Glasgow records a huge spike in cycling commuters

New figures in Glasgow show the number of cycling journeys into the city have risen by 207% since 2007.

According to annual surveys carried out by the City Council, the number of trips being made into and out of Glasgow city centre has increased from 3,012 to 9,255 per day in the last seven years.

This indicates a flow of 1,851,000 cycle journeys undertaken yearly to and from the city centre.

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Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “Cycling is an increasingly important aspect of the council’s local transport strategy.

“Increasing the number of people walking and cycling as a form of transport has been a major aim of the council and it’s very encouraging this is being acknowledged by our peers at a national level.”

He claims the upward trend in journeys undertaken by cycling in the city can be attributed to a number of factors including the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, improvements to cycle paths and parking, the completion of the Bridge to Nowhere and the launch of city’s cycle hire scheme.

The council recently won the Excellence in Cycling and Walking category at the National Transport Awards.

It was the only Scottish local authority to win an award at the ceremony hosted by BBC presenter Jeremy Vine.

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