A survey has found that Londoners who cycle to work are happier with their commute than those who use public transport. Over 1,000 London workers shared their thoughts on commuting to work. An overwhelming 91% of Londoners who cycle to work reported that their commute is acceptable in terms of length, ease, and comfort. It also appears that incorporating cycling into your commute can improve productivity in the office. (Source: Pedaling Towards Productivity)
Key Findings of the London Survey of Bike Commuters
According to a recent YouGov survey commissioned by London Executive Offices (LEO), Londoners who cycle to work appear to be happier with their commute compared to those who use public transport, with 91% agreeing that their commute is acceptable.
Enjoyment of Commute
Cyclists are 20% more likely to find their commute to be acceptable than those traveling by public transport, with 91% of those who cycle to work in London agreeing. With eyes on the road rather than on emails, over half of cyclists polled (53%) agreed that the time they spend commuting allows them to achieve a better work life balance, compared to a third of bus (35%), train (29%) and tube users (34%).
Productivity at the Office
All this adds up to a good day in the office – only 27% of those who cycle to work felt that the length of their commute impacted negatively on their productivity at work, compared with 40% of those who use the tube. They also agreed the most among those polled that there is an enjoyable social element to working in an office (74%), rather than from home.
London’s Bike to Work Week
Commuters are being encouraged to take to two wheels this Bike to Work Week (9-17 June in London), which aims to demonstrate how cycling can be incorporated not only into your commute, but into everyday life.
Beth Hampson, Commercial Director at LEO, said:
“London is an incredibly well-connected city, with our portfolio of prime-location offices across London situated no more than 200 meters from a Santander Cycle docking station. We encourage not only our customers, but everyone who would like to take up cycling, to make the most of London’s dedicated cycle lanes, bike ranks and cycle-friendly park routes this Bike to Work Week.”
So with higher productivity and a better work life balance, what’s stopping you from getting on two wheels during the next Bike to Work Week?
All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 2,027 London adults, of which 1,105 were workers who commute. Fieldwork was undertaken between 8th to 15th February 2018. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).
The full report can be found here.
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