Urban residents want measures to reduce car use and increase cycling

12.43 | 5 March 2020 | | 3 comments

A new survey suggests people living in UK cities and towns want to see measures that reduce car use and increase cycling.

The Bike Life report, published by the charity Sustrans, sought the views of nearly 17,000 people living in 12 UK cities and urban areas.

More than half of respondents (55%) agreed with the statement that there are too many people driving in their area – with 58% supporting more investment in cycling, compared to 42% for driving.

Meanwhile, 56% support the idea of charging more polluting vehicles (including private cars) entering city centres – if the financial proceeds were used to help fund public transport, walking and cycling services.

Nearly six in 10 (59%) agreed that restricting through-traffic on local residential streets would make their area a better place to live and work.

Daisy Narayanan, director of urbanism at Sustrans said: “With road transport being one of the major sources of greenhouse gasses and air pollutants, it’s time we end car-centric planning which has shaped our cities and towns for decades and reprioritise our streets towards people.

“Many cities are taking action to reduce car trips and make it more convenient for people to walk and cycle. Our report shows the public is supportive of these plans.

“We urge the UK Government to show leadership and make a step-change in investment for cycling and walking, including protected cycle lanes, and adopt policies to support more people to switch from driving to walking and cycling for shorter journeys.”

The survey also reveals that only 28% of residents think cycle safety in their city is ‘good’.

More than three-quarters (77%) of respondents think more separated cycle routes would help them to start riding or ride more.



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    What about reports from the AA and the RAC, Guzzi?

    Hugh – I don’t know either, but it chimes with what I hear from people around here – might be an echo chamber, of course! In conversation, lots of people say “I wish I could cycle instead of drive, but the roads are too dangerous” or “I’d really like my children to be able to walk / cycle to school, but…” or “How can I do XYZ, without driving there?” etc

    Adrian Berendt, Tunbridge Wells
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    Another ‘soft’ report from Sustrans.
    I don’t put a lot of trust in the impartiality of reports from any vested interest groups whatever side of the debate they are on.

    Guzzi, Newport
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    “More than half of respondents (55%) agreed with the statement that there are too many people driving in their area” How do they know?.. and with what or when are they comparing it with? What level of driving in their area would be acceptable to them?

    Hugh Jones, Cheshire
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