Brake is calling on the Government to take further action to convince people that it is safe to cycle, on the back of new Government statistics which show that the number of cycling trips has remained ‘flat’ over the past three years.
Statistics published in the National Travel Attitude Survey (NTAS) – and quoted in Walking and Cycling Statistics: 2018 – show that 61% of adults feel that it is too dangerous for them to cycle on the roads.
At 68%, women cyclists are more likely to feel in danger than their male counterparts (54%).
In terms of age, people aged 60-64 years are the most likely to feel endangered (67%) – with those aged 18-24 years the least (51%).
Brake says the figures reveal ‘how much work needs to be done’ to convince people that it is safe to cycle on the roads, and is calling for further action from the Government.
Joshua Harris, director of campaigns for Brake said: “Cycling is one of the healthiest and cheapest ways to get around and everyone should be able to cycle every day without fear for their own safety.
“Yet these findings reveal that most adults just don’t think it’s safe to cycle on our roads and more is clearly needed to be done to convince them otherwise.
“While the Government’s actions to encourage more people to cycle and keep them safe are welcome, they must go further.
“We need slower, safer speed limits, greater investment in segregated cycle lanes and drivers who behave dangerously removed from our roads.”
The DfT 2018 stats show that while the average number of miles cycled has generally increased over the past three years, the number of cycling trips has remained flat over the same period.
11% of adults cycled at least once per week but only a small number of local authorities (5%) had more than 20% of adults cycling at least once per week, with Cambridge and Oxford having the highest rates.