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CTC says latest DfT National Travel Survey stats confirm cycling boom

Average trip length and number of trips both up in 2009

CTC, the national cyclists’ organisation, has welcomed new government research that it says shows that use of bicycles has grown to “the highest level in decades.”

According to the Department for Transport’s annual National Travel Survey, in 2009, distance travelled per person by bicycle was 46 miles, compared to 42 miles the previous year, with the average trip distance rising from 2.4 miles to 2.8 miles. The number of trips per person remained unchanged at 16, however.

Chris Peck, Policy Coordinator at CTC, said: "We expected that the recession, along with high fuel prices, would lead to an increase in cycling. What is surprising is that the growth is particularly associated with those in the highest income bracket, which may be as a result of the boom in leisure cycling and commuting by bike. The upward trend has been most marked in the south of England, with 8% of inner London residents and one in 25 workers in the South East and South West now saying they cycle to work.”

He continued: “At the same time as cycling is increasing, car use is steadily falling. Expenditure on new cars is down by 13% in three years, while sales of bikes have soared by 25% over the same period."

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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skippy | 13 years ago

When you talk of 25% sales increase is this units or value as the price of bikes is becoming a joke!

Greed has taken over as evidenced by Helmets on sale at Aldi for £7.99 and in specialised bike shops in the £60 -130 range. Certainly there is a difference in appearance but the certification has to meet a standard regardless of where sold.

Met a pensioner today who happily parted with £35 for a Conti 4 seasons tyre, used to pay £15 for a wire rimmed tyre which was unavailable in the shop he frequents. Tell me how much do pensioners get each week that they can afford this luxury. The positive side of the story is that he has about the best brand of tyre on his bike !

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