Walking and cycling statistics

Data and statistics about walking and cycling, based on the National Travel Survey and Active Lives Survey.

Cycling traffic index data table

Cycling traffic index statistics

The Active Travel Statistics team publish a cycling traffic index, showing the change in cycling levels in England. These statistics are a rolling annual index and replace the daily domestic transport series.

Annual walking and cycling statistics

Walking and cycling statistics present data using two main sources, the National Travel Survey (NTS) and the Active Lives Survey (ALS). The NTS is a household survey of personal travel by residents of England travelling within Great Britain, from data collected via interviews and a one-week travel diary. The ALS is a household survey by residents of England, from data collected via a push-to-web survey.

Walking and cycling information on current and previous walking and cycling statistics are available.

Statistics from the National Travel Survey were assessed in 2010 by the UK Statistics Authority. The statistics were confirmed as Accredited Official Statistics (formerly National Statistics) in July 2011. Following a compliance check in September 2018, the National Travel Survey maintained its Accredited Official Statistics designation.

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

Data tables

About the walking and cycling data and reports

Published 16 April 2013
Last updated 25 April 2024 + show all updates
  1. Cycling traffic index (updated to December 2023) added.

  2. Walking and cycling statistics, England: 2022 added.

  3. New cycling index for England added to collection.

  4. Walking and cycling statistics in England for 2021 added.

  5. Walking and cycling statistics, England 2020 added to collection.

  6. Walking and cycling statistics in England for the year 2019 added to collection.

  7. Updated for 31 July 2019 publication.

  8. New release published and latest walking and cycling statistics updated.

  9. Page revised and updated for the 2016 statistics release.

  10. New release published.

  11. 'Local area walking and cycling in England: 2013 to 2014' released.

  12. First published.