Glasgow and Clyde Valley

Cycling commuting trends, Glasgow and Clyde Valley, 2001 - 2011
Cycle commuting GCV 2001 2011
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Commuting to work or study by bicycle rose in every local authority in Glasgow and Clyde Valley between 2001 and 2011. However, despite this, levels of cycle commuting are still very low compared to other modes of transport, such as driving to work. In the majority of local authorities in the area less than 1% of commuters are cyclists.  Glasgow is the exception, where regular cycle commuters rose from 1% to 1.6% in the period 2001-2011.  In the same period, at a national level, the proportion of cyclist commuters rose from 1.3% to 1.5% between 2001 and 2011. 

Nationally, cycle commuting has remained at a low level over a long period, while commuting on foot and by bus has reduced as car commuting has risen - see Scottish trends 

For up-to-date estimates of pupils cycling or walking to school in Scotland's four largest cities go to our travel to school pages.


The data are sourced from the 2001 and 2011 Censuses and exclude people who usually work or study at home.  

The census question is thought to underestimate levels of walking, as the question asks for the main mode of travel used on a commuting journey and multi-modal journeys which include walking but not as the main mode of travel are not accounted for.

A recent GCPH report, Pedestrian and cyclist casualty trends in Scotland, as well as providing a detailed analysis of casualty trends, outlines trends in modes of travel to work and study in Scotland (see Chapter 4 and Appendix A). 

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