Results from the first three years
Results from the first three years of the Cycling Demonstration Towns programme show that it has been a major success. All six towns achieved their aim of getting more people cycling, more safely, more often and this means that, for the first time in the UK outside London, the national trend of a gradual decline in cycling levels has been reversed. A comprehensive evaluation of the investment in Aylesbury, Brighton & Hove, Darlington, Derby, Exeter and Lancaster with Morecambe has shown:
1. An average increase in cycling across all six towns of 27%
2. The increase is the result of more people starting to cycle, or returning to cycling again, not just the result of cyclists using their bikes for more trips
3. Cycling to school has more than doubled where towns invested most in children
4. Cycling investment generates town-wide increases in physical activity
5. These results were not found in comparable towns
6. This growth matches the cycling growth rates in London
7. Investment in cycling pays back at least 3:1
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For more information about the interim results from the first three years of Cycling Demonstration Towns, you can download the full reports in the Useful Documents section below.
Order a copy of Making a Cycling Town
Making a Cycling Town is the report that captures the experiences of the Cycling Demonstration Towns. It details best practice, including recommendations for the development of a town-wide programme to promote cycling, as a result of lessons learnt from the Cycling Towns programme (2005 – 2008).
Printed copies are available at no cost to local authorities. Please send your name, job title and postal address to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Making a Cycling Town”.