The National Travel Survey, which covered personal travel made in Great Britain during 2009
showed that the average distance travelled per person by bicycle was 46 miles, compared with 42 miles the previous year, the average trip distance rising to 2.8 miles from 2.4 miles.
young people are cycling less, because of road safety fears, the report showed: the number of trips by a typical teenager has plummeted from 70 a year in the early Nineties to 28.
The survey notes: “Due to the relatively small number of cyclists in the NTS sample, results for travel by bicycle are more volatile than those for other modes.”
Bear in mind that Transport for London’s sample for ‘cycling in London’ consists of counts taken on just 29 streets in the whole of Greater London.