The CTC's Chris Peck has published figures from the 2011 Census showing that - since 2001 - cycle commuting barely increased its share of all transport However, this overall figure conceals huge variations.
In the West Midlands, the BCC leads with a staggering increase in cycling of 0.17% over 10 years. Wow.
The change in modal share from 2001 to 2011 for Birmingham:
- Public transport: -0.57% to 22.2%
- Car driver or passenger: -1.93% to 56%
- Bicycle: +0.17% to 1.6%
- Walking: +1.29% to 10.1%
The changes in cycling in the adjacent disctricts are even worse:
- Wolverhampton -0.55% to 2.1%
- Walsall: -0.46% to 1.6%
- Dudley: -0.11% to 1.2%
- Sandwell: -0.16% to 1.6%
- Bromsgrove: -0.17% to 1.0%
- Solihull: -0.16% to 1.4%
- Coventry: -0.18% to 2.7%
There are a few areas with significant increases: London by around 3% in the central suburbs, Bristol by 3.1% and Brighton and Hove by 2.1%. One common link is funding by the Boris initiatives and cycling towns and cities programme. Looks like it can be done if the council has the money and spends it on real facilities?