Aberdeen Walking and Cycling Index

Formerly known as Bike Life, this is the UK's biggest ever study of walking, wheeling and cycling.

Walking, wheeling and cycling are a real alternative to the car for many people, especially in a city the size of Aberdeen. The Index provides key insights on how to improve active travel opportunities for everyone.

Every year, walking and cycling in Aberdeen results in:


serious long-term health conditions prevented

£163.4 million

in economic benefit for individuals and the region

9.400 tonnes

of greenhouse gas emissions saved

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Up to 55,000

cars taken off the road every day

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Louise, car-free convert

When I retired, I got rid of my car. Walking became my main form of transport and my exercise of choice. I am lucky everything I need is within walking distance from my home.

I have always liked the headspace walking gives me. I love connecting to my environment at my own pace, exploring Old Aberdeen, and walking along the Esplanade and the river Dee.

The city has so many lovely walking paths!

Aberdeen Walking and Cycling Index report front cover

Download the Aberdeen Walking and Cycling Index

See Aberdeen's vision for walking, wheeling and cycling.

Download the report.

This report is also available in a text-only format.

We meet one of the volunteers behind an innovative workshop working hard to champion cycling in the north-east of Scotland.

Aberdeen through the years

This is the second time we've collaborated with Aberdeen City Council to survey active travel in the city. Download our previous reports: 


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