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Motorists warming to cycle lanes, survey finds

Joe Robinson
5 Apr 2018

More drivers also opting for the bike although some still incorrectly blame cyclists for bad traffic

A recent survey has found that 70% of drivers have grown to like cycle lanes and are completely in favour of them on the roads. The survey conducted by online car servicing company Servicing Stop also unearthed some more encouraging facts.

While two-thirds of drivers are now in favour of the cycle lanes that have been constructed around London, one in three drivers has opted to swap the car for the bike themselves.

Initially the £900 million, five-year cycle infrastructure project was met with scepticism by London's motorists and residents, however, a year on it's as if opinions have changed for the good.

A further third of the 1,000 motorists surveyed also stated that it was good to see more people cycling while one-fifth of those spoken to agree it was a great way of dealing with London's growing problem with air pollution. 

The only disparaging findings from the survey were that 22% of motorists still disagree with the cycle lanes, claiming the rubber grooves segregating the lanes damage their tyres and that the lanes cause further traffic jams, which is in fact false.

CEO of Servicing Stop Oly Richmond recognised these differences but was pleased at the largely positive findings.

'The cycle lanes in London are the pinnacle of debate amongst motorists - some love them and some most certainly loathe them but whatever your personal opinion on the matter it’s clearly working towards combating emissions and getting more drivers active,' said Richmond.

'Drivers are not only changing their opinion on the lanes, they’re experiencing them from a cyclist point of view which is fantastic!'

The largely encouraging feedback will be music to the ears of Mayor Sadiq Khan and Transport for London. As part of a pledge from Khan to make London a 'byword for cycling' further plans for increasing infrastructure for cyclists include partial closure of Regent's Park to car traffic and the construction of a cycle and walking-specific bridge in the east of the city.

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