Cycling is growing fast in London – but your likelihood of having joined the vélo revolution depends a lot on where you live.
Using the latest ONS data from the Department for Transport, this map shows the London boroughs with the highest and lowest proportions of regular cyclists – that’s anyone who rides a bike at least once a week. The bigger the wheel on the map, the more people cycle. Green wheels represent boroughs with more cyclists than the London average; red wheels mean that borough has a smaller proportion of cyclists than the city as a whole.
And the results? Well, they show the huge difference in bike ridership between inner and outer London. In Hackney, a potent combination of no tube and short distances to town (okay, and fixie culture) means a quarter of locals cycle on the regs: the highest figure in London and one of the highest in the UK. At the other end of the scale, less than 6 percent of Sutton-dwellers are cyclists. The only big exception to the inner/outer split is south-west London, perhaps because of all those lovely, lovely parks.
Things could be changing, though. TfL says that outer London has the biggest potential for more cycling, and new cycle routes are being planned across town, from Wembley and Willesden to Barking and Thamesmead. So if you’re still holding out, maybe it’s finally time to saddle up.