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Evaluating The Safety Of Britain’s Roads For Cyclists

In 2014, 90% of journeys were completed across the UK’s roads. On these roads, 83% of journeys were undertaken in a car, van or taxi – covering more than 600 billion kilometres over the course of the year.

Decreasing by 13% since 1952 when the figure stood at 14%, in 2014, only 1% of the total number of vehicles used were accounted for by bicycles

One thing is clear, cyclists are diminishing rapidly on our roads. Over the last 60 years, the distances travelled by cars and vans has increased by 1000%, which has meant that the safety of cyclists has been overlooked over this time-frame.

Specialists in bicycle accident claims, True Solicitors,evaluate how safely cyclists can travel on British roads, and whether this relates to the small number of cyclists compared to other forms of transport throughout the UK.

Safety Of Britain’s Roads For Cyclists

Analysing the British landscape

Over the age of 18, 1.5 million people cycled on a daily basis, which accounts for 3% of the total number surveyed, according to the British Social Attitudes 2015 survey.

In comparison to the 69% of those surveyed, 34 million had suggested that they had never cycled. This is as a direct result of the clear lack of cyclists across the UK more generally. However, by analysing individual countries within the UK, the idea that Britain is uninclined to use a bicycle as a form of transport of our roads becomes clearer.

England

Surveying those over the age of 16 between 2014 and 2015, the Active People Survey suggested that 3% (1.3 million) cycled five times a week.The survey also found that 15% cycled at least once per month, which equates to 6.6 million people.

Most cyclists in England then, appear to be using their bikes as a form of leisure activity, opposed to those using as a form of transport. This may be the cause and correlation between the nature of cycling accidents throughout the UK.

Wales

6% of those surveyed suggested that they cycled 1-2 times a day in 2014 and2015, which is not dissimilar to the 3% in England who cycled five times a week over the age of 16.

Scotland

Similarly, the picture in Scotland remains the same; less than 10% of those surveyed suggested that the cycled on a regular basis. As a means of transport, 3% of people aged over 16 used a bicycle 1-2 days a week. 2% used one 3-5 days a week, and only 1% used a bicycle nearly every day of the week.

Based upon the evidence, it’s clear that most cyclists in Britain are unwilling to use their bikes on a regular basis as a form of reliable and safe transport; perhaps the reason for this, is because of the hazards the average cyclist could face on a regular basis when using our roads. For Britain to be willing to use cycling more enthusiastically as an everyday form of transport, perhaps the safety of our roads need to be improved first.

Sources

http://www.cyclinguk.org/resources/cycling-uk-cycling-statistics

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/514912/road-use-statistics.pdf

https://www.rospa.com/media-centre/press-office/press-releases/detail/?id=1360

https://www.rospa.com/rospaweb/docs/advice-services/road-safety/cyclists/cycling-accidents-factsheet.pdf

https://www.rospa.com/rospaweb/docs/advice-services/road-safety/cyclists/cycling-policy-paper.pdf