Posted by Katie Wright / 04/03/2015

cslogosqReport shows 32% increase in cycling since 2003

A new report was launched today (4 March) by Cycling Scotland giving insight into national and local cycling trends and statistics across Scotland.

Produced by Cycling Scotland, the report provides a range of data and statistics from both a national and local point of view 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.

The report highlights some significant progress in many areas both nationally and locally.  There has been a 32% increase in the volume of cycling since 2003.   In addition, on a national level 5.6% cycle to work at least ‘regularly’ – cycling to work ‘regularly’ or more is highest in Edinburgh (12.2%), Moray (10.3%), Argyll & Bute (9.1%), Stirling (8.7%) and Clackmannanshire (8.4%).  The top 20 wards for cycling to work according to the 2011 Census are also identified – with Edinburgh and Inverness dominating the list.

Cycling to school has also seen an increase, with 5% of those in primary school indicating that they normally travel by bike to school – locally, cycling to primary school is highest in Highland (10.7%), East Lothian (9.5%) and Stirling (9.2%).

The report also highlights information around injury accidents involving people on bikes.

There is variation in progress across the country and the report highlights data that shows there is opportunity for improvement in increasing cycling levels nationally and locally.  62% of journeys people take in Scotland are less than 5km – the average cycling journey is 4.4km in distance.  The report also shows the top reasons people have stated as to why they do not cycle to work.

Minister for Transport and the Islands, Derek Mackay MSP, said:

“I welcome this latest update from Cycling Scotland as part of its role in delivering the Cycling Action Plan for Scotland.   The increase in some figures is a positive sign but there is still work to be done among all partners to achieve our shared vision of 10% of journeys by bike by 2020.

“It is encouraging that Sustrans is working with at least 41 partners in delivering community links projects this year. This shows a real appetite for partnership working and to match-fund Scottish Government record investment at a local level.”

Chief Executive of Cycling Scotland, Keith Irving, commented:

“The report, prepared by Cycling Scotland, demonstrates how cycling is truly becoming an everyday activity for more people of all ages and abilities in many places across Scotland.  The success in many communities show that it is possible to make a step change in getting people on bikes anywhere in Scotland. Investment in cycling is at record levels and as national and local government continues to invest in cycling, improving health, cutting emissions and tackling inequalities, it is essential we continue to monitor the progress in enabling more people to cycle more. We need action across Scotland to enable the Cycling Action Plan vision of 10% of journeys by bike to be reached and today’s report helps demonstrate where we need to renew our efforts.”



For further media information please contact:

Katie Wright, Communications Officer, Cycling Scotland

0141 229 5350


The full report can be downloaded here:


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