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Best Cities for Cycling – As Cost of Living Drives 35% To Swap Car for Bike

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Mapped ways are high-quality cycle routes that are easy to navigate – linking communities and businesses – ensuring riders of all levels feel safe and confident.

The Department for Transport’s National Travel Attitudes Survey has shown that due to the cost-of-living crisis, 35% of Brits now choose to cycle or walk some of their journeys rather than getting behind the wheel.

The cost of driving has rapidly increased over the past few years – notably, the rise in fuel prices (petrol now costs over 150p per litre for the first time in 12 months), as well as the soaring cost of car insurance, with premiums now up by over 50%.

This means that many Brits are now thinking twice about driving – with cycling being a healthier and significantly cheaper option.

Around 2.6 million cars are being taken off UK roads daily because of the swap to walking or cycling.

With millions of Brits changing from four wheels to two, experts have now looked at the best cities across the nation for cyclists – based on the number of mapped bikeways each area has.

The research shows that London is the best city for cyclists, with over 300,000 mapped ways – Edinburgh follows in second place with almost 100,000 fewer paths.

Only seven of the top 20 cities have over 100,000 mapped ways, and 13 have over 50,000.

Most English cities on the list are in the South, with just four from North England (namely, Carlisle, York, Liverpool and Hull).

All three capital cities across the four nations feature on the top 20 list – with Belfast being the city to miss out on a top 10 place, ranking in eleventh with just under 60,000 mapped ways.

Lee Evans, bicycle insurance comparison expert at  Quotezone.co.uk, said:  “It’s tough at the moment as the cost-of-living crisis starts to squeeze all aspects of our lives, with fuel prices and car insurance costs skyrocketing, making fewer motorists able to afford driving, but it is a positive step forward to see more Brits consider cycling as an option.

“People are reconsidering those quick, jump in the car journeys and substituting them for walking or cycling, which is excellent for their health and a positive step forward in reducing the number of cars on the roads – improving the environment and our physical and mental wellbeing.

“Many cities have begun to change their road layouts to help bike users travel more safely – or have introduced measures to cut down on the number of vehicles allowed to drive through the main centre.

“If these pedestrian trends continue and more cyclists try substituting cars and public transport, the hope is more investment from government and local authorities to focus on growing bike lanes in urban areas.

“As it stands currently, Edinburgh (outside of London) has been revealed as the best city for cyclists, with 208,059 mapped ways for cycling. London tops the ranks with 300,873.

“Three Scottish cities (Edinburgh, Inverness and Glasgow) are all in the top ten most cycle-friendly cities, as well as one from Wales (Cardiff). The only city from Northern Ireland to make it into the top 20 was Belfast – with 59,077 cycle mapped ways.

“Inner city cycling can be hazardous, especially if not on one of the dedicated mapped ways, so all road users must be aware of each other and respectful of the time and space cyclists need. Cyclist and bicycle insurance can help safeguard both bike and rider in case of an incident.”

Here Are the Top 20 Cycle-Friendly Cities Across the UK From Quotezone.co.uk:
RANK
CITY
NUMBER OF MAPPED WAYS
1
London
300,873
2
Edinburgh
208,059
3
Birmingham
187,417
4
Bristol
132,866
5
Inverness
120,878
6
Carlisle
108,535
7
Glasgow
106,547
8
York
79,438
9
Cardiff
68,875
10
Cambridge
60,459
11
Belfast
59,077
12
Oxford
58,341
13
Liverpool
55,073
14
Lichfield
46,230
15
Bath
46,049
16
Canterbury
42,345
17
Brighton
41,883
18
Hull
36,826
19
Winchester
36,688
20
Norwich
36,566

For all types of bicycle insurance, including electric bikes, Quotezone.co.uk can help and CompareNI.com for those living in Northern Ireland. 

 

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