Britain urgently needs to change the way that it moves.
“Our roads have continued to swell, our air quality is dangerously harmful and we are in the midst of an inactivity and obesity public health emergency. And yet, despite all of this, efforts to get people out of their cars and choosing more active travel choices have stalled.
That’s why in January 2019 we launched our first State of Cycling survey: to better understand the views and experiences of our members, including the efforts of their employers to get more people riding to work and the commitment of their local and national representatives to spearhead change. Despite glimmers of progress, the overall picture is quite stark. Seven in ten do not believe that conditions have improved in the last five years, while almost two thirds are concerned about their safety when riding on the road. We clearly still have plenty to do, and we want these figures to be a rallying cry – for bold leadership, greater investment and strong collaboration – as we enter the next Government spending review period You may be wondering why we only sought the views of our members, a group largely made up of regular and committed riders. The answer is quite simple – if cycling isn’t an enjoyable experience for these people, our efforts to convince the hesitant or reluctant to get on a bike don’t stand a chance.
Transforming Britain into a great cycling nation won’t be easy, and we will only ever get there with the support, determination and collaboration of its communities, businesses and politicians.
So let’s get on with it.”
Chris Boardman British Cycling Policy Adviser