Basing its figures on Department for Transport statistics, CTC estimates that cycle use in the UK has increased by 10 per cent since 1993, and that the rate of reported pedal casualties has decreased by more than 34
per cent over the same period.
Roger Geffen, CTC campaigns and policy manager, said:
"The Health Development Agency's news last week that 18 per cent of 15-year-olds are now obese serves as a blunt reminder that we all need to take more exercise, but unfortunately, people are being put off cycling by a
perception that the roads are too dangerous. These new figures should help dispel this myth and encourage more of us, and especially children, to enjoy the many benefits of regular cycling."
"The relationship between increased cycle use and reduced cycle casualties found in mainland Europe also holds for Britain - the more people that cycle, the safer it is to cycle."