The number of people cycling throughout the whole of London has been significant affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Department for Transport’s Road Traffic Statistics estimate a 38% increase in cycling in London in 2020, relative to the average for 2017-2019. Other estimates include:
- a 35% increase in London from 2019 to 2020 among Strava users;
- a 7% increase in Inner London and a 22% increase in Outer London from 2019 to 2020 as measured by the company Eco-Counter.
In Lambeth, monitoring the amount of people walking, scooting, wheeling or cycling is an important part of understanding how effective LTN’s are in encouraging people to switch to cleaner modes of transport. In general, cycling levels were up in most places throughout the LTN, although it is acknowledged that high % increases generally corresponded to low nominal increases in flows:
- Josephine Avenue (+80% or 291 daily cycles)
- Brixton Water Lane (+435% or +264 daily cycles)
- Cotherstone Road (+236% or 116 daily cycles)
- Cycle volumes on internal streets have increased by +107% and by +67% on external streets.
Read the SYSTRA Stage 2 Monitoring on Cycle Counts.
Since the start of the stage 2 feedback collection period in January 2021, we have received 14 emails relating to walking and cycling.
- Improved safety for individuals with specific characteristics i.e. older people
- More space for people to walk or cycle, and safer, quieter streets
- Stakeholders mentioned using cars less frequently and cycling instead
- Cycling to school has become a more attractive option and feels safer
- Daily walk to school is safer
- Concerns around safety whilst cycling i.e. on busy boundary roads
- Concerns around safety whilst walking due to a perceived increase in pollution
- The topography of the LTN not lending itself to cycling was mentioned by respondents