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Times cycling survey will help shape Parliamentary inquiry, Telegraph seeks views on motoring

Two national newspapers are currently running surveys through their websites that will be of interest to road.cc users for rather different reasons - one by The Times under its Cities fit for Cyclists campaign, the other by The Daily Telegraph on motoring and which is very much car-centric in its framing.

Results from The Times survey, which you can complete here, will underpin a report that will be written to accompany the cross-party Parliamentary inquiry that aims to get more people cycling as well as focusing on cycle safety. The survey will be open for around four weeks.

The Telegraph, meanwhile, has launched its third annual motoring survey in partnership with the insurance company, AXA, and will be open until midnight on Tuesday 20th November, posing the question: "Fed up with the standards of driving and aggression on the UK's roads? Here's your chance to have a say to provide a clear picture of attitudes to cars and driving across the country."

It's aimed specifically at motorists, but given that the vast majority of adult cyclists also hold a driving licence that's likely to include you.

It's an opportunity for those of us who do use two wheels to get around rather than rely solely on the car to get our views across, as cycling journalist and campaigner Carlton Reid says on his Quickrelease.tv website, where he also imagines what responses would look like if drivers were being truthful.

Reid also points out: "The two surveys are related: dismal driving behaviour makes cycling (and walking) far more dangerous than it needs to be."

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.