Bicycle and walking transport alternatives drop to pre-pandemic levels

Bicycle and walking transport alternatives drop to pre-pandemic levels

Bicycle and walking transport alternatives drop to pre-pandemic levels

Active travel has dropped to pre-coronavirus levels after surge in 2020, according to new data (James Manning / PA) (PA Wire)

Active travel has dropped to pre-coronavirus levels after surge in 2020, according to new data (James Manning / PA) (PA Wire)

Active travel has dropped to pre-coronavirus levels after the surge in 2020, according to new data.

A charity and motoring organization for cyclists accused the government and local authorities of not encouraging people to continue using cleaner travel methods.

Data from the Department of Transport (DfT) shows that the average distance traveled by people on bicycles in England in 2021 was 55 miles.

It was only 2% higher than the pre-pandemic year of 2019, following a peak of 63% in 2020.

Some short-sighted councils have begun to withdraw safe lanes

Sarah Mitchell, cycling in the UK

The average number of bicycle trips per person last year dropped below pre-virus levels at 15, up from 16 in 2019 and 20 in 2020.

People traveled an average of 210 miles last year, down from a record 220 miles in 2020 and returning to levels last seen in 2018.

The number of walking “steps” in which someone walks as part of an overall journey, such as going to the bus stop to catch a bus to work, has dropped to a new all-time low, from 281 per person in 2020 to 279.

Sarah Mitchell, managing director of the charity Cycling UK, said the surge in cycling in 2020 – which coincided with a drop in traffic and the introduction of more segregated lanes – showed that more people would “if felt safe for them. “

He continued: “It is sadly not surprising that those cycling levels dropped last year, as some short-sighted councils started to remove the protected lanes that kept people safe and the level of traffic rose again.

“Both national and local governments need to learn last year’s lesson and focus on the new crisis: the cost of living.

“More and more people are turning to bicycles for shorter trips to make ends meet, but they need the safety offered by dedicated cycle paths.

“This has the potential to bring enormous benefits to all of us. The short-term benefit is that people will be able to continue making those essential trips to work, to school, to the shops by bike.

“The long-term benefits will be improvements to the nation’s health, economy and environment.”

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The decline in walking “phases” was caused by a sharp decline in the number of steps performed for non-recreational purposes, such as going to work and school. (Yui Mok) (PA Archive)

AA Chairman Edmund King said, “The reversal of lockdown trends that saw a surge in active travel in 2020, such as cycling, indicates the inability of the government and councils to seize the opportunity to take root and promote more of those behaviors changed in the way the UK travels ”.

DfT data shows that there have been major changes in travel habits since the start of the pandemic.

The decline in walking “phases” was caused by a sharp decline in the number of steps performed for non-recreational purposes, such as going to work and school.

People made 160 of these walking trips on average in 2019, but only 99 in 2021, a 38% drop.

By contrast, the number of these leisure trips averaged 181 in 2021, up from 172 in 2019, a 5% increase.

People are also continuing to walk longer distances when they are out for a walk.

The number of walking trips that took more than a mile averaged 82 per person last year, slightly down from the record 87 per person in 2020 but still well above the figure of 65 per person in 2020. 2019.

Cars were the most common mode of travel in 2021, accounting for 59% of all journeys.

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