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UK Bicycle Use On the Rise

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LONDON, UK – The latest UK statistics show an increasing number of people using bicycles as an alternative forms of getting around. This is reported by Sustrans, the UKs sustainable transport charity. The statistics, compiled in The National Cycle Network Route User Monitoring Report of 2007, shows that over 354 million trips were made on the Network in 2007, an increase of

UK Bicycle Use On the Rise

LONDON, UK – The latest UK statistics show an increasing number of people using bicycles as an ‘alternative forms of getting around’. This is reported by Sustrans, the UK’s sustainable transport charity. The statistics, compiled in The National Cycle Network Route User Monitoring Report of 2007, shows that over 354 million trips were made on the Network in 2007, an increase of 4.7% on the previous year.

Those trips, which are equally split between walkers and cyclists, represent massive savings in petrol bills, says Sustrans. It also gives a potential carbon dioxide saving of 450,000 tonnes. This is the equivalent of taking almost 200,000 cars off the road, around 8% of new cars sold in 2007. But also in the UK more and more people finding it increasingly expensive to maintain and run a car.

Eighth year in succession

Malcolm Shepherd, Sustrans CEO said: “Despite 2007’s wet summer this is the eighth year in succession that usage has risen and with around one in ten cyclists on the Network being new or returning to cycling. People are using the routes for all sorts of reasons, from taking the children to school, to getting to work, to enjoying their leisure time.”

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