Sustrans has described the UK’s 10th place ranking in the European Cyclists’ Federation’s Cycling Barometer table as reflective of “mid-table mediocrity” and show just how far the country has to go to become a true cycling nation.
Commenting on the Cycling Barometer, which ranks all 28 EU member states on five criteria – you can read about the findings together with our analysis here – the sustainable transport charity’s policy director, Jason Torrance, said: “These rankings show just how far we have to go to Get Britain Cycling.
“Given the massive transport, public health and environmental challenges that the UK currently faces, mid-table mediocrity just isn’t good enough.
“Although the last few years have seen some small steps in helping people to get on bikes, we still need slower speeds on our roads, safer routes around our communities and a greater culture of respect between all road users,” he added.
The Cycling Barometer was topped by Denmark and the Netherlands, both on 125 points, while the UK was ranked 10th on 88 points, positioned below Slovakia but above France.
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.