What is interesting about this is where the DfT measure cycling. If a similar approach is used in BaNES, as better quality off-road and quiet-way cycle infrastructure is developed, cycling will be perceived to drop, even though it is increasing.
This popped up in my Tweetdeck saved searches column:
It caught my eye because I’m quite ready to be critical of Bristol. And I will be.
But first, some reassurance. These numbers are (a) just a levelling off after years of growth, (b) probably not representative of the real situation in Bristol, and (c) probably a load of rubbish.
The numbers come from the Department for Transport. Here’s how they look when plotted as an index relative to 2000, alongside motor vehicles (beware, truncated y axis):
So this “decline” should be seen in the context of cycling journeys still being higher in number than in the last decade.
But actually this probably isn’t the right data to even tell you whether there has been a levelling off. You might get a clue…
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