National newspapers launch cycling and motoring surveys

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 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 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."

Simon has been news editor at since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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