Dundee Walking and Cycling Index

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

Over half of the trips made in Dundee are under 2km, and these lend themselves perfectly to walking and cycling. This report shows that many people in Dundee currently travel actively, but to increase that we know there are barriers to overcome.

Every year, walking and cycling in Dundee results in:


serious long-term health conditions prevented

£84.7 million

in economic benefit for individuals and the region

5,000 tonnes

of greenhouse gas emissions saved

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Up to 33,000

cars taken off the road every day

Kevin is a walk leader in Dundee. He tells us how walking and cycling benefits his mental health.

Colin Morris, cycle commuter

Nine years ago, I took advantage of the Cycle to Work Scheme. Since then, I have been commuting by bike every day. It is amazing how quickly I can get around the city on two wheels.

Dundee is a really compact city and that means everywhere is easy to get to by bike. From where I live I can be out in the countryside in 5-10 minutes.

It has made me healthier and more active. I am now encouraging friends and family to get a bike and try Dundee’s cycling network.

Dundee says no to pavement parking, yes to walking wheeling and cycling

The Walking and Cycling Index found that 54% of people in the city walk or wheel at least five or more days each week.

54% of Dundee residents support more government spending on walking and wheeling.

They also support investment in cycling, with 65% supporting more cycle tracks along roads that are physically separated from traffic and pedestrians.

Banning pavement parking would help 70% of all residents (rising to 74% among disabled residents) to walk or wheel more.

And 72% of residents think wider pavements would be useful to walk or wheel more, rising to 74% amongst disabled people.

A total of 70% of people support the creation of low-traffic neighbourhoods where through traffic is restricted

The report also highlights support for school streets, with 53% of Dundonians supporting closing streets outside local schools to cars during drop off and pick-up times as they believe it would improve their local area.

Front cover of the Dundee Walking and Cycling Index

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Dundee through the years

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

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