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Release: 2011 Census Analysis, Cycling to Work

Released: 26 March 2014


Richard Prothero

Crime, Regional and Data Access Division

Telephone: +44 (0)1329 447 825

Categories: Travel and Transport, Other Modes of Transport, Roads, Public Transport, Transport in London, Labour Market, People in Work, Hours of Work

Frequency of release: Ad-hoc

Language: English

Geographical coverage: England and Wales

Geographical breakdown: Country, Local Authority, Region, Rural and urban

Survey name(s): Census

  • In 2011, 741,000 working residents aged 16 to 74 cycled to work in England and Wales. This was an increase of 90,000 compared with 2001. As a proportion of working residents, the share cycling to work was unchanged at 2.8%.

  • Between 2001 and 2011 the number of people living in London that cycled to work more than doubled from 77,000 in 2001 to 155,000 in 2011. There were also substantial increases in other cities including Brighton (increasing by 109% between 2001 and 2011), Bristol (94%), Manchester (83%), Newcastle (81%) and Sheffield (80%).

  • In the majority of local authorities in England and Wales (202 out of 348), the numbers of working residents cycling to work declined between 2001 and 2011.

  • Overall cycling to work rates were highest for:

    - Male workers
    - Workers living in urban areas
    - Workers aged 30 to 34
    - Workers in elementary and professional occupations

This report assesses cycling to work by residents of England and Wales using the results of the 2011 Census. The statistics for cycling have been combined with a number of other variables including age, sex and distance travelled to work. Where possible, comparisons are made with the 2001 Census.

For Census data, see the following links:

  1. 2011 Census data for cycling to work only and cycling to work combined with other variables can be found on the Nomis website

  2. 2001 Census data for cycling to work only can be found on the NeSS website

  3. 2001 Census data for cycling to work combined with other variables can be found on the Nomis website

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