Cambridge has clung on to its title as England’s cycling capital, as new statistics show one in three adults cycle five times a week.
The figure comes from the annual Active Lives Survey by Sports England, which asked 197,000 adults about their exercise habits.
However, it seems the popularity of cycling has taken a dip in the city, with the figures showing a decrease from last year.
According to the study, 29 per cent of adults cycled five times a week between 2016 and 2017 – which is down on the 32 per cent of adults in the previous year’s findings.
A spokesperson for Camcycle, the campaign for safer cycling in Cambridge, said they were happy with the results, but that more work needed to be done.
They told Cambridgeshire Live: “September sees Camcycle celebrating Cambridge’s unique cycling culture with the first Cambridge Festival of Cycling. Whilst Cambridge remains by far the cycling capital of the UK, we should not allow this to be an excuse for complacency.
“There are still major routes within Cambridge that are hostile to cycle on, and it is clear that developers, both large and small, often do not truly understand how to incorporate people on bikes into their designs, be it new streets, new junctions or cycle parking.
“Statistics from the National Travel Survey show that road safety concerns are the top barriers to cycling, so it is important that our urban environment is designed in a way that benefits cyclists of all ages and abilities.
“Cambridge cannot accommodate more private motor traffic, and so we need local authorities to ensure that growth in and around the city puts walking, cycling and public transport first.
“It is notable that there has been a 9.7 per cent increase in cycling in South Cambridgeshire, supporting plans by the Greater Cambridge Partnership to develop Greenways routes for villages around Cambridge.
“Camcycle will continue to promote cycling-friendly development and hold authorities to account to help make the city and surrounding area a pleasant, accessible, place to live.”
The results for Cambridge contrast sharply with the rest of England, where only three per cent of adults cycle five times a week. The London district of Croydon is the worst place for cyclists in the country, with less than one per cent of respondents cycling five times a week.
Cambridge beat Oxford into second place by quite some distance; 17 per cent of Oxford residents get on their bikes five times per week.
Hackney (14 per cent) and Exeter (12 per cent) were not far behind, with South Cambridgeshire (11 per cent) in fifth and Cambridgeshire as a whole in seventh, with 10 per cent of people in the county cycling five times a week.