Cycling levels

MQT on 2015-07-15
Session date: 
July 15, 2015
Question By: 
Valerie Shawcross
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Cycling levels in Q4 of 2014/15 were three per cent lower than the same quarter last year. What does the Mayor attribute to this fall in cycling?


Answer for Cycling levels

Answer for Cycling levels

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Around 610,000 cycle journeys are made every day in London, and cycling in London has more than doubled in the last decade.

TfL announced that cycling journeys on main roads in London increased by 11 per cent last year to the highest levels ever recorded. Cycling makes up nearly a quarter of all traffic in Central London and is the main mode of travel across many of London's bridges in the morning peak. For example cycling equates to nearly 50 per cent of the mode share across London Bridge and over 40 per cent across Blackfriars and Waterloo Bridges.

Whilst data collected from the Transport for London Road Network (TLRN) shows that cycling levels on London's main roads, in Quarter 4 of 2014/15, were three per cent lower than in the same Quarter last year, this is compared to  record levels of cycling in that quarter, and 2014/15 levels were still above the TfL target. In Quarter 3 of 2014/15, cycling was 10 per cent higher than in the same quarter the previous year.

Weather can have an impact on cycling flows and Quarter 4 of 2014/15 was almost two degrees Celsius colder than the same quarter the year before, which may have contributed to reduced cycling levels on the TLRN. 

We anticipate that cycling levels will of course fluctuate over the year, but as can be seen we are sustaining growth in cycling.