FOI request detail

Cycle information

Request ID: FOI-0381-2425
Date published: 06 June 2024

You asked

1. Cycle Counters: - How many cycle counters were operational in London in January 2022? - How many cycle counters were operational in London in December 2023? 2. Survey on Cycling Participation: - How were respondents identified and selected for the cycling survey conducted in the fiscal year 2019/2020? - How does this method compare to the identification and selection process used in the most recent survey (2023)? - How many people responded to the cycling survey in 2019/2020? - How many people responded to the cycling survey in 2023? These questions are intended to clarify the data presented by TfL regarding the increase in cycling journeys and the reported percentage of Londoners who have cycled in the past year. CLARIFICATION the survey on cycling participation I am referring to formed part of this press release by TfL: https://tfl.gov.uk/info-for/media/press-releases/2023/december/new-tfl-data-shows-sustained-increases-in-walking-and-cycling-in-the-capital

We answered

TfL Ref: FOI-0381-2425

 

Thank you again for your clarified request received by us on 14 May 2023, asking for cycle information. 

 

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act and our information access policy.  I can confirm that we hold the information you require. You asked: 

 

1. Cycle Counters:

  • How many cycle counters were operational in London in January 2022
  • How many cycle counters were operational in London in 2023

 

We assume you’re enquiring about cycle counters used to calculate the cycling estimates in the linked press release. We have a panel of 1,451 count locations which is constant over time and although there are always count locations that do not get counted in a given year or whose counts are deemed invalid (for reasons explained in the methodology note referred to below), this typically affects a very small number - less than 1 per cent of locations and it is addressed wherever possible, so that it is not deemed material for the accuracy of the aggregated estimates.

 

2. Survey on Cycling Participation:

 

Firstly, the estimates provided on the referenced press release did not stem from any survey on “cycling participation” (in the sense of a questionnaire sent to people directly), but rather from a representative panel of 1,451 count locations across London from which we produced those estimates.

 

Details about that panel, how the counts are conducted and the methods used to calculate the headline ‘journeys’ metric from those counts are provided on the two notes under ‘ActiveTravelCountsProgramme’ at cycling.data.tfl.gov.uk  titled 0 – Strategic active travel counts – release note and 0.5 – Strategic cycling estimates – methodology note. There you will find answers to your questions. 

 

   - How were respondents identified and selected for the cycling survey conducted in the fiscal year 2019/2020?

 

Respondents are not directly recruited since this is not a survey. The count locations panel was drawn in 2015 to be representative of Central, Inner and Outer London and the five main road types, using stratified random sampling.

 

   - How does this method compare to the identification and selection process used in the most recent survey (2023)?

 

The count locations panel has not changed since its inception.

 

   - How many people responded to the cycling survey in 2019/2020?

 

There was no cycling survey. The ‘journeys’ estimate for 2019 and 2020 are provided in the Active travel trends report from Travel in London 2023.

 

   - How many people responded to the cycling survey in 2023?

 

As above. 

 

If this is not the information you are looking for, or if you are unable to access it for any reason, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to appeal as well as information on copyright.

 

Yours sincerely 

 

Eva Hextall 

FOI Case Management Team

General Counsel

Transport for London

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