Guiver, Jo W, Lumsdon, Leslie Malcolm and Weston, Richard (2005) Cycling in Lancashire. University of Central Lancashire. (Submitted)
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This report presents the findings of a survey of 6,000 households in Fleetwood, Lancaster and Pendle and three focus groups which discussed how cycling could be increased. With a response rate of over 20%, the survey represents the views of 2% of the adult population in the areas surveyed. This large scale survey presents a number of important insights into cycling in the three areas within the county.
The group wanting to increase cycling tends to be proportionally younger and with more of an interest in cycling for exercise and leisure. Segregated cycle tracks are the most popular places for increased cycling. However, there is also an interest in increasing utility cycling including commuting which could help reduce peak hour traffic.
The main deterrent to cycling is road traffic and the most popular improvement for increasing cycling is the provision of more cycle tracks away from road traffic. It is evident from the comments received and the discussions in the focus groups that a large number of people currently consider cycling on the road network as far too dangerous. However, finding the car too convenient is also stated as the major reason for not cycling more.
Satisfaction with cycling facilities reflects their current level of provision. Lancaster respondents are the most satisfied with their cycling facilities and most likely to say it has improved in the last two years. Cycle tracks are particularly important in Lancaster. The Promenade was used by 50% of Fleetwood s respondents with canal tow paths and quiet country roads being more important in Pendle. In all three areas traffic-free cycling is a desired element. From the comments received it is clear that there are a number of tensions between cyclists, pedestrians and motorists. The most frequent complaint is that the roads are too dangerous for cyclists, aggravated by aggressive or inconsiderate driving. Some pedestrians object to cycling in pedestrian areas, especially when no warning of approach is given. Some motorists protest that some cyclists ride without lights, insurance or helmets.
In summary, the report highlights the current levels and barriers to cycling in relation to other forms of transport in the three study areas. Whilst the car is the main form of transport, many people aspire to lessen their use of this mode of transport and are actively considering cycling. Traffic-free cycling tracks are a pre-requisite for these aspirations to be converted into action.
|Uncontrolled Keywords (separate with ;):||Cycling; travel;Lancashire; modal choice;|
|Subjects:||N - Business & administrative studies > N870 - Recreation & leisure studies|
N - Business & administrative studies > N850 - Transport studies
Social studies > Sociology
K - Architecture, building & planning > K490 - Planning (urban, rural & regional) not elsewhere classified
|Schools:||Faculty of Business, Law & Applied Social Studies > School of Management|
|Deposited By:||Jo W Guiver|
|Deposited On:||27 Apr 2016 12:48|
|Last Modified:||17 May 2016 13:01|
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