Glasgow and Clyde Valley

Walking commuting trends, Glasgow and Clyde Valley, 2001 - 2011
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In seven out of the eight Glasgow and Clyde Valley local authorities commuting to work on foot reduced between 2001 and 2011, while in the other (East Renfrewshire) there was no change.

In Glasgow the percentage of commuters who walked reduced from 26.8% to 25.1% in the period 2001-2011.

Across Scotland there was a reduction in the percentage of commuters walking to work or study between 2001 and 2011, from 23.4% to 20.8%.  Walking commuting has reduced as part of long-term national trend that has been accompanied by increased car commuting. 

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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