Research conducted by National Transport Agency (NTA) has revealed that nearly half of the population in England have access to a bicycle. 47% of people aged 5 and over owned or had access to a bicycle in 2020, an increase compared to the 3-year average of 42% for 2017 which was 19 %.
While bicycle ownership remains most prevalent amongst people under 17 years old, an increase was seen across all age groups.
SHIFT IN RIDING HABITS
Trends in cycling for leisure and utility (that is, work and education) have generally followed the same trend since 2005, with cycling for utility purposes greater than leisure cycling between 2005 and 2019. In 2020, bike rides for leisure purposes were greater than utility purposes for the first time. The reduction in the number of people commuting to work and school by bike dropped following lockdown, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the population encouraged to stay at home.
Cambridge has the highest percentage of cyclists in the UK – 54% of its population, followed by Oxford (39%) and the Isles of Scilly (35%).
In terms of sheer volume of cyclists, London is the most popular cycling city in the UK (853,000 cyclists), with Hackney being the borough with most cyclists- 57,000 (26% of the area’s population).
The local authority with, by far, the highest prevalence for cycling at least once a week was Cambridge (57%), followed by Oxford (39%) and Isles of Scilly (35%).
Only 15 authorities had more than 20% of their adult population cycling at least once a week.
Havering had the lowest percentage of it’s population cycling once a week, at 3%.
*Data collected from National Travel Survey and Active Lives Survey
Whilst cycling accident claims can be complex and it will not always be initially obvious who is at fault, we are committed to assisting the nation’s cyclists and we will work tirelessly to obtain justice for those involved in road cycling accidents.
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