Formerly known as Bike Life, this is the UK's biggest ever study of walking, wheeling and cycling.
Every year, walking and cycling in Southampton City Region results in:
Sanjay cycles regularly from Chandlers Ford to Southampton General Hospital. But this wasn’t always the case.
I cycled a bit before. In lockdown, the roads were quieter and I decided to cycle more.
[Driving] felt inefficient – I questioned why I was driving daily to and from Chandlers Ford. So I bought a bike through the hospital’s Cycle to Work Scheme.
I’d like to see more cycling infrastructure. Otherwise, you rely on drivers to be kinder and more cautious.
46% of residents walk, 39% use a car, 6% cycle and only 4% use public transport at least five or more days each week.
Alongside this, residents want better streets, with 75% saying that nicer places along streets to stop and rest, such as more benches, trees and shelter, would encourage them to walk or wheel more.
59% agree that increasing space for people socialising, walking, and cycling on their local high street would improve their local area.
69% of residents said they would cycle more if there were more traffic-free cycle routes away from roads, e.g. through parks or along waterways.
*Compared to 2019 data.
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