of 2,000 British adults for Cycling UK shows that large
vehicles, close passes, and potholes, are the top reasons why more
people don't cycle.
Asked why they don't cycle, these were the most popular answers
from non-cycling respondents:
- worried about sharing the road with lorries and large vehicles
- close passes (56%)
- poor road surfaces and potholes (56%)
- crossing busy junctions and roundabouts with other vehicles
- being 'doored' by someone getting out of a car (40%)
Asked what would make them more likely to cycle, respondents said:
- more separate cycle paths away from roads, for example in parks
- segregated bike lanes with physical protection from traffic
- better road conditions (42%)
The poll was commissioned to coincide with the closing date (1st
June 2018) for submissions to the government's Cycling & Walking Investment
Cycling UK's Head of Campaigns Duncan Dollimore said, 'The
government wants more and safer cycling, but as Cycling UK's
research shows, people who don't currently cycle need change if
they're going to choose to cycle short distances rather than drive.'
'Cycling is still a minority activity in the UK, with only 2% of
all journeys made by bike. Those who do cycle put up with the
potholes and dangerous traffic conditions daily, and still continue.
However, it's not always pleasant, and it's no surprise most people
do not consider cycling for their short everyday journeys,'
Dollimore added. 'In England in 2016, 64% of all trips between one
to two miles were driven. Making cycling more accessible and safer
will give people the alternative transport solution they need.'