Formerly known as Bike Life, this is the UK's biggest ever study of walking, wheeling and cycling.
Every year, walking and cycling in the West Midlands results in:
I started using West Midlands Cycle Hire this year, having not cycled since my children were young.
I found the bikes really easy to use straight away and attended a cycling skills session to build my confidence back up, which was really helpful. I fell off the first time but just jumped straight back on!
It’s amazing, it just comes back naturally. It’s easy and it’s really nice being out in the fresh air.
Now, I’m in the park three times a week and use those times to just regenerate and refresh; I find it so good for my mental health and it allows me to think with clarity. I feel so much younger again.
However, participation in active travel is not equal, and it’s clear that more could be done to encourage more people to ditch the car.
18% of men cycle at least once a week compared to 8% of women, and 14% of non-disabled people compared to 9% of disabled people.
There is also a big disparity between socio-economic groups, ranging from 19% of people in professional and managerial jobs to 7% of people in skilled manual work.
32% of residents do not cycle at all but would like to. That figure rises to 45% amongst ethnic minority groups.
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