More than one in four Brits worried about having an accident on their bike, finds survey

Research commissioned by Ribble Cycles shows that just nine per cent of British workers cycle to work

A newly-published survey has found that just nine per cent of working British people use their bicycle to travel to work, and that over one in four are worried that they will have an accident when cycling.

A YouGov poll commissioned by Ribble Cycles has been published ahead of Wednesday’s National Cycle To Work Day.

The poll sought to find British workers’ attitudes towards cycling to work, including what puts them off.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the distance from home to work was the factor that discouraged most people from commuting by bike, with 42 per cent of the 1143 people polled saying that the journey would be too long by bike.

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One in five people said that the weather put them off cycling.

Conditions on British roads meant that 26 per cent of respondents said that they were worried about having an accident on their bike. Those living in London were the most concerned, where that figure rises to 39 per cent.

commuting in rain

Bad weather is a factor in putting people off cycling to work

Cycling infrastructure is also a factor, with 16 per cent saying the lack of cycle lanes in their area was the main reason they did not ride into work.

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Those aged between 18 and 24 years old are the least likely to cycle into work, at just two per cent. There’s a gender divide too, with men twice as likely as women to ride into work.

The health and financial benefits of cycling to work are significant, and recognised by those in the poll. Of those who do cycle to work, 83 per cent said it improved their fitness levels and 61 per cent said it reduced their travel costs.

“It seems Britain is getting left behind when it comes to the cycling revolution,” said Matthew Lawson, Chief Marketing Officer, at Ribble Cycles.

“While residents of European capitals, such as Amsterdam and Copenhagen, have fully embraced travelling on two wheels, but from our results 17 per cent of cyclists in our capital don’t currently cycle to work as there aren’t enough cycle lanes on their route.

“There are many schemes out there aimed at helping people build their cycling confidence, and with the introduction of more cycling lanes and cycling superhighways within our key cities, hopefully this will make cycling a more accessible commuter option, helping to dramatically reduce city pollution and congestion.”