Wednesday 15 June 2016
Journeys made on foot as well as by buses and trains are set to fall over the next 25 years, according to government figures.
Critics said it signalled a failure to incentivise public transport and underinvestment in green alternatives such as segregated cycle paths.
All modes of transport except cars are forecast to drop in popularity by 2040, Department for Transport figures suggest.
In 2015 Britons made an average of 453.4 journeys as drivers of cars – which is set to rise 11 per cent to 503.9 in the coming decades.
By contrast average cycling journeys are set to fall from 22.1 to 20.5 while bus trips will dip by about a quarter.
Shadow transport secretary Lillian Greenwood told the Times: “Ministers claim that they will double cycling journeys by 2025 but their own projections predict that cycling will tail off.
“It’s now clearer than ever that plans to cut walking and cycling funding by over 70 per cent will hasten this decline and lead to even more cars on congested and poorly maintained roads.”
The figures, made public by the DfT in response to a parliamentary question, do not include regional breakdowns.
The number of cyclists in London has risen annually in recent years. By 2026, Transport for London hopes to double the number of daily bike trips to 1.5million.
This week London’s first “Quietway” route opened as part of a plan to make cycling safer in the capital.
The DfT told the Times: “We want more people to switch to public transport and are investing a record £61 billion to deliver the transport connections of the future.”