London leads in terms of cycle growth

London Boroughs top the UK Cycling Growth League

A UK wide comparison of journeys to work by bike shows that London boroughs lead the country in growth terms.  The borough of Hackney ranks number one in the UK with six other Inner London boroughs making it into the UK top 14.

Hackney, beat districts like Cambridge and Bristol, to show the highest increase in cycling to work from 1991 to 2001.  In 2001 the proportion of journeys to work by bike in Hackney was 6.83% – an increase of  almost  70% from the proportion in 1991 (4.03%) and more than 150%  from 1981 (2.56%).  


The Inner London boroughs of Islington, Hammersmith & Fulham, Lambeth,  Camden,  Wandsworth and Southwark are all in the UK top 14 in terms of the increase in cycling.  The data comes from a new study by  John Parkin of the Bolton Institute, and  is based on the 1981, 1991 and 2001 censuses.


Tom Bogdanowicz, LCC Campaigns Manager, said “Cycling is a fast, healthy and convenient mode of transport, it’s not surprising that that more Londoners are cycling to work. More cycling means less congestion and less pollution so it’s worth investing in making the conditions for cycling better right across London.”


Cambridge remains the UK district with the greatest amount of cycling  (28.34% of journeys to work), but in terms of growth it loses out to Hackney. 


LCC’s corporate affiliates, who include a range of leading companies, say that more staff are demanding improved cycle facilities at work such as secure cycle parking and showers. For more information on LCC's corporate affiliation scheme, follow the link on the right.

Recent data from Transport for London shows that cycling in the Central London area grew by 74% from 1993 – 2002.  There’s been a further increase of 16% in cycling into the congestion charge  zone, which lies within the central area, since the charge was introduced.   

- The rank ordering of Districts with greater than 1% point increase in cycle mode share from 1991 – 2001 is :

Hackney 2.81%

Cambridge 2.28%

Bristol: City of UA 1.64%

Islington 1.63%

Reading UA 1.61%

Hamm & Fulham 1.41%

Lambeth 1.41%

Exeter 1.40%

Camden 1.32% 

Oswestry 1.19%

Brighton UA 1.15%

Wandsworth 1.14%

Southwark 1.10%

Nottingham 1.00%

(Source: John Parkin, Bolton Institute ‘Comparisons of cycle use for the journey to work from the’81, ’91 and 2001 censuses.’ Traffic Engineering and Control,  September 2003)