Increase in traffic leaves people scared to cycle

Team Sky's Geriant Thomas leads the peleton past Cardiff Castle during stage eight of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain from  Worcester to Cardiff. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 10, 2017. See PA story CYCLING Tour of Britain. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire
Team Sky's Geriant Thomas leads the peleton past Cardiff Castle during stage eight of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain from Worcester to Cardiff. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 10, 2017. See PA story CYCLING Tour of Britain. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire

The number of people taking to two wheels and cycling has dropped, with traffic and road conditions blamed for a rise in perceived danger. Figures published by the Department for Transport show that nationwide, the average adult made 15 journeys by bike in 2016, compared to 17 ten years before.

The study found that almost 60 per cent of adults believe cycling on Britain's roads is too dangerous. However, it did show that while fewer journeys were undertaken, people were cycling further, with the average journey of 3.5 miles an improvement over the 3 miles of 2015.