The Department for Transport has issued walking and cycling in England in 2020 using data from the 2020 National Travel Survey (NTS) and the November 2019 to 2020 Active Lives Survey (ALS).

Key findings


  • Average walking trips decreased in 2020, whilst miles walked per person increased to their highest levels since 2002.
  • Average walking trips decreased by 5%, from 250 trips per person in 2019 to 236 trips per person in 2020.
  • Average miles walked per person in 2020 increased to the highest levels since the start of the series, 220 miles per person per year. This follows the 34% increase in average walking trips over a mile in 2020 compared to 2019.


  • Cycling levels increased in 2020 to the highest levels seen since the start of the series, with increases seen in trips, stages and miles cycled.
  • Average cycling trips increased by 26%, from 16 trips per person in 2019 to 20 in 2020.
  • Average miles cycled per person increased by 62% between 2019 (54 miles per person) and 2020 (88 miles per person), more than double the average distance in 2002 (39 miles per person).

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