Car use in central London falls and cycling rises

The number of people in cars entering central London on weekday mornings (7-10am) has halved in the past decade to 70,000.

During the same period the number of cyclists has more than doubled over the same period, reaching 27,000 in 2009, which is up 4000 journeys per day from 2008.

According to the latest edition of the Travel in London 3 report, people arriving by rail and underground in the city centre account for 78% of the 1.1 million daily travellers.

In the city as a whole, private motor vehicle use declined from 46% of journey stages in 2008 to 37% in 2009.

Households without cars remained unchanged at 42%.

Transport for London says the recession reduced the numbers of people travelling into central London.

In a section devoted to cycling, a survey of Cycle Hire scheme users found that three-quarters were male and most had above-average incomes.

The survey was carried out before casual use was introduced in December 2010.