The increase in cycling in London since the pandemic has been demonstrated with the release of new data from Transport for London (TfL), suggesting that "investment in London's cycle network is enabling more people to cycle".
Figures come from TfL's Travel in London report, showing "continued increases in the levels of walking and cycling" in the English capital.
The estimated number of daily cycle journeys has increased in 2023 to hit 1.26 million journeys per day, up by 6.3 per cent from the estimated 1.19 million level recorded in 2022, and up by 20 per cent since 2019.
Concluding that the growth is at "a level not seen in the years leading up to the pandemic", TfL suggests it shows "Londoners are continuing to make the most of cycling as a sustainable and affordable way of travelling around the capital" enabled by investment in active travel infrastructure.
The year-on-year level of growth was lowest in central London, 1.7 per cent compared with an 8.2 per cent increase in inner London and 5.5 per cent in outer London, an impact perhaps of increased hybrid working.
For the financial year 2022/23 the percentage of all journeys made in London where cycling was the mode of transport stood at 4.5 per cent, an increase on the pre-pandemic level of 3.6 per cent in 2019/20.
Furthermore, TfL says the proportion of Londoners who have cycled in the past year has increased, "including increases among people from Black, Asian other minority ethnic groups".
In the financial year 2022/23, 24 per cent of Londoners reported having cycled in the past year, up from 21 per cent in 2019/20. "This includes increases among all ethnic groups, including Black people (12 per cent in 2019/20 to 15 per cent in 2022/23) and Asian people (11 per cent in 2019/20 to 15 per cent in 2022/23)," TfL noted.
Citing the investment since the pandemic, TfL said the stats show the "benefits of investing in high-quality walking and cycling infrastructure".
"I'm delighted to see the increase in cycling and walking journeys in London continue for yet another year," London Walking and Cycling Commissioner Will Norman said.
"The mayor and I are committed to boosting this further. We will continue to expand the network of cycleways and make more junctions and crossings safer. We're determined to build a cleaner, greener and more prosperous London for everyone, and investing in sustainable transport options is a vital part of that."
Alex Williams, TfL's Chief Customer and Strategy Officer added: "Walking and cycling are absolutely essential to a more sustainable future for London so it's very encouraging to see this new data, which shows that there continues to be significant increases in the number of journeys cycled or on foot. We are extremely proud of our work on expanding the cycle network throughout London from 90km to 352km and are continuously increasing this number.
"We're determined to ensure that the way people travel in London is healthy, sustainable and affordable, which is why we will keep working closely with boroughs to transform our roads and invest in our transport network, enabling even more people to choose to make their journeys by walking, cycling and using public transport."
Dan joined road.cc in 2020, and spent most of his first year (hopefully) keeping you entertained on the live blog. At the start of 2022 he took on the role of news editor. Before joining road.cc, Dan wrote about various sports, including football and boxing for the Daily Express, and covered the weird and wonderful world of non-league football for The Non-League Paper. Part of the generation inspired by the 2012 Olympics, Dan has been 'enjoying' life on two wheels ever since and spends his weekends making bonk-induced trips to the petrol stations of the south of England.