Title: National Travel Survey England - 2016
Organisation: Department for Transport
Date uploaded: 8th August 2017
Date published/launched: July 2017
The annual survey shows that just 31% of journeys between the aforementioned distances were made by foot, and 2% by bicycle, compared to 60% by car or van, either as a driver or passenger.
Looking at journeys under a mile in length, 17% were made by car or van, compared to 80% by foot and 1% by cycle.
In total, the average person made 954 trips in 2016, a slight increase from the 2015 figure of 914 which was the lowest on record.
With 16,000 individuals taking part, the NTS is published to provide a consistent source of data on personal travel behaviour across England.
The 2016 edition shows that the car continues to dominates travel in England, accounting for 62% of trips made and 78% of distance covered. These figures are similar to 2015, when 64% of trips made and 78% of distance covered were by car.
There are no significant year-on-year changes in levels of walking (25% of trips and 3% of distance) and cycling (2% of trips and 1% of distance).
Looking at longer term trends, the number of walking trips (excluding short walks - less than a mile in length or less than 20 minutes duration) has fallen by 17% since 2002, with the distance falling by 19%. While the number of cycling trips has also fallen since 2002 (19%), the distance travelled has increased by 37%.
Again looking at active travel, 65% of respondents said they walked for 20 minutes at least once a week, while 21% did so less than once a year - or never. However, of that 21%, more than a third have a mobility problem.
66% of people aged over five years use a bicycle ‘less than once a year or never’ with just 14% cycling at least once a week.
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