It's almost time for the clocks to go forward, and with the anticipated rise in numbers out on bikes as the weather (hopefully) warms up, the charity Brake is appealing to cyclists everywhere to bike for Brake, to raise funds and awareness for road safety.
Brake and British Cycling are joining forces to call for action to make every summer a summer of cycling, through more safe routes and more towns and cities ‘GOing 20'
GO 20 is a coalition of 11 charities and organisations calling for more local authorities to implement 20mph limits across towns, cities and villages; the government to work towards 20mph being the norm in built-up areas; and drivers to pledge to GO 20 around homes, schools and shops.
The call for lower speeds comes as Brake publish a survey of 1000 cyclists, in which that nine in 10 think traffic is too fast on roads in their area and an overwhelming 98% said more should be done to make local streets safer for cyclists and pedestrians.
Other results of the survey into attitudes towards 20mph urban limits included:
- 46% would cycle more local journeys
- 44% would cycle more for leisure or exercise
- 40% would cycle more to work, given safer local routes
- 68% say widespread 20mph limits are needed in their area to make cycling and walking safer
Brake is an independent road safety charity. Brake exists to stop the five deaths and 66 serious injuries that happen on UK roads every day and to care for families bereaved and seriously injured in road crashes.
You can support Brake by riding in one of their Bike for Brake rides, at home and abroad.
Last year 16 cycling events were held for Brake raising £13,700.
Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive at Brake, said: "As we move into British summertime, more people will be taking to their bikes to commute, exercise, or enjoy the longer days.
"But this survey shows what a long way we have to go before the UK's streets are truly cyclist-friendly. It remains that fast traffic and inadequate safe routes have a major impact on people's ability to choose and enjoy cycling. We believe everyone should be able to cycle or walk in their community or to get to work or school without fear or threat.
"We're calling on drivers to make a difference by slowing down and looking out for cyclists and pedestrians. We're also appealing to more authorities to recognise the huge demand for safe walking and cycling, and enormous benefits of widespread 20mph limits and safe routes, and GO 20."
"We're also appealing to cyclists everywhere to get behind the campaign and bike for Brake this summer. It's a great way to indulge your love of cycling while raising money for a great cause and helping us speak out for everyone's right to cycle and walk without fear or threat."
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.