Are we cycling more or less than we once did?

Across all of the road networks in Britain, 90% of all journeys were completed on these roads. On these roads, 83% of journeys were undertaken in a car, van or taxi – covering more than 600 billion kilometres over the course of the year.

There is, however, a significant shortfall in the amount of cyclists on our roads; since 1952, there has been a 13% decrease in the amount of cyclists on our roads, when figures stood at 14%. True Solicitors, specialists in bicycle accident claims, have assessed how many cyclists are active in each part of the UK, and how often they use their bikes.

Across Britain, how do people feel about cycling?

  • Of those over the age of 18, 1.5 million people cycled on a regular and daily basis, which is 3% of the overall numbers who were surveyed – based on the British Social Attitudes Survey.
  • However, 34 million claimed that they had never cycled before, which is based on 69% of those who had been surveyed. This is as a direct result of the clear lack of cyclists across the UK more generally. However, by analysing individual countries within the UK, the idea that Britain is uninclined to use a bicycle as a form of transport of our roads becomes clearer.

Wales

In Wales, based on those that were surveyed, it’s clear that few cycle every day. Only 6% claimed that they used their bikes on a regular basis – and this is very similar to other parts of the country with similar responses.

Scotland

In Scotland, the picture looked relatively similar, as 3% of people over the age of 16 used a bicycle 1-2 days a week. Furthermore, 2% used this form of transport 3-5 days a week, and only 1% used a bicycle every day of the week.

England

It has been suggested that 3% cycled five times a week (1.3 million) — which is less than the overall national average, based on those surveyed over 16 between 2014 and 2015 in The Active People Survey. The survey also found that 15% cycled at least once per month, which equates to 6.6 million people.

Throughout the whole of the UK, what has become increasingly clear is that many cyclists appear reluctant to use their bikes on a more regular basis, although the clear reasons for this still appear to be uncertain.

Although more evidence needs to be produced in order to make this claim a certainty, the total number of cyclists may be decreasing due to the hazards that they face on our roads on a regular basis. For Britain to be willing to use cycling more enthusiastically as an everyday form of transport, perhaps the safety of our roads need to be improved first.

Sources

http://www.cyclinguk.org/resources/cycling-uk-cycling-statistics#How many people cycle and how often?

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/514912/road-use-statistics.pdf

https://www.rospa.com/media-centre/press-office/press-releases/detail/?id=1360

https://www.rospa.com/rospaweb/docs/advice-services/road-safety/cyclists/cycling-accidents-factsheet.pdf

https://www.rospa.com/rospaweb/docs/advice-services/road-safety/cyclists/cycling-policy-paper.pdf

Karl Peters

Karl Peters

Karl is a university graduate with years of experience in casual writing and freelance services. Always up to date on the latest trends and working hard to bring these trends to the forefront of the public eye. Lover of beer, dogs and cars and dedicated to being the best bachelor bro.
Karl Peters

Written by Karl Peters

Karl is a university graduate with years of experience in casual writing and freelance services. Always up to date on the latest trends and working hard to bring these trends to the forefront of the public eye. Lover of beer, dogs and cars and dedicated to being the best bachelor bro.

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