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Roads ‘too dangerous’ for 48% of cyclists

NimbleFins has gathered statistics on the popularity of cycling for leisure and transport, bicycle safety, and bicycle thefts in England, in honour of World Bike Day on 3rd June 2019.

Across England, 30% of adults cycle at least once per month. One in five cycles once a week, and 6% cycle five times a week for either transport or leisure purposes. In the South West, South East and East of England, nearly one in ten adults cycle for leisure at least once a week. In terms of cycling for transport, 8.6% of Londoners cycle for transport at least once a week.

Of cyclists, 48% think it’s too dangerous to cycle on the road. People who do not cycle are more wary of road safety, with 68% reportedly thinking it’s too dangerous to cycle on the roads in England. In terms of the rate of deaths for cyclists, there were 29 killed per billion miles in 2016. This rate has decreased recently, with 45% fewer killed in road traffic accidents per billion miles in 2016 than in 2005. However, over the same time period, the number seriously injured per billion miles rose by 21%.  Over 300,000 bikes were reported stolen in 2018.

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