Roads 'too dangerous' for cyclists: BBC News
A poll conducted for BBC News on the eve of the 2014 Tour de France Grand Depart suggests that half of British adults believe their local roads are too dangerous for cyclists.
The Tour de France starts in Leeds on Saturday and will take in Harrogate, York, Sheffield, Cambridge and London.
However, in the BBC poll of 3,000 adults, 52% of respondents agreed that “it is too dangerous to cycle on the roads in my local area”, while 47% disagreed.
Only 34% agreed that the roads in their area “are well designed to be safe for cyclists”, with 64% disagreeing. And just 20% felt that the Tour de France starting in Britain had encouraged them to cycle more, with 78% disagreeing. 55% of respondents felt that employers don’t do enough to encourage cycling to work.
The poll showed older people were more likely than their younger counterparts to believe the roads were too dangerous: 61% of those aged 65 and over, compared to 45% of 18 to 24 year olds.
Talking to the BBC News website, Martin Lucas-Smith from the Cambridge Cycling Campaign said "things like narrow cycle lanes" and "badly maintained roads" led to cyclists feeling unsafe.
Mr Lucas-Smith added: "We'd like to see proper allocation of space on these roads which can almost always be achieved simply by a bit of redesign, so people can cycle safely and easily."
Chris Boardman, Olympic medallist and British Cycling policy adviser, said: "People don't feel safe when riding their bikes on our roads.
"In order to rectify this we need a clear commitment from Government and local authorities to prioritise the safety and needs of cyclists in all future transport schemes."
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