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6 Sep 2023

Offers designed to help Londoners 'make the green transition' following the expansion of the ultra low emission zone (ULEZ) last month include a range of discounts, offers or trials available...

6 Sep 2023

A new report on the state of the UK cycle industry suggests that bike sales have fallen once again, months after it was reported that they had fallen to a 20-year low in 2022.

6 Sep 2023

Rebecca, staff member with the ACT has released an EP on the music platform Spotify, with popular local band Thee Derelique.

5 Sep 2023

A Government energy efficiency campaign has been launched to help SME businesses across the UK to both better understand and reduce their energy usage - and in turn reduce their energy bills....

4 Sep 2023

New research has named Danish capital Copenhagen as the best city for cyclists in Europe, with one-third (33%) of the city choosing to travel by bike. Copenhagen is also one of the safest cities...

4 Sep 2023

ACT member & Cytech-accredited Highway Cycles, Hertfordshire’s largest independent bike and e-bike specialist, has opened a new shop in Bishop’s Stortford.

24 Aug 2023

Volatility in the cycle insurance market that has resulted in most insurers backing away from the UK cycling industry owing to poor claims performance has led the ACT, through its appointed...

24 Aug 2023

Cytech training provider Spokes People were recently asked by the Afghan National Team if they could suggest any way for them to be supported mechanically at the UCI World Championships in...

22 Aug 2023

Cities across the country are following the lead of the Mayor of London, and ULEZ (Ultra Low Emissions Zone), by implementing their own measures to reduce carbon produced by combustion engines.

22 Aug 2023

Journeys made using Transport for London’s (TfL) cycle hire scheme this year are at their lowest in a decade, with the organisation blaming recent bad weather as a potential cause.

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Graph using DfT data shows biggest increase in cycling for two years

Posted on in Business News , Cycles News

Mark Brown, guest writer for the ACT, has created a graph using DfT data that compares the use of different vehicles over the past two years, alongside an analysis.

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"It has been so hot these past few nights that I have not slept much. So, with some spare time on my hands in the wee small hours I put the latest Department for Transport (DfT), United Kingdom road traffic statistics into a graph.

It's an itch I've been wanting to scratch for a while. To see what's been happening to cycling and car use, since the cost of living increases over the last few months. And how this compares to the pandemic years.

This data is for England only. It compares with a pre-lockdown week in March 2020. Link to the data in the comments.

My thoughts:

Since February 2022 we have begun to see the biggest increase in cycling for two years, since March 2020.

That's not the usual start of the cycling season, which normally happens in late April after Easter.

From January 2022 to June 2022 the cost of a litre of unleaded petrol increased about 30%, from 145.5p to 190.1p. It's even higher now.

Bike shops continue to report that new bike sales remain very challenging. This growth in cycling is driven by existing bike owners. Perhaps a combination of regular riders cycling more, and others dusting-off bikes bought in the pandemic to use again.

Bike hire and share schemes must be doing well.

Not clear if this cycle use is for leisure, commuting or shopping trips etc.

Car use remains between 95%-97% of pre-pandemic levels. I read a report a few weeks ago which said road traffic was down more during the week, but went back up at the weekends.

With about 38m cars registered in the UK, even a small drop of a few percentage points means 1m cars not being driven.“

 

 

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