The latest report on walking and cycling statistics from the Department for Transport shed light on the safety problems for cyclists in England.
The government survey showed that more than half of adults aged 18 or older agreed that it is too dangerous to cycle on the road.
The AA said the statement came as a small surprise, the & # 39; awful condition & # 39; from the local motorways in the country.
Danger zone for cyclists: more than two-fifths of the country's adults said the English roads are too dangerous to ride on a bike
The data, based on 2017 statistics, showed that the average number of miles cycled in England increased year-in-year, although the number of trips remained the same as the figures for the past decade.
On average, during the year, people traveled 17 trips, with each individual running a total of 60 miles.
Some local areas saw a significant increase in the number of adults getting on their bikes at least once a week, with Exeter, Worcestershire, South Cambridgeshire, Tauton Deane and the Isle of Wight with increased bicycle activity.
Almost all local authorities (96 percent), however, had less than 20 percent of their adult population once every seven days – and it's fear that keeps people off cycling.
The DfT report showed that 62 percent of adults believed that the roads in England are simply not safe enough to cycle regularly.
Women were more likely than men to be afraid to drive (69 percent to 56 percent) on the roads of the country and the concerns increased in older respondents.
The statistical analysis showed that women are much more concerned about cycling on the road
Problems with road safety and not having a bike – or a well-functioning motorcycle – were the main reasons that people aged 5 years did not cycle
When National Travel Survey informed people over the age of five about their reasons for not riding, road safety problems came along with 18 percent of the votes, in addition to those who did not own a bike or were broken.
Commenting on the findings, AA president Edmund King said that road safety concerns did not come as a shock.
Three thirds of adults claim that it is too dangerous to cycle on the road, which may not be surprising due to the terrible condition of our local motorways, & # 39; he said.
The government would like to encourage people to use active transport for short journeys, but with a road infrastructure full of holes in the air, people are simply not prepared to take the risk.
& # 39; If at least occurred 22 deaths and 368 serious injuries to cyclists where potholes and poor road maintenance is a factor, we believe that politicians should do at all levels what they can to rectify avoidable casualties. & # 39;
Mr. King said it was up to the local authorities to improve the condition of roads and footpaths if the bicycle numbers were to improve.
Local councils also neglect their sidewalks and paths to the extent that more than 10,000 people have filed claims for compensation in the UK to follow journeys on uneven walking paths, & # 39; he added.
The Transport Select Committee has approved our request for an investigation into the state of our local roads.
In addition to the impact pits have on drivers, we hope that they will take the opportunity to study the impact on cyclists and pedestrians. & # 39;
The AA said that the results of the survey were not surprising given the terrible condition of the country's highways
Cycling UK, the national bicycle charity, also called on ministers to take urgent action to bring about real change and make cycling an attractive option for everyone, not just for a small part of society.
Duncan Dollimore, head of campaigns and fundraising, said: & # 39; The government has just concluded its consultation on safety of cyclists and pedestrians, and now we need them urgently to publish their findings and to take immediate action.
& # 39; From its own statistics published today, 60 percent of adults admitted that they find it too dangerous to cycle on the road, and women and the elderly in particular are postponed because of those fears.
& # 39; Although cycling is statistically much safer than many people think, it is clear that the government must address the key issues of infrastructure, such as improving roads and cycle paths, and ensuring that our highway works effectively to road safety for everyone to promote. & # 39;
The government report showed that the majority of journeys of one to two kilometers in cars are completed
Charity Cycling UK said there was a clear hunger for people to cycle more, but it was up to ministers to make a bike the natural choice for shorter journeys.
The statistics from the DfT also revealed that journeys below two miles are overwhelming rather than cycled, despite 38% of people agreeing that it would be better for the public and the environment if these shorter trips with bicycles would be undertaken.
Mr Dollimore added: & # 39; This proves that there is a hunger for people to cycle more, and it is clear that cycling is increasing in popularity, but only as a leisure activity and not the ambition of the government to the to make the natural choice for shorter trips.
Now it's time to stop talking about what needs to be done and continue to make cycling a much more realistic perspective for many more people. & # 39;
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