BBC Cycling Poll

ComRes  interviewed  3,012  GB  adults  by  telephone  between  13th  and  29th  June  2014.  Data  were  weighted  to  be  representative  of  all  GB  adults  aged  18+.  ComRes  is a member of the British Polling Council and abides by its rules

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Date Published
30 Jun 2014

Further Description

Half (52%) of British adults believe the roads in their local area are too dangerous to cycle on, this feeling is highest in London where six in ten (59%) adults agree. There is also 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 compared to 45% of 18-24 year olds.

A third of Britons (34%) agree that the roads in their local area are well designed to be safe for cyclists, while two thirds (64%) disagree. 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.

 

 

Agree

Disagree

Don't know

The roads in my local area are well designed to be safe for cyclists

34%

64%

2%

Employers don’t do enough to encourage and facilitate cycling to work

55%

37%

9%

It is too dangerous to cycle on the roads in my local area

52%

47%

1%

The Tour de France starting in Britain this year has encouraged me to cycle more

20%

78%

2%

Base: 3,012 British adults

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