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Active travel: Walking and cycling

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  • Release date: 11 December 2018
  • Period covered: 2017-18
Active Travel is measured below as walking for at least 10 minutes or cycling to get to a particular destination.

Below is a range of information about Active Travel by people in Wales collected through the National Survey during 2017-18. The following levels of activity were found (only including journeys made for active travel purposes).

Key points

  • 6 per cent of adults cycled at least once a week.
  • 58 per cent of adults walked at least once a week.
  • 47 per cent of people living in urban areas walk at least three times a week, compared with 33 per cent of those from rural areas.
  • Men, younger people, those without limiting illness and those who have qualifications were more likely than others to cycle.
  • Younger people, those without limiting illnesses, those with qualifications and people from urban areas were more likely than others to walk for more than 10 minutes to get to a destination.
  • 44 per cent of children actively travel to primary school, and 34% to secondary school (latest data for 2016-17).

The final key measure relates to cycling injuries

  • There were 236 seriously injured pedal cyclists admitted to hospital in 2017-18 (based on the Patient Episode Database for Wales).


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