- FIONA SIMPSON
- 16 hours ago
A fifth of Britons have not cycled in a decade and many fear they have forgotten how to do it, a survey has revealed.
In a poll of 2,047 people by the British Heart Foundation, one in five said they had not been on a bike in more than 10 years.
Almost one in 10 admitted so much time had passed since they last rode one that they had forgotten what to do, the BHF said.
Despite the shocking statistics, more than half of those asked said they would consider getting back on the saddle by taking up a cycling challenge this year.
Elizabeth Tack, from the charity, said: “It’s surprising to learn that whilst there is a clear appetite for cycling in the UK, there is still a vast amount of us who are not getting on our bikes often enough, or even at all.
“Cycling is a fantastic way of keeping your heart healthy, which is why we’re encouraging everyone to dust off their bikes this year and challenge themselves to take on our London to Brighton Bike Ride to help support our vital research into heart disease.”
The Department for Transport is urging people to take up cycling – and had pledged hundreds of millions on improving cycle safety in the UK.
A spokesman said: “We want to encourage many more people to cycle which will benefit the whole of society by boosting the economy, improving health, cutting congestion and improving air quality.
“We are training the next generation with 1.8 million children having received Bikeability training since 2007 and with another £50 million committed to this scheme over this parliament.”
He added: “Britain has some of the safest roads in the world.
“On top of a THINK! campaign to improve cycle safety, we are spending £300 million on cycling in this Parliament and are also providing more than £7 billion to improve the condition of our road surfaces to make them safer for all road users.”
The BHF London to Brighton bike ride takes place on June 18.