More people wary of road cycling

More people wary of road cycling

The number of people who think it's dangerous to cycle on the roads has risen compared to last year.

Some 61% of people polled by the Department for Transport said it was too dangerous to cycle on the roads - up from 59% last year.

The new survey shows nearly half (48%) of cyclists and just over two-thirds (67%) of non-cyclists think cycling on roads is too dangerous. T he study covered 3,244 people.

Younger people aged 18 to 24 had the least safety fears - with 47% thinking it too dangerous to cycle on roads.

But the Government study showed the 65-plus age group was concerned the most, with just over three-quarters (76%) saying roads were too dangerous for cycling.

Other findings included a 6% rise from last year in those who reckon traffic congestion in cities and towns was a problem, from 39% to 45%.

The number of people who thought congestion on motorways was a problem is up from 23% to 28%.

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