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'Common sense wins' as council drops legal action against cycling cafe

Joe Robinson
14 Nov 2019

Cyclists will now be allowed to meet at the Velolife cycling cafe again

The injunction that threatened to imprison cyclists if they met outside the Velolife cycling cafe has been lifted, it was confirmed today. Windsor and Maidenhead Council placed an Enforcement Notice on the Velolife cycling cafe and workshop in October 2017 after a complaint from a local resident. The enforcement saw it made illegal for cyclists to meet outside the cafe. 

Cafe owner Lee Goodwin sought for the ban to be lifted, working closely with his legal team, British Cycling and the charity Cycling UK. 

The wider cycling community also came to action, with a social media campaign calling for the injunction to be lifted.

The council announced it would lift the injunction from Thursday 14th November allowing cyclists to once again meet at the cafe, a move that British Cycling policy advisor Chris Boardman labelled a 'victory for common sense'.

'Britain’s cycling cafés make a positive contribution to the local economy, they encourage and support people to cycle more regularly and are often a core part of the communities which they serve,' said Boardman.

'They should never be subject to the types of punitive and vindictive measures we have seen here, nor should their customers, and I sincerely hope that this case will act as a strong deterrent to others who wish to pursue a similar path in the future.'

Duncan Dollimore of Cycling UK was less forgiving than Boardman pointing the finger at Windsor and Maidenhead Council for the initial decision.

'Velolife should never have been put in this position by the council, but it’s a relief they have belatedly come to their senses, and the café can return to business as usual,' said Dollimore.

'A legitimate local business shouldn’t have to call on the support of national organisations like British Cycling and Cycling UK to ensure their survival – but I’m glad we were able to help mobilise public support and highlight the absurdity of the council’s position, so Velolife could stay open.'