Cyclists are welcome on the roads – but they should have insurance say Brits
- Seven in 10 (69.2%) Brits admit that cyclists are harmless, they keep down traffic levels and they save our planet
- However, the same proportion of people (69.6%*) also say cyclists should have to take out liability insurance – though just 46.3% of cyclists admit their bikes are not covered under insurance when away from home
- Brits believe roads should be made safer for cyclists, 52.7% of people believe town and city centres should be closed to cars and only open to public transport and cyclists, and 74.9% of people say cyclists should have special cycle paths
New research ahead of Bike Week (14-22 June), shows Brits are backpedalling on the ‘drivers versus cyclists’ rift, with seven in 10 (69%) admitting that the latter are in fact harmless, keep down traffic levels, and even help to save the planet. But they’re not completely off the hook with UK drivers, as seven in 10 (69.6%*) say cyclists should have to take out liability insurance, just as it’s compulsory for drivers to have car insurance.
The results, from insurance provider Policy Expert, show overwhelming support for Britain’s cyclists and their right to a safe and enjoyable journey. More than half (52.7%) of people believe town and city centres should be closed to cars and only open to public transport and cyclists, and 74.9% of people agree or strongly agree that cyclists should have special cycle paths and shouldn’t have to use the roads at all.
In the meantime, cyclists can make tracks in protecting themselves, by ensuring their bikes are insured. Currently, 46.3% of cyclists admit their bikes are not covered under insurance when away from home.
Adam Powell, Head of Operations at Policy Expert said:
“Insurance for cyclists is a heavily debated topic. It’s apparent that the majority of Brits would like it to be compulsory for cyclists to buy insurance, much like motorists have to. But, this would be a huge regulatory step to take. As a starting point, cyclists should check whether their personal belongings, whether it’s a bike or a wallet, are covered for theft and loss when away from the house. Always check with your home insurance policy provider to see what level of cover you have.”
The research also looked at what most frustrates British road users. The top 5 traffic gripes of Brits are:
- Behaviours of other motorists (39.9%)
- The sheer level of traffic on the roads (28.4%)
- The behaviour of cyclists (8.6%)
- Speed camera (6.2%)
- Low speed limits (2.5%)