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

Click here to download a video showcasing some of the successes from the first three years of the Cycling City and Towns programme.

(Please note this video is in a Windows Media Player format)

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.

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