Janet (j4) wrote,
Janet
j4

Bike immunity

Well, I haven't done a poll for a while. Why now? Why not? I could point out that since moving to Zone 7 I've had a longer cycle ride into work, which has given me more opportunities to observe the behaviour of the Cambridge cyclist in its natural habitat (a dishonourable mention should go to the flock of language students who tried to turn right from the wrong side of Gonville Place into the wrong side of Mill Road at the Parkside junction the other morning -- judging from their screeches of laughter they thought it was the height of hilarity that they nearly caused a multi-vehicle pile-up) but really the main reason for this poll is curiosity. I'm interested to know about people's cycling habits, and their reasons for doing the things they do. (For what it's worth, my own answers should make it clear that I don't have any kind of moral high ground here!)

Please do fill in the poll if you cycle at all, however rarely. I can't promise I'll be able to produce any kind of useful write-up of the results, but if you'll all just humour me and my insatiable curiosity, I'll see what I can do.



Edit: I can't edit the actual poll, but damerell and mobbsy have pointed out a couple of areas of fuzziness in the questions. So, just to clarify the questions about cycling on pavements:

- by "pavements" I mean those which are not explicitly marked as shared-use
- accessing property from the nearest dropped kerb doesn't count, because you can do that in a car as well.

Poll #593054 Bike curious

I cycle on pavements ...

never
19(32.2%)
very rarely
26(44.1%)
sometimes
12(20.3%)
frequently
2(3.4%)

If I do, it's because (check all that apply) ...

it's quicker/easier
0(0.0%)
it's only a short stretch of pavement
2(5.0%)
the roads are too dangerous
1(2.5%)
the pavements have better surfaces
0(0.0%)
I don't have lights
0(0.0%)
there are no pedestrians around
0(0.0%)
I'm cycling at walking pace
0(0.0%)
I'm cycling with my children
0(0.0%)
I'm taking the dog for a walk
0(0.0%)
it doesn't do any harm
0(0.0%)
other reason (see next question)
7(17.5%)

If you checked 'other' in the previous question, please elaborate:

I cycle at night without lights ...

never
24(40.7%)
very rarely
27(45.8%)
sometimes
7(11.9%)
frequently
1(1.7%)

If I do, it's because (check all that apply) ...

I can't be bothered to buy / fit / fix / maintain lights
3(9.1%)
I can't afford to buy / fit / fix / maintain lights
0(0.0%)
I have reflectors, that's enough
0(0.0%)
I only cycle in well-lit areas
0(0.0%)
I only cycle on pavements
0(0.0%)
it's not worth having lights, they always get stolen
0(0.0%)
I forgot my lights
1(3.0%)
my batteries ran out / dynamo broke
7(21.2%)
it doesn't do any harm
0(0.0%)
other reason (see next question)
1(3.0%)

If you checked 'other' in the previous question, please elaborate:

I use a mobile phone while cycling ...

never
51(86.4%)
very rarely
6(10.2%)
sometimes
2(3.4%)
frequently
0(0.0%)

If I do, it's because (check all that apply) ...

I know it's a call that can't wait
0(0.0%)
I'm only cycling slowly
0(0.0%)
there are no other road users around
0(0.0%)
I'm confident of my ability to cycle one-handed
1(11.1%)
it doesn't do any harm
0(0.0%)
other reason (see next question)
2(22.2%)

If you checked 'other' in the previous question, please elaborate:

I cycle the wrong way along roads ...

never
35(59.3%)
very rarely
20(33.9%)
sometimes
4(6.8%)
frequently
0(0.0%)

If I do, it's because (check all that apply) ...

it's quicker/easier
3(12.5%)
there's nobody else on the road
3(12.5%)
"one way" signs don't apply to cyclists
0(0.0%)
it doesn't do any harm
0(0.0%)
other reason (see next question)
5(20.8%)

If you checked 'other' in the previous question, please elaborate:


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