Survey says: ‘improve cycle lanes in London please’

Winkball poll of Skyriders sees improved cycle lanes as single greatest influence on getting cyclists on bikes
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Over the course of London’s Skyride last Sunday, video comms service WinkBall.com surveyed 300 London cyclists and found that over a third felt improved cycle lanes would be the biggest influencer to get people on bikes in the Capital.

16 per cent of those interview felt that cycle lanes were already satisfactory, while the majority – 71 per cent – said that cycle lanes could be improved in the Capital. Seven per cent felt that events like Skyride were important and necessary in improving public education about cycling in London and 33 per cent of those interviewed felt that improved cycle lanes would influence Londoners to get on their bikes.

31 per cent felt that safety levels for cyclists varied across London. You can watch the interviews here.

Dr. James Ohene-Djan, co-founder of WinkBall, said: “At a time when Londoners are trying to reduce their carbon footprint, many are taking to two wheels – and Skyride is a great way of showing the cycling possibilities in London. Unfortunately, nobody currently reports on the difficulties many cyclists face in getting around London on a day-to-day basis by bike. Our coverage of Skyride will give the world an insight on what it’s like to cycle around a capital city; what to avoid and what are London’s best kept cycling secrets.


“This is the first time that a video survey of this kind has been conducted and the body of video recorded will provide a hugely valuable resource for The Mayor of London and Transport for London on how they can improve the daily life for a cyclist in London.”

The findings reflect recent calls from the LCC to ensure the cycling infrastructure of the capital – including cycle routes – is up to scratch ahead of the Cycle Hire schemes due to arrive in May 2010.

A recent survey, supported by the CTC, questioned cyclist safety in cycle lanes, finding that lane width had important implications for riders.

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