Bike boom: Map of London cycle commutes shows London is leading the way

More people commute by bike in London than in any other city, according to data from ride-logging app Strava

Map Strava London

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You may not be familiar with the cycling and running app Strava, but it has over 8 million users worldwide, and tens of thousands of Londoners use it daily to log their bike rides and runs.

The company has put together a fascinating map of cycle commutes around London, and provided some figures indicating the huge boom in cycling that is underway.

London is the most active city in the world, according to Strava’s records, which show that over 8 million cycle journeys have been recorded by its users in London over the past 12 months.

In terms of commuting, Londoners are also the most enthusiastic when it comes to recording their bike journeys, with over 10,000 commutes logged every day.

Apparently Tuesday is the most popular day for commuting, both for Londoners and on average around the world. Londoners clock an average distance of 9.4 miles a day.

As you zoom out from the heat map, the strongest orange lines remain those on the largest roads, indicating that cyclists commuting greater distances prefer to use the fastest routes.

What is astonishing is the distances many commuters are logging, with plenty of people commuting to central London from as far away as Teddington, Richmond, Dartford and Uxbridge.

In addition, there is a notable bias to the south west. People down there are more prolific in logging their commutes than anywhere else. This could be that the good people of south west London just love to cycle, perhaps there are better roads, or perhaps as a historically wealthy part of London, many of them are just more likely to have adopted the technology.

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  • Anonymous

    London also has one of the most expensive public transport and parking in the world.

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