Research suggests that Single Double British Summertime (SDST)/CET would:
- Save 80 lives each year and 212 serious injuries by making the roads safer;
- Bring an average increase of 28% more accessible daylight during waking hours, giving people more opportunity to exercise;
- Cut at least 447,000 tonnes of CO2 pollution;
- Extend the tourist season that depends on daylight hours by two months; boost overall tourism earnings by c£3bn; and create 60,000–80,000 jobs in the sector.
Cycling UK View (formal statement of Cycling UK's policy):
- Cycling UK supports the idea of researching the effect of shifting time zones to align with many of our European neighbours. Such changes may bring considerable economic and environmental benefits and contribute to improved road safety.
- In addition to the possible disadvantages of the shift for certain areas of the country and certain professions, there may be specific road safety effects on cyclists, such as the potential for greater exposure to icy conditions on winter mornings. These must be taken into account in the research.
- Cycling UK's final view on daylight saving will be subject to the findings of any official research.
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Publication Date:April 2017