New statistics show average Brit hasn’t ridden a bike in over nine years

23 January 2017        

Category: Fundraising

Female cyclist smiling ahead of a group at the BHF London to Brighton Bike Ride

Our latest survey has found that the average Brit hasn’t ridden a bike in nine years, with one in five avoiding the saddle for more than 10 years.

Despite being one of the nation’s favourite sports, the survey of 2,000 UK residents has revealed that an astonishing 6.3 million people – one in eight of us – don’t know how to ride a bike. For those who do cycle, the survey found that the average household in the UK owns just one bike between them, but more worryingly 41% of households don’t own bike at all. 

One in five Brits said they haven’t ridden a bike in more than 10 years. Most surprisingly, almost one in ten admit it’s been so long since they’ve ridden a bike they’ve forgotten what to do. Despite this, many of us do have ambitions to get back into cycling this year. One in eight of those surveyed – the equivalent of 6.3 million people – said they received a bike at Christmas. More than half (57%) also said they would consider a cycling challenge as a way of getting back into cycling in 2017.

Elizabeth Tack, Event Lead for London to Brighton Bike Ride, said: “It’s surprising to learn that whilst there is a clear appetite for cycling in the UK, there is still a vast amount of us who are not getting on our bikes often enough, or even at all. Cycling is a fantastic way of keeping your heart healthy, which is why we’re encouraging everyone to dust off their bikes this year and challenge themselves to take on our London to Brighton Bike Ride to help support our vital research into heart disease.

“We can provide all the support you need to get you back in the saddle this year, with free training guides and advice available for all registered cyclists in the run up to the big day. It’s a fantastic day out for all the family and every pound you raise will help make a difference to millions.”

Why not get back in the saddle this year and sign up to our iconic London to Brighton Bike Ride and raise money for life saving heart research. With a range of free training guides and nutritional advice on hand, this event has everything you need to help get you back in the saddle and over the finish line in 2017.

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