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Active travel: Walking and cycling

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  • Release date: 4 October 2017
  • Period covered: 2016-17
Data on the number of people walking and cycling.

Below is a range of information about Active Travel by people in Wales collected through the National Survey during 2016-17.

Active Travel is measured below as walking for at least 5 minutes or cycling to get to a particular destination. The following levels of activity were found (only including journeys made for active travel purposes).

Key points

  • 5 per cent of adults cycled at least once or twice a week.
  • 3 per cent of adults cycled at least three times a week.
  • 61 per cent of adults walked at least once or twice a week.
  • 47 per cent of adults walked at least three times a week.
  • 51 per cent of people living in urban areas walk at least three times a week, compared with 38 per cent of those from rural areas.

National Survey respondents with dependent children were also asked how their children get to school. Based on their responses:

  • 42 per cent of all primary school pupils typically walk to school and 1 per cent of primary school pupils typically cycle to school.
  • 34 per cent of secondary school pupils typically walk to school and 1 per cent of secondary school pupils typically cycle to school.

The final key measure relates to cycling injuries:

There were 236 seriously injured pedal cyclists admitted to hospital (based on the Patient Episode Database for Wales).

Notes

Questions on Active Travel were previously included in the National Survey in 2013-14 and 2014-15. In 2016-17, the National Survey was expanded to cover the topics previously asked on four other large-scale surveys. Although this has altered the context in which the questions are asked, and there have been minor changes in question wording, in general we have not found major differences in results for National Survey topics included before and after the expansion. Therefore the results for this topic can still be compared over time.

Further analysis of this data will be published in due course once the quality of the data has been assessed.

Contact

Statistician
Tel: 0300 025 6960
Email: stats.transport@gov.wales

Media
Tel: 0300 025 8099

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