That's according to Sustrans, and this contradicts official government stats that claim to show that cycling in Britain is stagnating. Sustrans believes the biggest growth in cycle usage is happening on traffic-free routes, away from the number-crunchers of the Department of Transport

Cycle use is growing, not slowing

The quarterly traffic statistics released earlier this year by the Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions (DTLR) showed that cycle traffic fell four percent between 2000 and 2001 despite the government’s stated aim of quadrupling cycling, against a 1996 base by 2012.

However, new stats from 550 automatic counters put in place by Sustrans shows that in 2001 there was a 0.2 percent increase in cycling overall, with an increase of 2.6 percent on National Cycle Network routes.

Andy Cope (that’s him in the Roman soldier garb above!), in charge of the Sustrans cycle use monitoring project, believes the difference between his figures and those from the government is explained by the fact the DTLR’s National Travel Survey deliberately ignores traffic-free routes.

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