Pedal power is on the up across the county

Fig­ures show one in seven peo­ple in Bucks cy­cle at least once a week – above the na­tional av­er­age

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The De­part­ment for Trans­port has just re­leased the re­sults of an an­nual sur­vey, which re­veals how of­ten peo­ple cy­cle in Eng­land.

In Buck­ing­hamshire there were 1,876 re­spon­dents, who an­swered ques­tions about their travel habits be­tween Novem­ber 2016 and Novem­ber 2017.

Of those, 13% said they cy­cled at least once a week. This is above the Eng­land av­er­age of 12%.

In Chiltern, 16% of the 332 re­spon­dents cy­cled at least once a week, while in South Bucks the fig­ure was 15% of 252 re­spon­dents.

Cy­cling is be­com­ing more pop­u­lar in Buck­ing­hamshire. The sur­vey sug­gests 23% more peo­ple are cy­cling at least once a week, com­pared with 2015-16.

Out of the re­spon­dents, 5% were keen cy­clists and used their bike at least three times a week.

The sur­vey found cy­cling for leisure was more pop­u­lar than for travel, with 11% of peo­ple cy­cling at least once a week for fun, while 5% com­muted by bike.

Na­tion­ally the num­ber of cy­clists has not in­creased over the last year.

Xavier Brice, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Sus­trans, the walk­ing and cy­cling char­ity, said: “It is dis­ap­point­ing to see that lev­els of cy­cling have not changed na­tion­ally or re­gion­ally com­pared to pre­vi­ous years.

“Cities with well-es­tab­lished cy­cling cul­tures such as Cam­bridge and Ox­ford un­sur­pris­ingly record the high­est preva­lence for cy­cling at least once a week.

“This con­firms what is al­ready widely known – that good qual­ity cy­cling in­fra­struc­ture com­bined with be­hav­iour change pro­grammes is re­spon­si­ble for in­creased cy­cling up­take.

“Pro­tected cy­cling in­fra­struc­ture also helps break down a bar­rier for those peo­ple who don’t cy­cle be­cause of safety rea­sons, a num­ber one con­cern ac­cord­ing to the data.”

The char­ity Cy­cling UK ap­pealed to min­is­ters to make cy­cling at­trac- tive to ev­ery­body, and not “just a small seg­ment of so­ci­ety”.

Dun­can Dol­limore, head of cam­paigns, said: “The Govern­ment has just closed its con­sul­ta­tion on cy­cle and pedes­trian safety, and now we need them to ur­gently pub­lish their find­ings and take im­me­di­ate ac­tion.

“Its own statis­tics pub­lished to­day show that 60% of adults ad­mit they feel it’s too dan­ger­ous to cy­cle on the road, and in par­tic­u­lar women and older peo­ple are put off cy­cling by those fears.

“Al­though cy­cling is sta­tis­ti­cally much safer than many peo­ple think, it’s clear the Govern­ment has to ad­dress the key is­sues of in­fra­struc­ture, such as im­prov­ing roads and cy­cle lanes, and mak­ing sure our traf­fic laws op­er­ate ef­fec­tively to pro­mote road safety for every­one.”

A DfT spokes­woman said: “We are car­ry­ing out a re­view to look at ways of im­prov­ing all el­e­ments of cy­cle safety.

“We are also in­vest­ing £1.7bn through the Trans­form­ing Cities Fund, to con­nect com­mu­ni­ties and sup­port ac­tive and sus­tain­able travel.”

Buck­ing­hamshire has a sim­i­lar pro­por­tion of cy­clists to the South East, on av­er­age.

Across the coun­try un­sur­pris­ingly Cam­bridge has the high­est per­cent­age of peo­ple who cy­cle at least once a week, 54%. Brad­ford has the low­est, with fewer than 5%.

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