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Chris Boardman, Highway Code fake news, and no bikes for big people plus insurance chat with Laka – the best bits of Season 2 of the Podcast

Listen back to some of the highlights of the past few months, and learn from Laka how the bike insurance market is evolving and what current trends are

It’s the final episode of season two of the Podcast – and in it, we’re taking a look back at some of the highlights of the past few months, as well as speaking to Laurence Hunter, VP Insurance for specialist cycle insurer Laka, which sponsors the podcast.

We’d been trying for ages to get world and Olympic champion turned cycling campaigner Boardman on the podcast ands when he did eventually accept, he apologised for his apparent reluctance to accept our invitation – he’d been waiting for the official announcement of his appointment as England’s first Active Travel Commissioner.

Some of the highlights of our chat with Boardman, who now heads Active Travel England, feature in this episode and was as interesting and illuminating as you’d expect from someone who has become one of the most eloquent and passionate voices in how to get more people cycling and walking, with the environmental, public health and other benefits that come with that.

Also featured are our discussion about the fake news that accompanied the introduction of changes to the Highway Code, largely aimed at giving more protection to vulnerable road users including cyclists, and which came into force in January, as well as our recent chat with Steven May of Knaap e-bikes, which caters for larger riders.

Discussion there revolved around the fact that many people attracted to cycling may be deterred due to the lack of suitable bikes when they visit a store, as well as the lack of availability of cycle clothing in suitable sizes.

In the final segment in this episode, we talk with Laka’s Laurence Hunter about the future of cycling, the trends the insurer is currently seeing in the market, and how bike insurance is evolving as a product.

We hope you’ve enjoyed the second season of the Podcast and as ever, if you have any suggestions for topics or guests you would like to see featured in the next season, please get in touch by emailingpodcast [at]"> podcast [at]

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Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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