MORE people would get on their bikes if cycling were made safer on our busy roads.
That’s the conclusion from Huddersfield-based road safety charity Brake following a survey of 800 adults.
Over two thirds of those questioned never cycle on roads and more than half never cycle at all.
However, one third of them said that they would get on their bikes for local journeys if there were designated cycle paths and trails.
According to Brake, cyclists continue to face major risks on our roads. They account for only 0.5% of traffic, yet are ten times more likely to die on the roads than motorists.
While overall number of road casualties has been decreasing year on year, the number of cyclist deaths and injuries has not. In 2009 they increased by 6%.
Cycling England, the independent expert body that advised the Government on the promotion of cycling, was abolished on April 1 of this year.
Brake’s Julie Townsend said: “The message is clear: let’s encourage cycling by providing more traffic-free routes and other measures, such as 20mph limits, to enable people to get on their bikes in much greater safety.
“It is vital that the Government is committed to making cycling as safe as possible and reduce the unacceptable number of cyclist deaths and serious injuries that occur each year.”
Kirklees has numerous cycle lanes on its roads, but far fewer dedicated cycle tracks.