Fresh Sports Marketing Surveys published by cycling industry news data suggests that 6.7% of the UK’s working population is now commuting by bike, while the broader modal share appears to have hit 3%.
Compared to 2020, the number of people cycling to work has held up strongly. In week one of the study, back in mid-June of 2020, just 1.3% of people overall, and 4.5% of all those working said they were commuting by bike (though it should be noted working from home rates and use of furlough schemes were high at the time). Just over one year on, as the UK emerged from lockdown in July 2021, the figure stands at 3% of the overall population and 6.7% of those working.
Cycling’s journey share peaked at 12.6% of workers in the weeks beginning the 26rd April and 3rd May. Interestingly, these weeks, during which England was in the second stage of its path out of lockdown, were not spectacular weeks in terms of weather. In real terms, the increase means that there were an estimate 6.9m British adults commuting by bike at peak.
53% of those travelling to work commuted by car according to the latest findings, 11 percentage points down against the figures from June 2020, which represented the peak point in the last year. Recovering confidence in public transport is a key factor. But, perhaps even more promising is the fact that the number of people walking to work has remained high, up just over 6 percentage points compared to week one of the study. One in five British adults walked to a place of work in the week beginning 19th July 2021.
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