Cycle training would have a more positive impact on cycle safety than the compulsory wearing of cycle helmets, according to an IAM (Institute of Advanced Motorists) survey.
In an online poll of more than 6,000 IAM members and non-members, only 1% of respondents supported the compulsory wearing of cycle helmets. The further introduction of cycle lanes would make the biggest difference to cyclists, according to respondents.
Duncan Pickering, IAM cycling development manager, said: "People see additional public money – by extension further training and improved infrastructure – as the most important factor affecting cyclists’ safety.
"While we would never discourage cyclists from wearing helmets, we stress that cyclist behaviour, awareness of other road users and visibility are the factors that would make a bigger difference to cycle safety."
In another finding, 96% per cent of respondents would approve of additional public money to be made available to make cycling safer in the UK.
Duncan Pickering added: "Government, employers and individuals all have a part to play in making cycling a safe and easy way of getting around, through education and by encouraging a mutual awareness and respect among cyclists and other road users.”
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