2001 Census

Here are some useful local snippets from the recently-published census data:

  • In Cambridge in 2001, 25.91% of workers between the ages of 16 and 74 travelled to work by bicycle. This was by far the highest proportion in England and Wales.
  • Oxford was the next highest, at 14.86%, then York at 12.04%, with the Isles of Scilly, Kingston upon Hull and Gosport close behind.
  • In South Cambridgeshire the cycling figure was 6.75% (still well above average).
  • In Cambridge, 41.2% of workers travelled to work by car. This is the lowest percentage in the East, and is 356 out of 376 nationally.
  • However, the figure for the county as a whole was 65%, greater than the England and Wales average of 61.5%.

Just imagine what Cambridge traffic congestion would be like if we had 10% cycling and 57% using the car! More information from:
www.statistics.gov.uk/census2001/profiles/12ub.asp

A few figures from the Travel to Work section.
% who travel to work by Walk Cycle Car Bus
England & Wales 10.01 2.76 61.48 7.40
East of England 9.06 3.88 64.72 3.90
Cambridge 13.99 25.91 41.16 5.18
South Cambridgeshire 5.77 6.75 67.50 4.01
Norwich 22.70 8.75 50.02 8.42
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Nearly 26% of journeys to work in Cambridge were by bicycle according to the 2001 Census.

Clare Macrae and Jim Chisholm