Cycling in Britain


In Britain, 90% of journeys that were carried out were completed by using 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.

Just 1% of the number of vehicles on our roads were accounted for by bicycles. This is a 13% decrease in the use of cycles since 1952, when official figures stood at 14%.

The number of cyclists on our roads are decreasing and this could be because of the hazards that they continue to face. Here, True Solicitors, specialists in bicycle accident claimshave assessed the safety of the UK’s roads, and whether this correlates to why there are so few cyclists on our roads today:



Britain’s opinion

  • Based on the British Social Attitudes Survey, it was claimed that of those over the age of 18, 1.5 million people cycled on a daily basis, accounting for 3% of the people surveyed.
  • 34 million claimed that they had never cycled before, which is based on 69% of those who had been surveyed. 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.


3% of people over 16 use a bicycle 1 – 2 days per week. As well as this, 2% used one 3 -5 days a week, and only 1% used a bicycle nearly every day of the week.


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

This shows that more people see their bikes as a leisure activity rather than a form of transport.


6% over the age of 16 claimed that they cycled 1 – 2 times a day in 2014-15. This is a similar figure to the 3% in England who cycled five times a week.


Sources many people cycle and how often?





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