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Walking and cycling statistics

Statistics and data about walking and cycling, based on the National Travel Survey and Active Lives Survey.

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

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

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.

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Walking and cycling statistics

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Latest walking and cycling statistics

  1. Walking and cycling statistics, England: 2017
  2. Walking and cycling statistics, England: 2016
  3. Local area walking and cycling in England: 2014 to 2015
  4. Local area walking and cycling in England: 2013 to 2014
  5. Local area walking and cycling in England: 2012 to 2013
  6. Local area walking and cycling in England: 2011 to 2012
  7. Local area walking and cycling in England: 2010 to 2011

Data tables

  1. Walking and cycling statistics (CW)

Historical data tables

Published 16 April 2013
Last updated 30 August 2018 + show all updates
  1. New release published and latest walking and cycling statistics updated.
  2. Page revised and updated for the 2016 statistics release.
  3. New release published.
  4. 'Local area walking and cycling in England: 2013 to 2014' released.
  5. First published.