrote to the health secretary urging ministers to add cycling to the list of recommended activities during the Coronavirus outbreak. Also, a group of nearly 50 academics and experts on public health and transport wrote an open letter to the government urging ministers to encourage walking and cycling amid the pandemic, noting their vital importance in the wider public health issue of combating inactivity. Precise figures are hard to estimate, but one often quoted statistic suggests that in England alone 80,000 plus people die every year due to the health consequences of inactivity.

One week into the heightened lockdown and what has happened in our bike shop? Footfall has been steady, and we have managed to maintain social distancing with ourselves and our customers. We have a hand sanitiser at our front door (which is more than our local Sainsbury’s does) and notices in store. Of course our cleaning regime has been massively stepped up.

We have seen signs of people returning to cycling but we are only one week into the new regime and things could change at any time.  We too could be forced to close or if we fail to cover our overheads we could choose to close. 

On my daily rides it is wonderful to now see the numbers of families riding on our quieter roads where they feel safe.  Maybe all these new walkers and cyclists will keep this up even when we return to normal life. What will the “new normal” look like? There are predictions for massive business failures.  

In the long term though this brings me onto wondering about the importance of bike shops in our community.  

There were no bike shops in or around the city centre when we opened 11 years ago when Giant asked me to open their first brand store in Europe here in Liverpool.   Our nearest competitor has just closed and another chain has announced it’s intention to follow suit.

The leader of Preston Council, Matthew Brown, coined a phrase “guerilla localism” to explain their strategy for transforming the city’s fortunes. They positively encouraged organisations and individuals to spend locally. The Federation of Small Businesses has published research by CLES showing that for every pound spent with a small or medium-sized firm, 63p is re-spent locally. That drops to 40p for every pound given to a large or multinational company.

Please read the full article at

Of course that makes sense.  All four of our directors live and work on Merseyside – so do all of our staff. We have paid Liverpool Council over £92,000 in Business Rates. We pay National Insurance and Corporation Tax at the proper rate. We don’t employ anyone to devise ways of dodging our responsibilities. We have taken on apprentices over the years and would like to do so again. We would like to employ more people but need to be more confident about our future.

When all of this is over we will get the community and the High Street we deserve.

Colin Trigg
Director, Liverpool Bicycle Limited and Liverpool Bicycle Co-operative Limited

Hightown Cycle Repairs
I run Hightown Cycle Repairs a small workshop based in Hightown. I initially closed when the lockdown was announced I have type 1 diabetes. I had so many phone calls I reopened last Monday with some social distancing measures in place. ‬
‪I have had a super busy ad exciting week, with the vast majority of work for new customers using their bikes for their daily exercise. It’s been great to see people getting their bikes out of garages and sheds and starting to ride. I was out riding one evening with my son and overheard a young girl riding with her Mum, she said Mum this is ace can we do this more. I hope that many people will have to rethink there leisure time and use their bikes even more once the lockdown is rescinded.‬
‪Stay safe and healthy.‬
Tim Mercer ‪
07806 784917

Quinns Bike Centre is closed over Easter, open again on Tuesday 14th.
379 Edge Lane, L7 9LQ