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Nearly 80% of people want to see more segregated cycle lanes in British cities

Joe Robinson
14 Nov 2017

Latest survey calls for more segregated cycleways and calls for more investment in cycling

A survey of people in seven major cities across the UK has shown that four out of five people want more protected bike routes on roads to make cycling safer.

In a survey conducted by Sustrans, of the 7,700 people surveyed, 78% said that they wanted increased segregated bike lanes in a bid to make cycling safer in their cities, even if this restricts space for other road traffic.

Of the same people spoken to, over two-thirds said that more cycling within their city would make it a better place to work and live.

The survey produced by UK cycling charity Sustrans is part of the video Bike Life (above), and assessment of cycling in seven UK cities - Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Greater Manchester and Newcastle.

Bike Life spoke to one person from each city, telling their cycling stories whether it be commuting to school or work or riding for pleasure.

Beyond calls for more segregated cycleways, the survey also found that of those who said they never ride a bike, 74% support segregated routes with three-quarters calling for more investment in cycling.

Six of the seven cities surveyed - excluding Birmingham where data was unavailable - have just 19 miles of cycle lanes that are segregated from traffic, averaging just over three miles per city.

According to Sustrans CEO Xavier Bruce, this latest survey acts as a call for government to address its failure to fund cycling in the UK.

'From Mexico City to Manchester, mayors around the world are waking up to the fact that their cities need to be designed around people, not motor vehicles and that investing in cycling and walking is key to keeping their city moving, and improving health and economic vitality,' said Bruce.

'At a time of falling funding for cycling in the UK – outside of London and Scotland – we call on governments at all levels to work together to meet people’s needs by investing in segregated routes that make cycling across our cities attractive, safe and convenient.'

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