Half of Falmouth residents polled believe that a lack of cycle lanes is a "major issue" preventing them from cycling more.

While 51 per cent of the 158 people polled make daily trips on foot in the town, a whopping 42.3 per cent said that they never make local trips by bike.

The majority (67 per cent) of parents polled said that their children never cycle to school, although 48.3 per cent of them walk to school daily.

50.68 per cent saw the lack of cycle lanes and associated safety concerns as a major reason for not cycling more.

Put together by Cornwall Councillor for Falmouth Smithick Jayne Kirkham with help from local university students, the survey showed real concerns about the cycling and pedestrian infrastructure in Falmouth.

Councillor Kirkham has been lobbying Cornwall Council and working with transport planners to improve facilities for cyclists and pedestrians in Falmouth.

A line in the draft revenue budget has been secured to carry out a feasibility study for introducing a cycle route on Dracaena Avenue.

There are also plans to introduce cycling and pedestrian facilities on Bickland Water Road, to be paid for by section 106 money from new housing developments.

Councillor Kirkham said: "[The survey] shows that people are very worried about cycling in Falmouth and letting their children cycle because of safety concerns and lack of cycling infrastructure.

"I am on the Tour of Britain cycle race working group and was very pleased when we managed to secure the first stage for Cornwall in September 2020, including a stage through Falmouth and Penryn.

"I hope to use this and the legacy work with Cornwall Council Public Health (including bikeability classes in local schools) to encourage people out on their bikes more." The survey results can be viewed in full here.