An article in the latest issue of the Cambridge Cycling Campaign’s newsletter draws attention to some recent data about cycling rates. The numbers show pretty dramatically just how much cycling there is in Cambridge compared with the rest of England.
First, here’s the graph from the article:
This shows the percentage of adults (aged 16 and and over) in each area who do at least some cycling over different periods. Cambridge is streets ahead of second-placed Oxford, with 58% of adults cycling at least once a month, and a truly remarkable 37% cycling at least five times a week.
However, this graph doesn’t really convey just how different Cambridge cycling rates are from the rest of England – most of the other places it shows are also above average. This next histogram shows the distribution of cycling rates across all of England’s local authorities, for adults who cycle at least once a month:
So for example the tallest bar represents the 33 local authorities where the rate is 14%. Cambridge’s 58% figure puts it way over on the right.
Even more dramatic is the corresponding histogram for adults cycling five days a week or more. Ready for some scrolling?
Here the tallest bar represents the 97 local authorities where the cycling-five-days-a-week rate is just 2% – compared with 37% in Cambridge.
It should be said that there’s some uncertainty in these numbers – given the sample size (501), Cambridge’s actual cycling rates could be up to about 5% higher or lower. But in any case, they give a very clear picture of just how much cycling there is in our flat, compact and (relatively) dry city.