Disaggregation of cycling and walking statistics in TfL board papers.
Request ID: FOI-0694-2122 Date published: 29 July 2021
In the 9 June TfL Board papers there is a figure on page 131 of the Agenda: ‘Figure 3: Estimated mode shares for all travel in London during 2020’. I think it will be derived from LTDS data. In it cycling and walking are combined. Can I have the chart figures for cycling and walking separated out?
Can I suggest that you routinely separate cycling and walking out as they are entirely different and of very different scale It makes little sense to combine them, particularly as the LTDS treats them separately.
TfL Ref: FOI-0694-2122
Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 6th July 2021 asking for information about cycling and walking statistics.
Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act and our information access policy.
Specifically you asked:
“In the 9 June TfL Board papers there is a figure on page 131 of the Agenda: ‘Figure 3: Estimated mode shares for all travel in London during 2020’. I think it will be derived from LTDS data. In it cycling and walking are combined. Can I have the chart figures for cycling and walking separated out?”
I can confirm that we hold the information you require, which is provided in the table below:
Estimated mode shares for all travel in London
Estimated daily trips (million)
Q1 (Jan-Mar) 2020
Q2 (Apr-Jun) 2020
Q3 (Jul-Sep) 2020
Q4 (Oct-Dec) 2020
Q1 (Jan-Mar) 2021
Please note that these numbers are estimates only - for internal working purposes - and should be treated with appropriate caution. The COVID-19 pandemic has severely limited our ability to conduct surveys and therefore these are indicative estimates brought together from a small range of available data sources. The data does not arise solely from LTDS, which has itself been significantly affected by pandemic restrictions on face-to-face fieldwork. Instead it comes from a very limited range of ‘on mode’ surveys, which in some cases have been used to estimate totals in a way that would not usually be supported by our data quality criteria. This is particularly the case for the walking estimates, for which there is very little granular and timely data.
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