UK cycling 11% above pre-pandemic level, government data shows

New government data reveals the amount of riding on the roads remains up on 2019

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According to data published today cycling levels across the UK are 11% higher than they were in 2019 before the pandemic.

The Department for Transport’s (DfT) cycling index, which benchmarks cycling usage against a 2013 baseline which is given a scare of 100, recorded a value of 113 in December 2019 but 124 in December 2022.

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Having trained as a journalist at Cardiff University I spent eight years working as a business journalist covering everything from social care, to construction to the legal profession and riding my bike at the weekends and evenings. When a friend told me Cycling Weekly was looking for a news editor, I didn't give myself much chance of landing the role, but I did and joined the publication in 2016. Since then I've covered Tours de France, World Championships, hour records, spring classics and races in the Middle East. On top of that, since becoming features editor in 2017 I've also been lucky enough to get myself sent to ride my bike for magazine pieces in Portugal and across the UK. They've all been fun but I have an enduring passion for covering the national track championships. It might not be the most glamorous but it's got a real community feeling to it.