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Large number of Britain's bikes left unusedPrint

Date & time: 22 June 2011

Over half (58%) of bikes in Britain are not fulfilling their potential, according to research commissioned by EDF Energy, founder of Team Green Britain, a community which aims to bring people together to reduce their carbon footprint.

According to the survey*, over half of us own bikes (55%), but almost three-fifths (58%) of the bikes owned by Britons are left to gather dust for more than a fortnight at a time.

Of those that use their bikes women are much less likely than men to pedal to work according to the survey. It was found that a quarter (25%) of male bike-owners say that they use their bike for their daily commute, but only 10% of female bike-owners say they do the same. Third party research has also shown that the proportion of women cycling once a week has fallen by over 35,000 in the last two years, whereas the number of men doing so has risen by over 100,000 in the same period**.

Team Green Britain Bike Week is seeking to help any unsure cyclists get their bike back on top form by attempting 'Britain's Biggest Bike Fix'. Hundreds of events are planned at locations across the country during Team Green Britain Bike Week, with many offering a 'bike fix' service that will help attendees get their neglected bicycles ready for the road.

Gareth Wynn, Director of EDF's London 2012 programme, said: "As the first sustainability partner of London 2012, EDF Energy founded Team Green Britain to help people cut their carbon footprint and costs before the Olympic and Paralympic Games arrive in London.  For short journeys cycling can be a practical, low-carbon way to get around, so we're hoping Team Green Britain Bike Week can encourage people on their bikes, especially those who haven't cycled for some time."

Olympic gold medal winning cyclist and Team Green Britain Ambassador Ed Clancy is also encouraging Britons to wheel their bikes out and start using them for everyday journeys: "Cycling isn't just a sporting activity - it can be a safe, convenient way of getting around - it's cheap, great for your health and fitness and good for the environment. I'm working with EDF Energy to encourage people to rescue their old bikes from the shed.  Even if you think it's seen better days, it's probably easier than you think to get it roadworthy again. Visit and find a Team Green Britain Bike Week event near you that can help you get cycling again."

Cycling could bring real benefits to Britain's carbon footprint, health and wallet, with over 80% of cyclists questioned citing getting on their bike as good exercise and over half (52%) of those surveyed saying that it is a cheap way to get around. Those looking for further ideas to help them save energy and money can visit

Team Green Britain is now comprised of over one million members and by following the advice from Team Green Britain, people can save up to 20% on their bills, producing a potential saving of around £166*** .

Visit to find your nearest Team Green Britain Bike Week event and get more information and tips on how to keep your bike in good condition.

* Results from online ICM survey, commissioned by EDF Energy, of 2,000 adults with polling taking place from 3rd-5th June 2011
** Additional third-party research from Sport England:
*** Saving based on a typical EDF Energy customer with typical energy consumption, supplied on our standard tariffs, who reduces their household's annual energy consumption by 20% through energy saving measures. 'Typical energy consumption' means an energy consumption of 3,300 kWh of electricity and 16,500 kWh of gas each year.

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