London has most bike commuters, study finds — or does it?
It depends how you count them
Which areas of England and Wales have the most cycle commuters? A home insurance company has added up the numbers and found that unsurprisingly it's Greater London. But when you take populations into account things get a bit more interesting.
It's no surprise that with its vast population Greater London also has the largest raw number of cycle commuters with 155,289 people riding to work, according to the figures from Privilege Home Insurance.
In second place comes much humbler Cambridgeshire with 29,689 cycle commuters; Greater Manchester is third with 25,161.
But when you take the populations of the areas into account, Cambridgeshire is a clear winner with almost five percent of its population commuting by bike.
Greater London comes in just under two percent and Greater Manchester can't even muster a paltry one percent.
In the tables below, you can see the 'raw' ranking by number of bike commuters, and the ranking by percentage of population.
Top ten UK cycle commuting districts
|Greater Manchester (Met County)||25,161|
|West Midlands (Met County)||19,029|
UK cycle commuting districts by percentage of population
|Greater Manchester (Met County)||2,700,000||25,161||0.93%|
|West Midlands (Met County)||2,783,475||19,029||0.68%|
One possible weakness in this analysis is that it's hard to be certain exactly what Privilege means by 'Bristol' or 'Hampshire'. I've assumed the city/county population for the former and the county without the unitary metro authorities for the latter. I'm sure more stats-savvy readers will have something to say.
If you're wondering what an insurance company is doing finding this out, well, trying to sell home insurance to cyclists of course.
Dan Simson, head of Privilege Home Insurance said: "Cycling is a healthy, cost-effective and eco-friendly means of transport and it's encouraging to see how many people choose to cycle to work around the country."
"It is, of course, very important for cyclists to stay safe whilst commuting and to secure their bicycles once they have arrived at the workplace.
"Having a good home insurance policy that provides cycle cover both at home and whilst out and about offers the best of both worlds to our two-wheeled commuters."