Essay of the Week: Cycling to work

Our band nine sample essays give you the opportunity to learn from successful essays that show off the best structure, vocabulary and grammar. This is a two-part question about why people don't cycle more and what we can do to bring more cyclists to the streets.

Essay of the Week: Cycling to Work

Each week we share an IELTS writing question with our mailing list. The following week, we share a sample answer. The idea is to demonstrate good essay-writing technique while giving an opportunity to practice your IELTS writing.

Despite the health benefits and positive effect on traffic congestion, many people prefer to drive to work than to ride a bicycle. Why is this? What can be done to encourage cycling?

Although cycling is a great workout and beneficial for saving space on our busy roads, it is still common for people to get about by car. In this essay, I will, first, argue that people are often too afraid to cycle in cities. Second, I will explore how they can be coaxed back to cycling by making roads safer.

One reason for people’s reticence to cycle is that roads in modern cities are very dangerous. As cities have become more populated, the number of cars on the road has increased, making roads more dangerous for cyclists. In addition, because of the increasing popularity of large cars, like SUVs, the consequences for cyclists of being in a car accident have become more severe. If the number and consequences of road traffic accidents becomes worse, it is only natural for cyclists to take to the road in fewer numbers.

However, it is possible to encourage cyclists to return to the road by making them safer. If cyclists felt reassured that roads were not dangerous, there are many good reasons to return. One measure that can achieve this is to introduce new bike lanes, which keep cars and bicycles separate. In addition, because driver education courses can make them more aware of cyclists, governments should invest in them. Finally, it is possible to add financial pressure by subsidising cycling and taxing cars.

In conclusion, one major reason for the lack of cyclists on city streets is the dangers associated with bike riding. However, it is possible to encourage cyclists to begin to ride again by making roads safer.

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