Census confirms London cycling boom

Posted - March 28, 2014

In London, the number of people cycling to work has more than doubled in 10 years, reveals the Office for National Statistics.

New census data released by the Office for National Statistics today reveals that London’s bike commuting boom is real.

However, the picture is patchy elsewhere in England and Wales. In London, the number of people cycling to work has more than doubled in 10 years, up a massive 144%. Overall, Cycling to work levels in England and Wales as a whole were unchanged, with a modal share of 2.8 in 2011, which is the same as in 2001.

Other cities experiencing higher levels of cycling to wok were Brighton and Hove (up by 109%), Bristol (up by 94%), Manchester (up by 83%) and Newcastle (up by 81%). In Wales, the most successful local authority was Cardiff, which saw an increase of 65%.

Rachel Bromley, policy advisor for Sustrans, said: “These new figures are telling of the haphazard approach of many local authorities to get with the times and improve provision for the increasing number of people wanting to cycle to work.

“The public demand is there and many urban councils have made good progress in training and infrastructure as is shown by the outstanding urban cycling results. It shows when decision makers put their minds to increasing cycling, real progress can be made.

“Cycling is a silver bullet for Britain’s local transport needs through improving access, reducing congestion and tackling air pollution. The benefits to the individual are also huge as cycling is a great way to build physical activity into people’s daily routine.”

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