Title: Road traffic estimates in Great Britain: 2018
Organisation: Department for Transport
Date uploaded: 28th May 2019
Date published/launched: May 2019
Road traffic estimates for 2018, published on 14 May, show that 3.3bn miles were cycled last year 33.7% more than recorded in 1993.
Looking at shorter term trends, the number of miles cycled in 2018 increased year-on-year by 1.8% with the total 6.4% higher than five years ago.
However, the DfT says year-to-year changes in cycle traffic can be volatile due to factors such as the weather, so long-term changes are more reliable indicators of underlying trends.
Breaking down the 2018 cycling figures, 60% of the miles travelled (2bn) were on minor urban roads with 22% (0.7bn) on minor rural roads.
In total, the DfT figures show 328.1bn miles were travelled on roads in Great Britain in 2018 a slight year-on-year rise of 0.3%.
The majority of these (78%) were carried out by cars with 255bn miles representing the highest annual estimate on record.
In terms of motorised traffic, the biggest rise in the number of miles travelled in 2018 was by vans up 0.9% to 55bn miles.
However, there were falls in the number of miles travelled by motorcyclists (down 0.9% to 2.7bn) and buses (down 4.7% to 2.3bn).
The decline in the number of miles travelled by buses continues a long-term downward trend with 26.8% fewer miles travelled than a decade ago.
Looking at road type, A roads accounted for 148.6bn miles, followed by minor roads (110.5bn) and motorways (69bn).
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