Behaviour of cyclists and motorists has deteriorated since the COVID-19 crisis says AA survey

Updated: May 17


Drivers think the behaviour of cyclists and motorists has deteriorated since the COVID-19 crisis.

In a recent survey of nearly 20,000 AA members, most respondents were split on whether behaviour on the roads has improved since the crisis and UK lockdown began.

Those that complained of worse road behaviour fell into two equal camps: those that blamed car drivers and those pointing their fingers at cyclists.

However, pedestrians look set to come through the crisis as the lockdown stars.

Respondents were asked: “How do you feel the road behaviour of the following users has changed since the crisis began?” Reflecting on the driving of cars, HGVs, motorbikes and vans as well as the behaviour of cyclists and pedestrians.


One quarter of people felt that car drivers and cyclists were behaving worse now. Two in ten think that car drivers are driving better than before, whereas only 10% said that they felt cyclists on the road had improved.

Edmund King, AA president, said: “With less commuter traffic and social distancing in place, it’s understandable that cyclists and walkers are using the quieter roads to their advantage. It’s good to see that pedestrians on the roads are perhaps being more vigilant than before.


“As we approach the summer, it’s likely that more people will be heading to the great outdoors for their daily exercise so we’ve all got to be a bit more considerate.


“Less traffic doesn’t mean that drivers should start drag-racing at traffic lights, dangerously overtaking others or ignoring the speed limits. Drivers should also leave a wide ‘social distance’ when overtaking cyclists.


“If we all have patience with others, slow down and keep our distance, especially around those on family bike rides and walkers with young children, everyone can enjoy their time outside in peace.”

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