The 2011 Census show cycling to work has hardly increased since 2001 but leisure cycling appears to be on the increase

posted 28 Mar 2013, 05:26 by Eli Kling   [ updated 30 Mar 2013, 02:37 ]
The 2011 Census shows that cycle commuting has barely increased across England and Wales since 2001, the nation average being 1.90%. However, this overall figure conceals huge variations. Hull has seen the biggest decline whilst London Boroughs showed the biggest increases. Hackney led the way where 14.6% of commuting journeys are now by bike, Inner London Boroughs average 4.4%. Milton Keynes with it's established Red Way cycle lane infrastructure only achieves 2.9% with no increase since 2001 In Buckinghamshire 1.40% commute to work, in Aylesbury Vale it is down to 1.18%. From this data it is clear that cycling is unlikely to become a significant part of commuting travel in the near future. 

In contrast new data from the Department for Transport suggests that cycle use increased by 15% in 2011. Growth was particularly strong among young and middle-aged men.The data, published as part of the National Travel Survey, show that Britons now cycle 49 miles per person, per year, more than at any time in the last 20 years. The increase is attributed to leisure cycling and the interest in joining fund raising charity rides and sportive events.