May 31st, 2011
According to a recent survey, a third of non-cyclists would be more encouraged to hop on the saddle if safe cycle routes were put in place.
The poll, which was carried out by cycling safety charity Brake, questioned 800 adults and revealed that 71% of people avoid cycling on roads, and 59% never cycle at all.
It also found that 34% of non-cyclists would take to two wheels for short journeys to work or to local amenities if they were reachable via dedicated cycling paths.
Brake spokeswoman Julie Townsend said, “cycling is an enjoyable, sustainable and healthy way of getting around and Brake wants to encourage more people to get on their bikes.
“However, it is vital that the Government is committed to making cycling as safe as possible and reducing the unacceptable number of cyclist deaths and serious injuries that occur each year.”
She also added, “this research shows that if we want more people to cycle, we need to invest in safe cycle routes and schemes that protect cyclists. The message is clear: let’s encourage cycling by providing more traffic-free routes and other measures such as 20mph limits to enable people to get on their bikes in much greater safety.”