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British Cycling encouraged by National Travel Survey figures

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Published: 30 July 2013
Report: British Cycling


The National Travel Survey 2012 published today, shows that there has been a large increase (8%) in the average distance cycled per person. Cycling is the only form of personal travel to increase with journeys taken by car and foot steadily decreasing.

The biggest increase in distance travelled is amongst older age groups. Worryingly, the distance travelled by children continues to decrease.

Cycling on the up

Above: Cycling has been on the rise since 2010 as other transport modes have declined.

Martin Gibbs, Director of Policy & Legal Affairs at British Cycling said:

“These latest figures confirm British Cycling’s own data showing that there has been a boom in cycling in this country in the last few years. More people are now cycling than ever before while other forms of transport continue to decline. The Government should use this data to encourage people of all ages to cycle by ensuring that all new roads and junctions have safe, desirable and convenient cycling facilitates planned in from the start.”

The National Travel Survey is a source of high quality data on transport behaviour and involves thousands of people filling in a travel diary every week. The survey has been running for 30 years.

For more information on the Government’s National Travel Survey go here.