In May, Love to Ride surveyed 10,000 people registered on the Love to Ride platform.
The aims were to explore whether COVID-19 had impacted:
- How often people were riding
- How often people were intending to ride post-lockdown
- Attitudes towards public transport from those who used public transport to get to work prior to COVID-19.
Here are our findings:
New and Occasional riders are riding more often
Almost half of the people who are new to riding, and those who normally ride less than once a week (occasional riders), noted they were riding more often in May 2020 than at this time last year.
49% of regular riders (those who ride 2 days a week or more) were riding less often than this time last year. This is likely due to the fact that many regular riders are bike commuters and therefore aren’t biking everyday to work anymore so they’re riding less often.
People intend to ride more often
3 in 5 people who are new to riding, or ride occasionally, say they’re going to ride more often in the coming weeks and months.
About a third of regular riders say they’ll ride more often, but about a third also say they’ll ride less often (most likely due to not riding to work in the near future).
40-50% of people say they’ll use public transportation less
In the UK - half of public transportation users say they are less likely to use public transport to get to work 6-months after the lockdown ends.
In the U.S. - 2 in 5 public transit users say they are less likely to use public transport to get to work 6-months after stay at home orders are lifted.
57% of public transport users would bike to work instead
Of public transport users that said they were less likely to use public transport to get to work 6-months after the lockdown - 57% said they would travel to work by bike instead.
11% of public transport users said they would work from home and 10% said they would commute to work by driving alone 6-months after lockdown.
17% of public transport users noted they would combine more than one mode of transport (i.e. bike and drive alone) or work from home on some days and bike to work on others. These have been grouped within ‘other’.
People who regularly ride are less likely to commute to work by driving alone
As frequency of riding increases, a smaller proportion of people (who normally use public transport to get to work and are less likely to do so after lockdown) indicated they would travel to work by driving alone.
16% of new riders said they would drive to work instead of using public transport compared to 6% of regular riders.
If we can encourage and support new and occasional riders to continue to ride more often at this time, then we may see a reduction in intention to commute to work by driving alone after the lockdown is lifted.
All riders need guidance on local routes to support them to ride more often
As well as riders calling for more bike infrastructure to help them to ride more often and to work after the lockdown, 32% of new riders and 22% of occasional riders noted guidance on local routes as helpful to support them to ride more often.
Similarly, regular riders also noted route guidance as helpful to support them to ride to work after lockdown and 13% of regular riders noted bike maintenance tips as helpful.
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