Walking and cycling statistics presents 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.
Latest walking and cycling statistics
Latest figures from the National Travel Survey (NTS) show that in 2017:
the average number of walking stages per person per year increased
the distance travelled remained at similar levels to previous years
the average person walked 343 walking stages and walked 206 miles
the average number of miles cycled increased
the number of cycling trips remained at a similar level to previous years
the average person made 17 cycling trips and cycled 60 miles
The latest figures from the Active Lives Survey (ALS) for the year ending mid-November 2017 show that:
the majority of local authorities had more than 60% of their adult population walking at least once a week
the majority of local authorities had less than 20% of their adult population cycling at least once a week
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.
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.