Bicycle use has surged 47% on Saturdays and 62% on Sundays since 20 February and is now higher than any time since November, according to new figures released by the Department for Transport (DfT).
The DfT figures reveal cycling use shot up 24% over the past 12 months.
The official figures show the biggest rise is for leisure use, with 60% more riders in the saddle at weekends and bank holidays.
By comparison, weekday use is up just 8% over the same period, which coincides with the lockdown’s one-year anniversary.
Data from Quotezone.co.uk own data – which launched the UK’s first price comparison website for bicycle insuranceshows 2020 – was at a four-year high in terms of bicycle insurance volumes, with a 173% increase from 2019.
2021 has set off at a similar pace with the highest recorded volumes for January – March, for the last 5 years – 130% increase from the same period in 2020.
The DfT’s research, carried out from 23 March 2020 to 19 March 2021, used the equivalent day on the first week of March last year as a benchmark for the data collection period.
Quotezone’s own research is based on a sample of 26,000 premiums collected over a 12-month period from February 2020 to January 2021, which was cross-referenced with samples from previous years in order to calculate the rate of growth.
Responding to the new data, Greg Wilson, Founder of Quotezone.co.uk says: “It’s not surprising that bicycles are gaining in popularity once again but to already be 130% up on last year’s sales is surprising, considering the good weather has yet to arrive.
It will be interesting to see how the commuting figures respond as people consider returning to the office after 12th April – I would imagine cycling would prove more popular than public transport until the population is completely vaccinated.
“I’d recommend, before cyclists sign up for a new bicycle insurance policy, that they double check whether or not their home insurance covers their bike, and if so, whether it’s insured for its full value.
If the bike isn’t covered, or if the single item limit on the home insurance policy means the coverage won’t cover the full value of the vehicle, they can purchase a standalone bicycle insurance policy and add on any extras they might need.”
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