Aberdeen Walking and Cycling Index

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

The Aberdeen Walking and Cycling Index is packed full of facts and figures that back up the benefits of active travel. It shows just how much walking, wheeling and cycling we do already as part of our everyday lives.

Every year, walking and cycling in Aberdeen results in:


serious long-term health conditions prevented

£162.9 million

in economic benefit for individuals and the region

8,900 tonnes

of greenhouse gas emissions saved

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Up to 59,000

cars taken off the road every day

Footdee resident Lesley Anne explains how she has cycled and walked everywhere for most of her life.

Molly, wearing a blue jacket, smiling as she stands with her bicycle

Molly, secondary school student

There are about 1,200 students at my school. A good number of boys cycle to school, but there are only one or two girls who cycle.

I’ve seen people looking at me and thinking “why is she doing that”, but I don’t care. I think that the uniform, the lack of safe infrastructure and being intimidated by the boys, can stop girls from cycling.

I dream of a future where girls would feel safe to cycle to school. I think if there was better cycling infrastructure in Aberdeen it would make it easier for girls to start cycling, and if more girls cycled then it would become normal.

Aberdeen Walking and Cycling Index report front cover

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Cyclists enjoying Quietways 1 route through south east London

Our methods and data sources

Data and methodologies for our 2021 reports


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