DEDICATED cycle lanes and better facilities at work for storage and having a shower would encourage more people to get on a bike, new research shows.

A survey of 2,000 adults by retailer Halfords found that more people would cycle to work if roads were safer for them and they could secure their bike after arriving at the office.

Half of those polled admitted they did not know how to mend a puncture and fewer than two out of five could adjust bike brakes.

Almost a third owned their first bike before the age of 10.

Andy Whitehall of Halfords said many people had been inspired by Geraint Thomas's victory in the Tour de France.

"More people are taking up cycling as commuters, for serious fitness and for fun with friends, but we know more can, and should, be done to attract and support cyclists," he added.