More than a fifth of women in London choose not to cycle because of the weather, a survey has shown.
The poll by sustainable transport charity Sustrans showed 22% of women cited the poor climate as a reason they did not regularly use a bicycle.
About 10% said they were not fit enough to ride a bike and even though more than half had access to a bike, only 7% cycled more than once a month.
Sustrans has launched a website to help get more women cycling.
Sustrans’ Holly Bruford said: “With many women spending vast amounts of money trying to lose weight, it seems we are still rejecting the cheapest, most efficient way of reaching target weight and shaping up – cycling.”
Sustrans hopes its website http://www.bikebelles.org.uk will “redress the cycling gender imbalance” – as men are three times more likely to cycle than women in London.