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The survey was conducted in January. Then the Covid-19 lockdown happened, and with motor traffic levels suddenly at a half-century low, cycling levels grew by more than 300% on some days. This tells us people will cycle when roads feel safer – and we’ve seen people from all walks of life, and of all ages, doing just that. Now road traffic is back, we risk losing all that progress.
Boris Johnson won’t get his ‘golden age of cycling’ while the roads feel unsafe | Laura Laker | The Guardian
Laura Laker Thu 13 Aug 2020
Instead of spending £27bn on new roads, let’s make existing ones better for the two-thirds of people too scared to cycle
Two-thirds of people in England feel “it is too dangerous for me to cycle on the roads”, according to the latest National Travel Attitudes Survey. That’s two-thirds of people who feel too intimidated to take to two wheels as part of everyday trips, or for leisure – and it’s up from 61% the previous year. Astonishingly, 57% of people who already cycle agreed with the sentiment.