By Kate Hutton, Business Insider’s bike courier service team editorThe UK has the third-highest number of bike commuters per capita in the world, according to a report released by the International Transport Research Institute (ITRI).
The UK is the first country in the developed world where cycling is the fastest growing mode of transport in terms of new trips, according the report released Tuesday.
It also ranks first in the EU for bike commuting, behind Germany, the US and France.
However, the UK has some of the lowest cycling rates in Europe, with just 9.7% of the population being on bikes in 2017.
“We know that bike commuting is growing and has become the preferred mode of travel for people of all ages and economic levels,” said ITRI CEO Peter Bevan.
“This means that we need to invest in better bike facilities, and make sure they are safe, convenient and easy to access.”
The UK’s bike infrastructure is in a mess.
The UK was ranked sixth in the European Union for the number of cycling trips per capita.
However, there were more than 8,000 fewer cycling trips in 2017 than in 2016.
The number of journeys per day (Td) for cyclists is higher in the city centre and on the outskirts, where there are more places to cycle.
However there is still a lot of space for people to travel on bikes, with only 13.6% of all journeys taking place in central London, according Tobermory University.
“The UK bike infrastructure needs to be rebuilt and the transport system must invest in new infrastructure to support cyclists,” said Bevan, adding that it would be a “good idea to improve access to cycling facilities.”
The report also found that the UK is one of only four countries where the proportion of trips taken by public transport is lower than in other EU countries.
According to the report, the country’s share of the total cycling population in 2016 was 28%, compared to 40% in France, 56% in Germany and 74% in Italy.
“There is a clear and present danger that the country is becoming a cycling nation and the cycling infrastructure needs rebuilding,” said Dr David Leopold, head of transport and cycling policy at Transport Focus, a think tank.
“A lack of infrastructure for bikes is the biggest impediment to cycling.
That means the road network must be improved to help transport people to and from work and away from busy areas.”
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