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 road.cc 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.