YouGov poll shows huge public support for segregated cycle lanes

Those asked were still in support of more segregated cycle lanes being built even if building them caused minor delays

A poll commissioned by British Cycling has found strong public support for the building of cycling infrastructure.

The survey, conducted by YouGov, showed that 71% of people supported the building of cycle tracks on main roads, with just 18% of those who were asked saying they were opposed. A further 11% said they were unsure.

>> Subscribe to Cycling Weekly this Autumn and save 35%. Enjoy the luxury of home delivery and never miss an issue <<

British Cycling policy advisor Chris Boardman said:

“This YouGov poll shows us, yet again, that the vast majority of the public want to see more cycle tracks on main roads. This is what people are telling their democratically elected leaders they want… If this kind of evidence isn’t enough to give politicians and transport authorities the confidence to act, I don’t know what is.

Boardman continued that it wasn’t just members of the public who were in support of the infrastructure developments, but that “leading businesses in the #ChooseCycling Network are also telling me they want to see investment in cycling because a more active workforce reduces absenteeism and increases productivity.”

The Olympic champion and now advocate of everyday cycling finished by saying: “Business wants it, the public want it, the environment and the health service needs it. I really don’t understand what we are waiting for.”

Segregated cycle lane in Central London. Photo: Jack Elton-Walters

New segregated cycle lane in Central London. Photo: Jack Elton-Walters

Of the poll results, one of the most positive things to take was that support is consistently strong across social grades, genders, age groups and political preferences.

>>> More should be done to make cycling a ‘safe and normal activity’ in Britain

Further, support remains above 70% even when respondents were asked to consider a potential delay to their existing commute.

Campaigners are trying to make cycling a London Mayoral election issue. Conservative candidate Zac Goldsmith has already stated that he’d “rip up London’s cycle superhighways if they don’t work“.

His Labour rival Sadiq Khan has vowed to increase spending on cycling if he is elected.