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New report reveals concerns about cycling in the UK

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A new report from East Anglia-based bike retailer, Pauls Cycles, has looked into what is preventing people from taking to the UK’s roads by bike, highlighting a gender divide in UK cycling

In a survey of around 1,000 road users from across the UK, Pauls Cycles' report found that:

  • 44% of women state that safety concerns stop them from cycling, compared to 23% of men
  • 72% of women and 50% of men say that a lack of segregated cycle lanes and/or poor road quality prevent them from cycling
  • 62% of respondents feel that other road users fail to treat cyclists with respect
  • 17% of women strongly disagree that their local area is safe to cycle in, compared to 8% of men

Pauls Cycles Marketing Manager, Shirin Sadr, says,

 

The lack of segregated cycle lanes across the UK appears to disproportionately affect women's cycling habits - 37% of women identified the lack of segregated cycle lanes as a barrier to cycling more frequently, compared to 22% of men.

Women's heightened concern about the lack of protective infrastructure makes the importance of ensuring a safe and secure environment clear when it comes to encouraging more women to cycle.

In response to the Government recently announcing £380 million in cuts to the Active Travel Budget, 64% of those surveyed also predict that these cuts will decrease cycling rates, with older respondents in particular citing concerns over a lack of infrastructure.

Shirin adds,

 

Addressing these concerns is not only a matter of building more bike lanes or repaving roads. It also calls for thoughtful planning to ensure infrastructure serves the cyclists’ needs effectively. For instance, segregated cycle lanes should connect residential areas with city centres, schools, parks, and other key destinations.


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