More than half of British adults surveyed in a poll carried out by the BBC believe their local roads are too dangerous to cycle on.
Fifty two per cent agreed with the statement ‘it is too dangerous to cycle on the roads in my local area’, in the poll which was carried out by ComRes.
This feeling was highest in London where six in 10 (59%) adults agree.
The results showed an interesting age difference with younger Britons being less likely than their older counterparts to believe the roads are too dangerous: 61% of those aged 65+ say they are too dangerous to cycle on compared to 45% of 18-24 year olds.
A third of Britons (34%) agreed that the roads in their local area are well designed to be safe for cyclists, while two thirds (64%) disagreed. The Eastern region is in line with the average with 29% agreeing that roads in their local area are well designed to be safe for cyclists and 68% disagreeing.
More than half (55%) believe that employers don’t do enough to encourage and facilitate cycling to work, this is fairly consistent across Britain’s regions including 52% in Eastern Britain.
The Tour de France starts in Leeds this weekend and one in five (20%) British adults say that fact has encouraged them to cycle more. With the Grand Depart happening in Leeds, it is in Yorkshire and Humberside that sees the highest level of agreement (24%) along with Wales (24%) and the North East (24%). Despite the Tour route coming through Cambridge and Essex, just 19% of those in the Eastern region of Britain agree that the Tour de France starting in Britain this year has encouraged them to cycle more.
The Department for Transport (DfT) said it had “doubled funding for cycling to £374m to help deliver safer junctions”.