What UK city is the safest to cycle in?
31st May, 2021
On average, 1 in 10 people cycle more than once a week, be it for personal enjoyment, work, sport, or travel. Also, as the first national lockdown was introduced, 1 in 10 people bought a bike to increase fitness and health and a way of avoiding public transport as a means of getting to and from work.
If you're looking to take up cycling, you may want to see how safe it is to cycle in your area. We have found what are the safest and most dangerous cities for cycling, so you can cycle with confidence.
What is the safest city to cycle in?
A study undertaken by Newcastle-based True Solicitors LLP chose 39 cities spanning the UK and scored them against a scale of 0-5 for air quality, average cycling statistics, bike thefts, road traffic accidents, and ranked the safest cities in the UK for cyclists.
The safest cities to cycle in
- Brighton & Hove
In 2019, Lancaster’s ratio of accidents to cyclists was 1:729 making it one of the safest places for cyclists to be. It also recorded great air quality, so as you cycle, you’ll be inhaling cleaner, fresher air which helps to improve your physical health.
Bradford scored high in being one of the safest places to leave your bike unattended, given you’ve safely secured it with a bike chain. There was a reported 1 bike theft for every 1,934 people living in Bradford at the time. Whilst bike theft might not be the first thing you think of when looking for the safest cities to cycle in, it is very important as you can be assured your bike is much less likely to be tampered with.
The most dangerous cities to cycle in
The safest cities to cycle in, typically, have an older generation meaning there are less cars on the road and the people there live a more relaxed lifestyle, compared to those in London, Manchester, and Leeds.
Not only is London one of the most dangerous cities to cycle in, but it is also one of the most expensive to drive and take public transport in. To put this into perspective, if you lived in London and were to take up cycling, you could save more than £1,600 a year.
From the data sourced by True Solicitors and our own information, we know that smaller cities, with aging populations, and a smaller history of road traffic accidents such as Lancaster and Exeter are the safest cities to cycle in.
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