More people would cycle if there were facilities enabling them to do so safely, according to research released by Brake, the road safety charity.
While cycling is becoming increasingly popular, the survey reveals that many people who do not cycle are discouraged because of safety fears in their area.
Of the 800 adults questioned, 71% never cycle on roads and 59% never cycle at all. 34% of people who do not currently cycle would do so between home and local amenities if there were cycle paths and trails connecting them.
Brake says that with investment in safe cycling facilities an additional 20% of adults could be persuaded to cycle to improve their health and reduce carbon emissions and congestion, improving the likelihood of children cycling more too.
Julie Townsend, campaigns director of Brake, 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 reduce the unacceptable number of cyclist deaths and serious injuries that occur each year.
“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.”
For more information contact Ellen Booth, from Brake on 01484 550067.