Waterford Metropolitan Area Walking and Cycling Index

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

The first Walking and Cycling Index for the Waterford Metropolitan Area shows there is broad public support for active travel investment. 68% of residents want to see more investment in walking and wheeling. This will help create a more sustainable, liveable Metropolitan area where people and businesses can thrive.

Every year, walking and cycling in the Waterford Metropolitan Area results in:


serious long-term health conditions prevented

€80.5 million

in economic benefit for individuals and the region

4,300 tonnes

of greenhouse gas emissions saved

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Up to 16,000

cars taken off the road every day

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Anne-Marie Swift, Healthcare worker

I travel with a mixture of walking, driving and cycling. I got an electric bike recently, so I’ve been cycling more. It helps with the hills.

My cycle commute into work is about 3km. My motivation is partly for the environment, but also for my own health.

I don’t like being car-dependent; I like having the freedom that cycling gives me.

Where I live, it’s possible to walk or cycle into town because it’s close, but the roads can be narrow. A lot of drivers park on the footpath, maybe because they don’t have a driveway. So that can be an issue for walking, especially people with buggies.

Waterford Walking and Cycling Index report front cover

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Cyclists enjoying Quietways 1 route through south east London

Our methods and data sources

Data and methodologies for our 2023 reports.

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