Cycling can help people access the things they need: work, education, food, health services and recreation. Cycling can benefit physical and mental wellbeing and help reduce social and economic inequity.

However, many people are currently excluded from cycling. Despite a large appetite from different demographic groups to start cycling, large percentages of people aged over 65, disabled people, women, people at risk of deprivation and people from ethnic minority groups, never cycle. 

To change this, cycling must become more inclusive. Together with Sustrans, Arup make a number of recommendations in this guidance for local and national governments to follow.

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Cycling for everyone: a guide for inclusive cycling in cities and towns