The number of people who cycle to work has risen by 17% in the last decade, according to the latest census.
Figures from the census revealed 760,000 people in England and Wales have switched to two-wheeled motor-free transportation, up from 650,000 in 2001. Halfords say the newest figures reflect the efforts of the Government’s Cycle to Work scheme, which offers tax advantages and a 42% saving on investing in a new bike.
The cycling success of the 2012 London Olympics and Tour de France is also thought to have played a big part in the rising figures - the biggest increase took place shortly after the Games.
While travelling by car equates to just over six out of ten people, the research also shows a 20% increase in walking to work. Cyclists are also becoming increasingly well catered for, particularly in cities with more cycle paths and routes becoming available.
The top ten towns/cities showing an increase in cycling to work (date range 2001/2011):
- Inner London - 155%
- Brighton - 118%
- Bristol - 100%
- Manchester - 88%
- Newcastle - 86%
- Sheffield - 85%
- Cardiff - 68%
- Gateshead - 63%
- Exeter - 57%
- Liverpool - 51%
Have you taken advantage of the Cycle to Work scheme and swapped four wheels for two? How does your city fare when it comes to cycle lanes? Let us know - post your comments below.