The majority of drivers would cycle more often if roads were made safer for those on two wheels, according to the road safety charity Brake.
A new survey conducted by Brake and Direct Line suggests that while 70% currently never cycle on single-carriageway A roads, more than half would be persuaded to if there was seperate space for cyclists.
Concerns highlighted in the survey include the 60mph speed limit on single-carriageway A roads being too fast to assure the safety of cyclists, while the warning signs and space available for cyclists were also labelled as inadequate.
Brake is calling on the Government to prioritise investment on building segregated, tarmacked cycle paths alongside the single-carriageway A road network, rather than any expansion of the road itself.
Joshua Harris, Brake’s director of campaigns, said: “Getting more people cycling is a win-win for the Government, delivering both personal and public health benefits.
“Contrary to popular opinion, our survey shows that the majority of drivers are willing to switch modes and cycle if safe facilities are available.
“We echo the call from drivers and urge the Government to prioritise investment in safe, segregated cycle routes in the upcoming Road Investment Strategy.”