A recent survey has found that 70% of drivers have grown to like cycle lanes and are completely in favour of them on the roads. The survey conducted by online car servicing company Servicing Stop also unearthed some more encouraging facts.
While two-thirds of drivers are now in favour of the cycle lanes that have been constructed around London, one in three drivers has opted to swap the car for the bike themselves.
Initially the £900 million, five-year cycle infrastructure project was met with scepticism by London’s motorists and residents, however, a year on it’s as if opinions have changed for the good.
A further third of the 1,000 motorists surveyed also stated that it was good to see more people cycling while one-fifth of those spoken to agree it was a great way of dealing with London’s growing problem with air pollution.
The only disparaging findings from the survey were that 22% of motorists still disagree with the cycle lanes, claiming the rubber grooves segregating the lanes damage their tyres and that the lanes cause further traffic jams, which is in fact false.
CEO of Servicing Stop Oly Richmond recognised these differences but was pleased at the largely positive findings.
‘The cycle lanes in London are the pinnacle of debate amongst motorists – some love them and some most certainly loathe them but whatever your personal opinion on the matter it’s clearly working towards combating emissions and getting more drivers active,’ said Richmond.