DfT releases new figures on walking and cycling uptake

Statistics say that ten per cent of adults cycled once weekly last year. Three per cent cycle at least five times per week
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New Department for Transport statistics suggest that one in ten people cycled at least once per week in the year to October 2012.

The report, found here, has been updated from a prior version to include stronger analysis of cycling trends. The data was gathered by the Active People Survey, a household telephone survey run by Sport England. Active People Survey results are published every six months and take on board answers from 500 people per district and single tier local authority. Anyone aged 14 and above can take part in the pool surveyed.

According to the statistics, just three per cent of people cycle at least five times per week and that year on year, that's actually a largely unchanged percentage of the population choosing two wheel travel.

There are however regional discrepencies, with Cambridge residents revealing a whopping 47 per cent of its population as 'once per week or more' cyclists.

Of the 326 local authorities in England, there are six in which at least a fifth of adults cycle at least once per week.

Census data from 2011 showed that around two per cent of people travel to work by bicycle as an average, yet again, Cambridge bucks the national trend with the figure rising to 18 per cent, suggesting that if the infrastructure is in place to safely do so, people will choose to cycle...

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