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. It shows the public support for improving cycling in our cities. 

people walking and cycling during the morning commute in Bristol, image credit J Bewley

The latest report “Transforming Cities: The potential of everyday cycling” is based on data from Bike Life, the largest assessment of cycling in UK cities, and highlights the impact of doubling cycling trips every eight years between 2017 and 2040. 

It has estimated that more than one billion cycling trips would take place in 2040 in those major cities, preventing 628 early deaths and generating £21 billion of savings to the economy, including 319 million of savings to the NHS.

woman and child on bikes

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

women on bikes

This 2017 report details women’s travel habits, views and attitudes towards cycling across the seven Bike Life cities. It clearly shows there is an appetite from women to start cycling or cycle more but significant barriers to overcome.

'Women: reducing the gender gap' 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 the 'Women: reducing the gender gap' report

image credit: Livia Lazar

In 2019 Bike Life will take place in twelve cities, including for the first time Southampton, Greater Cambridge, Liverpool City Region, Dundee, the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Tyneside and the West Midlands.

In total, 15 cities and regions are due to participate in Bike Life between 2018 and 2022. Collectively they cover almost 14 million people or 20% of the entire UK population.

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Bike Life is a collaboration between Sustrans and the participating cities. Bike Life is funded by The Freshfield Foundation, Transport Scotland and our city partners.