Sustrans survey of 7,700 people finds overwhelming support for safer cycling.
Carlton ReidNov 14, 2017
A survey of 7,700 people has found overwhelming support for safer cycling, reveals Sustrans. In what it is calling
the “UK’s biggest assessment of cycling in cities” 78 percent of those surveyed by the charity want more protected cycleways, even when this could mean less space for other road traffic.
The survey – conducted by ICM Unlimited for Sustrans – was carried out in seven UK cities in order to inform the charity’s Bike Life report. This report is now published every two years on infrastructure, travel habits, public attitudes and the impact of cycling in Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Greater Manchester and Newcastle. 64 percent of the respondents would cycle more if protected cycleways were provided.
“However, currently a total of just 19 miles of cycle routes on roads, physically separated from traffic and pedestrians exist in six of the seven cities (excluding Birmingham where no data is available),” claim Sustrans.
Sustrans CEO Xavier Brice said: “Bike Life shows that most people living in the seven cities say cycling is a good thing and are far more supportive of bold and ambitious plans for cycling than decision-makers often think. They want dedicated space for people on bicycles even when this means taking space away from cars.