Latest figures confirm Cambridgeshire as cycling capital
Census figures show that Cambridgeshire is the cycling capital of Britain with 32 per cent of commuters taking their bike to work in Cambridge.
In the past four financial years Cambridgeshire County Council has ploughed more than £9.5 million into encouraging more cycling in Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire.
The 2011 Census shows in Cambridge, at least 32 per cent of those in employment cycle to work - up from 28 per cent in 2001.
This is by far the highest figure in UK comparing with 18 per cent in Oxford (up by two per cent in 2001) and six per cent in Exeter.
The census also shows more than ten per cent of people cycle to work in Cambridgeshire
In addition the Department for Transport’s latest figures show Cambridge has the highest per cent of adults who cycle at least once a week in the UK (52 per cent). While in the South of the county at least 22 per cent of residents cycle to work once a week.
Cambridgeshire was one of the first authorities to have a Cycling Champion and the County will be helping to host the Tour de France.
Cambridgeshire County Councillor Martin Curtis, Cycling Champion, said: “These latest figures cement our position as the capital of cycling in the UK. Encouraging cycling is a top priority for the County Council as it improves health, reduces congestion and boosts local business.
“Not only were we one of the first councils to have a cycling champion but have helped to bring the Tour de France to Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire.
“We have and continue to invest millions of pounds in cycling facilities across the whole of the County.”
For all the latest news see Thursday’s (February 21) Echo.
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