One out of 11 people who answered a survey in Slough cycled at least once a week - but in Windsor and Maidenhead the number was one in six.

The Department for Transport has just released the results of its annual survey. In Slough there were 479 respondents, who answered questions about their travel habits between November 2016 and November 2017.

Of those, nine per cent said they cycled at least once a week. This is below the England average of 12 per cent.There were 505 replies in Windsor and Maidenhead - with 16 per cent saying they cycled weekly.

But the cyclists are gaining ground in Slough with 10 per cent more cycling weekly than the previous year, while in Windsor and Maidenhead numbers had dropped by 18 per cent.

In Slough three per cent of people who replied to the survey were keen cyclists who took to the road three times a week - as opposed to five per cent in the Royal Borough.

Nationally the number of cyclists has not increased Xavier Brice, chief executive of Sustrans, the walking and cycling charity, said: “It is disappointing to see that levels of cycling have not changed nationally or regionally compared to previous years. This confirms what is already widely known – that good quality cycling infrastructure combined with behaviour change programmes is responsible for increased cycling uptake. Protected cycling infrastructure also helps break down a barrier for those people who don’t cycle because of safety reasons, a number one concern according to the data.”

The charity Cycling UK appealed to ministers to make cycling attractive to everybody, and not “just a small segment of society”.

Duncan Dollimore, head of campaigns, said: “The Government has just closed its consultation on cycle and pedestrian safety and now we need them to urgently publish their findings and take immediate action. Its own statistics published today show that 60% of adults admit they feel it’s too dangerous to cycle on the road, and in particular women and older people are put off cycling by those fears.”