Potholes are putting us off cycling

The state of Britain's roads is stopping more people from cycling, a survey has suggested.

More than half (56 per cent) of people say they would cycle more if roads had fewer faults such as potholes, according to research commissioned by charity Cycling UK.

From 2007 to 2016, some 22 cyclists were killed and 368 seriously injured where a poor or defective road surface was a factor, Department for Transport figures show.

The state of Britain's roads is stopping more people from cycling, a survey has suggested

The state of Britain's roads is stopping more people from cycling, a survey has suggested

The Cycling UK study said 57 per cent were put off cycling because they had to share the road with lorries and other large vehicles while a similar number were deterred by drivers overtaking too closely. 

One in five local roads in England and Wales is in a poor condition as councils face a huge funding deficit to tackle potholes, a recent report by the Asphalt Industry Alliance warned.

Father-of-two Simon Moss, 44, lost four teeth and fractured his spine after crashing into a pothole that was reportedly 9in deep while cycling in Buckinghamshire last month.

Cycling UK's head of campaigns Duncan Dollimore said: 'Cycling is still a minority activity in the UK with only 2 per cent

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