Women Twice as Likely to be Put off Cycling Due to Lack of Confidence

Research shows the leading reasons why Brits don't cycle to work

Women are twice as likely to be put off cycling due to lack of confidence than men, a survey has revealed. 

Ribble Cycles and YouGov surveyed over 1100 working Brits to determine if they cycled to work, and if not, why not. The study investigated the country’s attitude towards cycling to work, in order to help identify key areas which still need improvement.

From the study, a quarter of those who don’t cycle to work claim it’s owing to their lack of confidence as a cyclist – that concern applied to 34 per cent of women and only 15 per cent of men.

The results from the survey have provided valuable insight into the thoughts and attitudes of working Brits who both do, and don’t cycle. One of the most notable stats is that a staggering 87% of Brits don’t cycle to work, 9% do cycle, and 4% commute via other methods.

The top five reasons people lists for not cycling to work were:

Live too far away to cycle (42%)

Worried about having an accident (26%)

Not confident enough cyclist (25%)

Weather conditions (20%)

Too many items to carry (19%)

There are government schemes in place, such as the cycle-to-work scheme which enables employees to received tax-free benefits when purchasing a new bike for commuting. The scheme’s aim is to encourage more people to ditch the car, and go green by cycling to work.

Despite the efforts being made to improve city riding, and encouraging more adults to ride to work, it appears that the problem isn’t with cost of a bike, or the cycle network, but a personal confidence in both themselves as a cyclist, and UK drivers.

With our European counterparts such as Amsterdam’s and Copenhagen’s cycle network success, it appears the UK still has a lot of catching up to do before we’re a two-wheeled nation.

Hopefully this study highlights the problem areas, and will result in more bike proficiency classes for adults to inspire confidence and master traffic cycling skills.

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