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Brake comments as 3 in 5 adults feel it is too dangerous to cycle on the roads

News from Brake
Wednesday 31 July 2019
3 in 5 adults in England feel that it is too dangerous for them to cycle on the roads, according to statistics published by the Department for Transport today.
The National Travel Attitude Survey found that 61% of adults aged 18+ in England agreed that “it is too dangerous for me to cycle on the roads”. The survey also revealed that Women were more likely than men to agree (68% to 54%) and people were just as likely to agree if they were aged 25-34 as they were aged 65 and older. Cyclists were less likely to believe that cycling was too dangerous for them than non-cyclists (50% to 65%).
Road safety charity, Brake, believe that these findings reveal just how much work needs to be done to convince people that it is safe to cycle on the roads, and have called for further action from the Government.
Commenting, Joshua Harris, director of campaigns for Brake said:
“Cycling is one of the healthiest and cheapest ways to get around and everyone should be able to cycle every day without fear for their own safety. Yet these findings reveal that most adults just don’t think its safe to cycle on our roads and more is clearly needed to be done to convince them otherwise.
“Whilst the Government’s actions to encourage more people to cycle and keep them safe are welcome, they must go further. We need slower, safer speed limits, greater investment in segregated cycle lanes and drivers who behave dangerously removed from our roads.”
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Brake welcomes Government’s bold vision for the future of transport in the UK

News from Brake
Friday 27 March 2020
Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps MP, has said that public transport and active travel should be the first choice for moving around in future and that people should use their cars less to tackle climate change.
The comments come in the foreword of the Government’s Decarbonising Transport document and mark a significant step change in the Government’s thinking towards the future of transport in the UK.
Road safety campaigners, Brake, have long been calling for active travel and public transport to be the main way that people should move around as part of their vision for safe and healthy mobility.
Commenting, Joshua Harris, director of campaigns for Brake said: “This is fantastic news. Everyone should be able to move in safe and healthy ways and its heartening to hear of the Government’s step change focussing on reducing car use – it has great potential to reduce the number of serious injuries and deaths on our roads, as well as improve people’s health. We now need to see greater investment in active travel, such as more segregated cycle paths and foot paths, to make this vision a reality.” 
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Brake welcomes Public Health England’s recommendations to create safe and healthy streets

News from Brake
Monday 11 March 2019
Public Health England has today announced several recommendations to tackle the air pollution in the UK, which is estimated to contribute to between 28,000 and 36,000 deaths every year. Their recommendations include:
  • Implementing no-idling zones in areas with vulnerable hotspots such as schools, hospitals and care homes,
  • Redesigning cities so people aren't so close to highly polluting roads by, for example, designing wider streets or using hedges to screen against pollutants,
  • Investing more in clean public transport as well as foot and cycle paths,
  • Encouraging uptake of low emission vehicles by setting more ambitious targets for installing electric car charging points,
  • Discouraging highly polluting vehicles from entering populated areas with incentives such as low emission or clean air zones.
Road safety charity, Brake, has welcomed these proposals calling them a step in the right direction to creating safe and healthy streets.
Commenting, director of campaigns for Brake, Joshua Harris said:
“Road crashes and air pollution are both nationwide epidemics which need tackling as a matter of priority, and we welcome Public Health England’s recommendations. People should be free to move in a safe and healthy way every day and on every journey and this includes ensuring the air they breathe isn’t polluted. Encouraging people to leave their cars at home and walk, cycle or use other means of active travel can have hugely positive health benefits as well as reducing emissions from less car use. Yet people are often deterred from walking or cycling by the danger on our roads and the risk of exposure to excessive pollution. Redesigning our cities is vital to ensure that people can live and travel in a safe and healthy environment, free from harm from traffic and pollution.”
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