When the campaign group 10:10 were working on its ‘Lighter Later’ project, they reckoned that the shift would:
- Save 100 lives each year and prevent hundreds of serious injuries by making the roads safer;
- Help make people healthier and tackle obesity by giving people more time to exercise and play sport outside in the evening;
- Save the NHS around £138 million a year through reducing road casualties.
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:March 2016