A report by the Department for Transport, released today, reveals people are walking less often compared to ten years ago, yet people are cycling further.
The statistics show that in 2016, on average people made 243 trips on foot, covering 198 miles. Walking trips have decreased by 19% over the last ten years, from 4.7 trips per week to 3.8 trips per week. The distance walked decreased by 8%.
However, miles cycled have increased by more than a quarter over the last ten years, with people cycling on average for 53 miles.
Our chief executive Vanessa Griffiths, said:
“The increase in cycling revealed in the Department for Transport’s Travel Survey shows what can be done with concerted action and investment. Now we need to continue to work with government to ensure that this success is replicated for walking.
“The ongoing decline in the number of people walking, revealed in these figures, is disappointing. Encouraging walking helps to boost local economies and create happier, more cohesive communities.
“Walking also has huge benefits for mental and physical health, potentially saving the NHS England £1.8billion a year. That’s why we’ve been supportive of the Government’s Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy.
“While the ambition in the strategy is commendable, we clearly need to do more to get more people walking and making it the first choice for any urban journey: in many ways, walking remains the poor relation compared to cycling when it comes to government investment in active travel."
To read the full Department for Transport Walking and Cycling Statistics report, click here.