62% of adults in England agreed with the statement, 'it is too
dangerous for me to cycle on the roads', in the latest
walking and cycling statistics published by the DfT (for 2017).
The report shows an average 17 cycling trips per person in 2017, an
average 23 minutes per trip, and an average 60 miles cycled in
There is a big difference between genders, with 9 trips/25 miles
for women, and 24 trips/95 miles for men.
Cycling rates remain stubbornly low, with about 2% of all trips
made by bike. In nearly all local authority areas, less than 20% of
the adult population cycles at least once a week. On average, 14% of
people cycle at least once a week. Cambridge has the highest rate of
people cycling at least once a week, at 54%; Bradford is bottom, at
The number of trips is down by 8% on 2002, but the distance cycled
up by 54%. The extra miles have been ridden by cyclists (people who
rode a bike during the week they filled out their travel diary).
Cyclists, defined in this way, made an average 332 trips per year (6
trips a week), and rode 1,144 miles, compared with 687 miles in
There was a roughly even split between cycling for
commuting/business (37%), and cycling for leisure (36%).
In historical terms, cycling rates where high shortly after World
War II, and declined in the 1950s and 1960s.
The figures in the DfT report come from two surveys - the National
Travel Survey, and the Active Lives Survey.