Survey reveals Plymouth as UK's most cycle-friendly city

Research commissioned to mark Virgin Money Cyclone festival

Plymouth is the UK’s most cycle-friendly town, according to research by Virgin Money.

Norwich, Bristol, St Helens, Huddersfield and Glasgow also fared well in the survey, which was commissioned as part of the company’s sponsorship of next month’s Virgin Money Cyclone Festival of Cycling in Newcastle. It rated towns and cities on a range of criteria including bike thefts, accidents, serious injuries and deaths, the availability of cycle routes and bike repair shops.

Plymouth scored well for low number of thefts, as well as a low number of accidents and cyclists killed or seriously injured, while it ranked in the middle for the number of specialist cycle shops and 15th for cycle routes around the city.

Cambridge, despite its reputation as a cycling city, only just made the top 60, hampered by high incidence of cycle theft, serious injuries and a mid-ranking for bike shops and for cycle routes.

The City of London and Greater London also made the top 60, rated 50th and 56th respectively, with the high number of thefts, accidents and deaths the main reason for their ranking.

Virgin Money Cyclone organizer Peter Harrison said: “Everyone will have their own idea of what makes a town or city cycle friendly and the Virgin Money Cyclone research is an attempt to find which towns and cities are more cycle friendly than others and what the issues are. For those taking part in this year’s Virgin Money Cyclone I urge them to have a great time but equally importantly to be safe".

The top 60

1Plymouth
2Norwich
3Bristol
4St Helens
5Huddersfield
5Glasgow
7Dudley
8Ipswich
8Cardiff
10Walsall
11Solihull
12Lincoln
13Bath
14Darlington
15Durham
16Kingston-upon-Thames
16Reading
16Blackburn
16Barnsley
20Middlesbrough
21Newcastle-upon-Tyne
21Stoke-upon-Trent
21Luton
24Telford
25Edinburgh
26Sunderland
27Southampton
27Wolverhampton
27Bradford
30Blackpool
30Belfast
32Portsmouth
33Southend
34Salford
34Sheffield
34Coventry
37Brighton
38Liverpool
38Swindon
38Leeds
41York
42Warrington
43Poole
44Wigan
45Bournemouth
46Leicester
46Bedford
48Birmingham
49Manchester
50City of London
51Bolton
52Nottingham
52Hartlepool
54Derby
55Doncaster
56Greater London
57Swansea
58Gloucester
59Peterborough
60Cambridge
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