Cycling to School – The Numbers

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As we reported previously, our analysis of the borough’s school travel plans showed that while many children would like to come to school by bicycle very few chose to do so with some schools actively discouraging it.

It’s interesting therefore to read these statistics from the DfT Cycling to School Report (PDF) which show just how depressingly low the rates are:

DfT School Cycle Rates 06 - 11: Click to view full report

Contrast this to the rest of the world and you can see we have a long way to go:

Source: http://www.ecf.com/

Why are things so different? Well watch these two videos and see which country you would be more likely to allow your children to cycle to school in and also which country has cycle infrastructure that is appropriate for all levels, not the ‘Dual Provision’ nonsense that we have in the UK (see Motion 5 for LCC’s stance on this).


You can read more about how we’ve failed children in the UK in this excellent blog post. (and before anyone launches into ‘it wouldn’t work here’, do read this first)

One thought on “Cycling to School – The Numbers

  1. Following up the blog you link to I came across :

    “this is a main 50km/h road. (StreetView) Through a residential area but we wouldn’t call this a residential street. You rarely see 30km/h streets with cycle paths. The minimal speed difference between the modes of transport in such streets do not make that necessary. “.
    How far would 20mph limits in residential roads and protected ways of crossing main roads achieve the object ? (discussion point)

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