MQT on 2009-10-14
Session date: 
October 14, 2009
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Can you provide any analysis that Transport for London has prepared giving the cost effectiveness of various initiatives in generating new cyclists, or increasing the number of trips made by existing ones?


Answer for Cycling

Answer for Cycling

Answered By: 
The Mayor

A number of TfL cycling initiatives, projects and programmes have been individually evaluated to assess their impact on and contribution to encouraging new cyclists and/or increasing the number of trips made by existing ones. For example, the school cycle parking programme has achieved an average increase in school cycling of 38%. The Smarter Travel Sutton initiative and complementary investment in cycle parking and cycle training achieved an 85% increase in cycling in its first two years.

While to date there has not been a systematic analysis or attempt to quantify and distinguish the contribution of specific measures or initiatives to encourage new adult cyclists or increasing trips by existing cyclists (of any age), there has been a recorded 107% increase in cycle flows on London's main roads since 2000. Future monitoring of new schemes, such as Cycle Superhighways, will throw light on this issue.