Local roads are 'too dangerous' for cycling on, claims BBC poll

Half of those questioned say fear for their safety stops them riding

A poll undertaken by the BBC has revealed that people are scared of using their local roads for cycling.

More than half of 3,012 British adults question said they agreed with the statement, 'It is too dangerous to cycle on the roads in my local area'. Older people (those aged 65 or over) felt more at risk than young adults (aged 18-24 years old).

Other results from the survey include the finding that more than half the adults questioned believe their employers are failing to encourage cycling, and that just one in five has been inspired to cycle more by the Tour de France.

However, those living in Yorkshire and on the Humber said that they are more likely to cycle as a result of the Tour.

Gregor is BikeRadar's Beginners and Family section editor after leading a cycling heavy youth and regularly clocking up more than 34 miles on the ride to work each day. He's interested in the lighter side of cycling, such as commuting, children's bikes and the occasional short sportive. He also helps to keep BikeRadar's forum in check, and can often be found joining in conversation threads on how to step chafing and the like.

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