Where are the London bike commuters? Infographic reveals: Hackney, mostly

London cycling hotspots visualised

by John Stevenson   July 22, 2013  

We hear a lot lately about the risks that London bike commuters face every day. In the last few weeks no fewer than three people on bike have been killed in collisions with trucks, and just this morning a 44-year-old man was in serious condition in hospital after being crushed by a tipper truck.

However, in analysing where the popular places for bike commuters to live and their commuting routes, renting advice site rentonomy points out: “Cycling in London is generally quite safe. While it's true that last year 16 people were killed cycling, Transport for London estimates that people make around 540,000 bike trips every day in the city.”


Blue areas indicate the highest density of bike commuters (Graphic courtesy rentonomy.com)

“The number of cyclists on the Capital’s major roads has more than doubled since 2000 – up nine per cent in the year 2008-09 alone,” writes rentonomy’s David Butler.

The stereotypical view of London cycling is that typical bike riders in the capital are fixie-riding Hackney hipsters. Rentonomy doesn’t have any data on bikes and lifestyles, but Butler says the the top five areas where bike commuters live include Dalston, Stoke Newington and Clapton, all in the borough of Hackney, plus neighbouring Highbury in Islington.

Butler says that 12% of all commuters cycle into work from Dalston. “Others in the top five are Stoke Newington (10%), Highbury (9%), Clapton (9%) and Herne Hill (8%), according to the 2011 census.”

The money saved by commuting by bike is substantial. “With annual Travelcards costing £1,200 (zones 1-2) and £1,400 (zones 1-3), these savvy cyclists could be saving between 8% and 15% of their rent,” says Butler.

And where are these commuters going?

Butler says: “We used data from the 2001 census to see where people from these top 5 cycle areas are cycling to in their daily commute, and created the map at the bottom of this article. With the exception of Dalston, by far the most popular commuting destination is Victoria and St James. This is to be expected as this area is the most common commuting destination of all methods of transport. Dalston residents are most likely to cycle to Haggerston, Bloomsbury or the West End.”


Bike commuter destinations (Graphic courtesy rentonomy.com)

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Has anyone thought of using GPS data ? 2001 census data seems a bit out of date....

posted by arfa [480 posts]
22nd July 2013 - 20:22

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It should read 'Plus neighbouring Highbury in Islington.' Clapton is in Hackney.

Ah! Condor

posted by Bedfordshire Clanger [309 posts]
22nd July 2013 - 23:01

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Gender and ethnicity would be interesting as well.

posted by kobacom [82 posts]
23rd July 2013 - 6:50

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great to see my part of town is in 2nd place, not that its a competition.

posted by phillyd [14 posts]
23rd July 2013 - 10:16

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Go Herne Hill! Applause

posted by Trekie [2 posts]
23rd July 2013 - 10:23

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arfa wrote:
Has anyone thought of using GPS data ? 2001 census data seems a bit out of date....

Check out Rideable Sydney

They did one in Bristol last week, but no video yet. http://rideable.info/

posted by CycleBristol [2 posts]
23rd July 2013 - 13:04

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Go Herne Hillers, three years of cycling from there myself!

posted by jackh [105 posts]
23rd July 2013 - 13:33

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White. Male.

posted by Bikebikebike [77 posts]
23rd July 2013 - 13:38

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Good to see Highbury right up there, Highbury Park too. Gooners are cyclists too!

posted by drmatthewhardy [304 posts]
23rd July 2013 - 14:03

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Bedfordshire Clanger wrote:
It should read 'Plus neighbouring Highbury in Islington.' Clapton is in Hackney.

Fixed. Ta.

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posted by John Stevenson [1022 posts]
23rd July 2013 - 19:28

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CycleBristol wrote:
arfa wrote:
Has anyone thought of using GPS data ? 2001 census data seems a bit out of date....

Check out Rideable Sydney

They did one in Bristol last week, but no video yet. http://rideable.info/

Surely it is not beyond the wit of tfl to organise something similar for London and work out the most obvious routes to develop....

posted by arfa [480 posts]
23rd July 2013 - 19:38

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"Surely it is not beyond the wit of tfl to organise...."

a p!ss-up in a brewery.

And yet.......

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posted by daviddb [120 posts]
23rd July 2013 - 21:03

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That light blue on the heat map was messing with my mind, looked like a flood. Interesting map, would like to see the Boris Bike rides in detail on their own as well!

posted by TeamCC [146 posts]
23rd July 2013 - 21:07

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arfa wrote:
CycleBristol wrote:
arfa wrote:
Has anyone thought of using GPS data ? 2001 census data seems a bit out of date....

Check out Rideable Sydney

They did one in Bristol last week, but no video yet. http://rideable.info/

Surely it is not beyond the wit of tfl to organise something similar for London and work out the most obvious routes to develop....

Ask Rideable to do it in London and present the results to TfL Smile

posted by CycleBristol [2 posts]
25th July 2013 - 12:01

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