Region’s workers willing to use pedal power

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MORE than half of people in Yorkshire are prepared to get on their bike to go to work, a survey claims today.

The poll said 55 per cent of cyclists and non-cyclists in the region were willing to use their bicyles compared to only one in five in Scotland and two in five in Wales and the East Midlands, where there were greater concerns about safety. In contrast, as many as 69 per cent of regular cyclists in the West Midlands pedalled to their workplace.

Adrian Scott, head of insurance company Cycleguard which commissioned the survey, said: “Cyclists from the west side of England appear to be leading the pack when it comes to cycling to work and we will hopefully see more regions follow suit, particularly as the Government’s Cycle to Work scheme has reported an eight per cent year-on-year increase in people cycling to work across the UK.

“However, safety remains a key consideration for many, with a recent report highlighting road safety as the number one reason for people not cycling to work.

“We hope that as cities across the UK benefit from the Government’s recent £94m investment in cycling, safety for cyclists will be considerably improved and more people will be encouraged to cycle to work.”

The survey was based on responses from 500 regular UK cyclists and 500 adults who had not cycled for 12 months or more.

Cycling has received a huge boost thanks to the success of elite British cyclists, with more expected to take it up when the Tour de France comes to the region next summer.