Overview

Click on the infographic for the key facts from this indicator group. Transport main update 2016

  • The number of licensed motorised vehicles in Scotland has more than doubled from 1.3 million in 1975 to 2.8 million in 2014 (a rise of 116%)
  • Glasgow has the largest traffic volume of Scotland’s local authorities
  • 41% of Glaswegians commute to work by car (as driver or passenger), 30% by public transport (by bus, train or underground) and 27% walk or cycle
  • Only a small proportion of people cycle to work (1.6%), although recent cycle counts in the city suggest that the numbers of cyclists travelling in and out of the city centre daily have increased by 86% since 2009
  • About 57% of school children in the city travel to school by active means, mostly by walking (52.8%) while a few cycle (2.6%) or skate/scooter to school (1.3%)
  • There are wide variations in the levels of active travel between schools – from 9% to 96% across Glasgow primary schools (Hands Up 2008)
  • Adult and child road accident casualties have been reducing over time but pedestrian casualties remain 3 to 4 times higher in the most deprived areas compared to the least deprived areas

(Sources: Census 2011, Scottish Transport Statistics, Glasgow City Centre Cordon Count, Hands Up Survey, Stats19, SMR1)

Active, sustainable travel is good for population health and for the environment.  Public health leaders and politicians have highlighted the importance of greater investment in sustainable, integrated transport to promote active travel, to create safe, attractive communities, to reduce carbon emissions and improve air quality.  Yet many of the trends are moving in the wrong direction – car usage is increasing, levels of walking are falling, road traffic and vehicular emissions continue to increase. 

This section presents data analyses from a number of data sources to provide information on travel behaviour and transport in Glasgow in order to highlight positive and negative trends and to help identify future priorities for action.

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