Bristol Walking and Cycling Index

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

Bristol continues to develop into a city that is well connected and that makes walking and cycling the obvious choice for shorter journeys.

Every year, walking and cycling in Bristol results in:


serious long-term health conditions prevented

£383.3 million

in economic benefit for individuals and the region

30,000 tonnes

of greenhouse gas emissions saved

Icon of navy car.

Up to 150,000

cars taken off the road every day

A woman smiling wearing a walking jacket.

Sophia, Bristol Steppin Sistas

Walking is my main way of getting around unless I’m working, then I take the bus and walk. You don’t miss things when you walk.

I started Bristol Steppin Sistas during lockdown to see how many people I could get out enjoying the benefits of walking.

25 people came to the first one around the harbourside, and now we walk four times a month and have more than 1,600 members online.

One woman from the inner city who suffered from insomnia slept properly for the first time in seven years after just two walks with us in the countryside.

As women of colour, we can share life experiences without being judged. We can open out about personal feelings in a safe space.

Bristol Walking and Cycling Index report front cover

Download the Bristol Walking and Cycling Index

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 fifth time we've collaborated with Bristol City Council to survey active travel in the city. Download our previous reports:

Share this page

Tell your friends and family about the Walking and Cycling Index and help your city make walking, wheeling and cycling attractive and accessible for everyone.

 Linkedin icon Email icon


Got a question about the Walking and Cycling Index?

Please get in touch.