AG2R La Mondiale and L’Union Sport & Cycle unveil the results of a study on “the French and cycling: imaginaries and new uses”. France will become a cycling country by eliminating received ideas.
65% of French people have cycled at least once in the past 12 months, and the use of “vélotaf” is growing, according to a survey published on Thursday.
37% of riders cycle at least once a week, according to this survey* carried out for Union Sport et cycle, which represents companies in the sector, and the insurance company AG2R La Mondiale, which sponsors a cycling team.
“The practice in the city continues to increase (66% of city dwellers claim to cycle), and this, without damaging the image of cyclists, quite the contrary: 62% of French people have a good image of cyclists”, underline study sponsors in a statement.
65% of those questioned, especially the youngest, think that the bicycle is “the future of daily travel”, while 35% think rather that “it’s a gadget for city dwellers”. Bicycle sales have exploded since the start of the pandemic, benefiting in particular from electrically assisted bicycles (VAE).
Vélotaf: 23 minutes for 6 kilometers
Leisure practice remains the majority (50% of respondents), and sports practice important (26%), but 18% of respondents have also used a bicycle at least once in the last 12 months for daily travel. .
8% of French people say they cycle to work at least once a week, with a high proportion of men, aged under 50, and residing in towns with more than 20,000 inhabitants, particularly in the Paris region. This “vélotaf” journey lasts an average of 23 minutes for 6 kilometres.
4% of French people also say they have recently taken a bike trip, especially in the Pays de la Loire, and especially as a couple.
To further develop the practice of cycling, 28% of cyclists consider the establishment of more cycle paths a priority, while 21% of them would like adapted and secure parking lots to avoid theft, in particular.
* This study was conducted online between March 1 and March 21, 2022, among 5,000 French people aged over 18, representative of the French population in terms of gender, age, socio-professional category and regions .