Kudos to everyone new who has started pedalling or got back on their bike over the past year - keep going! And the same to those of you who have been on the bike for many years.
With lots of people gearing up for an epic summer of cycling - and alongside this, with lockdowns starting to lift (we are UK & Ireland based, do follow your local guidelines), the roads are almost getting 'back to normal' - but is this a good thing? The schools are opening up as well as local businesses which is great to see. But with this in mind, we wanted to hear from cyclists on their close pass experiences... We know it (unfortunately) happens all too often. But what does our community think? Does it put people off cycling?
CLOSE PASS SURVEY
Thank you to all of those who completed our survey, we had a great response from a total of 1,900+ cyclists.
First off, we asked everyone, 'Have you ever experienced a close pass as a cyclist? (A vehicle overtaking you, leaving you with any less than 1.5metres of space)' - and from the total 1,900+ responses, the results were:
We then asked, 'If you answered yes to the above question, has a close-pass put you off cycling at all?'
Finally, we asked, "Tell Us Anything About Your Close Pass Experiences" - so we summarised the open ended answers into the below categories:
The image above represents the analysis taken from the first 1,300 cyclists who completed the survey.
To give you a feel for some of the insights that fall into the 'other' category, we have highlighted some of them below:
So, although the fact that 98.4% of cyclists have experienced a close pass before might make for some bad reading - so many of the comments have been so positive and uplifting around the growth of cycling at this time and also that the disconnect between road users is slowly but surely improving.
We hope this helps give you a little insight into the cycling communities thoughts on close passes, and that you keep cycling. Do follow the guidance for movement in your local area, and look out for each other on the roads.