New figures from the Department for Transport show that for the second year in a row, cycle use appears to have increased sharply.
Cycle use rose from 49 miles per person in 2011 to 53 miles in 2012.
However, most of that increase appears to be down to people making longer journeys by bike.
The average cycle trip is now 3.2 miles long – 45% longer than it was 10 years ago. This may in part be down to the increase in long distance leisure trips, and the growth of the ‘Middle Aged Man in Lycra’ (MAMIL) phenomenon.
The richest 20% of the population also travel furthest by bike – 82 miles per year, over twice as far as people from the poorest 40%.