Stirling Walking and Cycling Index

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

Walking and wheeling should be the most accessible and desirable form of transport. It is of huge importance to people, especially during the current cost of living crisis and the climate emergency.

Every year, walking and cycling in Stirling results in:


serious long-term health conditions prevented

£34 million

in economic benefit for individuals and the region

2,000 tonnes

of greenhouse gas emissions saved

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Up to 13,000

cars taken off the road every day

Deputy head teacher Debbie explains how popular active travel is at Riverside Primary in Stirling.

Bill Reid, Walk Leader

The NHS Forth Valley’s Cardiac Unit helped me to recover from my heart condition.

I was welcomed into a group of previous cardiac patients and partners who enjoy walking together. It was daunting to get out on foot again but being in the company of others helps everyone feel stronger and safer.

I now lead ‘Stretch and Stroll’ walks in Stirling as well as longer walks throughout the central belt. The oldest person who joins us is in his 80s and he can get up hills even quicker than many much younger!

It’s been fulfilling to help people make the same journey as I have. Walking gives us the opportunity to be sociable, free and stay in good health.


The people of Stirling are embracing walking and wheeling.

Stirling residents walk and wheel the equivalent length of the UK 54 times every day.

Over half (60%) of Stirling’s residents walk at least five days a week according to the survey, which is greater than the percentage of people who travel by car (40%), public transport (4%), or bike (5%) at least five days a week.

The large numbers of walking and wheeling trips show Stirling residents have embraced the important health, economic and environmental benefits that walking and cycling can deliver.

Front cover of the Stirling Walking and Cycling Index

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

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


Stirling through the years

This is the second time we've assessed cycling in Stirling. Download the previous report:

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