New research commissioned by Aviva – the sponsor of the Women's Tour as well as the upcoming Tour of Britain – has found that men are twice as likely as women to cycle to work. BikeBiz reports how the survey of 2,000 people found that 18 per cent of men used their bike to commute compared to nine per cent of women.
On top of this, 41 per cent of women questioned said they have not ridden a bike for over two years, compared to 28 per cent of men. Lindsay Forster, UK and Ireland customer marketing director at Aviva, lauded the impact of Bike to Work Schemes, but said further action was needed to address the imbalance.
The main reasons given by women for not cycling to work were safety concerns (41 per cent) and fitness levels (25 per cent). The equivalent figures for men were 28 per cent and 13 per cent. A lack of showers at work was also cited by 16 per cent of women, while needing the car later in the day was given as a reason by nine per cent. Both men and women felt similarly about the distance to work and cycling in bad weather.
However, nine per cent of women said they had been inspired to take up cycling regularly after watching events such as the Olympics and Forster said she hoped the Aviva Women’s Tour earlier this year would also have helped. “Cycling has numerous benefits including improving people’s health and wellbeing, keeping commuting costs down alongside being better for the environment. I hope more women will be encouraged to give cycling a try.”
Earlier this year, national cyclists’ charity CTC urged more people to commute by bike after research revealed that 47 per cent of people live five miles or less from their place of work.
CTC’s Bike Week Co-ordinator, Jonathan Sharpe, said that this and other findings made ‘a really a compelling case for cycling.’
“It is easy to start your day on time, less burdened by traffic jams, and with money still in your pocket ready for a hearty lunch break – the answer is cycling to work.”
Other research previously featured on road.cc has found that those who commute by bike are more likely to arrive at work refreshed and be more productive than people who do so using other modes of transport.