Walking and cycling statistics

This series brings together all documents relating to walking and cycling statistics

See all statistics published by DfT

On 30 August 2012, DfT published a new official statistics release, Local area walking and cycling: England 2010 to 2011, for the first time presenting results relating to walking and cycling prevalence at local authority level.

An update to the cycling statistics was released on 16 April 2013, including comparisons to identify any changes in cycling prevalence over the last year.

The data in this series is from the Active People Survey, a household telephone survey which is run by Sport England.

Latest local walking and cycling statistics

  • During the year ending October 2012, 10% of adults in England cycled at least once per week. 3% of adults cycled at least 5 times per week.
  • The prevalence of cycling in England during the year ending mid-October 2012 has not changed significantly compared to the same period for the previous year.
  • Across different local authorities, the proportion of adults cycling at least once per week ranges from 47% (in Cambridge) to lower than 5% in other areas.
  • Of the 326 local authorities in England, there are six in which at least a fifth of adults cycle at least once per week.
  • According to the 2011 Census, around 2% of adults in England usually travel to work by bicycle, with the highest proportion being in Cambridge (18%).

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Technical information

DfT’s local-level walking and cycling statistics are derived from the Active People Survey (APS), 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 the notes and definitions document (available below).

Walking and cycling statistics notes and definitions

National statistics

All of the statistics published in this series 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.

User feedback

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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 pre-release access list.

Walking and cycling statistics pre-release access list

Publications released during 2013

  1. Local area walking and cycling in England, 2011/12

    • 16 April 2013
    • Statistics

Publications released during 2012

  1. Local area walking and cycling in England, 2010/11

    • 30 August 2012
    • Statistics

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