Despite national and regional initiatives to get people on their bikes, only seven per cent of the nation are currently cycling to work.
Fewer than one in 10 of UK commuters (7 per cent) are cycling to work with many citing nervousness about cycling in traffic as the reason, a new study suggests.
According to the Decathlon Activity Index 2018, one fifth of respondents (21 per cent) reported they are still too scared to cycle the roads to work despite a range of measures to accommodate cycling.
Among the measures include the Government’s £1.2bn strategy which details specific objectives to double cycling, reduce cycling accidents, upgrade cycling infrastructure and making improvements to 200 sections of road for cyclists.
Manchester, Cambridge and London have already made “drastic changes” to facilitate cycling but one quarter of respondents (26 per cent) still feel it is too dangerous to do so.
“It is clear to see that not many of us actually choose to commute to our workplace with a bicycle,” said Philippe Rebelo, UK marketing director at Decathlon.
“This is despite the Government increasing the spend on cycling, with improvements for cycle to work schemes and even overhauls of roads in cities to accommodate cyclists.”
Other factors cited by participants for not cycling included 17 per cent acknowledging they don’t even own a bike, even though cycle to work schemes are making this more viable for commuters.
“It is clear to see that not many of us actually choose to commute to our workplace with a bicycle. This is despite the Government increasing the spend on cycling"
Furthermore, one fifth (21 per cent) said that the distance to their place of work was too far to travel via bike while one in seven said that they actually don’t like cycling.
“There are many advantages of cycling to work that people seem to be missing out on – commuting to work via a bicycle is a great way to form a healthier lifestyle, it is cheaper and is better than other options,” continued Robelo.
“Even better, those without a bike can get one via the governments bike to work scheme – and there are a number of bikes that can be rented in UK cities too. It is extremely inexpensive in the long run as you only need a bike, lights and a helmet and you’re off.”
The Decathlon Activity Index tracks rates of participation in sport and other physical activities across the year through a monthly, national survey. Decathlon is a sports equipment retailer.
More than 7,600 UK adults were surveyed for the latest index.
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