The number of people cycling is at its highest level for decades, according to the DfT’s 2009 National Travel Survey.
The average distance travelled by bicycle has increased 6% since 1995/7, from 43 to 46 miles. The average trip distance has also risen, from 2.4 to 2.8 miles over the same period. However, the number of trips per person has remained unchanged at 16.
Chris Peck, policy coordinator at CTC, said: "We expected that the recession, along with high fuel prices, would lead to an increase in cycling.
“What is surprising is that the growth is particularly associated with those in the highest income bracket, which may be as a result of the boom in leisure cycling and commuting by bike.”
Duncan Pickering, IAM cycling development manager, hopes the increase in cycling will result in better cyclist awareness from drivers. He said: “Research shows that many drivers aren’t looking to see cyclists, as they are just not as common as cars on the road.
“The IAM predicts that, with the critical mass of cyclists going up, drivers will be more aware and be looking out for people on bikes, hopefully leading to a more positive sharing of the road.”
For more information see the DfT’s 2009 National Travel Survey.