On yer bike! Well, perhaps not.
By: Dave Robbins
14 March 2016
With spring just around the corner, now’s the time to blow the dust off your cycle clips, put some wind in your tyres and start cycling to work!
Aside from the obvious health benefits, using pedal power saves money, reduces traffic levels and cuts harmful emissions. But despite all those plus points it seems that the vast majority of the great British public won’t be commuting by bike any time soon. According to the results of a YouGov poll, only 9% of those interviewed are current cycle commuters. Alongside distance, those that aren’t cited safety as the main reason for their reticence.
To be fair, as the results of two other surveys show, they may have a point. Research conducted by tyre manufacture Continental has found that eight out of ten drivers admit that they sometimes drive on autopilot for some or all of a journey. To make matters worse, ‘zoning out’ whilst driving is on the increase, up by a third over the past six years.
And, thanks to an experiment conducted by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) and Auto Express, it’s also been revealed that only half of ‘experienced drivers’ would pass their driving test if they had to take it again. Insufficient use of mirrors, speeding and underuse of signals were the main errors.
The reality is that, thanks to technology, driving is actually getting safer. Equally, maybe some people who might use their bikes think life on two wheels is more dangerous than it actually is. Commenting on the driving test results, Steve Fowler, editor-in-chief of Auto Express said: “The results of our tests show that too many people aren’t as good at driving as they think they are. Whilst technology has made driving safer, the attitude and ability of the person behind the wheel is still the most important element”.
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