What are the most frequently mentioned reasons why people do not cycle? The most frequent is ‘safety concerns’ but high on the list is ‘poor weather’. In 2014, the Department for Regional Development (DRD) in Northern Ireland published a report which indicated that 19% of people gave ‘bad weather’ as a barrier that discouraged them from cycling short distances (less than three miles) – the figure in 2011 was 24%. With Government efforts to increase the level of cycling – particularly as an everyday activity for shorter journeys – is this a feasible objective in terms of the weather?
Andrew Grieve, Head of the DRD Cycling Unit decided to find out.