Cycling Scotland’s Annual Cycling Monitoring Report published on 15th February, has found that Dundee City has one of the highest cycling rates in Scotland, with the percentage of those choosing cycling as their main mode of transport reaching 4.2% in 20141.
The report, which examines a range of data and statistics from both a national and local point of view, found that the top three wards for cycling to work in the Dundee City area were West End (2.99%), The Ferry (1.9%) and Maryfield (1.35%), while the percentage of children stating that they cycle to school is 2.7%.
Luke Phillips, Cycling Scotland monitoring and development officer said, “Cycling Scotland’s Annual Cycling Monitoring Report provides a robust set of data that allows us to create a picture of Scotland’s cycling habits over time.
“Dundee City has made great strides in encouraging more people to cycle and has great potential to go further with sustained investment in infrastructure, cycle training and other initiatives to encourage and enable people of all ages and abilities to enjoy cycling.”
Will Dawson convener of Dundee City Council’s city development committee said: “We have put in a considerable amount of work consulting and discussing with the cycling community in the city how we could help with infrastructure and other measures to increase bike use.
“So it is great to see those efforts paying off. But we are not complacent and currently working on a cycling strategy to boost bike use even more.”
Other areas reporting high levels of cycling as a main mode of transport include Edinburgh City (also 4.2%), Orkney Islands (3.4%), Highlands (3.1%) and South Ayrshire (2.2%). Within the Highland area, Inverness wards hold all three top spots for rates of cycling to work with Inverness Ness-side at 6.24%, Inverness Central at 5.93% and Inverness Millburn at 5.43%.
Nationally, cycling as a main mode of travel in Scotland was estimated at 1.4% in 2014 while the volume of traffic was 339 million vehicle kilometres travelled, a 46% increase since 2004. In addition, 11% of adults participated in cycling in the previous month.
Produced by Cycling Scotland, the Annual Cycling Monitoring Report provides insight into national and local cycling trends and statistics across Scotland. The report presents a national picture covering topics including levels of cycling – particularly cycling to work or study – cycle training, perceptions of cycling, road safety and delivery of cycling projects related to the Scottish Government’s Cycling Action Plan for Scotland 2013. Download the Annual Cycling Monitoring Report.