Useful cycling data sources

Collated by LCC Policy Forum members/attendees and LCC staff. Problems/suggestions? Email

For infrastructure campaignng, the key ones are: DfT traffic counts for current cycling and traffic volumes on our roads, collision record maps, TfL's Strategic Cycling Analysis maps of future cycling potential and Streetmix for how to use the space available.

Annual reports and trend data

  1. Travel in London is TfL’s annual report based largely on the London Travel Demand Survey, but also using count and other data. Reports on trends in motor vehicle ownership and use, participation in cycling, etc.   Travel in London data tables are alongside reports at and year-by-year here
  2. Department for Transport produces regularly updated statistics on walking and cycling, some of which include regional breakdown (one region being London). The data from Active People/Active Lives survey include breakdowns of walking and cycling participation at local authority level.
  3. Census data on travel to work (2011 – next Census will be 2021). Breakdowns at local authority level, plus cross-tabulations by gender, age, ethnicity, etc., with breakdowns also available at smaller geographical levels.
  4. School travel data at local authority level (2010/11 – the last year this was collected). Contains results by borough of ‘hands-up’ surveys of how pupils travelled to school.
  5. Uber data on journey times in London. Uber has made available data on changes over time in how long journeys take, at ward and borough level:
  6. Cycle Counters that produce online data are just becoming available. Camden has 2-3 that produce open data giving daily and even hourly cycle flows since they were installed. Hackney has one ( but the data it produces doesn’t seem to be open.
  7. TfL Open Data includes data on Cycle Superhighways, Quietways, and cycle parking Also now has data from cycle counters that TfL has installed on CS3 and CS6.

Air and noise pollution

  1. GLA noise pollution mapping can be found here:
  2. Air quality 2013 emissions data can be found here: Pollution mapping also GLA noise pollution mapping air quality 2013 emissions data can be found here:

Traffic counts, collisions, cycle theft

  1. Traffic counts for London: DfT traffic counts (including motor vehicles, and cycles, mostly for major roads) are updated annually and are available at: with mapped visualisations at and TfL Cycling Census for London (April 2013) has many more counts throughout inner London: and a visualisation here Not all count points are counted annually, and beware of those which have not been updated for years.
  2. Stats19 police injury collision data for Britain, including London (updated annually, including casualty data, vehicle data, and collision location data - next release due September 2018) can be found here:
  3. Cyclestreets mapped visualisations of Stats19, DfT traffic counts, cycle thefts and other useful data can be found here: Options available to display road width, visualisation of DfT traffic counts, cycle theft reports. (See also Crashmap as an alternative for showing collision records and TfL's London Collision Map). These allow you to see where collision hotspots for cycling and all road users are.
  4. Metropolitan Police Crime Statistics Includes cycle theft data.

Mapping visualisation and journeys

  1. Data visualisations (which also allow data to be downloaded) include Datashine and its successor CDRC maps, which visualise area-based data: , The Propensity to Cycle Tool maps Census-level cycling and also cycling potential for the country, including in London, at small area and route level:, with downloads available in CSV, RDS, and GEOJSON formats. There’s also a bikeshare map for London at
  2. OpenStreetmap data downloads for London can be useful for geographical data analysis. They can be found at or
  3. Journey time analysis tool to test various road closure and other scenarios versus motor car journey time Tool conducts surveys of estimated motor vehicle journey times throughout the day taking account of traffic congestion as estimated by Google Maps.
  4. Interactive maps made from the TfL Strategic Cycling Analysis (June 2017). The maps in the TfL SCA report overlaid on a Google Map with an opacity slider control so you can see them in the context of the road network: These allow you to see where cycling potential in London is highest.
  5. Cycle journey spider maps. Dynamic maps showing routes from any given location that can be cycled 5, 10, 15, 30 mins.!/0/1/-,-/*,15 – 5, 10, 15 (Works worldwide).
  6. Strava Heat Map applies to primarily faster cyclists but gives useful information on desire lines. (You need a Strava log in to zoom in. Problematic with Chrome browser.)
  7. Streetmix allows you to rapidly create visualisations of what is achievable across a set width of road (standard motor lanes in London should be set as 3.25m in general)