Although there are pockets of growth, including in London, the latest travel stats from the Department for Transport show that cycling remains stuck on 2 percent modal share nationally.
Travel by car remains the default mode of transport, with a 62 percent modal share. In 2016, total motor vehicle traffic in Great Britain reached a new record level: 324 billion vehicle miles travelled, a 2.2 percent increase from 2015. Congestion on A-roads has increased by 2.8 percent.
Walking and cycling trips have declined since 2002. The trend in cycling has been “mixed since 2007”, says the DfT report, because while use has been flatlining for some years the number of miles cycled has risen: the average distance people cycled in 2016 was 53 miles, 37 percent greater than in 2002. 42 percent of people in England aged 5 or over own a bicycle.
58 percent of adults in Cambridge cycled at least once a month, the highest rate in the country.
102 cyclists died in 2016. Such fatalities have remained between 100 and 118 since 2008. The most dangerous mode of travel is motorcycling. The fatalities per billion passenger kilometres for motorcycling are 83. The next most dangerous mode is walking at 26 and then cycling at 24. Motoring suffers 2 fatalities per billion passenger kilometres but travelling by air or by train is so statistically safe that the DfT gives the totals as 0.