Blog 39 graphed the provisional cycling figures for Bristol as a member of the the “core cities” group of comparable cites outside London. I also included data for neighbours in what was once called Avon. Now that confirmed figures have been published (see here) I have abstracted a table and graph that includes Cambridge and uses this year’s updated figures. For most places the data are derived from a reliable sample of 500 residents. I have added walking to give a broader picture of active travel.
Percentages of selected Local Authority residents reporting that they cycle or walk at least once a month 2010-2011
|Local Authority||Walk %||Cycle %||Walk or Cycle%|
|Bristol, City of||92||24||92|
|Newcastle upon Tyne||91||12||92|
|Bath and North East Somerset||91||18||91|
I have been reading (and fascinated by) the recently published “Promoting Walking and Cycling” by Colin Pooley and others and I would be very interested to hear from anyone who has observations about the cultural, geographical and infrastructural variations that might be associated with the wide range of walking and (especially) cycling levels across this group of urban areas. One clear truth is that English cities are not all doomed to the same low levels. One obvious question is whether sheer campaigning effort can generate the big changes in the patterns that the natural and built environments seem to be crying out for.