20150905_WhiteinchBikeClub_01Transport Scotland have released statistics on transport and travel in Scotland from the Scottish Household Survey 2015. The ‘Transport and Travel in Scotland’ report found that 2.2 per cent of people “usually” cycled to work in 2015, down from 2.4 per cent in 2014.

Among those who did not cycle, nearly a third said they were put off by “too many cars on the road” or because “traffic travels too fast”.

The publication includes a range of statistics about the journeys people make, and how they travel.  The proportion of adults travelling the previous day has remained roughly the same at 77 percent.  Cars/vans remained the most popular mode of transport and were used for two thirds of journeys, walking and cycling accounted for another quarter and roughly eleven per cent were by public transport.

Most journeys were short in duration and distance, with sixty five per cent lasting less than 20 minutes.  The average car journey was 11km, but half of car journeys were less than 5km. The average walking journey was 1km.  The main reasons for travel were commuting and shopping, accounting for just over a fifth of journeys each.

It comes as the estimated volume of traffic on Scotland’s roads hit a record high in 2015, up by around one per cent year-on-year.

Meanwhile, cycling accounted for only 1.2 per cent of all journeys in 2015, down from 1.4 per cent the previous year. The dip leaves the Scottish Government with a battle to increase cycling rates more than eight-fold in five years to reach it’s 10% of all journeys to be undertaken by bike by 2020 – a task critics say is now impossible.

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