Sharp decline in North Lincs cyclist numbers

Alarming new figures from the Department for Transport have shown a rapid decline in the numbers of people cycling regularly in North Lincolnshire.

Monday, 17th September 2018, 5:03 pm
Updated Monday, 17th September 2018, 5:12 pm
Those cycling in North Lincolnshire decline
Those cycling in North Lincolnshire decline

The number of people who cycle at least once a week in North Lincolnshire has almost halved, figures show.

In North Lincolnshire there were 616 respondents, who answered questions about their travel habits between November 2016 and November 2017.

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Of those, 10% said they cycled at least once a week, which is a 42% decrease on the previous 12 months.

This is below the England average of 12%.

Campaigners have said the Government needs to improve cycling infrastructure to get more people out on bikes.

Out of North Lincolnshire's respondents, 4% were keen cyclists and used their bike at least three times a week.

The survey found cycling for leisure was more popular than for travel, with 8% of people cycling at least once a week for fun, while 3% commuted by bike.

Nationally the number of cyclists has not increased over the last year.

Xavier Brice, chief executive of Sustrans, the walking and cycling charity, said: 'It is disappointing to see that levels of cycling have not changed nationally or regionally compared to previous years.

'Cities with well-established cycling cultures such as Cambridge and Oxford unsurprisingly record the highest prevalence for cycling at least once a week.' What do you think, let us know?