Walking and cycling statistics

Information and statistics on walking and cycling.

On 18 January 2018, the department published a new National Statistics release, ‘Walking and Cycling Statistics, England: 2016’, presenting results relating to walking and cycling at a national level and prevalence at local authority level.

Please note, that these statistics were previously published as local area walking and cycling statistics before 2016. The change in title reflects the changes made to the release to provide a more complete picture of walking and cycling statistics. These previous releases were based on the Active People Survey.

Latest walking and cycling statistics

The latest figures from the National Travel Survey (NTS) shows that in 2016:

  • people walked less often but cycled further compared to 10 years ago
  • people made an average of 243 walking trips and 15 cycling trips
  • people walked an average of 198 miles and cycled an average of 53 miles

The latest figures from the Active Lives Survey (ALS) for the year ending mid-November 2016 show that:

  • 42% of adults walk for travel at least once a week
  • 12% cycle for any purpose at least once a week
  • both walking and cycling are more prevalent in the southern half of England

Technical information

NTS data collection consists of a face-to-face interview and a 7 day self-completed written travel diary, allowing travel patterns to be linked with individual characteristics. The NTS covers travel by people in all age groups, including children.

The department’s local-level walking and cycling statistics are derived from the Active Lives Survey, an annual household survey which is administered by Sport England.

Full details of the methods used in the compilation of the walking and cycling statistics can be found in walking and cycling statistics notes and definitions.

National statistics

Statistics from the National Travel Survey were assessed during 2010 by the UK Statistics Authority. An assessment reportwas published in October 2010. The statistics were confirmed as National Statistics in July 2011.

Statistics from the Active Lives Survey are Official Statistics. The department’s view is that all statistics which are not designated as National Statistics are robust and have been produced to a suitable standard.

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Pre-release access list

The post holders given access to these statistics up to 24 hours prior to release are available in the walking and cycling statistics pre-release access list.

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Walking and cycling statistics

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Data tables

  1. Participation in walking and cycling (CW03)
  2. Walking and cycling behaviours (CW04)
  3. Walking and cycling: table index

Historical data tables

Published 16 April 2013
Last updated 18 January 2018 + show all updates
  1. Page revised and updated for the 2016 statistics release.
  2. New release published.
  3. 'Local area walking and cycling in England: 2013 to 2014' released.
  4. First published.