The UK isn’t doing enough to support older cyclists, says new study
October 26th 2016 at 9:13AM BST
A new three-year study from Oxford Brookes University, which set out to investigate how older people in the UK experience cycling and how this affects independence, health and wellbeing, has found that Britain is lagging behind European countries.
The cycle BOOM study led by Oxford Brookes University involved 240 participants across Oxford, Bristol, Reading and Cardiff. These were a mix of non-cyclists, current cyclists and also a group of older cyclists who wished to re-engage with the sport after a break.
The older cyclists took part in an eight-week ‘cycling and wellbeing’ trial designed to investigate their experience and measure the impact on their mental and physical health.
Results from the trial showed that cycling has the potential to improve physical and mental health in the older population, however, participants reported that a number of factors including poor infrastructure and fear of injury from other traffic had negative impacts on their experiences.