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Market Data Service - data deep dive
As we entered April 2020, nobody foresaw what the year to come would bring - indeed, most anticipated that bike businesses would close along with most other industries.
What followed was an unprecedented year of demand, and what is more incredible is that there was actual data to back up the anecdotal evidence of surging demand for the first time.
This podcast tracks the history of the Bicycle Association's Market Data Service (MDS). How it came into being, why the industry had to wait so long for a true Market Data Service, and what is to come.
Join us as we talk with Simon Irons and Tom Payton, from the BA team behind MDS, Jack Dennison of Sigma Sports, who uses the service, and Nick Nettleton of Loft, to hear how MDS will evolve to provide even greater value in the future.
Bicycle Association Market Data Service - https://www.bicycleassociation.org.uk/market-data/
Want to join the Bicycle Association - https://www.bicycleassociation.org.uk/membership/?jump=Join-the-BA
Security - tackling cycle theft
Cycle theft is as old as cycling itself, and for the most part, the focus has been on ensuring cyclists themselves don't fall victim to cycle crime.
But, as the value of bikes has gone up, thieves are no longer prepared to wait for bikes to hit the streets and are targeting retailers in increasingly audacious and sophisticated attacks.
We join Stephen Holt and David Middlemiss of the Bicycle Association, Mark James of J E James Cycles, and Superintendent Mark Cleland from British Transport Police as they discuss how retailers are being affected, how the police have changed their approach to cycle crime and how an industry-wide approach might be (at least part of) the answer.
BA Guide to Cycle Security (coming soon) - https://www.bicycleassociation.org.uk/technical/?jump=guides
The BA’s UK Cycle Industry Census 2021 –
OPAL - National Intelligence Unit for Serious Organised Acquisitive Crime - https://www.npcc.police.uk/NationalPolicing/OPALNationalIntelligenceUnitforSeriousOrganisedAcq.aspx
In this episode, we join Steve Garadis, the Bicycle Association's Executive Director, and Phillip Darnton, the Executive Chairman as they discuss Advocacy and what that means for our members.
Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/918442/cycling-walking-investment-strategy.pdf
The Walking and Cycling Alliance
Bicycle Association Market Data Service
Bicycle Association Technical Services
Contact the Bicycle Association
A special edition BA podcast - How Rapha is working toward sustainability
With the growing interest in reducing impact and making cycling more sustainable, we talk with Rapha's Head of Sustainability, Duncan Money, to find out a little more about what they're doing to become a more sustainable company.
Below you will find links to some of the sources of information and help that Duncan discusses in this Special Edition podcast.
Rapha Impact Commitments, Targets and Actions: https://www.rapha.cc/gb/en/stories/Rapha-Impact
Sustainable Apparel Coalition: https://apparelcoalition.org
REI Product Impact Standards: https://www.rei.com/assets/stewardship/sustainability/rei-product-impact-standards/live.pdf
Responsible Wool Standard: https://textileexchange.org/standards/responsible-wool/