How many Londoners are switching from public transport to bicycles?
Statistics compiled for the Guardian by Transport for London offer clues about the type and scale of changing travel habits in the capital
The brand new Transport for London (TfL) board and its chair, Sadiq Khan, will on Thursday consider an upbeat account of the progress of cycling policies introduced by Boris Johnson. TfL commissioner Mike Brown’s written report documents a record-breaking July for Santander cycle hires, progress on delivering superhighways, quietways and suburban infrastructure schemes, and a 5% year-on-year increase in cycling journeys within central London’s congestion charge zone. See pages 24-27 (pdf).
But there are many ways of measuring cycling’s effects on London’s transport habits. A “key outcome” listed in Johnson’s Vision for Cycling was creating hospitable routes on over-stuffed parts of the Underground and bus network with the aim of “prompting transfers to the bike and relieving crowding for everyone”. So how much switching from the Tube and the bus has been going on in London and are the trends encouraging?
Source: Guardian Transport