Roads 'put commuters off cycling'

Research has found that nearly two-thirds of people who enjoy pedal power avoid getting on their bikes to head to work as they believe roads to be unfit for cycling.

The poll from charity Brake and solicitors Bolt Burdon Kemp showed more would consider cycling to work if they felt the roads were safer, and 83% would support cycle paths being introduced in their town.

It also found that nearly 50% of the 1,550 adults who responded already cycled but only 10% used their bikes regularly for transport into work.

Brake deputy chief executive Julie Townsend said: "It's positive the Government is working to encourage cycling to improve health and reduce pollution, but it must also ensure roads are safe for cyclists."

More than 60% admitted to not cycling very often and around a third said they would cycle to work if their route was less dangerous.

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