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Sustrans calls for improved cycle storage for people on low incomes.

Posted on in Business News , Cycles News

The Sustrans Walking and Cycling Index, the biggest UK survey of walking, wheeling and cycling, found only 40% of residents on low incomes had access to a cycle. This compared to 59% in professional occupations. 

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Importantly the Index found in 2021 that 70% of residents on a low income would find access to a cycle useful to start cycling. But while people on a low income are less likely to be able to afford the cost of a new cycle, it's not just cost that has been found to put people off getting a cycle. 

Sustrans’ Cycling for Everyone research found that people do not just consider the upfront cost of a cycle but also have concerns over security and insurance in the long term.

60% of residents on a low income or not in employment think access to secure cycle storage at or near their home would help them to cycle more.

Recent research from Cycling Scotland found a third of Scottish households were likely to have no safe place to store their bikes. 46% of Scottish social housing residents have nowhere suitable to store a cycle. The research suggested people living in high-rise buildings, tenement flats and apartment blocks were most likely to be affected.  

Cycling Scotland also found that very few Scottish authorities were retrofitting cycle storage, with no requirement to provide residential cycle storage in national planning and transport policies.  

Sustrans says it believes all people should have access to cycle storage that is convenient, secure, safe, weatherproof and accessible.

However, people on a low income or not in employment are more likely to live in smaller homes, including flats. A lack of space inside homes, no access to private outside space, and living in blocks of flats without step-free access from the street, all make cycle parking harder.   People on low incomes are also more likely to live in areas of multiple deprivation where crime is often higher. This means that secure cycle storage access is vital.

Overcoming cycle storage barriers is critical to increasing cycling levels amongst people on low incomes, it says.

Sustrans is therefore delivering research, supported by Cyclehoop, to better understand cycle storage provisions in the UK and the barriers that people face to safely storing their bikes. This will include a UK-wide representative survey and focus groups to understand the scale of the problem, barriers to home cycle storage and potential solutions.  Sustrans hopes to launch this research in July 2024. 

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