Central London cyclists will soon outnumber car drivers, say figures from TfL

Figures from Transport for London show that on present trends those on two wheels will outnumber car drivers entering Central London during rush hour

According to Transport for London’s latest edition of its Travel in London report, morning rush hour journeys on bikes look set to outnumber those in private motor vehicles.

Looking at the period from 2000 to 2014, the percentage people entering Central London in the weekday morning peak decreased from 13% to 5%. At the same time, cycle journeys went up from 1 to 3%. Although both remained constant from 2012 to 2014.

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In real terms, car driver numbers more than halved from 137,000 to 65,000 and cycling journeys tripled from 12,000 to 36,000.

Interestingly, car journeys actually increased from 2013 to 2014, and cycling decreased from 2012 to 2013.

The increasingly safe nature of cycling in London, thanks in the most part to the infrastructure changes such as the segregated cycle superhighway from Oval to Pimlico, should see the shift away from four wheels continue.

This move away from private motor vehicles towards walking, cycling and public transport comes with a wider range of benefits, too.

Air pollution in London is a growing problem, and this year the testing station on Putney High Street breached annual EU limits on clean air after just eight days. Fewer vehicles, cleaner buses and more people on bikes and on foot will help combat this problem.