People who took part in cycling courses in the London Borough of Lambeth, UK, are using their bikes more than before, with one adult participant in five claiming they now cycle five or more days a week.
New research has shown that most people want to take up cycling to get fit, but are put off by doubts over their ability on the road. Lambeth’s cycle training has proved to be an effective way of building confidence.
Lambeth’s Deputy Cabinet Member for Sustainability, Councillor Nigel Haselden, said: “It is well worth investing money in cycle training. It allows people to cycle more often instead of driving and, as this research has shown, it enables people to fulfil their ambitions to lead healthier lives by incorporating exercise into their daily routine.”
The subsidised or free courses are run by Lambeth Council and are open to anyone who lives, works or studies in the borough. They are being run to encourage more people to get out of their cars and on to their bikes. The council is investing £180,000 this year on cycle training, thanks to funding from Transport for London.
“Cycle training is there to give children and adults the confidence and skills they need to tackle even the busiest streets in London,” said Peter McBride, Head of Walking, Cycling and Accessibility at Transport for London. “Lambeth Council’s research shows just how effective cycle training can be in giving people the confidence to cycle more safely, more often.”
Key findings of the report show that:
- 20% of adults who are properly trained in cycling road skills will go on to use their bicycle five or more days a week as a mode of transport.
- Cycle training results in more trips being made by bicycle (mainly for leisure purposes and commuting to work or school) and these trips being made with increased confidence.
- People who took part in the scheme cycle more than the London average. Half the adult sample and over a third of the child sample cycle at least once a week. One in five adult participants and around one in eight child participants cycle five or more days a week.
- Much of this relatively high use of bikes can be attributed to cycle training. Half of adults cited the cycle training or increased confidence as key factors in their decision to start cycling or cycle more, while two thirds of parents thought the cycle training was a deciding factor in the child cycling more or starting to cycle. Many adult trainees were also motivated by the associated health benefits to increase or start cycling.
- 61% of adult participants and 48% of child participants have cycled more since undertaking the cycle training.
- 98% of trainees said they’re satisfied with the training provided by Lambeth
For details on Lambeth’s cycle training programme or to book a lesson, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 72316005