Concerns about accidents and the Great British weather mean just 9% of Brits cycle to work, according to Ribble Cycles.

Released on National Cycle to Work Day, the YouGov poll of more than 1,000 workers found that cycling the commute is lowest among 18-24 year olds, with just 2% taking to the wheel. But overall, men (13%) are more than twice as likely to cycle to work than women (5%).

Distance between the office and their home was the top reason for not cycling to work (42%), while one in five blamed changeable British weather (20%). A lack of cycle lanes was a big factor for 16% of respondents.

Interestingly, a quarter of those who don't cycle also highlighted a lack of confidence in their cycling abilities. Again, men (36%) were more than twice as likely than women (15%) to have confidence in their ability.

Over a quarter (26%) said they were worried about having an accident while on their bike, with Londoners, unsurprisingly, the most concerned (39%).

Of those who do cycle to work, 83% said they've experienced health and fitness benefits and 61% reported lower transport costs.

Matthew Lawson, chief marketing officer at Ribble Cycles, said: "It seems Britain is getting left behind when it comes to the cycling revolution. While residents of European capitals, such as Amsterdam and Copenhagen, have fully embraced travelling on two wheels, but from our results, 17% of cyclists in our capital don't currently cycle to work as there aren't enough cycle lanes on their route.

"There are many schemes out there aimed at helping people build their cycling confidence, and with the introduction of more cycling lanes and cycling superhighways within our key cities, hopefully this will make cycling a more accessible commuter option, helping to dramatically reduce city pollution and congestion."