Tyneside Walking and Cycling Index

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

Tyneside aims to improve people’s health, support better local air quality and contribute to our carbon net zero ambitions. To achieve this, walking, wheeling and cycling need to be the natural and safe ways for people to make everyday journeys.

Every year, walking and cycling in Tyneside results in:


serious long-term health conditions prevented

£388.1 million

in economic benefit for individuals and the region

24,000 tonnes

of greenhouse gas emissions saved

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Up to 140,000

cars taken off the road every day

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I’m registered blind and have a guide dog. I walk into North Shields every weekday to take my kids to school.

The street isn’t level, with a lot of potholes and poor drainage. Sometimes there’s no kerb. Guide dogs are trained to go from kerb to kerb so the dog gets confused if the kerb’s not there.

Clear street corners and edges help, with contrasting colours. Straight lines and landmarks like bollards or bins are useful to navigate.

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Download the Tyneside Walking and Cycling Index

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

Download the report.

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

Tyneside through the years

This is the third time we've collaborated with Gateshead Council, Newcastle City Council and North Tyneside Council to survey active travel in the city.

Download Tyneside's past reports:


Read our Newcastle reports from 2015 and 2017

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