Just nine per cent of British commuters choose to cycle to work, survey says

Just nine per cent of respondents in a YouGov survey say they cycled to work, with bad weather and fear of accidents the main obstacles

Bad weather and the fear of having an accident are two of the main reasons given by Brits as to why they don’t cycle to work.

A survey conducted by YouGov on behalf of Ribble Cycles discovered that just nine per cent of British commuters ride to their place of work, with 42 per cent of those who don’t ride claiming that they live too far away from the office to ride.

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Twenty six per cent of negative respondents in the 1,143-person survey said they were worried about having an accident on their commute, with the figure rising to 39 per cent in those who live in London.

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The weather, meanwhile, put off one fifth of non-cycling commuters, which is unsurprising given the winter of flooding, strong winds and rain we’ve experienced.

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Matthew Lawson, chief marketing officer, at Ribble Cycles said: “It seems Britain is getting left behind when it comes to the cycling revolution. While residents of European capitals, such as Amsterdam and Copenhagen, have fully embraced travelling on two wheels, the traffic levels in our own capital put Londoners off cycling to work for fear of having an accident.

“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.”

Read the full report from Ribble Cycles here.