Bike Life

Sustrans is working in partnership with cities across the UK to report on progress towards making cycling an attractive and everyday means of travel.

Inspired by the Copenhagen Bicycle Account, Bike Life is an assessment of city cycling development, including infrastructure, travel behaviour, satisfaction, the impact of cycling, and new initiatives.

Bike Life gives cities the confidence and opportunity to talk about the benefits of cycling, it has informed policy decisions, justified investment and enabled cities to develop more ambitious strategies and action plans for cycling. 

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Bike Life 2017 - Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Greater Manchester, Newcastle
People on bikes cycling in a London street

Transforming Cities 2019

This report highlights the impact of doubling cycling trips every eight years between 2017 and 2040, including early death prevention and £319 million of savings to the NHS.

Download Bike Life Transforming Cities: The potential of everyday cycling

Download Bike Life Transforming Cities: The potential of everyday cycling methodology

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Glasgow, Perth, Stirling 2018

In 2018, Glasgow, Perth and Stirling joined Bike Life and published the first report for each city.


Woman cycling on residential street wearing helmet and backpack

Women: Reducing the Gender Gap 2017

This 2017 report adds new evidence to existing research that shows we need to do more to address women’s needs and help make cycling more inclusive in cities across the UK.

Download Bike Life Women Reducing the Gender Gap

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