The latest survey inspired by the Tour de France ‘Grand Départ’ focuses on teenagers’ attitudes towards cycling.
The survey of more than 1,000 young people revealed “teen angst about taking to two wheels”, according to Brake and the insurer RSA Group.
The survey suggests that 9% of teenagers cycle once a week or more, while 23% never cycle. 42% of respondents said they “would like to be able to start cycling, or cycle more”, but of those, 39% said a “lack of safe routes” is preventing them from doing so. 46% said their parents would worry about them cycling, and 32% said they would “feel nervous cycling on local roads”.
Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive at Brake, said: "‘Le Tour’ coming is great timing given the wave of enthusiasm for cycling, but our survey shows many young people – our next generation of cycling stars – want to cycle more, but are wary of doing so.
“It remains that fast traffic and inadequate safe routes have a major impact on people’s ability to choose and enjoy cycling, and children and young people’s ability to live active lifestyles.
“It’s a sad state of affairs that our next Bradley Wiggins may never get on a bike because his mum says it’s too dangerous.
"Anyone who drives can help bring this about: pledge to ‘GO 20′ around homes, schools and shops, and take great care to look out for cyclists and pedestrians this summer and year-round.
“We’re also appealing to local and national Government to recognise the huge demand for, and importance of, safe walking and cycling, and implement widespread 20mph limits and safe routes."
The survey of teens was conducted as part of a wider project by Brake and RSA to engage secondary schools and colleges in road safety and help make streets safe for teens, in the lead-up to Brake’s Road Safety Week (17-23 Nov).