This publication presents statistics on attitudes towards transport in Great Britain during 2011. It discusses results for the transport questions asked on the 2011 British Social Attitudes survey and trend changes since 2010. It includes attitudes towards cycling and the potential to change transport modes for short trips.
Thirty-one per cent of respondents were cyclists: that is, they had access to a bicycle and had cycled in the last 12 months. However,
Age and gender have a strong effect on whether individuals feel confident cycling and how dangerous they consider the roads to be. Those who drive are also slightly more confident about cycling on the roads.
46 per cent of those aged 18-24 reported feeling confident about cycling on the roads, falling to just 12 per cent of those aged 65+ (this probably also reflects the respondents' confidence in their physical ability to ride a bicycle). Similarly, 52 per cent of those aged 18-24 said it was too dangerous on the roads for them to ride a bicycle, rising to 78 per cethose aged 65+.
Females were less confident about cycling and considered it more dangerous than males: