66% of adults say it's too dangerous to cycle on roads
10th August 2020
66% of adults in England say that it's too dangerous for them to cycle on the roads, according to Walking and Cycling Statistics released by the DfT on 5th August 2020. Broken down by gender, 71% of women and 61% of men feel it's too dangerous.
Cycling made up about 2% of all trips in 2019, and 1% of total distance travelled. (Walking accounted for 26% of trips and 3% of distance).
The 2% amounts to 17 cycling 'stages' per person per year, taking account of the whole population of England. On the other hand, 'cyclists' averaged 326 trips per year (6 per week).
Overall, 11% of adults cycled at least once per week, but in Cambridge that figure was 55%, and in Oxford it was 40%.
People in their 40s cycled the most, and men made three times more cycle trips than women, and cycled four times further.
36% of cycling trips were for commuting or business, and 34% for leisure.
Cycling to school
Only 3% of all children usually cycled to school.
Sources of the figures
These statistics come from the National Travel Survey and the Active Lives Survey. They are for 2019, so don't include any increase in cycling during the Coronavirus lockdown.