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Cycling To Work Levels Stagnate Over 10 Years

Are government out of touch with reality?

A statement released by Sustrans today has suggested that the government ‘need to get with the times’ as the number of people cycling to work fails to grow.

New census data released by the Office for National Statistics today reveals that in England and Wales cycling to work levels were unchanged at 2.8% between 2001 and 2011.

In contrast many cities showed marked improvement: In London the number of people cycling to work has more than doubled (+144%). Other most improved cities were Brighton and Hove (+109%), Bristol (+94%), Manchester (+83%) and Newcastle (+81%). In Wales the most successful local authority was Cardiff which saw an increase of +65%.

Rachel Bromley, Policy advisor for transport charity Sustrans commented:

“These new figures are telling of the haphazard approach of many authorities to get with the times and improve provision for the increasing number of people wanting to cycle to work.

“The public demand is there and many urban councils have made good progress in training and infrastructure as is shown by the outstanding urban cycling results. It shows when decision makers put their minds into increasing cycling, real progress can be made.”

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