Despite Britain’s cycling champions having achieved international success both on the road and in the velodrome, a new study reveals not everyone has been bitten by the cycling bug as one in 10 (8%) adults has never learned to ride a bike.
And, research by specialist cycling insurance providers Cycleguard has found that even among the Britons that do know how to cycle, more than one in five (21%) can’t be bothered to ride their bike.
Cycleguard’s research also highlights why Britons may want to think twice about suspending their biking ambitions, with the findings revealing those who cycle on a regular basis are significantly happier with their diet and fitness levels compared to those that do not. Keeping fit (64%) was found to be the most popular reason for people riding their bikes.
Meanwhile, cycling also appears to play an important role in bringing people together, with more than half (56%) of regular cyclists enjoying time on their bikes with friends and family. When out of the saddle cyclists also like to take part in other sports with their friends and family, including hiking (51%), running (19%) and ice skating (9%).
Adrian Scott, head of Cycleguard, said: “That our research suggests cyclists have a healthier lifestyle than others is perhaps not surprising, but the quality time friends and families are enjoying together by riding their bikes is pleasing to see. In the wake of the Government’s £94m investment in cycling, we hope this encourages adults to learn how to ride a bike and start enjoying the numerous benefits that cycling has to offer.”
Meanwhile it’s not just the population which appears to be benefiting from more adults taking up cycling. More than four in 10 (44%) cyclists believe their chosen mode of transport has no negative impact on the environment. By comparison, just under half (45%) of non-cyclists admit their travel preferences could be damaging to their surroundings.
Adrian Scott added: “Britain is increasingly becoming a nation of cyclists, with many people up and down the country continuing to regularly enjoying cycling, both as a sport and as a pastime. But if adults do decide to take up cycling later in life, we recommend they take the necessary safety precautions to limit any mishaps that may occur.
“Wearing a helmet, reflective clothing, installing lights and ensuring their bike is set up correctly are just some of the ways a cyclist can protect themselves on the road, while specialist cycling insurance also provides cover against theft, accidental damage or if a they cause injury or damage to another person. Having these basics in place means cyclists can focus on the time they spend on two wheels with complete peace of mind.”