The ‘Cycling in Northern Ireland 2019/20’ report is now available. This report, produced by the Analysis, Statistics and Research Branch (ASRB) of the Department for Infrastructure (DfI), presents findings from the 2019/20 Continuous Household Survey (CHS).
The publication is available on the ASRB website at:
Attitudes towards cycling
- When asked to describe their attitudes to cycling;
- 3% described themselves as ‘strong and fearless’,
- 14% of respondents were ‘enthused and confident’,
- 16% said they were ‘interested, but concerned’.
- Around two thirds (67%) of respondents considered themselves to be in ‘No way, no how’ group.
(Each of the statements can be associated to a general category of cyclists taken from the ‘Four Types of Cyclists’ typology developed by the Portland Office of Transportation).
- A higher proportion of male respondents said they were ‘strong and fearless’ (5%) and ‘enthused and confident’ (20%) when it comes to cycling, compared with female respondents (1% and 7%, respectively).
- Conversely, a higher proportion of female respondents (73%) said ‘no way, no how’ compared with 62% of male respondents.
- In 2019/20, almost a third (32%) of respondents had access to a bicycle, down from 36% in 2017/18 and around the same as 2016/17 (32%).
- Bicycle access was highest among those aged 35-49 (43%) and 16-24 (40%) when compared to all other age groups. Access to a bicyle was lowest among those aged 65 and over (13%).
- Overall, male respondents (37%) were more likely to have access to a bicycle compared with female respondents (27%).
- Access to a bicycle was highest among respondents living in Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon District Council (41%), and lowest among respondents from Derry and Strabane District Council (22%).
Cycled in the last 4 weeks
- In 2019/20, a quarter (25%) of respondents said that they had cycled in the last 4 weeks, similar to results from 2017/18 (27%), and down from 30% in 2016/17.
- Male respondents (31%) were more likely than female respondents (16%) to say they had cycled in the last 4 weeks.
- Of the 210 respondents who said they had cycled in the last 4 weeks, almost two-fifths (39%) cycled at least once a fortnight, similar to previous years. One-fifth (20%) cycled once every 4 weeks and a small proportion (6%) said they cycled 5-7 days a week.
- The most popular reasons for cycling in the last 4 weeks was for ‘exercise’ (87%) and because they ‘enjoy it’ (80%).
Notes to editors:
- The information presented in this publication derives from the 2019/20 Continuous Household Survey (CHS) in relation to questions on cycling in Northern Ireland. The CHS is considered to be a representative sample of the population at household level. The 2019/20 survey was based on a random sample of 9,000 domestic addresses drawn from the Land and Property Services list of addresses and interviews were sought with all adults aged 16 and over in these households. A total of 2,962 adults aged 16 and over were surveyed in 2019/20.
- This publication presents information on attitudes to cycling in Northern Ireland, access to bicycles, cycling in the past 4 weeks, and reasons people cycle. This question set was first asked in 2016/17 and was included for the third time in 2019/20. Since 2017/2018, it has been included biennially and hence, there are no results for 2018/2019.
The Department may use information from this report to monitor the effectiveness of its active travel initiatives.
- This is an Official Statistics publication and therefore follows the Code of Practice for Statistics. You can find further information about the Code of Practice at: Statistics Authority.
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