CycleDigest September 2013
From the editor
The 'Get Britain Cycling' report, published in April and informed by evidence from expert witnesses including CTC, was aired very positively in Parliament on 2 September.
Cycling has been debated in the House before, but this time it attracted more MPs than ever. What's more, they unanimously welcomed the report's recommendations, so political leadership has the momentum now, we hope, to make things better for cycling.
Political leadership is something that we'll never be ticking off our list, though. It - and enough funding to back it up - needs to keep going or we'll never meet the national target proposed by 'Get Britain Cycling' (the target, that is, that the Government says it would rather not have...).
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Walking, Cycling and Driving to Work in the English and Welsh 2011 Census: Trends, Socio-Economic Patterning and Relevance to Travel Behaviour in General
Anna Goodman (Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)
Using data gathered from the 2011 Census in England and Wales, this paper examines levels and trends in commuting modes.
The author found that, for their usual main commute to work, 3.1% of commuters cycled (+0.1% change since 2001) and concludes that:“England and Wales remain car-dependent, but the trends are slightly more encouraging. Unlike many health behaviours, it is more common for socio-economically disadvantaged groups to commute using physically active modes. This association is, however, weakening and may soon reverse for cycling."
Also concludes that, at population level, the modal share for commuting serves as reasonable proxy for broader travel patterns.
- CTC’s commentary on the commuting rates for walking and cycling revealed by the 2011 Census (with interactive map)
- …and on the changes in the absolute numbers of cyclists.
Four-page report explaining how much British motorists and the economy could save by walking, cycling or using public transport as alternatives to driving for short trips. Not using a car for four out of five short trips, for example, could save each driver up to £279 a year, while the economy would be better off to the tune of £14.6 billion per year.
Dr Lucy Griffiths et al, published in BMJ, 21 August 2013
Results of a study of 6,497 children aged 7-8 showing that only half of 7-year-olds in the UK achieve the recommended levels of physical activity. Says that “…population-wide efforts to boost physical activity among young people are needed which are likely to require a broad range of policy interventions.” Cycling is a good one, CTC thinks!