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Fuel and fares costs come lower on list of motivations

Earlier this week we reported how Sustrans interviewees on the National Cycle Network cited high fares and fuel costs as reasons to get on their bikes. A new survey says that the primary reason for heading out on two wheels however, is fun.

A new YouGov survey put 'fun' up op of the list of reasons to cycle, with 82 per cent saying it was a factor, followed closely by 'keeping fit' at 78 per cent. Saving money and environmental concerns came rather further down the list, at 39 and 29 per cent respectively.

As BikeBiz points out, the survey of 1089 cyclists in the UK costs £1,750 to read in full, and is aimed at retailers and manufacturers.

“While the tangible benefits of cycling, such as saving money, are acknowledged by the nationally representative group as motivations to cycle, it is clear that more could be done to promote the more ethereal aspects such as stress relief," YouGov SixthSense research director James McCoy told BikeBiz.

"Here, campaigns to encourage employees to try commuting by bicycle, say, for just a week would be ideal."

 

After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.

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dave atkinson [6258 posts] 4 years ago
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I'm having a ball right there  1

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Cooks [492 posts] 4 years ago
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I ride for the chicks.

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jackh [121 posts] 4 years ago
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No, cyclists ride for fun? I thought we were part of a shadowy conspiracy to bring down the oil-driven global capitalist system.  13

Oh and to annoy car drivers  3

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Sadly Biggins [269 posts] 4 years ago
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and to wear lycra in daylight

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mingmong [265 posts] 4 years ago
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I ride so I can eat more potatoes than a pig.

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don_don [149 posts] 4 years ago
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I only ride so I have an excuse to shave my legs..

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John_the_Monkey [438 posts] 4 years ago
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More curry.

More beer.

More biscuits.

More cake.

Same weight/trouser size.

It is, as our American friends say, "a no brainer".

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cidermart [492 posts] 4 years ago
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and other places don_don or is that just me??  3

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OldRidgeback [2659 posts] 4 years ago
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John_the_Monkey wrote:

More curry.

More beer.

More biscuits.

More cake.

Same weight/trouser size.

It is, as our American friends say, "a no brainer".

Ditto - a colleague commented, as I tucked into my third chocolate biscuit of the morning, that she wished she could eat as many. Run and cycle a lot and the weight stays off. I'm, well not young any more, and I've still got the same waist measurement I had 20 years ago and I was fit and not overweight then either.

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SideBurn [890 posts] 4 years ago
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Cycling to work with hailstones whacking into my face is THE most fun anyone can have? 1089 cyclists.....they have really pushed the boat out there. And they charge £1750 to read it? Next time I am asked for my opinion I will charge I think!