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Wanted: The next Lewis Hamilton

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The Next Lewis Hamilton

The engine in Lewis Hamilton’s Formula 1 World Championship-winning Mercedes has barely cooled, but the search is already on to find Britain’s next motorsport hero.

Hamilton, who will officially receive his second F1 World Championship trophy in Friday night’s FIA Prize-Giving Ceremony in Doha, Qatar, started his career racing a go-kart aged eight with Formula Kart Stars, which is running a competition to put an eight to ten-year old on the road to F1 in 2015.

Young Lewis Hamilton

One lucky youngster will win a funded racing season, including ownership of the £25,000* kart. Formula Kart Stars is the only junior karting series backed by Formula One Management.

The winner will be selected at Europe’s biggest motorsport show, Autosport International, at the Birmingham NEC on 10-11 January by a panel including Lewis’ father Anthony Hamilton and ex-F1 driver Mark Blundell. Inspired by Hamilton’s successful season, which included 11 race wins to secure a new British record of 33 F1 career victories, entries have poured in from across the UK.

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Boys and girls aged at least eight by 3 April 2015 and no older than ten on 1 January 2015 can enter by sending a 200-word story about their desire to be an F1 star to competition@formulakartstars.com before 2 January 2015.

Responses will be reviewed by the official governing body of motorsport, the Motor Sports Association, with 20 finalists invited to test their skills in a timed session on Autosport International’s karting track on Saturday 10 January.

Five finalists will then be shortlisted and following an interview with the expert panel, a winner will be crowned.

“Every year, Formula Kart Stars helps young drivers enter motorsport and hopefully through this unique opportunity we’ll uncover another future World Champion to follow in Lewis’ footsteps,” Blundell said.

Attended by 82,000 people in 2014, Autosport international will celebrate its 25th anniversary on 10-11 January, with 13-time Grand Prix winner and BBC F1’s David Coulthard among the motorsport personalities set to attend, while exclusive collections of cars, including Formula 1 racers, will be on display.

Tickets to Autosport International are available from £32 for adults, with children’s tickets priced from £21 and children under five years admitted for free. For tickets, visit www.autosportinternational.com

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Micromobility firm Spin launches e-scooter trial in Milton Keynes

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Micromobility firm Spin launches e-scooter trial in Milton Keynes

Spin, the micromobility unit of Ford Motor Company, announced its e-scooters are now available for public hire in Milton Keynes. This marks the company’s first market in the context of the recently legalised e-scooter trials taking place across the United Kingdom.

Local residents to Milton Keynes may have already started to notice the distinct e-scooters parked in various locations. On Saturday, Spin began ramping up its scooter operations by placing 100 scooters on the streets for residents to begin using. Over the coming weeks and months, Spin plan to steadily increase the number of scooters to 300.

E-Scooters are suitable for both commuting and leisure purposes

How do I use a Spin e-scooter?

Using one of the Spin e-scooters in Milton Keynes is pretty simple. It is worth noting from the start that these e-scooters are for anyone 18 years old and above. To start your first trip, you will need to download the Spin App on your smartphone, review their comprehensive set of rules and safety guidelines. It is extremely important that you follow the safety guidelines. If you have not used a e-scooter before or consider yourself a novice, we recommend you visit Spin Safe Digital.

Spin Safe Digital is an online learning resource that will teach you how to start and end trips properly and parking techniques to ensure walkways are free of scooter clutter. You can receive a £5 discount if you take an online quiz so it is well worth taking a few minutes to do the quiz.

How much does the Spin e-scooter cost?

The e-scooter costs £0.25 per minute. There are no setup costs or unlock fees during the trial.

Where can I ride the Spin e-Scooter in Milton Keynes

The scooters can be used on the town’s redways, which provide the local community with convenient connectivity across the town.

Milton Keynes has over 200 miles of shared-use paths, known as Redways, for cycling and walking. The traffic-free network covers most of the city estates with some Redways extending out to connect to the older towns. The redways are an important part of Milton Keynes. They are shared-use routes for people on foot or on cycles. The traffic-free network is popular for leisure, for commuting and for staying active. Redways may be used by anyone cycling and walking including people with pushchairs or prams and those in wheelchairs (including powered wheelchairs / mobility scooters). RESPECT OTHERS ON REDWAYS.

How much does the Spin e-scooter cost?

The e-scooter costs £0.25 per minute. There are no setup costs or unlock fees during the trial.

 

Spin is working closely with Milton Keynes Council to roll out its fleet responsibly, with public safety being the top priority. Over the weekend, the company held a series of public education events for Milton Keynes residents to come out and learn more about how to ride safely. Spin plans to hold several additional safety and public engagement events in the next several weeks to raise awareness and ensure full compliance with local and national rules.

Micromobility firm Spin launches e-scooter trial in Milton Keynes

Felix Petersen, Head of Europe at Spin, said “We’re excited to bring the first of our UK e-scooter fleets to Milton Keynes and had a highly-encouraging response from local riders at our Spin Safe events. This is the first of many e-scooters trials across the UK as part of our firm commitment to fully integrate e-scooters into local transportation ecosystems. We hope to responsibly fulfill the need UK residents have for this new transport mode as an accessible, inexpensive and greener alternative to cars and public transport.”

Micromobility firm Spin launches e-scooter trial in Milton Keynes

Micromobility firm Spin launches e-scooter trial in Milton Keynes

John Lippe, Director of City Engagement at Ford Mobility commented, “Communities around the world are adjusting to this new environment where open-air, sustainable micromobility solutions are not just wanted, but needed for safe travel. We’re ready to bring two wheels to residents throughout the UK with Spin.”

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Bedford Mayor announces Town centre boost ahead of re-opening

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Bedford High Street changes

Bedford Mayor Dave Hodgson has announced a boost for businesses in the town centre which will see changes to encourage pedestrians and cyclists.

Traffic on the High Street will be reduced to one lane with average speed cameras to reinforce the 20mph speed limit. The scheme will help pedestrians to visit High Street shops whilst socially distancing, particularly around people who may be queueing for shops.

This work was already planned via the Transporting Bedford project this summer and, while permanent works have had to be put on hold due to the outbreak, these changes will deliver wider pavements and a more pleasant shopping experience, supporting our town centre at this difficult time. Space will be kept available for deliveries to be made to shops.

The announcement brings forward the longer-term plans for the High Street by installing semi-permanent bollards to demarcate the walking areas. The Council has been awarded £121,000 by from the Government emergency active travel fund to help with the cost of the works.

Bedford has many narrow streets making social distancing difficult

The High Street works will form part of a wider provision for pedestrians and cyclists which will also see the addition of new cycle lanes and markings on four roads: River Street, Greyfriars, Bromham Road and the Embankment.

Mayor Dave Hodgson said “We have been working to find ways to make it easier for people to visit our town centre businesses, and to be able to walk and cycle to where they need to go. These improvements will help people to feel safe and welcome when they visit our town centre for their essentials, and the schemes for cyclists will hopefully give more people the confidence to try commuting by bike.”

Cllr Henry Vann, Portfolio Holder for Town Centres said “We are working to support town centre businesses, to remind people to stay safe, and to ensure that people feel safe when visiting essential stores in line with Government guidelines and abiding by social distancing not just for their own safety but for the safety of others. Creating this additional space for pedestrians by widening the pavements on the High Street will help people feel safer visiting essential shops in the town, and make it easier for businesses to keep operating at what is a very difficult time.”

Bedford High Street changes

The High Street works are expected to start during week commencing Monday 22 June, with the works on the new cycle lanes expected to take place later in the summer.

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Watford gets set for indoor karting in Spring 2020

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Watford gets set for indoor karting in Spring 2020

TeamSport, the UK’s largest indoor karting company, is fast, furious and growing. What’s more, its next track is scheduled to open in Watford in Spring 2020! It will create over 25 full and part time jobs in the local area, ranging from talented managers to customer service champions and our behind the scenes heroes – mechanics!

Located on the Greatham Road Industrial Estate, Bushey, the £1.35m development will attract families, fun seekers and corporate parties to a safe, fun and awesome indoor karting and leisure experience. Inside the venue, customers will experience a professionally designed multi-level circuit with thrilling straights, hair raising bends and jaw-dropping ramps for up to 16 karters at a time.

Watford gets set for indoor karting in Spring 2020

Dominic Gaynor, Managing Director of TeamSport Indoor Karting said: “Myself and the rest of the TeamSport crew are really excited about the launch of the newest track in Watford in April 2020. We’re looking forward to working with Watford’s thriving community and being able to create some exciting, progressive and flexible new jobs for the area in the process.

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