Survey Finds UK Roads Not Cycler-Friendly

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22nd June 2012 12:07 - Transport and Distribution

A study of 1,550 commuting Britons by the Brake and the Bolt Burdon Kemp has found that over 60% think that most of the roads in the UK are not safe for cycling. 

In addition, the survey found that 40% per cent of commuters would be persuaded to travel by bicycle if the roads were less dangerous, while 35% of respondents said they would only switch to cycling if the roads were much safer.

Only 15% of the Britons surveyed said they had widespread 20mph limits in their area, while out of those who do not have this kind of cycler-friendly access, 73% would support having it and 83% would back measures like cycle paths being introduced in their community.

Julie Townsend, Deputy Chief Executive at the Brake, commented: "It's positive the government is working to encourage cycling to improve health and reduce pollution, but it must also ensure roads are safe for cyclists. Widespread 20mph limits and cycle paths where people live and work would encourage more people to cycle, without their lives being threatened by fast traffic."

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