Research published on Friday by Cycling UK has indicated that as many as 24% more people in Wales would cycle more frequently with the provision of safe and user-friendly cycling infrastructure.
The findings were delivered at a time when the cost-of-living crisis has put the expense associated with transport in the spotlight; the study also has 21% stating they would drive less frequently with a greater sense of protection in place for those choosing to cycle.
Gwenda Owen, Cycling UK’s spokesperson in Wales, said: “One in five people would drive less. However, previous surveys have repeatedly shown that many people won’t cycle because they just don’t feel safe enough. Now, with a cost-of-living crisis impacting some people’s decisions on travel, these same people are paying the penalty for politicians not providing safe sustainable transport alternatives.
“It’s time for politicians to deliver what people want and need in Wales. Cycling UK is not saying ban driving, but we are saying that people should have the choice of cheap and free alternative ways of getting about, like cycling and walking, especially for local journeys.”
The study does not just quantify the impacts of safer streets on cycling, there researchers have 54% of people more likely to make walking trips with improvements to streets for walkers.
Among those aged 16 to 24 there was an even greater propensity to cycle or walk more if the streets were safer, with a third saying they would be likely to cycle more (37%) and drive less frequently (31%) and three […]