Five million commuters could travel to work by bike following coronavirus lockdown

Cycling and walking will be encouraged as public transport capacity is limited to combat the virus

London commuters travelling by bike (Photo by: Jeffrey Greenberg/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

(Image credit: Universal Images Group via Getty)

Up to five million people could be commuting by bicycle as the UK workforce begins to return amid the coronavirus pandemic, polling suggests.

17 per cent of commuters are more likely to cycle to work following the coronavirus pandemic, according to Shand Cycles, which would mean an extra 5.5 million bikes on the road if extrapolated across the nation's 32 million commuters.

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Hi. I'm Cycling Weekly's Weekend Editor. I like writing offbeat features and eating too much bread when working out on the road at bike races.

Before joining Cycling Weekly I worked at The Tab and I've also written for Vice, Time Out, and worked freelance for The Telegraph (I know, but I needed the money at the time so let me live).

I also worked for ITV Cycling between 2011-2018 on their Tour de France and Vuelta a España coverage. Sometimes I'd be helping the producers make the programme and other times I'd be getting the lunches. Just in case you were wondering - Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen had the same ham sandwich every day, it was great.