The number of people cycling regularly in England has risen sharply in the past six months according to the results of Sport England’s ‘Active People Survey’ published on Friday.

People undertaking at least a once-a-week, 30-minute moderate intensity ride is now at an all-time high, with a sharp rise in numbers since October 2011. In total, once-a-week participation increased by 160,000 in six months. The biggest areas of growth were London, the South East and Yorkshire.

Once a month participation has also grown, but at a slower rate than once a week suggesting that many people have become more regular cyclists. The numbers of women taking up cycling have also increased, with the first rise in two years.

The numbers of people regularly cycling has now exceeded the April 2013 target set by Sport England.

The biggest group of cyclists are those aged between 45 and 64 years old, with the 34-44 age group a close second. The only group to show a decrease in numbers taking part in regular cycling activity is the 16-19 age group, following a long-term trend in decline.

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Sport England Active People Survey website

  • Ian

    Speaking from experience from working with the youth section of my cycle club, I feel that the decline in the 16-19 age group is partly due to the ever increasing pressure on this age group to do well in exams (thus spending more time studying etc) to improve their further education chances. One could argue that the decline is due to other social distractions, but I do not think this element has probably changed over the decades!

  • HOMER

    It should be a real worry for cycling bosses that the youth of this country are largely not interested.
    I would’nt be surprised that in the future we look back at this being a golden age of cycling that may not be repeated for a long time.
    I understand the reasoning behind being 100% behind elite cycling. Still there is a lot that could be done within schools.
    My own son gave up as he really only had his old dad to go out with…. !

  • Tom

    Surely you should be quoting in % terms not absolute – in % terms, largest cohort is 35-44.