Bristol Walking and Cycling Index

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

This report gives us an insight into the measures which can be taken across the city to enable more people to walk or cycle.

Every year, walking and cycling in Bristol results in:


serious long-term health conditions prevented

£269.1 million

in economic benefit for individuals and the region

25,000 tonnes

of greenhouse gas emissions saved

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Up to 140,000

cars taken off the road every day

A man using a wheelchair and smiling on a residential street in Bristol

Gordon, Bristol Walking Alliance and Co-Chair Bristol Disability Equality Forum

I’d love to see a big improvement in the environment for
pedestrians in Westbury-on-Trym, which would mean wider,
better pavements, getting rid of obstructions and so on.

We know that if something is improved for disabled
accessibility, it generally improves things for everyone.

Improving maintenance of footways and replacing cracked paving slabs removes trip hazards, and shifting signposts to reduce the number of obstructions on the footway – there have to be better solutions.

Active travel comes out on top as Bristol's main mode of transport

In Bristol, more than a thousand people were surveyed to explore their attitudes towards walking and cycling in their city.

The data was collected between June 2021 and August 2021 and shows data on walking for the first time.

The index shows that in Bristol, 57% of residents walk at least five days a week.

This compares to just 25% who drive.

A further 10% cycle and 6% use public transport, making walking, wheeling and cycling the most used forms of transport.

The front cover of Bristol's Walking and Cycling Index for 2021 which includes a child and a woman smiling as they walk along a traffic-free street

Download the Bristol Walking and Cycling Index 2021

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

Download the report.

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

Bristol through the years

This is the fourth time we've collaborated with Bristol City Council to survey cycling in the city. Download our previous reports:

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