Nicola Polley looks at cycling in Cambridgeshire and the 2011 Census
It came as no surprise to see from the 2011 Census that Cambridge City has the highest proportion of residents travelling to work by bicycle (30,513 people) than any other district in England and Wales – you only have to walk around the city to see quite how many cyclists there are. I was also pleased to see that another Cambridgeshire district, South Cambridgeshire, was amongst the top ten local authorities for this indicator (8th highest).
Having said this, what is surprising is the percentage lead that Cambridge City has over the next leading mainland local authority, which coincidently is Oxford. 29.9% of Cambridge City working residents commute by bicycle and in Oxford the percentage is 18%, that is some substantial difference.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) helpfully provide an interactive mapping tool that usefully allows you to compare how these results, and many others, from 2001 to 2011.
Cambridge City really is the cycling capital by far, and I wonder what affect the visit of the Tour de France next year will have on this, as cycling comes to the forefront once more?